Dogfish Head’s Aprihop

Had Dogfish Head‘s unusual Aprihop last night. It was pretty good. The apricot is there, but understated… not an overly fruity beer, but nowhere near as awful as some fruit beers out there that also aren’t overly fruity. I’ll name some names in a moment. First, my notes. Appearance: Poured … Continue reading

Rogue FestiveAle

FestiveAle—another fine and slightly unusual beer from Rogue. Why unusual? It’s a Saison style beer brewed with, among other things, Grains of Paradise (which is actually a spice from West Africe similar to cardamom), myrtle leaves, bitter orange peel, and ginger root. I think I can honestly say I’ve never … Continue reading

Beer pouring robot

Yes, it’s already been all over the internet, but I just had to do it too: Asahi Breweries has designed a robot beer refrigerator that will open a can of beer and pour a perfect glass every time. They’re planning on giving 5000 of these away… in Japan only. To … Continue reading

India Pelican Ale

Tonight I opened up the bottle of India Pelican Ale (from Pelican Pub & Brewery) that I found at the Newport Avenue Market here in Bend. That’s a find, actually, because I’d never seen any Pelican brews anywhere outside of the Oregon Coast. The Pelican is one of my favorite … Continue reading


Not a whole lot to write about tonight, mostly because I’m super busy on a web project that needs to be done by the end of the month. But I did try a bottle of Widmer‘s Snowplow Milk Stout tonight, and I quite like it; I’ll do a formal review … Continue reading

Melbourn Brothers Strawberry

I had this beer last night, actually, but didn’t get around to writing about it yet: Melbourn Brothers Strawberry. I found it at Ray’s Food Place on Bend’s west side, hadn’t heard of it before. It turned out to be quite good, very much like a lambic—Melbourn’s relies on spontaneous … Continue reading

Extract recipe for Poor Richard’s Ale

Yes, I’m still on the topic of Poor Richard’s Ale. Today I thought I’d share the extract-based recipe for Poor Richard’s that I devised based on the all-grain recipe (PDF)—for those of us homebrewers who don’t brew all-grain yet, or don’t have the time. The recipe is a bit simpler … Continue reading

Bend Brewing Company’s Poor Richard’s Ale

Tonight I got to drink a pint of Poor Richard’s Ale at the Bend Brewing Company, although there’s a caveat: the place was packed, so it was standing-room only in the bar, thus I didn’t get to really do a proper tasting. It was pretty good, despite that. Reminds me … Continue reading

Brewing pumpkin

Last night I finally got around to making the pumpkin ale that I talked about way back in November (the pumpkin was frozen, so I was still able to use it). I followed my recipe here, with a couple of variations: I used American 2-row malt for the partial mash … Continue reading

Siletz Chocolate Porter

Tonight I cracked open the bottle of Siletz Chocolate Porter. I had high hopes for this beer, after reading some of the BeerAdvocate reviews, but I hate to say I was disappointed. I don’t know if I got a bad bottle (I suspect I may have), but it was definitely … Continue reading