EventsThe Spring Beer & Wine Fest starts today in Portland

The 20th annual Spring Wine & Beer Fest kicks off at noon today at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland. Admission is free today only for the first 500 guests when the doors open. If you’re not lucky enough to be among the first 500, you can purchase a ticket … Continue reading

EventsColumbia Distributing Spring Beverage Trade Show

Jon and I attended the 2014 Columbia Distributing Spring Beverage Show last night. Exclusive invitations are sent out to those on Columbia’s contacts and retailers for a preview of beverages for the upcoming seasons that go out to businesses for public consumption. We’ve attended a few in the past and I’ve enjoyed fantastic … Continue reading

Marketing/PRReceived: Portland Brewing ZigZag River Lager

A tidy little package containing two 12-ounce bottles and one 22-ounce bottle of Portland Brewing’s ZigZag River Lager arrived today. It’s moving to a year-round release schedule and I imagine will be a welcome warm-weather beer (whenever the warmer weather kicks in for good).

Marketing/PRReceived: Crux [Banished] Better Off Red

I received a package from Crux Fermentation Project over the weekend, containing the latest in their “Banished” series of (barrel-aged) beers: Better Off Red. This is a Flanders-style red ale, 7% abv, described as: Flanders Reds may be called the Burgundies of Belgium, but we age our take on this … Continue reading

NewsOregon Beer News, Week of 4/14/2014

Oregon Beer News for the week of April 14, 2014. News in beer and brewing from all around Oregon, including events, tastings, festivals, and more. If you have news to share, let me know!

ReviewsMcMenamins Jam Session ISA

The latest of McMenamins‘ seasonal beers is to go on tap company-wide this Friday, April 11: Jam Session ISA (India Session Ale). It’s a 4.77% abv beer hopped with Chinook, Mosaic, Centennial, and Falconer’s Flight hops, about which the company says: Spring is in full bloom, and its song plays … Continue reading

Breweries10 Barrel opening a brewpub in Portland

Earlier today, 10 Barrel Brewing posted on Facebook: BIG NEWS!! We’re stoked to let you know we’re opening a brewpub in Portland late this Summer… it’s go time! This in response to the news that Brewpublic broke two days ago that Portland’s Mellow Mushroom pizza restaurant in the Pearl District … Continue reading

NewsOregon Beer News, Week of 4/7/2014

Oregon Beer News for the week of April 7, 2014. News in beer and brewing from all around Oregon, including events, tastings, festivals, and more. If you have news to share, let me know!

The SessionThe Session #86: Beer Journalism

I am continuing in my recent trend of getting my Session posts up on the weekend rather than the actual first Friday of the month; it’s amazing how much time and focus book writing takes up, especially when you have to shift gears to focus on a different topic to … Continue reading

BreweriesWidmer is celebrating 30 years

Widmer Brothers Brewing is celebrating 30 years of beer this year—today in fact, April 2, was the day in 1984 that Kurt and Rob Widmer incorporated the business—and, like BridgePort for their own 30-year celebration, they are launching the first three beers in a special series of 30(!) that were specially … Continue reading