Paulaner Oktoberfest-Märzen

The latest foray into Oktoberfest is Paulaner‘s Oktoberfest-Märzen, one of the classics. (I cited it in my 50 Beers to Drink Before You Die series.) It exemplifies the style; there’s really not much more that needs to be said. Appearance: Very clear, darkish red-orange. Fluffy white head. Smell: Very mild … Continue reading

Caldera Pale Ale

Caldera Brewing‘s canned Pale Ale is the first microbrew in a can that I’ve had. Nothing against canned beers; quite the contrary. I just hadn’t had a chance to try any yet. (Although the only two canned micros I can think of off the top of my head are Caldera’s … Continue reading

Northville Oktoberfest

Janet Bloom of Northville, Michigan, posted the details of this via the contact form: Northville Oktoberfest (at Community Park) Perfect blend of German beer, music, food, and traditional dance. Oct. 12-13, 2007 (Friday and Saturday) Fri. 6 pm – 11 pm Sat. Noon – 11 pm Beer Tent featuring: Warsteiner … Continue reading

"Beer Northwest" magazine

This looks cool: "Beer Northwest," a new regional beer magazine—regional to the Pacific Northwest of the U.S., that is. Their touting it as the "Regional Guide to Everything Beer": Designed with beer enthusiasts in mind, we take a unique look at the increasingly distinctive brew culture, including food and lifestyles … Continue reading

Spaten Oktoberfest

Oktoberfest continues this evening with the Spaten offering of the same name. Spaten is one of the better-known imports (as far as these things go), at least around these parts, and I’m keeping my eye out for Oktoberfests of all kinds these next couple of weeks. It’s a 5.9% alcohol … Continue reading

Widmer Okto

For this first official day of Oktoberfest I’m reviewing the Widmer seasonal offering, Okto. It’s an easy drinking, malty, rich beer that is 5.5% alcohol by volume. This is an ale, and not a true Oktoberfest-style lager (both the review sites say Amber Ale specifically). The Oktoberfest (Märzen) style is … Continue reading

Deschutes’ new Mirror Pond packaging

BeerAdvocate is schooling me; I live in the same town as Deschutes Brewery yet I’m getting news about them from a site based in Boston! The news I’m talking about is a new look the brewery is rolling out for Mirror Pond Pale Ale: Bend’s Deschutes Brewery unveiled a new … Continue reading

Deschutes Brewery’s mobile beer barrel

Deschutes Brewery has rolled out a new "mobile marketing tool" but I’m honestly not sure what the official name is; our local newspaper article is variously calling it the "Big Barrel," "mobile beer barrel" and the headline-labeled "mobile marketing tool" that I lifted. On the Deschutes site itself they point … Continue reading

Forst Kronen Speciale

Let me just start this review right off by saying, this turned out to be a bad bottle. Not a bad beer—that I can’t judge—but a bottle that went bad, or so I believe. It was one of the beers I bought from the restaurant garage sale that I acquired … Continue reading

Upcoming beer events: Central Oregon

I figured I should start keeping better track of local goings-on. If you’re in the Central Oregon (Bend) area sometime soon, check these out. Brewers’ Dinner When: Friday, September 21st, 6pm Where: McMenamins Old St. Francis School What: 6 p.m. | $50 per person; reservations required | 21 & over … Continue reading