Monthly Archives: June 2011

Beer Bloggers Conference – Portland

This year’s Beer Bloggers Conference (which I don’t believe I’ve talked about yet) is talking place August 19th through 21st in Portland (Oregon)—relatively close to home for me. The overall agenda is still being finalized, but so far it’s looking really good: a dual-keynote speech from Fred Eckhardt and John Foyston; tours of Oregon hop fields; a Thursday-evening pub crawl organized by Portland beer bloggers; closing keynote from Jay Wilson. Of course there will be … Continue reading →

Alexander Keith’s Nova Scotia Style Brown

Like the Lager and the Pale Ale, the Nova Scotia Brown from Alexander Keith’s was sent to me as part of the virtual tasting earlier in the month. Also like the others, this one weighs in at 5.4% alcohol by volume, and is brewed in New York (by Anheuser-Busch) even though the parent company hails from Canada. Their description: This classic full-bodied brown ale delivers hints of honey and caramel that is balanced with a … Continue reading →

Upcoming reviews and underserved Oregon beer regions

My wife and I spent the past weekend in Bandon, on the southern Oregon coast, and though it wasn’t a beer trip—southwest Oregon is noticeably lacking in many breweries—we did stop somewhat briefly at Hop Valley Brewing in Springfield (adjacent to Eugene) and at Brewers Union Local 180 in Oakridge, both on the way home. Brewers Union in particular I’ve really been wanting to visit, and I have to say my expectations were exceeded—I loved … Continue reading →

Alexander Keith’s Nova Scotia Style Pale Ale

The Nova Scotia Style Pale Ale was the second of the Alexander Keith’s beers I opened from the virtual tasting; like the lager, this is 5.4% alcohol by volume. It’s brewed loosely to an American Pale Ale style but struck me as more of an English-style ale with its hopping. They say: This authentic pale ale is brewed with traditional two-row malt for a full, nutty flavor with a burst of spicy and citrusy hop … Continue reading →

Brewer Chad Kennedy coming to Bend

I’m not sure how I missed Brewpublic breaking this news five days ago, but a hat-tip to Foyston for pointing me to it: brewer Chad Kennedy is leaving Laurelwood Brewing in Portland and is planning on opening a new brewery in Bend. Yes, another new brewery here. Today Brewmaster Chad Kennedy of Laurelwood Brewing announced that he will leave his post at the NE Sandy Blvd. brewery in Portland in July to began work on … Continue reading →