Oregon BrewFest 2009: the beers

The updated Oregon Brewers Festival site has a terrific beers page that you can view to see each of the 81 beers being poured this year: and you can click each one to expand for more detail. It’s a neat interface, but too much clicking for my patience threshold. Good … Continue reading

Oregon Brew Fest week

I’m not doing a regular Theme Week this month but I’m compromising a bit because this week the Oregon Brewers Festival kicks off and I’ve got a ton of stuff to write about it. Sadly I won’t be attending again this year (scheduling conflicts only allow me to attend every … Continue reading

The Beer Hacker: Brewing on the cheap: Costs by style

This is the second part in a series of articles about the economic impact of brewing your own beer at home. (Note: Updated for 2017!) Other posts in this series: Brewing on the cheap Revising estimates All-grain vs. extract brewing The $20 beer challenge In the last (introductory) article, I … Continue reading

Hood River, Oregon

We did a day trip to Hood River, Oregon, mostly for fruit picking (cherries and blueberries are the fruit of the season right now), but true to form, I have some beer notes as well. In particular, we arrived just in time for Double Mountain Brewery to open for lunch, … Continue reading


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Mango Weizen

Back in April I picked up a bottle of Mango Weizen from Laughing Buddha Brewing—now known as Trade Route Brewing due to a legal dispute. The beer was new to my local Whole Foods and I’d been reading about the unusual brews Trade Route was producing (Purple Yam Porter, Ginger … Continue reading


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Black Butte XXI

I’d been eyeing the bottle of Black Butte XXI that Deschutes Brewery sent me for a few days before I broke down and opened it. That was four days ago, and I’ve been lax catching up with this review. Not for any particular reason, other than days just going by … Continue reading