EventsPortland Fruit Beer Festival

Looks like Portland is getting another beer festival, slated for June 11th and 12th: the Fruit Beer Festival. That’s based on The New School’s Ezra’s Twitter feed today, and this post on the Oregon Brew Crew site: Burnside Brewing, OBC’s host for the recent March out meeting, will be introducing … Continue reading

HomebrewingThe Oregon homebrew law is officially fixed.

As reported by John Foyston and originally posted on the Oregon Home Brewers Alliance site, yesterday Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber signed SB 444 into law—making the recently-broken aspects of homebrewing (transportation, competitions, etc.) legal again! Quoting: Once again thanks goes out to everyone that works so hard on getting this … Continue reading

BreweriesGoose Island, Anheuser-Busch, and more.

The news that rocked the beer world today, that of Anheuser-Busch buying Chicago’s Goose Island Brewing, has (predictably) generated a ton of comments and I’m quite sure a mess of vitriol on the various craft beer forums. I prefer to take an even-handed approach to this news: let’s wait and … Continue reading

ReviewsThree Creeks FivePine Porter

I have such a backlog of reviews—this one for Three Creeks Brewing‘s FivePine Porter dates back to the end of December (it was a gift from my good friend Shannon). This is a dry chocolate Porter that I believe was originally brewed for Three Creeks’ two-year anniversary last July and … Continue reading

The SessionThe next Session (#50)

The next Session is the 50th edition of the group beer blogging event, and it’s being hosted by Alan over at the venerable A Good Beer Blog. Alan’s always lifting the edges of the curtains to see what’s behind them and dropping thought-provoking posts over on his blog, and his … Continue reading

BloggingHop Press: Brewing local

Over on Hop Press this weekend I posted “Sourcing—and growing—local” contemplating breweries that are brewing beers with entirely-local ingredients. The two breweries that are growing their own ingredients right now, of course, are Sierra Nevada and Rogue: both offer “estate” beers that are brewed with malt and hops that are … Continue reading

HomebrewingOregon homebrew bill passes House, goes to Governor

It was just over three weeks ago that the Oregon homebrew bill (SB 444) passed the State Senate; and the good news from Salem yesterday is that it also unanimously passed in the House as well. That means being able to transport homebrewed beer and hold homebrew competitions is nearly … Continue reading

BloggingSt. Patrick’s Day beer in Bend

St. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner, and (partially) at the behest of a reader, I’m compiling a list of the appropriately-themed beers from Bend’s various breweries. Of course, an Irish-themed holiday usually calls for Stout, so I’ve listed each brewery’s house Stout (if they have one)—but of course, … Continue reading

ReviewsPliny the Younger

I made mention in this month’s Session post about Russian River Brewing‘s Pliny the Younger making an extremely rare appearance at The Abbey Pub: a single five-gallon keg, tapped at noon on Saturday the 5th, with 10-ounce glasses for $8.50. One of the very few kegs, I’m sure, to make … Continue reading