Monthly Archives: March 2006

BJ’s Brewhouse (Portland)

While we were in Portland, we also had dinner at BJ’s Brewhouse, up on Weidler in the Convention Center district near the Lloyd Center Mall. BJ’s is actually a chain of brewpubs in various western states and Hawaii. Overall, the experience wasn’t bad, but the service left a bit to be desired. To start with, I will say their beer taster option is one of the best I’ve seen: seven tasters, five ounces each (which … Continue reading →

Horse Brass notes

I wanted to jot down some notes here from our quick trip to Portland this weekend, about the Horse Brass Pub. The Horse Brass is one of my favorite places in Portland for beer and food. In the style of an English pub, they offer real darts, dark wood furnishing, English food (bangers and mash, kidney pie, Scotch eggs), cigars, and a large number of good beers on tap (and more in the bottle). It’s … Continue reading →

Saison Dupont

I’d been holding on to a bottle of Saison Dupont I picked up just after Christmas time, looking forward to the day I’d drink it, thanks to this article which proclaimed it the best beer in the world. Naturally, reading that one particular beer is the best, period, tends to raise eyebrows. So while I had my doubts, my curiosity was aroused, and I finally opened up the bottle. I’ll start by saying that I … Continue reading →

The Beer Hacker: 5 Tips for Extract Brewing

Having brewed extract-based beer for years (I still haven’t made the jump to all grain), I thought I’d share some hacker-ish tips to help improve your extract brewing. These are tips that are aimed more for the beginning homebrewer, though hopefully more advanced brewers will appreciate them too.

Tasting the pumpkin ale

I opened a bottle of my recent pumpkin ale (bottled about two and a half weeks ago) to try it out, and it’s not bad. (I had actually had a small taster of it with some friends on Saturday, but tonight was the full bottle.) I’ll spare the full review treatment I’ve been giving all the beers lately—at least, for now. It could use a little more time maturing in the bottle, I think. The … Continue reading →