GABF 2011

Today marks the first day of the Great American Beer Festival, the country’s (if not the world’s?) largest kegger beer enthusiast event and competition taking place in Denver, Colorado. This is one of the best-known of beer events (one which I will someday attend) and while there’s been plenty of … Continue reading

Fresh Hop Mirror Pond Pale Ale

I couldn’t resist looking at the Deschutes Brewing Fresh Hop Mirror Pond Pale Ale that I received in the fridge for too long; so of course it didn’t take me long to crack it open to drink and write about it. Aside from the high praise that this beer has … Continue reading

Oregon Pumpkin Beer Hunt

When it comes to pumpkin beers (one of my favorite “styles” as you all well know) it’s always seemed to me that they are more an East Coast regional specialty* (much the same way that fresh hop beers are a West Coast—and more specifically Pacific Northwest—regional specialty). Hence I am … Continue reading

OPB on Bend’s Beer (Bubble?), with me

There’s an article on OPB News today (that’s Oregon Public Broadcasting for those of you out-of-state) titled “Is There a Beer Bubble Bursting in Bend?” which covers some of the various Bend beer issues I’ve been following lately and (perhaps more importantly?) features a brief quote from me as well. … Continue reading

Sisters Fresh Hop Festival mini-review

On Saturday we headed over to Sisters to check out the Sisters Fresh Hop Festival, the first of the Fresh Hop Tastivals that are taking place around the state. I’m calling this a “mini-review” because as festivals go, it was fairly low-key with relatively few beers (which is actually rather … Continue reading

More details on this Saturday’s Sisters Fresh Hop Festival

Herewith some additional details on this Saturday’s Sisters Fresh Hop Festival: the breweries, with some notes about the beers they’re bringing. This is the list the organizers provided: 10 Barrel BridgePort Cascade Lakes Deschutes Fort George Full Sail Laurelwood Lucky Lab MacTarnahan’s McMenamin’s Ninkasi Three Creeks Even though specific beers … Continue reading

Jubelale 2011 poster

Picked it up last night at Deschutes Brewery:

Received: Fresh Hop Mirror Pond Pale Ale

This came today from Deschutes Brewery: Their Fresh Hop Mirror Pond Pale Ale, which I believe is the first fresh hop beer other than Hop Trip that the Brewery has bottled. I’ve been excited about this beer since Bill Night over at It’s Pub Night started talking it up the … Continue reading

Jubelale, Descender IPA release parties

This is rather short-minute notice, but both Deschutes Brewery and GoodLife Brewing have release parties happening tonight and tomorrow. Tonight at the Bend Pub Deschutes is celebrating the release of the 2011 Jubelale: the first keg of this year’s Jubelale will be tapped at 5pm and the celebration lasts until … Continue reading

Sisters Fresh Hop Festival, Sept. 24

This Saturday, September 24th, the first of Oregon’s Fresh Hop Tastivals is kicking off in Sisters at the eponymously-named Sisters Fresh Hop Festival. I don’t yet know what beers will be featured (I had sent an email to the organizer to find out), but the festival itself takes place from … Continue reading