Received: Coors Colorado Native IPL

I recently got onto the Coors mailing list (technically MillerCoors), and today received a package from the AC Golden Brewing Company which is a subsidiary venture in the vein of Blue Moon. That package contained AC Golden’s Colorado Native India Pale Lager. Now, I’m not going to get into that … Continue reading

Portland Brewing Noble Scot

I have to say I definitely enjoyed Portland Brewing’s fall seasonal, Noble Scot, of which they sent me two bottles a few weeks ago. With the weather cooling off it’s been a good beer to enjoy and will be sticking around for another month. Noble Scot is a Scottish-style ale, … Continue reading

The Sisters Fresh Hop Festival is bringing the hops

Update 9/25: The online list has been updated, specifying some unknowns and revealing some last-minute changes. I have updated the list below and the hop counts accordingly. As if you weren’t getting enough fresh hops-related posts from the site lately, it’s time to start talking up the Sisters Fresh Hop … Continue reading

Drinking: Thundercone Fresh Hop Ale

After mowing the lawn tonight I opened up that growler of Thundercone Fresh Hop Ale that I picked up from McMenamins yesterday, a nice fresh hop follow-up to mowing and raking up freshly-cut grass. This is a tasty beer, and I’m writing down these notes even as I’m drinking it—sort … Continue reading

Received: McMenamins Thundercone Fresh Hop Ale (2014)

I picked up a growler of the soon-to-be-released Thundercone Fresh Hop Ale from McMenamins Old St. Francis School today, courtesy of McMenamins: It’s slated to be released this Friday, September 19, but I got the sneak preview (though I haven’t cracked this growler yet—had plans this evening!). Each year the … Continue reading

Fresh Hops Watch, 2014 edition

It’s that time of year again—hop harvest season, and the first fresh hop beers are hitting the taps. (I even homebrewed a fresh hop IPA last weekend, which will be ready in a few weeks.) With that in mind, I figured it was time to set up a running tally/list … Continue reading

Received: Deschutes Jubelales for 2014

The first Jubelales of the season from Deschutes Brewery arrived yesterday, heralding the onset of winter seasonal ales: (At least they didn’t arrive in August like they have in years past!) This is a classic and one of my all-time favorite beers from Deschutes. As the accompanying info sheet notes, … Continue reading

Dragon’s Gate Belgian Wit

When we visited Walla Walla this past June (read a bit about that here, with some related reviews here and here), one of the beers I picked up was Dragon’s Gate Belgian Wit, a 750ml corked bottle I found at one the downtown specialty shops. Dragon’s Gate Brewery is located in … Continue reading

The Session #91: My First Belgian

Yesterday was the first Friday of September, and though we just came back from a terrific conference that celebrated, among other things, collaboration among bloggers, I did not have a post ready for this month’s edition of The Session—the monthly collaborative beer blogging project where we all write about a … Continue reading

“Bend Beer” book cover and release date!

First of all, there’s this: That is the front cover to my forthcoming book, Bend Beer: A History of Brewing in Central Oregon, the one I’ve spent the first half of the year researching and writing. It looks great, due in no small part to the beautiful photo taken by … Continue reading