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Terminal Gravity Brewery, Enterprise, OR.

Tim Gray | May 14, 200211:38 PM

Just returned from a week's work in Enterprise, one of the lovely high mountain towns in the Switzerland of America - Wallowa County - and have to rave some about Terminal Gravity Brewery. Set in a bucolic, brookside setting on the way out of town towards Joseph, TG puts out some good product besides ale. One night the sausage platter, featuring a perfect, local sausage with kraut, homemade, as was the potato salad. The sausage, sliced and cooked in TG's standard bearer IPA, remained moist with a slightly sweet taste going down. TG is located in a house built within the last 20 years, that looks as if it was built during the craftsman vogue in the (20's?), and is the sausage maker's ex-business locale. They still make great sausage. The next night, chicken fajita with perfectly grilled vegetables, in a burrito wrap, a pleasant change from the sizzling hot skillet deemed essential at any chain. A side dish of black beans was impressive, in that the beans looked almost dried out, but retained a moist, bursting flavor I've not experienced before. I didn't try the special, Cajun Catfish with dirty rice, but it looked good. All dishes on the limited menu are made from scratch, to order. The "front room" has a couple of tables and six stools at the bar. One of the young bartenders is experimenting with glass making, trading work in one of the area's burgeoning craft shops (think bronze, think foundaries, etc), and has some impressive ale glasses for sale. The "locals", artisans, govt. (Forest Service, etc.) workers, laborers in the foundary businesses, and some actual locals with wider attenae, give it an urban flair not usually found in the hinterlands and allows outsiders some comfort. All this washed down with a perfect seasonal "Tripel" or three, followed by a cruise on Alder Slope Road to Hurricane Creek, right after a spring snow squall - Ahhhhhh, it doesn't get any better.

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