Monthly Archives: January 2014

Abyss tasting

A couple of weeks ago I invited a few friends and colleagues over for a special vertical tasting of Deschutes Brewery’s The Abyss Imperial Stout; I had been stockpiling the beer ever since it first came out (though I only had two bottles from the first year, 2006) and with the release of 2013 decided that its was time to put together an eight-year flight. Aside from a few pictures, some notes: The 2006 held … Continue reading →

Burns, Oregon’s first brewery: Steens Mountain Brewing

Compared to the rest of the state, Eastern Oregon is a vast, mostly empty land dotted with small towns, agricultural communities and the wide open space of open range, and accordingly the brewery situation is similarly few and far between. And once you get east of Bend and Klamath Falls on the Highway 97 corridor, and south of Ontario (on the border) and John Day along Highway 26, there was not a single brewery to … Continue reading →