Received: Hop in the Dark CDA

I actually received this bottle last week during Coffee Beer Week: Deschutes Brewery‘s new Hop in the Dark CDA (Cascadian Dark Ale). I haven’t opened it yet, having been out of town for the Memorial Day weekend.

Coffee Beer Week: Péché Mortel

Today is a coffee beer out of Canada: Brasserie Dieu du Ciel‘s Péché Mortel—literally “Mortal Sin.” It’s a 9.5% Imperial Coffee Stout brewed with Fair Trade coffee and is bottled conditioned—that means don’t be surprised to find dregs of yeast (and possibly coffee) on the bottle of the bottle (or … Continue reading

Coffee Beer Week: Jah*va Imperial Coffee Stout

Southern Tier Brewing, up in Lakewood, New York, brews a series of Imperial Stouts (their “Blackwater Series”) that, from what I’ve tasted so far, can best be described as “decadent.” At least two are brewed with coffee, and their Jah*va Imperial Coffee Stout is available here in Bend. This is … Continue reading

Coffee Beer Week: Coffee in homebrewing

When it comes to brewing with coffee, homebrewers have it good: small-scale brewing makes it easy and affordable to experiment in ways that larger commercial brewers can’t. For instance, you could split a batch into two equal parts for secondary fermentation and add two different types of coffee to compare; … Continue reading

Coffee Beer Week: Laurelwood Organic Portland Roast Espresso Stout

Each spring for the past couple of years Laurelwood Brewing up in Portland has brewed a seasonal coffee stout made with locally roasted coffee—with the lengthy name of Organic Portland Roast Espresso Stout. The “Organic” label applies to both the coffee and the beer: it’s certified by Oregon Tilth. “OPRES” … Continue reading

Coffee Beer Week: Oakshire Overcast Espresso Stout

Oakshire Brewing Company out of Eugene, Oregon, is a young brewery making a big splash; their Overcast Espresso Stout won the silver medal in the “Coffee Flavored Beer” category at last year’s Great American Beer Festival and has been getting  high marks all around. Overcast is an Oatmeal Stout brewed … Continue reading

Coffee Beer Week

It’s the last full week of the month, and that means it’s time for a Theme Week here at The Brew Site. As you can tell from the title of this post and the logo to the right, I’ve decided that this month’s theme is Coffee Beer Week. I’ve been … Continue reading

Black Star Beer: Bottle vs. Can

One of the more interesting things to me about the Black Star Beer I received is that it comes in both bottles and cans (and you all know I’ve been following the canned craft beer movement)—and since they sent me both versions, I figured it was a good opportunity to … Continue reading

Received: A pair of Michelob wheats

These came late in the week: I’ve drank and reviewed Shock Top before, but the Michelob Ginger Wheat is new this year; I’m curious as to how ginger-y it will turn out.

Received: Firestone Walker Parabola

Arrived yesterday: Firestone Walker‘s Parabola Imperial Stout, the first of a reserve series (according to the label—“No. 001”), and the first bottled release of Parabola. It’s a barrel-aged 13% beer and limited—only 1000 cases were produced.