Trick or treat

Random bits for you this Halloween… mostly treats instead of tricks, I hope. I considered doing a "Halloween beers" post, then remembered I did the same this in 2005 and 2006, and I really have nothing to add to those. Well, almost; this list is pulled from the comments, and … Continue reading

Press Release: Craft Beer and the Holidays – A Perfect Pairing

This is mostly Flying Dog-oriented, but since they also host the Beer Dinners website, it’s appropriate. Plus, I got a kick out of the "" domain name. I can’t help it; it makes me laugh. Flying Dog Brewery ties together American craft beer flavors with traditional holiday foods Flying Dog … Continue reading

Press Release: Sip, Savor and Share this Rich, Malty Brew From A-B

Yep, a Doppelbock from Anheuser-Busch. Pretty unusual—particularly one at 8.5% ABV! I’d try it. Brew Masters’ Private Reserve by Budweiser Perfect for Holiday Entertaining Hearty holiday meals wouldn’t be complete without a great beer to accompany them – particularly one that looks great on the table. Brew Masters’ Private Reserve … Continue reading

Stream of consciousness

No, this is not beer-induced (or influenced) stream of consciousness, unfortunately… By now everyone in the beer world (and some in the "real" world too, no doubt) have heard about the "Sam Adams" flap between the Boston Beer Company and actual Portland resident Sam Adams. To wit, Sam Adams (of … Continue reading

"Beervana" documentary on OPB

This is interesting: Oregon Public Broadcasting‘s "Oregon Experience" program is debuting a beer history documentary on November 5: "Beervana". Beer brewing has a long, colorful history in Oregon. Today, Portland is known as the beer capital of the world. Oregonians have long been enthusiastic about their beer. In 1852, beer … Continue reading

Book Review: The Beer Journal

A couple of weeks ago Chris Wright was kind enough to send me a copy of his book, The Beer Journal (Amazon link), for review, and I’m finally getting around to reviewing it. Coming in three editions (paperback, spiral-bound, and hardcover), The Beer Journal is a combination of a style … Continue reading

Post Theme Week

Some post-Theme Week wrapup notes and thoughts… "Fresh hops" is certainly topical right now, but I also found it a bit harder to blog about when you don’t really have access to many beers to sample. Of course, that just forced me to be a bit more creative in coming … Continue reading

Fresh Hops Week: The bottled list

Earlier in the week I was ruminating on the overall number of fresh hop beers out there, but the conclusion is that it’s really a moving target: many (most) are highly seasonal, draft-only batches (often one-offs) usually only available on location. So I did deeper research, looking for breweries that … Continue reading

Fresh Hops Week: Three more reviews

The problem with reviewing fresh hop beers is that they’re so regional; the only one I’ve thus far been able to get in the bottle is (local) Hop Trip, and unless I’m willing to travel (which obviously isn’t convenient), the only other ones available to me are ultra-local brews—which, unless … Continue reading

Fresh Hops Week: Fresh Hop Tastival

I’d previously mentioned (briefly) a bit about the Fresh Hop Beer Tastival coming here to Bend at the end of the month, but I hadn’t expanded upon it. Essentially, it’s a traveling beer festival, dedicated to fresh hop beers from Oregon brewers, and it’s been hitting a different city each … Continue reading