Monthly Archives: September 2011

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 name implies, this is a guidebook (the subtitle is, “A Guide to Japan’s Best Drinks and Drinking Establishments”) and author Chris Bunting (a British journalist … 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 industry. (It’s been made free to read now.) There’s a lot more I want to write about on this topic, but some choice pulls from … 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 clear of sewer capacity problems in the region’s downtown areas. Rat Hole Brewing will be housed in a small outbuilding on 10 acres of rural … 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 I don’t know if it will make out out here or not), and have more detailed notes for the beer. The spoiler version is that … 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 Bruery were a great addition to the scheme, suggesting using yams and fenugreek in the beer. Apparently they use fenugreek in their Autumn Maple beer, … Continue reading →