2° Below Winter Ale

2° Below is the Fall/Winter seasonal release from New Belgium Brewing. Rather than a Winter Warmer, though, it’s an ESB (Extra Special Bitter), dry-hopped, at 6.6% alcohol by volume. NB says: We like to think we beat winter at its own game with 2°Below Winter Ale- a bright, warming blast … Continue reading

February Theme Week ideas

I’m casting about for ideas for this month’s Theme Week, which starts (as always) on the third Monday: February 18th. (Which also happens to be President’s Day here in the U.S.) One of my first thoughts was to do a "Fruit Beer" theme, in honor of Valentine’s Day. (Or perhaps … Continue reading

The Abyss

Now that some of the furor over Deschutes Brewery‘s The Abyss has died down, I thought it was high time to open up the bottle that Deschutes very graciously sent me and write about it. (Actually, I don’t know that it has died down completely… there are still bottles of … Continue reading

The Beer Hacker: Web-based beer brewing software

One year ago I wrote about Beer Brewing Software, reviewing five Windows programs and ultimately picking BeerSmith as the overall best brewing software available. (It still is, by the way.) At the time, I wrote: I only looked at programs that run on a single computer—even though in this wired-internet-“web … Continue reading

Press Release: Cinder Cone Red Returns in Time for Spring

This press release came into my email today. Cinder Cone Red, from Deschutes, is one of the more popular of their seasonal releases around here; it’s also solidly in the “Northwest Red” style of beers. (Cf.) Also, they’ve changed the label design up a bit; check out the before and … Continue reading

KLCC Microbrew Festival, Eugene

This weekend—Friday and Saturday the 8th and 9th to be exact—is the KLCC Microbrew Festival over in Eugene (Oregon). From 5 to 11pm each day, it’s at the Lane Events Center Exhibit Hall (796 W 13th) and costs $10 admission. Tasters are $1. (There’s also a homebrew competition; it’s a … Continue reading

Bad Elf

Bad Elf (subtitled "Winter’s Ale") is an English IPA from Ridgeway Brewing by way of Shelton Brothers. Their site says this about the beer: Olde England meets the New World in this strong, warming golden ale. A generous amount of famous English malt is masterfully balanced with an astounding 45 … Continue reading

Nutfield Old Man Ale

For my birthday a little over a month ago my wife got me a Beer of the Month subscription. We had received the first box a few days before, so I was able to actually open the box on my birthday and see what beers I received. The first beer … Continue reading

Session wrap-up wrap-up

This is a wrap-up to the Session wrap-up I posted last night and updated today… highlighting the extra links that came in since I’d first posted. (Updated) Beer at Joe’s covers Mikkeller Big Worse with a unique slant: video blog (vlog?). Not quite in the way you think, either. Jay … Continue reading

Session #12 wrap-up

Wow, there sure are a lot of bloggers participating in The Session… I think my prediction about The Session (and beer blogging in general) taking off this year is on-target. You’ve likely already read my Session contribution… so, here are all the rest. In order to be fair, I’ve tried … Continue reading