BreweriesSKW Brewing in Newport, Oregon

It’s funny how people seem to catch wind of something like a new microbrewery at the same time; in this particular case I’m referring to SKW Brewing, the new (less than a year old) ultra-micro (perhaps “nano”) brewery over in Newport, Oregon. I was completely unaware of it until last … Continue reading

EventsIf I lived in Portland, I would totally go to these

Two beer events are taking place in Portland this weekend that sound like “must visits” for the beer lover. The Beer, Brats & Music Fest at Raccoon Lodge/Cascade Brewing. Live music, no cover charge, and some beers you’re not going to find anywhere else (guaranteed): Honey Moon, a honey-sweetened barrel-conditioned … Continue reading

HomebrewingThe Beer Hacker: Brewing on the cheap

This is the first part in a series of articles about the economic impact of brewing your own beer at home. This first article is an introduction and sets up our assumptions and base numbers to work with; later articles are going to look at the relative costs of brewing … Continue reading

ReviewsSan Diego beer notes: O’Brien’s Beer Bar

On Saturday during our trip to San Diego, my brother and I (along with a friend of his and two kids) made it down to O’Brien’s Beer Bar. O’Brien’s is my brother’s favorite bar in San Diego—I believe he even said “the best”—because of their incredible beer list and atmosphere. … Continue reading

Marketing/PRReceived: Black Butte XXI

The other day this arrived at my door from Deschutes Brewery: Their Black Butte XXI, this year’s anniversary Reserve Series batch of “double” Black Butte Porter. This year’s version is brewed with chocolate beans and coffee, with 20% aged in bourbon barrels. It’s 11% alcohol by volume. And it’s very … Continue reading

Food & BeerThe Session #30 announced

The announcement for next month’s Session (#30!) is up over at Beer 47: Beer Desserts. Beer may not be a common ingredient in desserts but when it is used properly, the results can be very delicious. A couple of desserts that I’ve tried making in the past have been beer … Continue reading