Greetings from OBF!

It’s a beautiful,  hot weekend in Portland for the annual Oregon Brewers Festival — just the way we like it! If you’re coming today come check out the Beer Books table, I’ll be there from noon to at least 4pm with copies of Bend Beer for sale. And don’t forget to check out the International … Continue reading

EventsThe Oregon Trail, Rural Brewers, and more

There are a few events taking place around the state of Oregon today (Saturday, July 23) that you might be interested in. The Oregon Trail Brew Fest: This inaugural festival taking place in downtown Oregon City from 11 to 9pm is clever and probably a first, featuring breweries along the … Continue reading

EventsOregon Brewers Festival 2016 – What you need to know

You probably don’t need me to tell you the Oregon Brewers Festival is taking place next week in Portland. This year marks the 29th annual iteration of this event, one of the oldest and largest in the country, and it’s pretty well known so I’ll dispense with the usual event … Continue reading

Marketing/PRReceived: 2 Towns Ciderhouse Cot in the Act

The latest summer seasonal from Corvallis’ 2 Towns Ciderhouse arrived this week: Cot in the Act is their apricot cider, and they say: “each gallon packs two pounds of Washington- grown, ripe and juicy Rival Apricots.” Should be tasty!

BreweriesBend Brewing Company purchases adjacent lot

For many years, the lot adjacent to Bend Brewing Company sat vacant and fenced, an unsightly eyesore next to the brewpub. It was purposefully left that way, as I understand it, because the owner also wanted to buy the land BBC sat on to develop (into condos, retail, whatever), but since … Continue reading

BloggingBeer Bloggers Conference thoughts

We’re a bit more than a week past the 2016 Beer Bloggers & Writers Conference that took place in Tampa, Florida, and while I’m still digesting a lot of it, I do have some thoughts, and questions, to share. Perhaps fellow attendees will read this and contribute, and perhaps if there … Continue reading

Marketing/PRReceived: Deschutes Black Butte XXVIII

Came today: this year’s anniversary beer from Bend’s Deschutes Brewery: It occurs to me I have several years’ worth of these in the “cellar,” perhaps it’s time for a vertical tasting?

BloggingBBC 2016: Travel Woes

As I’m writing this, we’re 34,000 feet in the air and not on the original flight we were supposed to be on. Travel for us has been, let’s say, challenging. We started out with smooth sails on Thursday morning through the Redmond, Oregon airport and as we were about to … Continue reading

BloggingBBC 16 Live Beer Blogging

We are smack in the middle of the annual Beer Bloggers Conference and while most thoughts will be recorded later, it is time for the signature “live beer blogging” event — “You will taste ten beers from ten breweries in 50 minutes, each of whom has five minutes to pour … Continue reading

BloggingLatest print article: Pilsners!

My latest article for the Bend Bulletin is out today in print and online: Pilsner: The underrated summer beer. A little bit of a dive into the style, why I love it for summer, and some of Central Oregon’s examples. Enjoy!