Monthly Archives: January 2005

Widmer Review

We were in Portland over the weekend, and had dinner with family at Widmer Brewing Friday night. It was my first visit to Widmer (their Gasthaus on Russell Street, actually) and while it wasn’t a comphrenesive visit, I thought I’d write up a short review anyway. I liked it a lot. Almost immediately upon sitting down, our waiter appeared and offered to bring me a taster of their new Vienna lager (I never did quite … Continue reading →

Out of beer

The horror! The horror! Brewer runs out of beer! In an even more drastic situation than the famous pub with no beer, Tasmanian brewer J. Boag & Son ran dry of two of its popular beer varieties during the peak Christmas period. Several Launceston retailers were left without Boag’s Draught Light cans and Boag’s XXX Ale stubbies and cans for several days after the brewery’s own supplies ran out.

Open source beer

Vores Ol is a beer brewed by a Danish company that is releasing the "recipe and the whole brand" of the beer under a Creative Commons license. Sounds interesting, but I didn’t think that recipes themselves could be copyrighted in the first place; Alan on A Good Beer Blog has a good point about this. The odd thing about this – and an example of the wacky thinking about copyright being spouted at Boing – … Continue reading →

Beer’s image crisis

Apparently, beer has an image crisis. Miller Brewing. President Norman Adami said, "The single biggest threat facing the American beer business today is the possibility that we will allow the American consumer to get bored with beer." So what are brewers doing about it? For one thing, they are spending more money on promotions, including what they call on-premise spending. That means mostly bars and restaurants, but also hotels, clubs, and concession stands. Wow. Seems … Continue reading →

The Year in Beer

I missed this when it first came out: The year in beer from the Oregonian. It’s very Oregon-centric, of course. Events highlighted include the death of Robert MacTarnahan, Governator Ale, and the beer-swilling bear. Best Beer Books: "Travels With Barley, A Journey Through Beer Culture in America," by Ken Wells, and "Radical Brewing," by Randy Mosher. Best Beer Name: Muscat Love, Widmer’s special beer that used muscatel grapes and lemon grass. Best Trend: Fresh hops. … Continue reading →