Heathen Brewing is a small craft brewery in Vancouver, WA, just across the river from Portland. The brewery says they are “created from the soul of home brewing” I’m not sure what the soul of home brewing is, and why that’s preferable over the soul of craft brewing, but either way, they want to free themselves and all of us from the corporate stronghold on the beer/soda industry. Just like everybody else it seems. More root beers for me to try. Interestingly, though I’d driven past it on several occasions, I didn’t actually know it was there. But it just started in 2014 so I’m to be excused again. Plus the last time I was down there I did get a new brew so it’s not like I’ve been slacking. Anyways, that wonderful Root Beer Tracker grabbed me this growler as he swung through the state about a year ago, so I didn’t have to go down there.
The Body is very minty and kind of bitter but with a decent amount of vanilla. The Bite is mild and kind of smooth, expected more spice. The Aftertaste is vanilla and wintergreen, which is pretty nice.
This is okay, but a little too bitter and mild and not enough sweet. The Aftertaste saved it though, so I think it’d be worth drinking with some food. It also had an amazing Head, but I don’t rate Head on growler brews because it’s too hard to maintain consistency. So yeah, drinkable stuff.