Lyke 2 Drink’s GABF writing

Good grief, when I mentioned that the Lyke 2 Drink blog would be (sort of) live blogging the Great American Beer Festival, I figured he’d file a blog entry or two for each day… but in reality, he wrote 11 posts yesterday! He’s a machine! Two I’ll hightlight are the … Continue reading

Bierleichen (Oktoberfest 2006 redux)

As promised, some more substance to this Oktoberfest thing. We’re smack in the middle of Oktoberfest right now; it runs from September 16th through October 3rd this year. This seems to be a source of confusion for people, since the name "Oktoberfest" seems like it should, naturally, fall entirely in … Continue reading

GABF 2006

The Great American Beer Festival starts Thursday! This year it’s running from the 28th through the 30th at the Denver Convention Center in Denver, Colorado. It’s also the 25th anniversary of the Festival. There are going to be seminars, beer tastings (naturally!), book signings, beer and food pairings, and of … Continue reading

Press Release: Oregon Brewers Up 24% the First Half of 2006

From the Oregon Brewers Guild… Guild members double the national growth average Oregon Brewers Guild members beer production grew at a rate of nearly 24 percent in the first half of 2006 compared to the same period in 2005. “Oregon’s craft brewers are growing faster than the exceptional growth rate … Continue reading

Opening beer with a helicopter

I’ve been hearing about opening bottles of beer with all sorts of various objects and in various ways lately, but this one takes the cake: opening beer bottles via helicopter. I kid you not. It’s a totally insane (yet apparently real) video of a contest between Japan and the U.S. … Continue reading

Pumpkin beer ruminations

Pumpkins in Central Oregon I’ve got pumpkin beer on the mind… right now, I’m the #1 result on Google for "pumpkin ale recipe", #3 for "pumpkin ale", #7 for "pumpkin beer"… On Yahoo, I’m #2 for "pumpkin ale recipe" and #9 for "pumpkin ale". Does that make me an expert? … Continue reading

Oktoberfest 2006

It pretty much snuck up on me: today is the official start of Oktoberfest! It runs 18 days this year, until October 3rd. I need to pick up some appropriate beer! Anyway, just a placer blog post as I thought of it; I’ll follow up later with more actual substance. … Continue reading

Ebulum Elderberry Black Ale

When I had picked up the heather ale in Portland last month, I also bought a bottle of Ebulum Elderberry Black Ale, brewed by the same brewery as the Fraoch. How could I not? It was such an unusual-sounding beer. Here’s the description from their website: Introduced to Scotland by … Continue reading


It’s been ages since I’ve done as much homebrewing as I’ve been doing lately, and I’ve been meaning to write a bit about it. Here’s what’s been brewing: The Two-Penny Ale made over the 4th of July holiday. I ended up with something like 30 bottles worth, just over half … Continue reading