The Portside Pub is the newest of the Gastown craft beer bars offering a rotating selection of great craft beer on their 20+ taps. The décor is really cool, with an awesome east coast ship vibe happening. Wall to wall refurbished wood, porthole windows and lots of other nautical themes. They also offer tasty and unique food options. The options include a variety of dim sum, hot dogs and tasty pulled meat sandwiches, which you get by redeeming tokens that you purchase from your server. Think like a summer carnival inside a bar!
The Portside offer 3 different sandwich options, including a pulled beef, a pulled pork and a pulled chicken. I went for the pulled chicken which comes with the already stated pulled chicken, spicy kimchi, QP mayonnaise and green onion on a fresh Kaiser bun. Right away you smell the kimchi, and I can honestly say I haven’t always been a fan of kimchi, especially the smell. But in this instance it’s great. It’s spicy and sour, with great acidity and the slow cooked pulled chicken has a subtle sweetness, which is great with the spicy kimchi. The heat from the kimchi really hangs around, but doesn’t take over. I love the decision for the Japanese style QP mayo, and the thinly sliced green onion slivers are a great addition. Overall this sandwich was really tasty and unique.
The rotating taps at The Portside mean they get a lot of great seasonals, so I was stoked when they mentioned that the Chainbreaker White IPA from Deschutes was on tap right now. The beer decision quickly became an easy choice as I’m always curious when it comes to a lot of these “hybrid beer” styles. I also love everything I’ve had from Deschutes and the Chainbreaker is no different.
This white IPA pours a cloudy golden yellow with a thick white head, the mouth feel is crisp and it has a nose and first taste of banana. It has a subtle hop aroma as well and then you get a crisp, dry hop finish. It was maybe the perfect beer to pair with the pulled chicken and kimchi sandwich, because as I sipped between bites I found that hoppy IPA characteristics accentuated the heat from the kimchi as the white/wheat beer characteristics worked to mellow the heat out. It actually created a perfect level of heat from the sandwich for my tastes. The Deschutes Chainbreaker White IPA will definitely be a go to this summer for me.
So if you’re looking for a spicy, tasty and unique pulled chicken sandwich paired with a refreshing “hybrid beer” from one of the top craft breweries in the Northwest, then head to The Portside Pub for This Sandwich and That Beer.
Also head to The Portside Pub for the 2nd “This Sandwich, That Beer Throwdown” happening on June 23rd, 2013. Tickets will be on sale soon, check back here or follow me on Twitter for ticket information.
Check out www.facebook.com/ThePortsidePub and www.deschutesbrewery.com for more info, follow them both on Twitter @ThePortsidePub and @DeschutesBeer, and follow me @TSTB_blog. Head to Legacy Liquor Store if you want to pick up a six-pack of the Deschutes Chainbreaker White IPA.
Photo credits: Jordan Rokosz