EventsMore about the upcoming Fresh Hop Tastivals

I posted last month about this year’s Fresh Hop Tastivals, and the Hood River one took place on the 4th, last weekend. The next two are coming up the 18th and the 25th, in Portland and Eugene, respectively. Ironically, on the 18th I’ll be attending Deschutes Brewery‘s Fresh Hop Beer … Continue reading

EventsI’d be seriously remiss if I didn’t mention…

The Great American Beer Festival started today. I’ve been following the ramp-up among the bloggers as they’ve been getting ready and traveling to it… this year likely would’ve been the year I’d have gone, had I not been affected by the economic downturn. (Don’t worry, everything turned out fine—but you … Continue reading

The SessionThe next Session: It’s #21 (legal!)

Next month’s Session is the 21st Beer Blogging Friday since it all started—which might be more of a milestone than #20 since, as I’m shamelessly lifting from someone else, 21 makes it "legal." The topic for the next Session (which is November 7th) comes from A World of Brews: When … Continue reading

ReviewsPipeline Porter

Somehow between last month when I blogged about receiving Kona Brewing’s Pipeline Porter and now, I forgot to actually post, you know, the review. (I also missed two others I needed to post, but that’s another time.) Pipeline Porter is the seasonal from Kona that (you may recall) is actually … Continue reading

ReviewsJack’s Pumpkin Spice Ale (2008)

To spoil things right away: this year’s version of Jack’s Pumpkin Spice Ale that I received is much better than last year’s. Jack’s is brewed by Anheuser-Busch under the Michelob label, and it’s brewed with "farm-grown pumpkins, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and cloves" to a 5.5% alcohol beer. Appearance: Clear, bright … Continue reading

Marketing/PRReceived: Flying Dog Dogtoberfest

Late last week—but in time for the last few days of Oktoberfest—I received a Flying Dog beer care package. Inside: their seasonal Dogtoberfest. This Märzen-style fall seasonal is 5.3% alcohol by volume and brewed with 100% German ingredients (imported); they’re aiming for authenticity. I received a bottle last year as … Continue reading

The SessionThe Session #20: Beer and Memories

Today is the first Friday of October, which means it’s time for The Session—the group beer blogging event that brings together bloggers of all stripes to write about a common topic or theme. The theme for this month’s Session—the twentieth, which I’m sure has to be some sort of milestone—is … Continue reading