Monthly Archives: March 2010

Highland Ambush

Highland Ambush is a Scotch Ale in BridgePort Brewing‘s “Big Brews” series, and one with a bit of a history: BridgePort first brewed it back in the 1980s as an homage to then-pub manager Stuart Ramsay. BridgePort resurrected the beer December of last year, and added the twist of partially aging it in fresh bourbon barrels. Interestingly, I didn’t read the label close enough before I started drinking Highland Ambush: I hadn’t realized it was … Continue reading →


The first day of spring was pretty nice here in Central Oregon today: it got up to somewhere around 70 degrees I think. Good day for a beer, but an even nicer day for hops: My hops are starting to sprout—today’s the first day I noticed them and some of the buds are already about an inch tall. That’s a promising start around here. We’re also heading into spring break here in Oregon: the kids … Continue reading →

Press Release: Karl Strauss Comes of Age with 21st Anniversary Ale

Karl Strauss Brewing Company is turning the big 2-1 and celebrating with an innovative beer to showcase its maturing palate. When the company first opened its doors in 1989, craft beers were the exception, not the norm. Today, tastes have evolved and beer enthusiasts now seek out bold and inventive brews. Karl Strauss has answered the call with its 21st Anniversary Ale—a Belgian strong ale brewed with the juice from old vine Zinfandel grapes for … Continue reading →

The Beer Hacker: Brewing on the cheap: All-grain vs. extract brewing

This is the latest in a series of articles about the economic impact of brewing your own beer at home. One of the comments from the last “Brewing on the cheap” post mentioned all-grain brewing as “far cheaper” since you’re buying grain in bulk, and in fact an examination of all-grain brewing as compared to extract brewing is something I had been planning in this series. How economical is brewing all-grain? Let’s take a look … Continue reading →

Happy St. Patrick’s Day

Homebrewed Coconut Cream Stout. Hope you’re all drinking something equally delicious.