BreweriesEight Malty Nights

This is a neat brewing idea from Portland’s (New Old) Lompoc Brewing: Every year, Lompoc Brewing releases more than a half dozen Christmas beers around the first of December. This year, the brewers are excited to brew a beer in honor of Hanukkah as well. Dubbed “Eight Malty Nights,” the … Continue reading

HomebrewingRecipe: Harvest Apple Ale

Actually I’m leaning towards calling this beer “Hood River Harvest” because all of the apples came from Hood River; we went apple picking in September and came back with a ton of both apples and pears. Looking for more uses for the apples (we canned a lot of applesauce) I … Continue reading

The SessionThe Session #33: Framing Beer

I have to admit, I’m a bit stumped as to how to approach this month’s Session: Framing Beer, hosted and suggested by Andy Couch. For better or worse, in everyday situations beer comes with a label. This label very really ‘frames’ the beer inside. The fact that the beer comes … Continue reading

ReviewsDogfish Head Punkin Ale

It is definitely the season for pumpkin beers—hell, the Huffington Post is even running an article on them—and this year I finally got to try a pumpkin beer I’ve been waiting ages for: Dogfish Head’s Punkin Ale. No kidding; we’ve had some of the Dogfish “standbys” available in Oregon for … Continue reading

Press ReleasesPress Release: Holiday Shopping Made Easy

Merchant du Vin has a wonderful solution for anyone looking down the road at the holiday shopping season: two great gift boxes, classic beers packed in cool boxes that will bring delight to both sellers and buyers. The Samuel Smith Selection Box The Samuel Smith Selection Box brings a great … Continue reading

Marketing/PRReceived: Abyss shirt and brewery goblet

As part of the much-anticipated launch of The Abyss (which is officially today, the 3rd), Deschutes Brewery had sent to me an “official” Release Party invitation, and sweetened the deal with a Brewery goblet and the new Abyss long-sleeved T-shirt. Check it out: That’s a sharp shirt.