Received: Newcastle DraughtKeg

This is the largest item I have yet received for promotional purposes: It’s a five liter “DraughtKeg” which can operate as a standalone mini-keg, or be used in the “BeerTender” keg system (proprietary to Newcastle and Heineken, I believe). And yes, it’s full of beer. I’ve reviewed Newcastle Brown before, … Continue reading

Press Release: Widmer’s New Seasonal: KGB Russian Imperial Stout

Brewery Launches Next Release in W’ Series Widmer Brothers Brewing, based in Portland, Ore., is introducing its 2011 Brewmasters’ Release: W’11 KGB Russian Imperial Stout. W’11 is part of the W’ Series, which introduces a new, limited edition seasonal beer style every year. “I’m continually impressed by the results of … Continue reading

The Session #47: Cooking with Beer

It’s the first Friday of the New Year, which means it’s also the first Session for 2011! We’re up to number 47 which is probably enough to forgo the usual introductory note—instead, if you’re curious about what The Session is, check out Jay’s excellent writeup. This month’s Session is hosted … Continue reading

Hop Henge (2011)

I opened up the bottle of Hop Henge (Experimental IPA) tonight that Deschutes Brewery sent me, and it did not disappoint—this is, in my opinion, one of the best Imperial IPAs being brewed today. I think it gets better each year, and that I suspect is largely due to the … Continue reading

Six-Pack Equivalent Calculator, for Android

It was a year and a half ago that I first pointed to It’s Pub Night’s Six-Pack Equivalent Calculator (SPE); a brilliant little app that tells you the equivalent cost of your beer as if you were buying a six-pack of it (in 12-ounce bottles). Which can be an eye-opening … Continue reading

Predictions and real news

I was all set to write a post about not writing up beer predictions for this coming year when I was reviewing the archives for last year and realized I didn’t write any for 2010, either. That’s probably for the best; the New Year tends to make prognosticators out of … Continue reading

The Satori Award 2010 (Beervana)

The other day Jeff (of Beervana) selected the pick for his annual Satori Award, his own annual personal pick for Oregon beer of the year: In Zen Buddhism, satori is the moment of sudden enlightenment when the mind realizes its own true nature. The Satori Award, now in its fifith … Continue reading

The next Session: Cooking with Beer

I didn’t touch on this when it was announced a couple of weeks ago, but the next Session (#47) for January is being hosted by Beer 47 and the topic is Cooking with Beer. We all know beer is great for drinking but what about using it as an ingredient … Continue reading