Author Archives: Jon Abernathy

Deschutes Hopzeit Autumn IPA: Review and event

Today here in Bend, Deschutes Brewery is hosting their “Hopzeit Autumn IPA Celebration” (release party) at their Bend Pub, where they are pouring free samples of their new fall seasonal all day long. Full pints are available too, of course. Deschutes had recently sent me bottles of Hopzeit, so in conjunction with their release event today I have my review and comments. Here are the details and specs for Hopzeit Autumn IPA: This modern ale inspired by … Continue reading →

Received: Hoptopia (book)

Just in time for hop harvest season, this new book arrived this week: Hoptopia: A World of Agriculture and Beer in Oregon’s Willamette Valley, by Peter Kopp. I’m excited to read this one, not least of which because it’s about Oregon’s beer-related history. Oh, and I happened to write a book about the local history of beer myself. This one looks well-researched and definitely worth the read. I’ll write a full review once I’ve dug into … Continue reading →

Japanese brewers in Oregon

During this year’s Oregon Brewers Festival, the International Tent welcomed six craft brewers from Japan for the first time, each bringing two of their beers to pour at the festival (except Iwate Kura Beer which only brought one). And on Thursday, the 28th during the OBF, Belmont Station hosted a meet-and-greet event with the Japanese brewers, for which I was invited to a media preview beforehand. The short version: there is some really interesting brewing happening in Japan right … Continue reading →

Bend Brewfest (and print article)

Today marks the kick off of the annual Bend Brewfest, featuring three days of beers at Bend’s Les Schwab Amphitheater from 75 different breweries. The usual beer festival details apply: Entry is free, but to drink the mug and five tasting tokens is $20 Additional tokens cost $5 for 5 Each token is good for a four-ounce sample of beer The XTap features specialty, limited-production beers and cost 2 tokens per sample Hours are from … Continue reading →

Received: Deschutes Hopzeit Autumn IPA

These just came today, a brand-new beer from Deschutes Brewery: Hopzeit Autumn IPA, which is a cross between an Oktoberfest-styled beer and an IPA. I have not had this beer at all yet, which is somewhat surprising since in recent years Deschutes has tested a number of recipes for new releases at their pub before it makes it to bottle. But! I’m just happy that I’m not receiving Jubelale in August, as I have in … Continue reading →