Peaks & Pints met Conrad Andrus during the 2015 Craft Brewers Conference in Portland, Oregon. He gave us a tour of Culmination Brewing where he was head brewer. Since then, we have bumped into this talented gentleman on numerous occasions — both inside his former home at Culmination and at other breweries and beer festivals. During the pandemic, Andrus left his five-year brewing job at Culmination to join head brewer Mat Sandoval at Modern Times Beer’s Belmont Fermentorium, a Portland location for the San Diego brewery, where we bumped into Andrus again. Our next encounter should be at Living Haus Beer Co., the brewery that replaced the closed Belmont Fermentorium that Andrus and Sandoval opened recently with former pFriem Family Brewers’ head brewer, Gavin Lord. As many Pacific Northwest beer fans know, that space at Southeast Belmont Street and Seventh Avenue housed the beloved The Commons Brewery before Modern Times moved in. Both breweries brewed some exceptional beer but the space itself proved to have its challenges and both shuttered. The Living Haus trio transformed the space into a sleek, modern brewery and taproom while keeping the character of this building that dates to the 1930s. Today, Peaks & Pints presents a to-go flight of Living Haus beer brewed by three exceptional brewers and named after their family members — a flight we call Peaks and Pints Pilot Program: Living Haus Beer Flight.
Peaks and Pints Pilot Program: Living Haus Beer Flight
According to Living Haus, “Dolores has been the foundation of the Sandoval family and has raised five children, 12 grandchildren, and seven great grandchildren over the years. Her carefree yet disciplined character is exactly what we strive for when we brew this beer. Perfect for all occasions, muchos besos.” Dolores pilsner has a simple malt bill of Prairie Select pilsner malt which is layered with precise amounts of Tettnang and Hallertau Mittlefruh hops that give it a bright and complex aromatic profile. It’s spicy and herbaceous with a hint of citrus underneath.
According to Living Haus, “Harris was a man who had never met a piece of chocolate he didn’t like. He liked bitter, sweet, and balanced flavors reminiscent of this beer. A person who taught the value of hard work and the rewards that preceded it, even though it meant waking up in the morning to jog five miles before taking your grandson to the clinic to teach them about radiographs.” Harris, a West Coast IPA, is respectfully brewed for Andrus’ grandfather. Brewed with Citra, Centennial, Chinook, and Amarillo hops — plus a large addition of Citra Incognito to give this beer a resiny citrus pop, this IPA boasts flavors of pine, orange marmalade, and lime.
According to Living Haus, “Herman was a carpenter by trade and a master of pancakes and banana nut bread by choice. He was always willing to lend a helping hand and had plenty of hands to help him when he needed it. He wasn’t the loudest man in the room, but when he spoke you made sure to listen to his stories and wisdom.” Herman, a hazy IPA made to celebrate Sandoval’s father, is brewed with Nelson, Strata, Centennial, and Amarillo hops for notes of pineapple, candied berries, and orange zest.
Brewed with Stigbergets Bryggeri in Göteborg, Sweden, this coffee stout is brewed with a complex array of crystal, chocolate, and roasted malts with malted and golden naked oats to create a full bodied yet quaffable base stout that’s layered in Sumatran Puju coffee from Portland’s Puff Coffee plus a touch of Madagascar vanilla.