Monthly Archives: July 2007

Redhook’s Defy Ordinary Coaster Contest

This is a cross between a press release and commentary. First, the PR part: Recently, Redhook has launched an opportunity for its fans to immortalize themselves—in a soggy, cardboardy way. By visiting, fans can show how they defy ordinary by entering a simple picture. It will be displayed on the Web site gallery for all to admire. In September, eight coasters will be chosen as winners; thousands of copies of each coaster will be … Continue reading →

Dad’s Little Helper

The subtitle to Rogue‘s Dad’s Little Helper is "Malt Liquor" but don’t let that dissuade you—as their site quotes John Maier, "This ain’t your Dad’s malt liquor." It’s got the signature Rogue twist to it: it’s good! We picked up a bottle when we were in Ashland a few weeks ago, and though I probably didn’t need to travel all the way to Southern Oregon to buy it (I’ve seen it here), I hadn’t tried … Continue reading →

OBF Countdown: The beers

I’m looking over the list of participating breweries for the OBF and coming up with a list of must-tries. 73 breweries this year! And I’m sure there will be at least one or two last-minute changes or substitutions. There’s a fair number of beers I’ve already sampled, so like last year, I’m primarily focusing on the new (or very unusual) beers. My Have-to-Try list is starting to look like: Amnesia Brewing: Dry Hopped Dusty Trail … Continue reading →

In-depth history of the Rainier Beer commercials

About a year ago I pointed to the classic motorcycle Rainier Beer commercial on YouTube (found by Jeff) and wondered a bit about some of the other Rainier commercials. Today, I got an email from Ed Leimbacher (blog), who, it turns out, was key in the development of those: For a dozen years from 1973 to 1985, I was the official writer-producer for all the Rainier Beer ads released during that stretch of time—each year … Continue reading →

Oregon Brewers Festival! Who’s going?

I am! The Oregon Brewers Festival starts up in just under two weeks, and I plan on being there Friday and Saturday. I’ll be taking notes, taking pictures, and my plan is to make it more of a "blogging" trip, if I can: try to be more involved with the overall Fest with an eye towards the writing/documenting part of things… (Does that make sense?) So, other bloggers going again this year? If so, we … Continue reading →