The Oregon GABF winners

The Great American Beer Festival awards ceremony was yesterday (I watched part of it live online), and the official results are posted today. Oregon’s brewers brought home a number of medals, and I’m pleased (as always) to see that Bend had a good representation as well. Bend winners: Deschutes Brewery: … Continue reading

Hop Press: Fests!

Over on my Hop Press article this weekend I touch on the season of festivals: including the start of Oktoberfest, the Great American Beer Festival, and the upcoming Fresh Hop Tastivals (back again this year). Getting a little more local, Oregon has the start of their Fresh Hop Tastivals next … Continue reading

Bend Brewery Fever: Yes, another: Below Grade Brewing

I could not make this up: after yesterday’s newspaper article and post about Old Mill Brew Werks, Bend’s eighth (proposed) brewery, I take a look at the Business section of the paper and work this morning and nearly spit out my coffee: another brewery planning to open! Titled “11 breweries … Continue reading

Some (late) weekend beer notes

Our friends Paul and Sandi came over this past Saturday and brought a growler of Deschutes Brewery‘s pub-only King Screamer IPA. According to the Brewery’s What’s on Tap page, this is a 68 IBU, 6.7% ABV brew with this whimsical description: The Royal Hop Commission of Deschutes Brewery hereby decrees … Continue reading

GABF 2010

The Great American Beer Festival is all set to kick off in a couple days over there in Denver; from the 16th through the 18th some 49,000 people are estimated to roll into town. This is of course The Show for American breweries: The 29th edition of the Great American … Continue reading

Hop Press: Noble Brewing, Bend, Oregon

Over on my Hop Press blog this weekend, I wrote about the up-and-coming Noble Brewing here in Bend. Slated to open (probably) in early January 2011, Noble will up Bend’s brewery count to seven (nine for the area total). Incidentally, that’s about 1 brewery for every 11,500 people, more per … Continue reading

Hopworks Urban Brewery

Our Labor Day trip to Portland yielded a first-time visit to the iconic Hopworks Urban Brewery, fast becoming one of Portland’s premier microbreweries thanks to their solid beer, good food and emphasis on green, organic, sustainable lifestyles. No exaggeration—if anything, I’m understating; they have taken a thorough approach to this: … Continue reading

The next Session: Frankenstein Beers

The Beer Babe has the write-up for this month’s Session post, and The Beer Wench has hosting duties for next month’s Session. The topic she’s choosing: “Frankenstein Beers.” Many craft brewers are like Frankenstein. They have become mad scientists obsessed with defying the laws of brewing and creating beers that … Continue reading

Weekend beer notes

No, I didn’t go to The Little Woody, because we were spending our Labor Day weekend in Portland instead. But there’s still some beer stuff to talk about. Lunch at Hopworks Urban Brewery, enjoying a taster tray of all ten of their current offerings plus a delicious burger. It was … Continue reading