Yearly Archives: 2014

“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 my friend Gina Schauland (who also works at Deschutes Brewery). And there is an official release date! October 21, 2014 is the day! You should … Continue reading →

Received: Portland Brewing Noble Scot

This came in from Portland Brewing yesterday: Their fall seasonal, Noble Scot Scottish-style Ale. Available through October 15 in 22-ounce and 12-ounce bottles (as well as on draft), it’s 6.5% abv, brewed with “2-Row Pale, Smoked, Carapils, Roasted Barley, Melanoidin” malts and Northern Brewer, East Kent Goldings and Willamette hops. Should be a nicely malty and hopefully slightly smoky amber ale. Good style for this time of year (the mornings have gotten nippy!) so I’ll enjoy … Continue reading →

Beer Bloggers Conference Wrap Up, Part 2

Jon and I woke up refreshed and renewed for Day 2 of the conference and were excited about our breakout sessions. He went to the WordPress.com session and I went to the Beer Blog Photography session. I learned quickly that this was over my head because the focus seemed to be on how to get the perfect shot with lenses/tripods, etc.  I immediately thought of Gina Schauland, who is an amazing photographer and Bend Brew Daddy’s … Continue reading →

Beer Bloggers Conference Wrap Up Part 1

We’re still recovering from our whirlwind trip to the Beer Bloggers Conference, but here’s a few notes and my takeaway on the fifth annual conference that took place in San Diego this past weekend. We left early Wednesday morning to drop the kids off in the Bay Area with Jon’s brother’s family and then the two of us took off to sunny San Diego early Thursday morning. The slowdown from an accident on the LA freeway … Continue reading →

Beers and breweries at this year’s Little Woody

With the Little Woody kicking off in two days, it’s time to look over this year’s offerings. When it was first created (back in 2009), it was exclusive to only Central Oregon breweries, but since then it has added other guest breweries from outside of the region. This year is boasting at least 23 breweries (not even getting into the whiskey tasting), with many of them pouring more than one beer. Let’s take a look. (I’ve … Continue reading →