Monthly Archives: January 2010

Stone’s latest collaboration

When I posted my interview with Greg Koch of Stone Brewing, mention was made of upcoming collaboration brews Stone was spearheading. This month it’s with 21st Amendment Brewing and Firestone Walker Brewing, and the Stone Blog has a good writeup of what was brewed and the overall process: Shaun O’Sullivan of 21st Amendment and Matt Brynildson of Firestone Walker joined our very own Head Brewer Mitch Steele for one of our coolest collaborations yet. Since … Continue reading →

Hop Henge (2010)

Tonight I opened up the bottle of Hop Henge that Deschutes sent me a week and a half ago; it’s been staring at me in the fridge as I’ve been contemplating it. To my mind, Hop Henge is one of the best Imperial (or Double, or maybe to best use Deschutes’ own term, Experimental) IPAs out there: it’s intensely hoppy but not at the expense of the rest of the beer, and it’s not in-your-face … Continue reading →

There needs to be a Beer Bloggers Conference

It came to my attention that the 2010 Wine Bloggers Conference is coming to Walla Walla, Washington, this June, and it got me reflecting on that fact that there even is a Wine Bloggers Conference. I don’t read any wine blogs (I should probably start) but it seems to me that they’re probably not too much different from beer blogs, at least in concept; so the question that naturally comes to my mind is: Where’s … Continue reading →

Abraxus Brewing news

You may remember I blogged back in August about Abraxus Brewing, the new microbrewery slated to open in The Dalles. Wondered what was going on with that? So was I, but it had frankly slipped my mind until I received an email from the founder, Ray Bustos: Currently we on a hiatus because my brewer and partner relocated to northern Washington.  I still have plans on opening a brew pub but it will be at … Continue reading →

Monday morning updates

I’ve decided to change up Theme Week a bit starting this month; instead of starting on the third Monday (third full week) of each month, instead it will be the last full week of each month. It’s a minor change, but gives me a bit more time to track down elusive beers (for instance). The Hop Press is going strong, picking up steam even. I pretty well finished up my overview of the Bend Beer … Continue reading →