Life & Limb

Surely one of the most hyped, talked-about beers of the last month or so is Life & Limb, the first ever collaboration beer between Sierra Nevada Brewing and Dogfish Head Brewery: partly because there was a social media firestorm that buoyed in (largely sparked by the highly effective Dogfish Publicity … Continue reading

The Advent Beer Calendar is tomorrow

The first of December heralds the start of the Advent Beer Calendar, an annual tradition here at The Brew Site going back to 2005. This year’s Calendar is the fifth incarnation(!), and this year in addition to selecting the various Christmas beers myself I thought it would be fun to … Continue reading

Holiday Ale Festival

The Holiday Ale Festival up in Portland (Oregon) kicks off this week: from Wednesday, December 2nd through Sunday the 6th, Pioneer Courthouse Square will be overrun by beer seekers anxious to try out 50-plus wintertime beers. This is one of those festivals I’ve never been to (the timing isn’t so … Continue reading

Jubelale vertical

My latest post over on Hop Press is up today: a vertical tasting of Jubelale. Something else to be thankful for this week!

Thanksgiving Week: The Oregon beer scene

As a beer geek, I am extremely thankful that Oregon is one of the best places to be in terms of beer culture—and that I live in the heart of it. Oregon has world-class breweries, cutting-edge breweries, young upstarts, and the old guard. From the brewery-rich Portland to the far-flung … Continue reading

Thanksgiving Week: Homebrewing

One event in particular is worth special note to be thankful for: when President Jimmy Carter signed the bill in February 1979 that made homebrewing legal in the U.S. This effectively launched a (home)brewing renaissance in the United States that can be traced in large part to Charlie Papazian‘s influence. … Continue reading

Press Release: Full Sail Brewing Company Honored for Sustainability

Full Sail Brewing, nationally known for its award-winning beers, was recently recognized by the Portland Business Journal for their innovation in sustainability. The Innovation in Sustainability awards were announced Thursday, November 19, at the Portland Art Museum where a special Portland Business Journal insert, Sustainable Oregon, was unveiled. Cited were … Continue reading

Thanksgiving Week

Since this week is the Thanksgiving holiday (at least, here in the U.S.), and I didn’t do Theme Week last week, I decided to combine the two and do something a little different: I’m going to be blogging this week about the stuff I’m thankful for as it relates to … Continue reading


Or perhaps this should be called “Alenog”: over on the “This is why you’re fat” blog is this concoction: “Ale boiled with butter, sugar, an egg yolk and topped with a whipped cream and nutmeg.” It simultaneously sounds gross and intriguing.