Monthly Archives: November 2008

Bend Brewing bottling HopHead this week

Bend Brewing Company has posted on their website that they’re bottling their HopHead Imperial IPA for release this Friday, November 28th. Needless to say, this is a pretty limited release and while it might not be up to Abyss proportions, I expect they will sell out fairly quickly. HopHead, you may recall, won the Gold medal at the Great American Beer Festival two years ago, and won the Bronze medal this year. It’s 8.8% alcohol … Continue reading →

Received: A pair of Shipyard exclusives

Last week a package arrived from Shipyard Brewing, containing these: Those are the two beers in the Pugsley’s Signature Series of beers being offered by Shipyard: Barley Wine and Imperial Porter. You can read more about them from their blog: Pugsley’s Signature Series is named after Shipyard Brewing Company’s master brewer, Alan Pugsley. Alan is from Hampshire, England where he worked with Peter Austin at the world-famous Ringwood Brewery before moving to the United States … Continue reading →

Deschutes Brewery Week: Inversion IPA

I first reviewed Inversion IPA two years ago, not long after it first came out. I quite liked it then, and I like it even better now. I chalk that up not only to it being an excellent beer, but to the fact that Deschutes really put some effort into its development. The story goes (or at least, my apocryphal version of it), the Brewery’s Quail Springs IPA just wasn’t cutting it with consumers—it was … Continue reading →

Deschutes Brewery Week: Bachelor ESB

Deschutes’ Bachelor ESB is another of their standard beers that, like Cascade Ale, is often overlooked in favor of their higher-profile beers—but is, in fact, one of their most award-winning offerings. At 5.3%, this is actually a bit stronger than the more popular Mirror Pond Pale Ale. This is a terrific beer, one I really need to drink more often. And here’s a hint: at the Pub, they have Bachelor Bitter—which is the same—only on … Continue reading →

Deschutes Brewery Week: Variety is the spice of life

One of the things that impresses me about Deschutes Brewery is the sheer number of varieties of beer they offer—not just the specials, but for the standard lineup as well. There’s a beer for almost any mood or occasion. Want a light lawnmower beer? Cascade Ale. American Amber? Green Lakes Organic Ale. Organic ale? Natch. Darker beer? Black Butte Porter or Obsidian Stout. Fresh Hop? Yup. You see where I’m going here. Between the regulars, … Continue reading →