Monthly Archives: October 2009

French Beer Week

It’s Theme Week again this week at The Brew Site, and this month I’ve selected the beers of France to write about all week. French beers are a topic that no one seems to talk much about: France after all is most known for their wine. French Beer Week was inspired by this month’s Session, wherein I wrote a bit about the Bière de Garde style, the only beer style native to France. (In fact, … Continue reading →

Michelob Rye P.A.

Michelob‘s new Rye P.A. is a “Rye India Pale Ale”, with 5.9% alcohol and some 50 IBUs and previously only available at beer festivals. Michelob sent me a sample of the beer, coinciding with its appearance in this year’s Fall/Winter Sampler Pack. I will admit right off that releasing a rye-based beer caught my attention. (It’s also brewed with two-row and caramel malts.) Rye beers are not something you see terribly often in large part … Continue reading →

News and link roundup

Odds and ends in review for the end of the week. Canfest was today. I first mentioned Canfest last month: held in Reno by Buckbean Brewing, the “International Canned Beer Festival”  brought microbrewers from all over who can their beers. There was judging and a $35 entrance fee. I was hoping for some judging results but since they lasted until (at least) 10:30pm tonight, I doubt they’ll be online before sunrise. Here in Bend, the … Continue reading →

Received: A pair of Michelobs

These two beers came in a package for me today: Michelob Bavarian Wheat and the one I’m more interested in trying, their new Rye P.A.—a Rye India Pale Ale. The original press release is here. It’s 5.9% alcohol by volume and has 50 IBUs—not exactly traditional IPA territory but it still sounds interesting. I like how Michelob is the arm of Anheuser-Busch doing more experimental beers, stuff you wouldn’t expect to see coming from A-B, … Continue reading →

I showed up in my local newspaper today…

…talking about seasonal beers. Much more of a “feature” than I expected—I only spent about 10 minutes on the phone with the reporter. But that’s okay, it was fun, and mostly accurate. Summer is a great time for light, easy-drinking, thirst-quenching brews. But when you’re talking about dark, rich, flavorful beer, you’re talking about fall and winter beer. Six local breweries have special seasonal brews on tap for the fall and winter months. Many are … Continue reading →