Monthly Archives: June 2011

Medford Beer Week – right now!

In my Oregon beer calendar for June post I forgot to mention that Medford Beer Week is taking place this month—in fact, it’s taking place this week! The first Beer Week for the Southern Oregon city kicked off yesterday, the 12th, and runs through the 18th (Saturday). There’s a nice-looking schedule of events planned, and the week culminates in the 3rd Annual Southern Oregon Craft Brew Festival on Saturday from noon to 8pm.

Larry Sidor to be leaving Deschutes Brewery at the end of 2011

Local(ish) beer blogs are buzzing with the news that broke today that Larry Sidor, the Brewmaster at Deschutes Brewery, will be leaving Deschutes at the end of this year. Both a press release and a Q&A session (conducted by Marie Melsheimer who does PR for the Brewery) were sent out today, which I’m running as-is here: Deschutes Brewery announced today that Larry Sidor, Brewmaster, is leaving the company at the end of the year to … Continue reading →

In the news: Local IPA showdown

I and four other local beer folks are in the local news today, wherein we participated in a blind tasting of IPAs from all of Central Oregon’s nine breweries—the first such head-to-head comparison of our local brews that I’m aware of. The results were surprising, but more on that in a moment. How it came about was we were contacted by reporter Heidi Hagemeier of The Bulletin (our local newspaper) to find out if there … Continue reading →

Alexander Keith’s and virtual beer tasting

This week I received three beers plus a pint glass representing Canadian brewery Alexander Keith’s (Canadian webpage here) new push into the U.S. market. Keith’s was founded in Nova Scotia in 1820 and though it’s been available in Canada since that time, this is the first time that the Keith’s line-up is being made commercially available here as well. To kick off their campaign, Keith’s also held a “virtual tasting” and live video introduction on … Continue reading →

The Session #52: Beer Collectibles & Breweriana

The first Friday of the month means it’s time for The Session, the group beer blogging day open to anyone to write about a common theme. This month the hosting honors go to All Over Beer with an interesting topic: Beer Collectibles and Breweriana. As host of Session #52, I’ve decided not to focus on the substance of beer, but the material that plays a supporting role. Bottles, coasters, cans, labels, ads, tap handles, church … Continue reading →