Author Archives: Jon Abernathy

The Spring Beer & Wine Fest starts today in Portland

The 20th annual Spring Wine & Beer Fest kicks off at noon today at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland. Admission is free today only for the first 500 guests when the doors open. If you’re not lucky enough to be among the first 500, you can purchase a ticket package online; or at the door, prices are: Admission . . . . . . . . . . .. .$8.00 Souvenir beer glass . … Continue reading →

Received: Portland Brewing ZigZag River Lager

A tidy little package containing two 12-ounce bottles and one 22-ounce bottle of Portland Brewing’s ZigZag River Lager arrived today. It’s moving to a year-round release schedule and I imagine will be a welcome warm-weather beer (whenever the warmer weather kicks in for good).

Received: Crux [Banished] Better Off Red

I received a package from Crux Fermentation Project over the weekend, containing the latest in their “Banished” series of (barrel-aged) beers: Better Off Red. This is a Flanders-style red ale, 7% abv, described as: Flanders Reds may be called the Burgundies of Belgium, but we age our take on this complex, slightly tart style in Oregon Pinot Noir barrels for nearly a year. A fresh batch will present spicier notes while older versions pick up more … Continue reading →

McMenamins Jam Session ISA

The latest of McMenamins‘ seasonal beers is to go on tap company-wide this Friday, April 11: Jam Session ISA (India Session Ale). It’s a 4.77% abv beer hopped with Chinook, Mosaic, Centennial, and Falconer’s Flight hops, about which the company says: Spring is in full bloom, and its song plays the soundtrack to a beautiful season. Wanting to add our instrument to the collaboration, the McMenamin’s brewers were inspired to produce Jam Session ISA. A … Continue reading →