This article from the Mail Tribune highlights three small breweries in Southern Oregon—Caldera Brewing Company and Standing Stone Brewing Company of Ashland, and Walkabout Brewing Company of Central Point—and hits upon the growth the industry is starting to see again. I found it particularly interesting because these truly are small breweries: "We’re continually growing," Caldera head brewer and co-owner Jim Mills said. "It’s not super-fast, but we’re up about 11 percent year-to-date." Upstart Walkabout has … Continue reading →
Monthly Archives: November 2004
Looks like McMenamins Old St. Francis School will be doing a "soft launch" by opening their doors on the 16th, two days before their official grand opening. If you’re in Bend on Tuesday, grab your chance!
News of the weird: Brewing company goes looking for Lemurians. It’s very odd; I’ve heard the term "Lemurians" before but I didn’t know they were supposed to be living on or under Mt. Shasta. Even worse, I didn’t know there was a brewing company in Weed (California)! We drove through there a little over a month ago when we took a trip to San Diego. Plenty of lore surrounds the Lemurians, a mysterious civilization some … Continue reading →
Kuro5hin has a decent article on brewing beer (Contradiction in Terms: How to make beer) that does a good job of covering the basics, from ingredients to drinking. Actually, looking it over again, it’s probably one of the better online beginner’s sources for brewing, concise and well written. I don’t necessarily agree with all the steps, but you won’t go wrong following it.
My batch of Pumpkin Ale is fermenting up nicely. When I checked it this morning, roughly 12 hours after I pitched the yeast, it was already active—the airlock was percolating beautifully. And it’s going strong this evening, too. This should turn out to be a good beer.