Monthly Archives: February 2009

Oregon Beer Week: Full Sail 21

Full Sail is one of the "old guard" among Oregon brewers; they were founded in 1987 in Hood River. According to their Wikipedia entry, Full Sail was the first craft brewery in the Pacific Northwest to bottle their beer for retail—something I did not know, actually. In 1989 they won a Gold Medal at the Great American Beer Festival for their flagship Amber Ale, and have been brewing top-quality beers ever since. Last year, to … Continue reading →

Oregon Beer Week

As regular readers are no doubt aware (thanks to my incessant blogging last week on the subject), this past Saturday, February 14th, was the state of Oregon’s 150th birthday—its sesquicentennial. I’m a pretty big fan of this state—I was born and raised here, after all—and given that Oregon is one of the preeminent brewing centers of the country (world?), it seemed like a no-brainer that I would combine the Oregon sesquicentennial celebration with Theme Week … Continue reading →

Bourbon County Brand Stout

For the 1000th batch of beer produced by the original Goose Island brewpub, they went all-out and brewed a huge imperial stout that was then aged for 100 days in bourbon barrels. The result is their Bourbon County Brand Stout, a big 13% alcohol monster that, in the quote on the label, "overpowers anything in the room." I’m actually unclear if the beer was originally their 1000th batch and they’ve been brewed it seasonally since; … Continue reading →

Deschutes Brewery’s sesquicentennial beers

Following up on the Oregon Sesquicentennial beer notes, Deschutes Brewery posted on their blog today the details on the two beers they brewed for Oregon’s 150th: Maiden Oregon Ale, brewed at our Portland Brew Pub by Cam O’Connor, is a Belgian amber ale that was brewed using Crystal hops from the Willamette valley, organic 2-row barley from Klamath Falls, water from Mt. Hood, Oregon beet sugar from Nyssa, and yeast from Wyeast labs in Hood … Continue reading →

Some other Oregon Sesquicentennial beers

I mentioned several weeks back that Rogue is brewing an official Sesquicentennial Ale to celebrate Oregon’s 150th birthday, coming up this February 14th. I also noted that Deschutes is brewing two as well, and I wondered what other Oregon brewers may be up to. So I started emailing them. I haven’t gotten to all of them yet, but do have some results to report. Not surprisingly, most of them aren’t brewing anything special. But a … Continue reading →