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Pairings: A Buttery Brew

Green Clover’s Garlic Budder paired with Upright Brewing’s Matsutake Gose.

Photo by Terpodactyl Media

The Tannins

Upright Brewing’s music-inspired namesake calls to a story of creativity and craft. The Matsutake Gose is a refreshing reminder of this.

We weren’t sure of what to expect from a wine barrel-aged mushroom beer, but were pleasantly surprised by the fun and fungal fermentation. The pale, blonde beverage brings a slightly effervescent mouthfeel and bright, apple earthiness. But there’s nothing overtly mushroomy about this brew. A salty sourness sets in as you dive deeper into the pint – offering a satisfying slap to the senses.

uprightbrewing.com | @uprightbrewing

The Terpenes

Green Clover Farm is another Portland-area producer. We snagged some of their Garlic Budder flower and cracked open the dark, blackish-blue nugs to find out more.

Flecks of purple pressed close to the stem offer a flash of color among the dark, dense bunches of bracts. This cultivar comes from the Humboldt Seed Company’s cross of Fortune Cookies and GMO and it dances delightfully between the parent profiles on your palate. The nose is creamy with a subtle funk. But break apart the nug and you’ll find an almost-fruity fragrance. That dissipates quickly as you spark up and let the garlicky, nutty notes of GMO into your lungs.

27.22% THC | 2.57% Terps

greencloverfarmsPDX.com | @greencloverfarm

The Pairing

The buttery smoke sets in and makes the Matsutake Gose sourness soar. It’s a battle of the senses that makes you salivate and want to sink your “teeth” into more. There’s still a slightly fruity quality to Upright Brewing’s Gose, but the richness of the smoke settles that quickly. To our delight, mushrooms and garlic don’t simply pair well on a plate – this is a match made for seekers of all the tart, savory, salty, sumptuous flavors that your mouth can muster.

Photos by @terpodactyl_media

This article was originally published in the September 2023 issue of Oregon Leaf.

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