The Session #116, and the next Session

Sad but true: I completely missed this month’s October edition of The Session, the topic of which was (of all things I should have written about!) Goses hosted by Derrick Peterman. #116 was the first Session I missed entirely (though I’ve been late on the deadline before). Be sure to go read the recap.

And the November Session (#117) has been announced, being hosted by Beer Means Business: Beer Future.

I have always been obsessed with asking what happens next or what is still ahead instead of simply embracing what is in the present. Ever since I heard about Beer Blogging Fridays, I have been toying with the idea of hosting a Session to paint a collective picture of what the future related to beer will be like.

This month, Beer Means Business has the honour to host The Session and to make this happen. The final picture of Beer Future will be based on what you think we will see MORE of.

Over the last 10 years, numerous topics have been presented and the bloggers who discussed them expressed a rich diversity of perspectives or specific areas of interest. Therefore, I refrain from giving you further ideas or examples. There are no limits in time, space or nature either. I would like you to let your imagination free, and capture ONE thing you think we will see MORE of with an explanation of the idea.

Post your thoughts on Friday, November 4.

Summer of Cider

Cider has been top of mind this past summer, in part because of PR efforts from companies like 2 Towns Ciderhouse, McMenamins, and Angry Orchard, but also because I think there has just been more visibility with increasing numbers of cider makers and growth of the market. Here in Central Oregon we saw two new cideries open up this year. (Check out my early August article in our local paper for a rundown of local cider options.)

One result is having drank more cider these past several months, and a bit of a backlog of reviews for them. Not that this is a bad thing! But rather than post half a dozen of individual reviews, here’s a wrap-up of those various ciders (besides the reviews already posted).

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Latest print article: IPA!

My latest print article to appear in the Bulletin’s GO! Magazine supplement this past Thursday (still out now) is on IPA: What makes an IPA great? In addition to covering a bit of the style and history of India Pale Ale (very abridged due to space constraints, of course!), I asked several Central Oregon brewers for their thoughts on the style and what makes a good IPA.

And if you want to go real deep into India Pale Ales, I recommend picking up Mitch Steele’s IPA.

Killer Pumpkin Fest postponed; Elysian Pumpkin in Canby 

The  Brewpublic Killer Pumpkin Festival that was originally scheduled for today at The Green Dragon has been postponed due to the crazy storm weather. (Did you see the tornado in Manzanita yesterday?) Instead it has been moved to Saturday, October 29.

Meanwhile the Elysian Brewing Pumpkin Roadshow has been making the rounds, and next Saturday, October 22, it lands in Canby, Oregon at The Wild Hare Saloon. They sent out a press release:

Presented by The Wild Hare Saloon, Western Beverage and Elysian Brewing, the Great Pumpkin Roadshow is a charitable event featuring 8 craft pumpkin beers from Elysian Brewing’s specialty catalog. This event runs October 22nd from 2 pm to 10 pm and is open to all ages.

This event will feature three bands—CoolKids, Lance Kinnaird, and Capital Gains. In addition to tasting exclusive offerings from Elysian Brewing, there will be plenty of activities for all ages. Games like Cornhole and Life Size Jenga are sure to entertain the whole family, but there will also be a pumpkin painting contest, a costume contest, a pumpkin tapping and more.

Pumpkin flare and costumes are highly encouraged. Get creative! We will also have a free photo booth so you can commemorate the event.

Plenty of opportunity to get your pumpkin beer fix!

Elysian Pumpkin Roadshow at The Wild Hare