Author Archives: Jon Abernathy

Oregon Garden Brewfest details

The 10th annual Oregon Garden Brewfest is taking place this weekend, and this is definitely one you are going to want to visit. I’ve attended the last two years (I’ve been fortunate to get a media pass) and I’m not missing this year’s either. The venue is simply stunning: the Oregon Garden is an 80-acre botanical garden, featuring more than 20 specialty gardens showcasing an amazing variety of flora. You can spend hours roaming the gardens, and … Continue reading →

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 →