Yearly Archives: 2004

Holiday Ale Festival in Portland

The Holiday Ale Festival is gearing up December 3rd through 5th in downtown Portland: The only beer festival in the Northwest to be held outdoors in the dark, cold and often wet month of December, the Holiday Ale Festival is heated and tented, and takes place in the heart of downtown Portland at Pioneer Courthouse Square. Highlights include on-site food, craft vendors selling unique handmade gifts, a root beer garden, appearances by Santa Claus and … Continue reading →

Rogue Brewery Expanding

Seems to be a busy night for blogging, and for brewery renovations. Anyway, found this on the Newport News-Times: Rogue Ales breaks ground on brewery expansion. The $1.5 million brewery expansion project will add 30,000 square feet to the brewery and is the "final culmination of a major mistake" that began in 1989, Joyce said. At that time, the brewery was housed in an 800-square-foot building on the Newport Bayfront and employed seven people. Rogue … Continue reading →

Bottled up the Pumpkin Ale

We bottled up the Pumpkin Ale this evening, after 8 days in the fermenter. Normally, I would have racked it to a secondary fermenter for another week or so, but I wanted to be able to open a bottle (or two, or three…) for Thanksgiving next week, so no biggie. It smells pretty good, and tastes pretty good too (even for a green beer). The final gravity is 1.014. So with the original gravity at … Continue reading →

BridgePort Brewpub Closing for 10 Months

Andy pointed me to this story today: BridgePort BrewPub closing for 10-month renovation. BridgePort BrewPub, a Portland landmark, will close its doors on Dec. 23 for a 10-month renovation. …the remodel will retain the soul of the building, while broadening the appeal of the pub to the booming population of the surrounding neighborhood. Changes include a bakery, a large glass atrium in the rooftop, expansion of the main bar to two stories, and the addition … Continue reading →

Hamm’s Jingle Writer Dies

Ernie Garven, who wrote the jingle for Hamm’s beer about the "land of sky-blue waters" (in 1952!), died last week at age 90. Does anyone remember that jingle? Or even Hamm’s beer? I sure do, but I’m beginning to think I’m the only one. I busted out that song on somebody at work not too long ago, and they looked at me like I was crazy. They didn’t even recognize the Hamm’s name. Oh well. … Continue reading →