Monthly Archives: June 2007

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 of the 19th Anniversary to review later—but I thought I’d blog a few notes about what I had. (You can see the current lineup here.) … 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 out if I’d be interested in samples. Uh, yeah! I expected one or two bottles to try, so imagine my surprise when the box came … 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 better when it’s successful.) It’s an 8% alcohol beer… with a 750ml bottle, you have to be careful. One to enjoy slowly, or with friends. … 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 are ahead of their time. I think Lost Abbey is pretty much avant garde in that sense, combining traditional Belgian styles with the "new" American … 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 has collected 66 of them, full-length MP3s. The page reads a bit like a Bud PR site, but oh well. YouTube: Banned Commercial – beer … Continue reading →