Book Review: Drinking Japan

A few months ago I received a review copy of a book that is not entirely about beer (but does include a good chapter on it): Drinking Japan (Amazon link). Since then I’ve been (slowly) making my way through it and overall I am very impressed with it. As the … Continue reading

Bend’s booming beer industry

I hadn’t blogged this link at the time because it was behind our local newspaper’s paywall, but last month (just after the Bend Brewfest and the Beer Bloggers Conference), the Bulletin ran an article about Bend’s Beer Boom which was very good and a well-done overview of Bend’s crazy brewing … Continue reading

Rat Hole Brewing, another potential Bend brewery

The Bend Bulletin today reports on yet another potential brewery to open in Bend: Rural brewery in the works: Rat Hole Brewing owners are setting up shop southeast of Bend. Another Central Oregon brewery is under construction, but this time the owners have chosen to open outside city limits, steering … Continue reading

Deschutes Conflux No. 2

Back in July I posted about the side-by-side tasting of the Deschutes Brewery and Boulevard Brewing collaboration beer, Conflux No. 2. Since then I’ve had the chance to pick up Deschutes’ version of the collaboration a couple more times in the bottle (I haven’t seen Boulevard’s bottled version here, and … Continue reading

Stone, Elysian, Bruery pumpkin beer collaboration

Stone Brewing is heading up another collaboration beer, this time with Elysian Brewing and The Bruery, and what caught my eye about this particular brew is that it’s a pumpkin beer (of course!). Dick Cantwell of Elysian spills the details about it on the Elysian blog: The boys from the … Continue reading

Umpqua Brew Fest

A relatively new Oregon beer festival popped up on my radar recently: the Umpqua Brew Fest, based in Roseburg, Oregon. It’s only in its second year and is taking place on October 21st and 22nd (Friday and Saturday) at the Douglas County Fairgrounds. It is being hosted by Umpqua Watersheds and … Continue reading

Corvallis Beer Week kicks off today

I had made a brief mention of Corvallis Beer Week back in August, but today’s the day: the kickoff for this latest of Oregon’s Beer Weeks starts this afternoon: It all starts with a Ninkasi Brewing Co. Tasting at Corvallis Brewing Supply from 4 – 6PM!  Meet Ryan and the … Continue reading

Saranac Pumpkin Ale

When I received the Saranac selection of beers last month, the one I was most interested in and excited to try was (naturally) the Pumpkin Ale. It is, in fact, the first pumpkin beer I’ve seen—and drank—this season, so (and I admit this is an overt bias) while the other … Continue reading

“The Love of Beer” is coming to Bend

Back on day two of the Beer Bloggers Conference, we were able to see the premiere of “The Love of Beer” a documentary about women in the brewing world. The movie predominantly features Tonya Cornett of Bend Brewing Company along with other women luminaries of the Oregon beer scene (yes … Continue reading

Hop Press: Crafting a fresh hop ale

Over on my Hop Press blog today I’ve posted about my latest homebrewing undertaking: brewing up my first-ever fresh hop beer. Part of the challenge, of course, is figuring out exactly how much of the hops to use when they’re still wet (as opposed to the known quantities for dried … Continue reading