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Sep 19, 2014

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Portland re-releases first beer

2,500 Belgian horse pulls wagon delivering fresh draft ale

Feb 7, 2003 - Portland Brewing enlisted the help of a 2,550-pound Belgian draft horse to re-introduce its original Portland Ale to the Oregon beer market.

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Thursday, Buck — who stands 19.2 hands high (nearly 10 feet from the ground to the top of his ears) and weights 1.25 tons — pulled a wagon that delivered Portland Ale to Rogue Ales Public House, Jimmy's Macs, McCormick and Schmicks and Dan & Louis Oyster Bar. Introduced in 1986, Portland Ale was among the first craft beers available on tap in the Rose City, helping spark a local and national craft brewing renaissance.

"We're celebrating the re-release of Portland Brewing's first beer, as well as our status as Portland's last independent brewery and bottler," says Portland Brewing President and Founder Fred Bowman.

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Buck and Mac
With brewery patriarch "Mac" MacTarnahan at the helm, Buck delivers Portland Ale.

Brewed from Bowman's original 1986 recipe, Portland Ale is made of pale, two-row malt and fragrant Cascade hops. Though Cascade hops are common in West Coast ales today, Portland Ale was one of the first beers to embrace the flavorful Northwest variety.


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