Monthly Archives: February 2009

Oregon Beer Week: Believer Double Red Ale

Ninkasi Brewing, over in Eugene, has only been brewing since mid-2006 but in that time they’ve become one of Oregon’s most talked-about breweries. But with good reason; Jeff declared their Believer Double Red Ale the Best Beer of 2006—his highly-coveted Satori Award—and I’ve literally heard nothing but good things about them. So with such a highly decorated beer, how could I not write about it? Here’s how they themselves describe Believer: A rich deep red … Continue reading →

Oregon Beer Week: Black Bear XX Stout

Alameda Brewhouse, in Portland, is another brewery that (like Laurelwood) has recently started bottling their beers. (Or again like Laurelwood, if they’ve been bottling longer, they only just arrived here in Bend.) Alameda been around since 1996 and aside from producing some funky, notable beers (Burghead Pictish Heather Ale, Spring Rose Doppelbock with rose petals), I really don’t know much about them. So I was excited to find two of their beers available in 22-ounce … Continue reading →

Oregon Beer Week: Vinter Varmer

Laurelwood Brewery in Portland is on a roll. They opened in 2001, became certified organic in 2002 (the first brewery in Portland to do so), have expanded into five restaurant locations, and just recently started bottling their beer. Or, more correctly, I should say their beer became available here in bottles recently for the first time. I don’t know precisely when they started bottling it. Always keeping an eye out for seasonals and special bottlings, … Continue reading →

Oregon Beer Week: The Oregon beer tax

Right now the big news in Oregon beer is the proposed tax hike on that same beer: a Draconian 1900% increase is the proposal. According to KGW (quoting Laurelwood’s Mike De Kalb), that would end up raising the price of a pint of beer to $6. Other good coverage: The Oregonian Jeff at Beervana has lots of good stuff to say Jeff also has a good article at BlueOregon covering it And the Oregon Brewers … Continue reading →

Oregon Beer Week: HopHead Imperial IPA

Bend Brewing Company is Central Oregon’s second-oldest brewery (after Deschutes)—though technically they are a brewpub, only brewing and serving on-premise and not (usually) bottling their beer for sale. Established in 1995, the brewpub developed a loyal following among the locals, and when Brewmaster Tonya Cornett took over brewing duties in 2002, the awards followed: a gold medal at 2006’s Great American Beer Festival for HopHead Imperial IPA, which won the bronze again in 2008. (There … Continue reading →