Author Archives: Jon Abernathy

The Session #115: The Role of Beer Books

For this September edition of The Session, Joan Villar-i-Martí of Blog Birraire asks us to consider The Role of Beer Books: The discussion at hand is “The Role of Beer Books“. Participants can talk about that first book that caught their attention, which brought them to get interested in beer; or maybe about books that helped developing their local beer scene. There’s also the -bad- role of books that regrettably misinform readers because their authors did … Continue reading →

Received: Angry Orchard Easy Apple Cider

This must be the year of cider, particularly as I seem to be on the cider PR list these days. These came yesterday from Angry Orchard: Two bottles of their new Easy Apple cider, a “less sweet, easy-drinking cider” that’s sessionable at 4.2% abv. And “apple forward.” I will report on it as we go.

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 →