Monthly Archives: December 2012

Looking back on 2012

It’s been awhile I think since I last did a year-end roundup of beer news, so I went back through the archives for 2012 and pulled out some of the highlights for the past year. I suppose for a Bend, Oregon-based beer blog I’d naturally be biased towards Oregon and Bend in particular, but I do have to say, looking back, that this did seem to be the “year for Bend beer” when you tally … Continue reading →

The next Session: Brewing & Drinking

I’m late pointing this out, but the January Session was announced a few weeks ago, and it’s being hosted by The Home Brew Manual with the topic “Brewers and Drinkers,” exploring the relationship between drinking and brewing your own beer: Brewers and Drinkers is about your relationship with beer and how it’s made. Do you brew? If so why? If not, why not? How does that affect your enjoyment of drinking beer? Here are some things … Continue reading →

Advent Beer Calendar 2012: Day 24: Samichlaus

It’s Christmas Eve and the final day of the Beer Advent Calendar for 2012! Today’s pick is one of my favorite Christmas beers and a perfectly suitable beer for Christmas Eve: Samichlaus from Brauerei Schloss Eggenberg in Austria. “Samichlaus” means “Santa Claus” in the Swiss-German dialect of Zurich where the beer originated in 1980, and it has the distinction of being the strongest lager in the world at 14% abv. The brewery’s description tells the story: … Continue reading →

Advent Beer Calendar 2012: Day 23: The Ale Apothecary Sahalie

Today is the one day of the Beer Advent Calendar that I subvert the process and pick something for entirely selfish reasons (which may not even be a Christmas beer), because today is my birthday! And this year is particularly special because this happens to be the big 4-0 for me—yes, that’s right, today is my 40th birthday. We actually celebrated last night with a big party my wife organized at McMenamins Old St. Francis … Continue reading →

Advent Beer Calendar 2012: Day 22: Upslope Christmas Ale

Christmas beer… from a can. In all the years I’ve been doing this Beer Advent Calendar I believe this is the first canned holiday beer I’ve encountered, and frankly, it’s a pretty attractive package: Upslope Brewing’s Christmas Ale, an 8.2% abv spiced Belgian-style Dubbel available in 16-ounce “pounders” (Upslope’s regular beer line-up are in 12-ounce cans). “The recipe for this beer is based upon an old homebrew recipe of mine that I use to take … Continue reading →