MacTarnahan dies at 89

Robert Malcolm "Mac" MacTarnahan, patron saint to Portland Brewing, died Monday night. OregonLive has a pretty good article here. In 1985, he became enamored of Bert Grant’s pioneering brewery and brewpub — the first brewpub in America since Prohibition — in Yakima, Wash., and tried to buy into the business. … Continue reading

More beer sites

Following up on my earlier post about beer-related websites, here’s some more. PubCrawler: A directory-type site that offers user reviews, decent enough brewery listings, upcoming events. Honestly, though, it makes my eyes bleed. RateBeer: User ratings of beer. Seems to have a better, more logical structure than the other similar … Continue reading

Article on Silver Moon Brewing

This article on Silver Moon Brewing appeared in today’s Bend Bulletin (our local newspaper), detailing the new tasting room opening the end of November. That’s pretty cool, I know Tyler and he’s done really good work with the brew shop and his brewery. What will be different at the new … Continue reading

Some Oregon breweries not to be missed

Sorry for not updating the last couple of days, but I’m back for tonight with some of my favorite Oregon breweries that should be visited by any serious beer hunter. You could consider this a sort of brewery tour. Starting in my hometown of Bend, the Deschutes Brewery is the … Continue reading

Another pumpkin ale recipe

Found another pumpkin ale recipe today on Usenet, an all-grain one named "Jack’s Lantern Pumpkin Ale." You can check it out here on Google Groups. Sounds like it might be pretty good.

Cask Beer Festival in Seattle

Coming up on October 30th is the Washington Brewers Guild‘s 5th Annual Cask Beer Festival, held in the Alki Room at Seattle Center, next to Key Arena. Sounds pretty interesting. More info from this article: Cask beer aficionados will convene at the Washington Brewer’s Guild event, now in its … Continue reading

San Diego Brewing Company

The other brewpub we made it to in Southern California (the first being Oggi’s) was San Diego Brewing Company, which apparently doesn’t have a website. Located in a strip mall (like much of San Diego), I wasn’t as impressed with it as with Oggi’s (read my Oggi’s review), but they … Continue reading

Fruit Beers

This article got me thinking about fruit beers. Love ’em or hate ’em? I’ve generally found that beer drinkers have the strongest opinions on fruit beer. Done right, of course, they are simply awesome (your mileage may vary). Done wrong, well… Some notably good fruit beers I’ve had include: Pyramid‘s … Continue reading

Breweriana Primer

Interesting little article from about breweriana—basically just an introductory piece. "Breweriana" is simply a more complicated way of saying "beer collectibles." From the article ("It’s all about the beer"… heh): There are print ads, ashtrays, bottles, cans, caps, clocks, coasters, posters, tap handles, mirrors, coolers, hats, playing cards, tin … Continue reading

Beer health warnings

From the BBC News comes this article about how Scottish & Newcastle, the biggest brewer in the UK, is going to start putting health warnings on all of their beers. [The labels] will list the units of alcohol in each. It will add a message urging drinkers not to exceed … Continue reading