BreweriesDeschutes Brewery pub expansion

The other day Deschutes Brewery hinted on Twitter about big plans for 2011, and yesterday the press release hit the wires: they’re planning on expanding their downtown Bend pub into the empty lot next door. (This lot has been vacant for several years now.) Plans include a two-story layout with … Continue reading

Marketing/PRReceived: Raging Bitch

This came today from Flying Dog Brewery: A bottle of their 20th anniversary Belgian-style IPA, Raging Bitch. (It’s going to be interesting to see what potential search results hits I get with that name. I think it was the last beer Neal Stewart named during his tenure as marketing manager … Continue reading

Marketing/PRReceived: Hop Henge and Red Chair NWPA

During the last week and a half before Christmas, Deschutes Brewery sent over a couple of packages which seemed a little bit like getting Christmas presents. In the first one: The 2011 edition of Hop Henge Experimental (nee Imperial) IPA. This year’s formulation is 9% ABV, and has been tweaked … Continue reading

Beer Advent CalendarAdvent Beer Calendar 2010: Day 23: Figgy Pudding

Today is my birthday, and as such the other tradition I’ve attached to this Advent Calendar (the first being the selection of Anchor Christmas Ale each year) is that I pick an entirely indulgent, not-necessarily-holiday beer for today’s selection—sort of a “vanity” pick for a big delicious beer that I … Continue reading

Beer Advent CalendarAdvent Beer Calendar 2010: Day 21: Ommegang Adoration

Today I’ve selected the “first Strong Winter Ale” from Brewery Ommegang out of New York, Ommegang Adoration. (Is this really their first Winter Ale?) Their own description may well be my favorite of the month, something I couldn’t have come up with better myself: Ommegang Adoration, brewed in the authentic … Continue reading

Beer Advent CalendarAdvent Beer Calendar 2010: Day 19: Hibernation Ale

Today’s beer has been Great Divide Brewing Company‘s winter ale for a decade and a half, the award-winning Hibernation Ale. An English-style Old Ale, I noted with interested that pre-2009 vintages of Hibernation were 8.1% alcohol by volume, but since 2009 this went up to 8.7%. (Usually you’d expect to … Continue reading