The Next Session: July 4th

Rob over at Pfiff! has announced Session #17: Going Against the Grain Bill: Solstice Edition. An enigmatic title like that deserves some explanation: The subject for July’s Session could be summed up thusly: Drinking anti-seasonally. Think of this as the unorthodox cousin of such topics as "beer and food" and … Continue reading

Twilight Ale (2008)

I opened up the Twilight Ale I received from Deschutes this evening and quite enjoyed it. According to the Brewery, it’s made with a “harmonious blend of four hops” and is dry hopped with Amarillo hops. At only 5% alcohol by volume, it’s an excellent summertime session beer. Appearance: Light, … Continue reading

Next week is Theme Week

That’s right, next week is the third Monday of the month—which seems to have zoomed in quickly this month—so that means it’s Theme Week here at the Brew Site. All next week I’ll be blogging about beers related to a chosen theme, which is… Wheat Beers. (First one of many … Continue reading

Shakespeare Stout

I’ve written about Rogue‘s Shakespeare Stout before. In particular, I named it one of the "50 Beers to Drink Before You Die" and also mentioned it as a desert isle pick. Since it had been awhile since I’d drank one, I picked up a bottle back in March (which is … Continue reading

The Session #16: Beer Festivals

The first Friday of the month means it’s time for the group beer blogging session known, appropriately enough, as The Session! This month’s theme is courtesy of Geistbear Brewing Blog: Beer Festivals: As Summer approaches we are in full swing of beer festival season, so it seemed the perfect topic … Continue reading

Twilight Ale from Deschutes

I nearly forgot to mention that last Friday, I received a promotional package of Twilight Ale from Deschutes Brewery (following up on this press release I ran a few weeks ago). That’s their lighter, 5% summer seasonal and it’s just being released… I haven’t drank any of the promo beers … Continue reading

Kulmbacher Eisbock

I don’t recall for sure, but Kulmbacher Eisbock may well be the first true Eisbock I’ve had. Like the Pils, this came in my February Beer of the Month selection (via Shelton Brothers). It’s a very respectable 9.2% alcohol by volume, and I must say I really quite liked it—I … Continue reading

Where on the West Coast would you advise somebody to visit?

I received the following email today and thought it was worth publishing (with permission) for community feedback: Hi, from reading your blog, I assume you live in oregon so I was hoping that I may be able to get some advice from you. I am thinking about making a trip … Continue reading

Kulmbacher Pilsner

I’ve got a backlog of beer review notes that I haven’t posted yet—things get behind when I’m trying to keep up with current releases and such—so tonight’s review of Kulmbacher Pilsner is one of those. This is from the Beer of the Month Club selection that I’d received in February. … Continue reading

Chocolate Beer Pairing Dinner: Deschutes Brewery

Last night my wife and I attended Deschutes Brewery‘s Chocolate Beer Pairing Dinner, a five-course chocolate-themed event that paired excellent food with some of the Brewery’s latest chocolate-inspired beers. As I’d mentioned previously, I got an invite to attend on the house, and fortunately we were able to make it. … Continue reading