Gear and Gadgets Week: Retro toy: The Brew Master

I’m calling this gadget a "retro toy" because while the concept is fun to play with, the technology (on this particular item) is a good decade behind the times. What I’m talking about is the "Brew Master" from Excalibur Electronics (and it doesn’t seem to be available anymore from them, … Continue reading

Gear and Gadgets Week: Beer Pong

I’ve never written about beer pong here before because, frankly, it’s really not about beer as much as it is a (college) drinking game. But, I received an email lately promoting this—an inflatable "Poolside Pong Table" (with tote bag)—I figured it’s worth a look for G&G Week. (And, I could … Continue reading

Gear and Gadgets Week: The inflatable pub

An oldie but a goodie; Pete Brown discovered the inflatable pub recently, but Chris from Hail the Ale! first blogged about it back in 2005. The cool thing, though, is the fact that the manufacturer of the thing has multiple models available—and others "in concept." (Check out the Tiki bar … Continue reading

Gear and Gadgets Week

This week it’s something a little bit different: it’s Gear and Gadgets Week for Theme Week and instead of writing about beer directly, I’ll be writing about the various odds and ends and accoutrements related to beer. (Though no, despite the image I used in the logo badge there, I … Continue reading

Wild Goose IPA

Wild Goose IPA was in the PR package I received from Flying Dog; on the surface, this English-style India Pale Ale doesn’t seem to have anything to do with Flying Dog but as it turns out, FD owns the Wild Goose Brewery in Maryland. Its inclusion in the package is … Continue reading

Theme Week this Monday

This month seems to have flown by already, and Monday starts the third week—AKA Theme Week here at The Brew Site. For May’s theme, I’m taking a somewhat different tack that previous ones, in that I’m not writing about beers (or their styles) directly. Instead, it’s going to be Gear … Continue reading

Press Release: Deschutes Brewery Releases Twilight Ale

Hard to believe it’s already that time of year. Twilight Ale is definitely one of the locals’ favorites. June’s impending arrival signals the return of Deschutes Brewery’s summer seasonal, Twilight Ale. Employing four different hop varieties, the hints of citrus in this lively, crisp ale guarantee an easy-drinking beer that … Continue reading

Kerberos Tripel

I cracked open the Kerberos Tripel tonight, from the Flying Dog promo package I received last Friday. It’s Flying Dog’s version of a Belgian, er, Tripel style of ale, and they’ve put some effort into recreating the "Tripel experience." (I just made that up. Basically, they’ve tried to be faithful … Continue reading

So it’s American Craft Beer Week…

…an event which I’ve blogged about in the past but somehow managed to sneak up on me this year. I must be losing my touch! American Craft Beer Week (May 12-18), which is celebrated annually, highlights the industry and culture of craft beer. This year, breweries and beer makers will … Continue reading

Nice writeup on Tonya Cornett

Earlier in the week a nice writeup of Tonya Cornett of Bend Brewing Company hit the Oregonian, and it’s been making the rounds. Cornett is the first female brewer to win a Champion Brewmaster award at the World Beer Cup this year, which is the occasion for the article. Congrats, … Continue reading