Monthly Archives: May 2008

Homebrew Blogging Day: I remember when I started homebrewing

Here’s my homebrewing-themed post for the inaugural Homebrew Blogging Day, as launched by Adam on the Beer Bits 2 blog: "I remember when I started homebrewing." It was the mid-nineties, and I was just discovering good beer. (You can read about that in this month’s earlier Session.) My friend Justin had brought over some homebrewed beer—Toad Spit Stout, Charlie Papazian’s recipe—and even though I had some trepidation (this being my first ever taste of homebrew, … Continue reading →

Old Scratch Amber Lager

Ah, some more Flying Dog goodness. Old Scratch is one of their mainstay beers, a 5.5% ABV lager that has some strong German roots but has the uniquely American twist: it’s a steam beer—that is, a California Common of the "Anchor Steam" variety. That means, even though it’s a lager, it’s fermented at ale temperatures (they call it "medium temperature") to develop ale characteristics. There are few enough of these styles out there that it’s … Continue reading →

Double Dog Double Pale Ale

Flying Dog‘s Double Dog Double Pale Ale is one of the Canis Major series of (extreme) beers that I received in the promo pack earlier this month. I’ve been seeing reviews of this beer pop up occasionally on the blogs and they’ve all been positive so I was eager to try this one out. This truly is a "double" pale ale: 10.5% alcohol by volume! (The website says 11.5, but 10.5 is what’s on the … Continue reading →

Deschutes Chocolate Beer Pairing Dinner

This Saturday, May 31st, Deschutes Brewery is hosting a Chocolate Beer Pairing Dinner. It starts at 6pm and costs $65 per person (all inclusive). MENU: Passed appetizer – Cocoa and Ancho Dusted Scallops on a Plantain Chip Paired with St Abe Belgian Artisanal Ale Plated Appetizer – Duck Enchilada with Mole Sauce Paired with Chocolate Pale Ale Salad – Blueberry and Micro Green Salad with White Chocolate and Lavender Vinaigrette Paired with Black Butte XX … Continue reading →

Labels for the 2 Deschutes beers…

This is what happens when I post late at night… I forgot to include the images of the labels in the press release I posted last night. But they were included in the email, so here they are: