World Beer Cup Oregon winners

The World Beer Cup was this weekend, and the winners list is posted. For a quick rundown of the stats, though, Jay has a good post that shows Oregon as the #2 state (California is first) in the U.S. (Overall, the U.S. won 204 medals, while Germany came in second … Continue reading

Firestone Walker Solace

I’m not entirely sure, but I think this new Solace beer from Firestone Walker is breaking new ground for the Paso Robles brewery. (Recall they sent me two bottles to try.) The announcement on their website is calling it a “Summertime Fusion Wheat Beer” and there’s an interesting pull from … Continue reading

Widmer’s latest Brothers’ Reserve: Prickly Pear Braggot

You all remember the Cherry Oak Doppelbock which was the first in Widmer‘s new(ish) Brothers’ Reserve series, right? Right. The #2 release is out now, and it’s a doozy: Prickly Pear Braggot. Our friends Paul and Sandi brought this one over last weekend, and I’m pretty sure it’s the first … Continue reading

Received: A trio of Twilights

The other day the press release for Deschutes’ Twilight Ale hit my email and the first thing I thought was, why is a summer ale being promoted and released over two months before the actual beginning of summer? Seems like a misfire, but a closer read reveals: Yes, Twilight Ale … Continue reading

Press Release: Karl Strauss Big Barrel Double IPA is Back

After the successful launch of Big Barrel Double IPA last October, Karl Strauss fans have been clamoring for more. As the first installment of the company’s 22oz Coastal Reserve Series, Big Barrel allowed people to experience the edgier side of Karl Strauss’ beer offerings. The spring version of Big Barrel … Continue reading

Press Release: FredFest Date Change, Tickets On Sale

The littlest big beer festival in the world – or at least in Portland – is slated for Monday, May 10, Fred’s actual 84th birthday. Tickets go on sale immediately at the official Web site: What started as a surprise 80th birthday party for world-renowned beer writer Fred Eckhardt … Continue reading

The next Session: Collaborations

Mario Rubio has the honor of hosting The Session next month (May), and he’s going to be running the show over at Hop Press. The topic: Collaborations! The Hop Press is a collaboration of writers from around the world working on a common site. As host of The Session for … Continue reading

The Brewery at Lake Tahoe

As part of our Spring Break trip to Lake Tahoe, we rented a condo that was right on the Lake (it was a big family trip, so all of us together were able to afford it), and just happened to be across the street from The Brewery at Lake Tahoe. … Continue reading