Received: Lagunitas Born Yesterday

A PR care package came from Lagunitas Brewing today, featuring their new Born Yesterday Fresh Hop Pale Ale: This is the beer first reported on during the Beer Bloggers Conference, with the ambitious goal of being on shelves within 24 hours of fresh hopping. Which left many (myself included) scratching their … Continue reading

McMenamins Black Widow Porter (2014)

Since we’re solidly in the Halloween season (what, you haven’t seen the pumpkins and black cats and strange lights in windows lately?), one beer you can and should seek out here in the Pacific Northwest is McMenamins’ Black Widow Porter. It’s their Halloween seasonal beer, on tap through the 31st, … Continue reading

My book is out today!

I am thrilled and proud to announce that my first book, Bend Beer: A History of Brewing in Central Oregon, is officially released today! (I say officially though I know it has already been available for pre-order online—and Amazon.com had already shipped a few out.) Published by the History Press, … Continue reading

Elysian Great Pumpkin Roadshow

For the last several years Elysian Brewing has been following up their Great Pumpkin Beer Fest with a smaller-scale, traveling version: their Pumpkin Roadshow which is landing in Eugene tomorrow and running through the rest of the month. Here’s the press release: Couldn’t make it up to Seattle for Elysian’s … Continue reading

Received: McMenamins Black Widow Porter

McMenamins fall/Halloween seasonal beer, Black Widow Porter, is released tomorrow (the 15th), and the company sent me out a bottle that arrived today: This is a tasty brew that’s 7.35% abv and will be available through Halloween. It’s brewed with licorice root and the company says: Originally created at the … Continue reading

Great Pumpkin Beer Fest wrap-up and gallery

I’m only about a week behind on writing about last weekend’s Great Pumpkin Beer Fest at Elysian Brewing in Seattle (at their Georgetown brewery, really), but I have to say it was again an epic beer festival and reaffirms my notion last year that this is right at the top … Continue reading

Elysian Brewing’s 10th Annual Great Pumpkin Beer Fest

Elysian Brewing’s 10th annual Great Pumpkin Beer Fest kicks off today in Seattle, and I’m on my way. There will be more to write about later, and pictures, but in the meantime keep an eye on the social feeds for all the pumpkiny goodnees: Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Untappd.

Sisters Fresh Hop Fest, and some thoughts on fresh hop beers

I attended and thoroughly enjoyed this year’s Sisters Fresh Hop Festival this past Saturday, and while I don’t have a review with pictures per se (as the setting, layout, attendance, and so on was basically the same as in past years, and you can review some of my past reviews … Continue reading