Monthly Archives: July 2009

Press Release: New Beer in Pugsley’s Signature Series: Smashed Pumpkin

Shipyard Brewing Company announces the release of a new beer in its Pugsley’s Signature Series line. Smashed Pumpkin will be available in late August exclusively in 22 oz. bottles and on draft. Smashed Pumpkin is a big-bodied beer with a light coppery orange color and pleasing aroma of pumpkin and nutmeg. The OG and final Alc./Vol. provide the structure and body. Pale Ale, Wheat and Light Munich Malts combine with the natural tannin in pumpkin … Continue reading →


Yes, an absinthe review is quite unusual for what is nominally (and normally) a beer blog, but it’s somewhat tangential and I’m pretty sure readers would find it interesting. Besides, the pictures are pretty cool. Last weekend my wife and I visited the Blacksmith Restaurant (here in Bend, natch) for their happy hour (they were serving free samples of Kobe beef), and I’ve highlighted the Blacksmith as a premier beer bar here in Central Oregon … Continue reading →

This Obama “beer summit” thing is out of control

I blogged the blurb about beer in the White House the other day and since then the whole story has been spiraling out of control. It’s ridiculous. Search Google News for “obama beer summit” and you’ll see how out of control and overblown this whole thing is. So I propose we give it an equally ridiculous name: “Lagergate.” It works on so many levels. Key thing to remember is, they’re not serving American beer at … Continue reading →

Various beer tidbits

→ To no real surprise, foreign beer is not served at the White House. I have to wonder, though, since Anheuser-Busch, MolsonCoors, and SABMiller are all foreign-owned companies, why are they going to serve Budweiser and Blue Moon? → Sierra Nevada Brewing is going to be releasing one of the world’s only estate-made beers. I really like this idea, and I’d love to get my hands on a bottle of their Estate Ale to try. … Continue reading →

Double Mountain Brewery

Double Mountain Brewery, in Hood River, Oregon, is located literally just around the corner from Full Sail Brewing, on the corner of 4th and Columbia. That’s not the only connection; brewmaster Matt Swihart was former head brewer at Full Sail for a good number of years before opening Double Mountain with partner Charlie Devereux. Open for two years now, it was my first visit though I’ve been hearing about them for some time now. In … Continue reading →