Do yourself a favor. Just stop for a minute. Step off this treadmill we call life, get together with some friends, and relax for a bit. We recently did just that at Alesong Brewing & Blending, and I can’t recommend it enough.
I am not a beer aficionado. But I do love thoughtfully-crafted food, and I appreciate places that give an extra bit of attention to the details. Alesong is one of those places. I knew the minute we walked into the tasting room that we were in for a treat.
Alesong makes handcrafted, small batch beers, and many of them are barrel-aged, like their Vanilla Rhino Suit which was aged in bourbon barrels or their Apricot Sky which was aged in Oregon Pinot Noir and Chardonnay barrels. Check out their website, including the videos describing their beers, to learn more about the brewing process and thought behind each one. Even though I’m not an aficionado, I enjoyed learning the history and seeing the passion behind these beers.
When you go, I encourage you to try the charcuterie plate which is full of meats and cheeses especially chosen to complement the beers. I also appreciated that Alesong offers a variety of pour sizes. The 4 oz pour is perfect for sampling with friends, or pairing different beers with your food.
The attention to detail extends beyond the beer and food to the tasting room, which is warm and inviting. Located on Territorial Highway, with views into the Lorane Valley countryside, Alesong is a destination, not a place people pop into in a hurry. The relaxed atmosphere is perfect for sitting back with some friends and enjoying life.
Getting there: The Alesong Tasting Room is located at 80848 Territorial Highway. From Cottage Grove, head out Cottage Grove-Lorane Highway. In Lorane, turn right (north) on Territorial Highway, and in 1 miles, Alesong will be on your left just before King Estate Winery.
Check out their website to find out which beers are on tap, which food cart you’ll find park outside, and what hours they are open (currently Friday through Sunday, noon to 8pm).