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 … 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: … 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 … 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 … 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 … Continue reading

Deschutes tasting notes

After work yesterday we headed down to the Deschutes Brewery for beer and dinner. I hadn’t been there in awhile and wanted to try some of the seasonals/specials they have on tap—particularly their new 19th Anniversary Golden Ale. I didn’t keep track for full reviews—in particular, I have a bottle … Continue reading

Long Hammer IPA PR pack

One of the many things I’m loving about blogging—and blogging about beer in particular—is the marketing perks that I’m receiving. This time around, it’s samples of Long Hammer IPA from Redhook. I ran the press release back in February for the (re)release of it, and recently was contacted to find … Continue reading

Lost and Found Abbey Ale

Lost and Found is another Lost Abbey beer, an abbey style ale (a Dubbel, according to BeerAdvocate) with an unusual addition: raisins. According to their site, they "created a special raisin puree for this beer." You don’t see that too often! I love it when a brewer gets creative. (Even … Continue reading

Avant Garde

Avant Garde is the third bottle I’ve opened from the big batch of Lost Abbey beers I received. The name is a play on the style of beer—Bière de Garde (French farmhouse ale)—but "avant garde" also has the meaning of being experimental, or on the edge—referring usually to things that … Continue reading

Lighthearted links

A couple of fun links some friends have sent this way. Bud Light Real Men of Genius Commercials: No, I can’t drink the stuff, but I have to admit I do enjoy those "Real Men of Genius" radio commercials. They’re just too funny, especially the singing parts. This blog post … Continue reading