Monthly Archives: May 2005

Palestine’s first brewery

I can’t even imagine how hardcore you’d have to be to brew beer in Palestine. If you had wanted to set up a brewery producing high-quality Pilsner to the specifications of the German Beer Purity Laws of 1516, the occupied Palestinian West Bank would be just about the last place you would think of trying. Given the difficulties of transporting anything thanks to the Intifada and the Israeli checkpoints, not to mention the fact that … Continue reading →

Sunshine Wheat

Out to dinner the other night at the always excellent Zydeco in Bend, I tried a beer I had not had before: New Belgium Brewing‘s Sunshine Wheat. I wasn’t totally sure what to expect, but I was pleasantly surprised—it was spiced with coriander and orange peel, very much in the style of a Belgian witbier (or white beer). (I thought it was a bit odd that there was a wedge of orange—instead of lemon—on the … Continue reading →

Link dump

To make up for my lack of posting lately, and hopefully to get back on track, here’s a dump of beer-related links I’ve noticed lately. BlueOregon: Beer & Movies – an open discussion on the OLCC (Oregon Liquor Control Commission) considering creating a firm policy on the presence of beer and wine at the movies (like at McMenamins theater pubs Metroblogging Portland: Best/Worst places to go get a beer Pfiff!: Drunken tiger fighting style – … Continue reading →

Prohibition’s medical beer

The Smithsonian Magazine has a fascinating article on Prohibition and the rise of "medical beer" that was prescribed by doctors. And in the early months of 1921, a dedicated group of brewers, physicians and imbibers attempted to convince the U.S. Congress that beer was nothing less than vital medicine. Whatever craven thirsts might have inspired its advocates, the right of physicians to prescribe "medical beer" was the subject of intense national debate, drawing the attention … Continue reading →

Mt. Angel Brewing is open

Just got this comment on my item on Mt. Angel closing earlier this year: This article is in error. The Mt Angel Brewing Company closed for six weeks to completely remodel the kitchen and expand beer services during February and March. Mt Angel Brewing Company is currently open for business and has expanded to 20 beer taps and a full line of hand crafted soft drinks. Sorry for the confusion. Hal Oien Brewmeister Mt Angel … Continue reading →