Monthly Archives: July 2007

Quick note: Wailua Wheat

Came across some quick notes I wrote down a few weeks ago for Kona Brewing‘s Wailua Wheat. I had it on tap here in Bend at Kona Mix Plate, a Hawaiian grill restaurant, and since I hadn’t heard of it before I tried it. What caught my eye about it is that it’s brewed with passion fruit—something I hadn’t seen in a beer before. Here are my notes: Flavored with Hawaiian passion fruit. Unique flavor; … Continue reading →

The Beer Hacker: Writing a Beer Blog: Part 1: Setting Up

A few years ago there were only a handful of beer-related blogs, but that number has been steadily growing, thanks in large part to the availability of free weblog-hosting services such as Blogger and WordPress.com and the low barrier to entry these services have introduced In fact, today it’s easier than ever to start a beer-themed blog, and over the next several Beer Hacker articles, I’m going to cover just that. The focus will primarily … Continue reading →

Deschutes 19th Anniversary Golden Ale

19th Anniversary Golden Ale is Deschutes Brewery‘s first ever bottled Belgian style ale, a nice 8.7% alcohol brew that I first tasted at the pub. I was impressed then and I’m still impressed after the bottled version. Appearance: Nice pale golden yellow… I fancy I even see a tinge of gold in the otherwise mostly white head. Fairly clear. Smell: Sweet, slightly flossy Belgian candi sugar, with some caramel. Taste: I notice right away the … Continue reading →

A plethora of lists

Seems like there’s been a lot of "Best Of" and "Top X" lists being thrown around lately… I love this stuff. Here’s a rundown of what I’ve seen thus far: Beervana Bests – The Beers: Jeff kicks off a (somewhat) ongoing series of the Best in Oregon. His lists are awesome. Nobody knows Oregon and Portland beer like Jeff does. Beervana Bests – Best Portland Brewpubs for Beer: Jeff’s three picks. I’ve been to one … Continue reading →

Twilight Ale

Twilight Ale is Deschutes Brewery‘s summer seasonal, one that is a locals’ favorite that everybody seems to be drinking when it comes out. It’s a nice, light, drinkable 5% alcohol brew that is, according to their website, "best enjoyed when chilled and consumed outdoors." I’ll drink to that. Appearance: Pale gold, a honey color. Not completely clear—a bit hazy. Smell: Clean hops and toasty biscuit grain. Very clean… hops are a tiny bit spicy. Taste: … Continue reading →