Monthly Archives: September 2007

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 one of my absolute favorites and this generally applies to similarly styled (and well done) Amber Ales—the big malt sweetness and low hopping just tastes … 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 label for its award-winning Mirror Pond Pale Ale this week. The label depicts the actual Mirror Pond, a tranquil stretch of the Deschutes River that … 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 to and call it the "Neighborhood Hops Traveling Beer Festival" which is a mouthful but I kind of like it—only "Traveling Beer Festival" isn’t really … 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 the Boss Beers from—and if you recall, I was a bit worried about the condition those beers might be in. So why bother reviewing the … 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 We give thanks, brewers of McMenamins, for all your hard work. And now, let’s drink to the fruits of your labors with a pint of… … Continue reading →