Baltika Porter

Baltika Porter is "Number 6" in the lineup of beers from the Russian brewery: a Baltic Porter. Baltic Porters are akin to Russian Imperial Stouts in that they can easily range from 7 to 10% alcohol by volume, and are robust, dark, roasty brews—the original Imperial Porters. In honor of … Continue reading

Michael Jackson has passed away

Just a quick note to observe the passing of Michael Jackson, the Beer Hunter; many of the other blogs are also writing about this, and they’re doing a much better job than I. Jackson was the King of Beer Writers and his contributions will be missed.

Pyramid Imperial Hefeweizen available

According to the press release posted on BeerAdvocate, Pyramid has released an Imperial Hefeweizen… the first of its kind. Well, I’m assuming they mean it’s the first “official” Imp Hefe… the headline says, “a Craft Beer Category First.” What else would they mean? Pyramid’s new Imperial Hefeweizen, like our flagship … Continue reading

Turmoil: Black IPA

My friend Kina from Baker City recently gave me a growler of the latest brew from Barley Brown’s Brewpub over there (one of the very few breweries in Eastern Oregon), named Turmoil. The style is a "Black IPA"; it’s a 7.6% alcohol ale, super hopped, and the twist is the … Continue reading


The other day I received a promotional bottle of Flying Dog‘s Dogtoberfest, to go along with the press release. This is their fall seasonal, and a nice reminder that Oktoberfest is right around the corner (September 22 to October 7 this year). This is their beer that is brewed with … Continue reading

John’s Marketplace, Portland, OR

I keep mentioning John’s Marketplace in all my recent reviews, so I figured it was finally time to write a bit about the store itself here. Located in Portland, Oregon, in the Multnomah Village neighborhood, the store from the outside looks like a completely unassuming neighborhood market and grocery. There’s … Continue reading

Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Märzen

This is one of the original smokebeers; Aecht Schlenkerla is based in Bamberg, Germany, and smokes their malt over open fires. They’ve been doing this for hundreds of years and their Rauchbier is, simply, some of the best there is. This was another purchase from John’s Marketplace in Portland… I … Continue reading

Midas Touch Golden Elixir

I found Dogfish’s staple Midas Touch in Portland at John’s Marketplace and you know, I’m always on the lookout for Dogfish Head beers these days… it was a no-brainer. Midas Touch is the first of their "historic recreation" beers, based on the archaeological remains of vessels found in a tomb … Continue reading

Press Release: Beer Fresh From the Vine

Oregon Brewers Guild and Oregon Bounty Produce Fresh Hop Beer Tastivals This Fall the Oregon Brewers Guild is partnering with Oregon Bounty to produce a series of “Tastivals” to celebrate the release of Oregon’s fresh hop beers. These much anticipated seasonal beers are brewed only once a year during hop … Continue reading

That Bronze Age Irish brew…

By now the news about the Bronze Age Irish beer has been seen and commented on (I think Jay’s post is the most extensive), and I really didn’t have anything to add. Well, until now. I’m wondering when Dogfish Head will get around to brewing this beer? Seriously! They already … Continue reading