Monthly Archives: August 2011

The Fresh Hop beers are brewing!

The hop harvest seems to be ready early this year: both Deschutes Brewery and 10 Barrel Brewing this week are brewing fresh hop beers, 10 Barrel in real-time even as I write this. On Tuesday, Veronica Vega (brewer at the Deschutes Pub in Bend) tweeted, “The first fresh hops of the harvest season are 5 minutes from¬†@DeschutesBeer¬†bend pub!!!” and posted a picture of the Centennial hops from Goschie Farms going into the beer. And over … Continue reading →

The next Session: Label art

Actually it’s more than just label art: Curtis over at HopHeadSaid is hosting the September Session, and he’s asking us to write about Label, Coaster, and Cap Art. Now it is time to dig through your stash and share your favorite label, coaster or cap art. Posting Directions: Choose your favorite label, coaster or cap art. Scan, download or take a picture of your label, coaster or cap art. Write a paragraph that explains your … Continue reading →

Saranac Pale Ale and IPA

Even though I’m excited to try the Saranac Pumpkin Ale that was among the bottles sent to me from Saranac (AKA Matt Brewing) earlier this month, I have never had any of the Saranac line of beers so I wanted to try their Pale Ale and IPA first, to get a “baseline feel” for their beers. Matt Brewing is one of the long-standing American breweries, founded under that name in 1888 and surviving Prohibition. The … Continue reading →

Beer Bloggers Conference, day 3

With day 1 and day 2 write-ups out of the way, I’m finally into the home stretch of writing about the third and final day of the Beer Bloggers Conference. This was a half day, consisting essentially of two sessions: beer blogger presentations, where there were eight 10 to 15-minute presentations by attending bloggers, and the closing keynote by Jay Wilson of Brewvana.

Beer Bloggers Conference, day 2

Following day 1 of the Beer Bloggers Conference, you might recall that I had, er, a bit of hangover so my morning started out slowly—but I was downstairs in time for the first of the sessions at 9:30. I will note upon reflection that day 1 seems (to me) to have had more of the convivial, party-type aspect to it (a shorter day punctuated by a lot of beer, people meeting for the first time, … Continue reading →