Monthly Archives: September 2006

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. on opening beer bottles with a helicopter. Utterly amazing.

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? Over on BeerAdvocate, they actually have a Pumpkin Ale style, with 110 different beers listed! Not all of those are still produced, though. Still, that’s … 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. Update: As promised, more Oktoberfest 2006 content here.

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 Welsh druids in the 9th Century, elderberry black ale was part of the Celtic Autumn festivals when the "elders" would make this strong ale and … 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 a regular batch. It’s pretty good, I need to write a review of it. I don’t know the alcohol content though—if I had recorded the … Continue reading →