Monthly Archives: June 2007

Press Release: This July Celebrate Oregon Craft Beer Month

Good grief, is it nearly July already? Where is this year going? Aside from that, good stuff happening in July. The Oregon Brewers Festival Turns 20 This Year. Oregon celebrates its profusion of good beer all year, but July is the state’s official Craft Beer Month. 2007 marks the 20th anniversary of the Oregon Brewers Festival from July 26th to 29th. This year’s festival features 74 beers from craft brewers around the country along with … Continue reading →

Long Hammer IPA

Finally, the official review for the Long Hammer IPA samples I received last week. First, some stats on the beer itself. Just to recap, Long Hammer is brewed by Redhook, a relaunch of their IPA with a new name and packaging. Grain Variety: 2-row Klages, Munich and Crystal Hop Variety: Northern Brewer, Willamette, Cascade Flavor Profile: Aggressively hopped, dry and crisp finish Color: Brass (8.4 SRM) Bitterness Units: 38.5 IBU Alcohol % Weight: 5.10 Alcohol … Continue reading →

The Angel’s Share

The Angel’s Share is a Lost Abbey Strong Ale that is barrel-aged for six months and is a respectable 10.5% alcohol by volume. My paltry one-line description there doesn’t do it justice; here’s the description from the website (and bottle): Down in Kentucky and across the pond in Scotland, distillers who age their whiskeys for many years refer to the evaporation of the spirits from their barrels as “The Angel’s Share.” We couldn’t agree more. … Continue reading →

10 Commandments

We had friends over this weekend, beer loving/brewing friends, so I broke out the higher-alcohol Lost Abbey beers to share, starting with 10 Commandments. This is a 9% alcohol Belgian strong ale, notably one of the ones brewed with raisins. Actually, more than just raisins; their press release says a Belgian-style dark farmhouse brewed with raisins, fresh rosemary and honey. As an added twist, a secondary wild yeast was also added to the brew during … Continue reading →

Long Hammer IPA photos

As promised, here are a couple of photos of the Long Hammer IPA promo samples I received. I like the packaging; it’s clear and uncluttered. The color scheme works, too. Cool bottle, too; the label is split into two halves—allowing the raised-glass impression of barley to be prominent. That’s a nice touch; many brewers these days have custom bottles made with the raised-glass impression along the upper have curve of the bottle (you can see … Continue reading →