Monthly Archives: September 2011

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 you’ve got to love the tagline, an obvious tribute (or ironic nod) to Olympia: “It’s all about the water.” Celebrate clean water, craft beer, 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 Ninkasi crew as they sample us there latest brews and here the story of how Ninkasi came to be a trailblazer in the Northwest brewing … 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 Saranac beers I reviewed were good, drinkable beers, this one is the star. Saranac Pumpkin Ale is 5.4% alcohol by volume, and is a classic … 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 you can also spot Deschutes Brewery‘s Veronica Vega in it too). It’s a great movie, but it was uncertain (at the time) when and where … 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 hops in recipe formulation). So I’ve got some numbers and back-of-the-envelope calculations posted to help figure this out. Incidentally, I brewed the beer on Monday … Continue reading →