Beer: Rogue Hazelnut Brown Nectar

  • Photo by Will Shilling
From the April 4, 2012 edition

About the brewery

This Oregon brewery was “going rogue” long before any politician was. A band of misanthropic beer lovers came together in the late 1980s to make beer their way — and to run the business with an equal dose of unorthodoxy. The brewery opened its first location, complete with pub, in 1988 in Ashland, Oregon. The next year, Rogue opened a second, larger location in Newport, Oregon. The brewery produces 39 ales and a root beer, and has a separate distilling operation that cranks out rum, gin, vodka and whiskey.

About the beer

Nectar, indeed. This beer is quite literal in its name: It pours the gorgeous brown of a toasted hazelnut skin and grabs you straight through the nostrils with a fistful of hazelnuts. Though your nose tells you you’re about to get a taste of your favorite dessert, the smooth ale is only a tad sweet and finishes clean. It very much wants to be paired with a meal. I drank it with a simple dinner of braised greens and roasted sweet potatoes with red chili flakes. The ale was a foil to the bitter greens and a best friend to the sweet potatoes. Rogue suggests pairing with pork or beef.