Author Archives: Jon Abernathy

OBF 27 – beers to watch for

The first day of the 27th annual Oregon Brewers Festival is done (even though this is the second year they started on a Wednesday, I’m still thinking in terms of starting on Thursday… or I remember starting on a Friday even… yeah, get off my lawn), and it already looks like a great year. (You can follow along on Twitter on the main OBF account, or by the hashtag #obf27, or the Specialty Tent.) If … Continue reading →

The 27th annual Oregon Brewers Festival

This weeks marks the 27th annual Oregon Brewers Festival, the Ur-Fest of Oregon’s beerfests, which kicks off Wednesday the 23rd and runs through the weekend to end on Sunday, July 27. This is one of those festivals that every beer lover should attend at least once, for this final full weekend of July on the Willamette River in Portland is (in my experience) always a hot, beautiful weekend, and in addition to being immersed in … Continue reading →

Laht Neppur Ale House, Walla Walla, Washington

Laht Neppur Brewing, located in Waitsburg, Washington, about 21 miles northeast of Walla Walla, set up shop in 2005 and became best known outside of the region for their fruit beers, notably the Peach Hefeweizen and Strawberry Cream Ale. Within the last couple of years they also opened up the Laht Neppur Ale House in downtown Walla Walla, which my wife and I visited briefly on our trip to the town last month. It was midafternoon, after … Continue reading →

Received: Three seasonal specialties from Deschutes Brewery

I’m a little behind on mentioning these, as I actually received them a week ago (last Thursday the 3rd), hand-delivered in fact (I assume they didn’t want them potentially sitting on hot truck over the long holiday weekend). Three of the latest seasonal/specialty bottle offerings from Deschutes Brewery: In order, left to right: Doppel Dinkel Bock, AKA Conflux No. 3; Black Butte XXVI (anniversary beer); and Foray IPA, a Belgian-style IPA. I haven’t yet opened … Continue reading →

Harvester Brewing must change its name

Portland’s award-winning, all-gluten-free brewery, Harvester Brewing, is changing its name to avoid legal issues raised over the name “Harvester” from a California winery, Hope Family Wines. At heart it’s a trademark dispute; Hope Family Wines has a trademark for the word “Harvester” that applies to “wines” (and only “wines” as near as I can tell from searching, not “alcoholic beverages” or anything).   Harvester Brewing is making the most of it and opening up the virtual … Continue reading →