Whitecaps Eve, With Omissions

It is like a grey cloud over the city today, despite the 6-degree winter sun. The Whitecaps home opener occurs tomorrow. Emerging on this day, will be a team so-far covered in that grey veil. Who are these people? The pre-season weeks, thrown a crumb by some random calendar alert… “Whitecaps vs LA starting Now.” Not televised. Not live-streamed. Only the irregular tweets.

Our Waston-Stefan-free back end still feels like it is built from a house of invisible cards. Our level-headed manager, whose positivity seemed ridiculous at the end of the season, is rightfully gone, all his chances at Vancouver glory exhausted.

Now, like a single beat from a drum, our hearts pump. It pumps again and again, faster and faster, and our new dream begins.

Emerging from this smoky shroud, first the silhouettes, then the chiseled, lean, multi-shaded faces of the always mighty, world-champion Whitecaps. It is a beat that grows stronger in the fans, and players alike. Our energy permeating one another.

Each silent prayer in the stands, each cross signed, each moment of open hands to the sky, we all connect, and become powerful. This magic, whether you call it vibes, or God, or love-potion number nine, is real. It is all real. In sport, only believers win.

Despite the omissions, some things stay the same. We are the same, and we always believe. We have to believe, because if we do not, there is no hope. We may as well believe.

Omission Pale Ale.

G3, 4/5

Harvester Brewing Dark Ale is the Quintessential Portland Beer


Ah, the wonderful city of Portland.  The longer I am away from it, the more perfect it becomes in my mind.   Sure, it’s full of hippies, but look past that!  The people have a positivity about them.  It is like they are all on the same page.  Environment? Check!  None of this bullshit where flat-earthers tell them to “stop building transit” and  “fuck recycling, it’s a waste of time.”  Portland don’t play that!  Portland has no doubt.  Like it… or get out.

Portland is a city of progress, art, nature, and granola.

If you take the character of the city of Portland and put it in a bottle, you would get something like Harvester Brewing Dark Ale.  It is the quintessential Portland beer… or at least it should be.

A nice dark beer on Hawthorne on a summer evening, stressing about my 26 final exams, trying to escape… looking at the flickering lights of the Baghdad Theatre… Smelling pizza that I could hardly afford… This was Portland for me.

As I look at the belgian lace left on my pint glass on my desk, I am almost teleported back to that time, a nice time.  Not as nice as now, but nonetheless, a nice time.

This dark ale is a real treat, and the faint of heart should not shy away from it.  It has a smooth sweet taste.  The colour is a dark rich red.  It has excellent, persistent head.  There is an intense caramel aroma and caramel and liqueur taste.  The aftertaste lingers only for a few moments.

The intensity smooths out even more as you finish it, and the oatmeal taste begins to surface.

This is clean-tasting with excellent flavour, and a lot of personality.

Harvester Brewing Dark Ale

5/5 G1



Harvester Brewing IPA 2


Harvester Brewing IPA 2 is made in my former home of Portland, Oregon. This completely gluten-free brewery and gastropub has recently changed its name to Groundbreaker Brewing. It calls to me! I would love to visit someday, but in the meantime, a bottle of their IPA 2 has made it into my living room.

It has a lively head with medium duration. The floral aroma is moderately strong and slightly bitter. The taste has a moderately intense bitterness (60 ibu).

There is a slight burnt chestnut aftertaste, but if you have ever had a bad chestnut… Its a little like that. The alcohol percentage is 6%. The foam caresses the side of the glass like torn lace, with a slim body.

My wife was drinking Four Winds IPA, and I tried a sip in a “head to head.” Four winds is better, too bad I cant drink it.

Harvester (Groundbreaker) Brewing IPA 2 is a delightful IPA, and the best GF IPA I have tried.