Author Archives: Jon Abernathy

Received: Deschutes Brewery Zarabanda

This past week I received the latest collaboration brew from Deschutes Brewery: Zarabanda! (Technically there is no exclamation point in the name but it feels like there should be.) It is styled as a uniquely-spiced saison, is 6.7% abv, and is apparently available year-round. Here’s the Brewery’s description: We looked to acclaimed Chef José Andrés to help us create a Spanish take on the farmhouse-style saison. The addition of lemon verbena, pink peppercorn, sumac, and … Continue reading →

Reviews: Colorado Native IPL, Whole Wheat Bock from AC Golden

So this year I got onto the AC Golden Brewing media/marketing list, and they’ve sent me two beers so far to sample: Colorado Native IPL and 100% Whole Wheat Bock. AC Golden is a specialty arm of MillerCoors, and as such their beers are for the most part generally only found in and around the Denver market. That’s a bit of a shame because—despite their parent-macro origins—these are some fine beers that would do well … Continue reading →

Received: BlackWatch Cream Porter

These two bottles came just in time for the weekend: Portland Brewing’s BlackWatch Cream Porter, their winter seasonal release. This is a “classic porter” that comes in at 5.3% abv, which you can read more about from head brewer Ryan Pappe here. I posted a review from a four-pack earlier this year, so I’ll be comparing notes of course.

Monkless Belgian Ales: Bend’s newest brewery

Later this month, Bend’s newest brewery is set to start selling its beer: Monkless Belgian Ales. Founded by partners Kirk Meckem and Todd Clement, they just got their brewery licensed and plan to brew only Belgian-styled ales on a one-barrel system. Kirk Meckem reached out to me to let me know they are planning on launching on tap at Bend’s Humm Kombucha on November 28 with their first beer, a Dubbel named “Dubbel or Nothing.” Meckem … Continue reading →

The Session #93: Beer Travel

This past Friday was the first one of November, and for timely beer bloggers everywhere (which I am not in recent months, at least as far as getting these posts out on time), it was the collaborative beer blogging day for The Session. This month’s Session was hosted by Brian at The Roaming Pint and he conjured up the topic of Beer Travel to chew on: In Session #29, Beer by Bart asked writers to … Continue reading →