Author Archives: Jon Abernathy

Received: Deschutes Jubelale (2016)

In addition to Halloween, it’s now officially winter beer season as well, as these arrived yesterday: Deschutes Brewery’s Jubelale is one of my favorite winter beers, and I’m pleased that this year it’s arriving in October rather than August!

Received: McMenamins Black Widow Porter (2016)

This came last week in fact: McMenamins‘ annual Halloween seasonal, Black Widow Porter. This year marks the 25th anniversary of the first brewing of this beer, at the Thompson Brewery in Salem. In addition to the bottled version, each of the breweries also brewed Black Widow to serve on draft, which will go on tap October 15.

GABF 2016: Oregon award winners

Saturday morning, October 8, the 2016 Great American Beer Festival awards ceremony revealed this year’s winners for one of the largest and most popular beer festivals around. Big congratulations are always in order for all of the winners, but┬ánaturally since I live in Oregon I always like to highlight the Oregon winning breweries each year. Winners are listed (and can be searched) on the GABF’s page, and this Saturday morning I’m also watching the livestream … Continue reading →

7th Annual Sisters Fresh Hop Festival – Saturday, Oct. 1

One of my favorite local beer festivals is taking place this Saturday, October 1: the Sisters Fresh Hop Festival! This year is the seventh annual event, taking place at Village Green Park from noon to 8pm, and the price is still right: $5 for the glass, and $1 for a four-ounce taste. This year features 25 breweries (actually 23 breweries, one cidery, and one kombucha maker), which means at least 25 different fresh hop beverages. … Continue reading →

Received: 2 Towns, 1 Book

Two different press/media arrivals last week: The Book of Dangerous Cocktails, and the imperial winter/holiday cider Nice & Naughty from 2 Towns Ciderhouse. Not sure if there’s a theme. I will note neither of these things have much to do with beer directly; a quick check of the index of the book only showed two beer-related recipes, though there’s a significant focus on marijuana-infused drinks.