Author Archives: Jon Abernathy

Walla Walla’s small but growing brewing scene

We spent the past weekend in Walla Walla, Washington, hitting up wineries and partaking in a bit of the Celebrate Walla Walla Wine event they have every year (this year’s theme was Syrah). Though Walla Walla for about three decades now has been known for its wine, there is a small but growing beer scene developing there. Here’s a rundown of what the current scene looks like: Mill Creek Brewpub. If their website is correct, … Continue reading →

The 10th Annual North American Organic Brewers Festival

I’ve said it before, this time of year is beer festival season in Oregon, and this weekend is one of the big ones: the North American Organic Brewers Festival taking place in Portland from Thursday the 26th through Sunday the 29th. Two of Portland’s beloved industries – organic beer and sustainability – come together in an annual celebration designed to raise awareness about organic beer and sustainable living. We serve up organic beers and ciders alongside … Continue reading →

The first Eastern Oregon Beer Festival, Saturday the 21st

The first-ever Eastern Oregon Beer Festival is coming up next weekend, on Saturday, June 21st, taking place in La Grande at the Union County Fairgrounds. As you’d expect there’s a good number of Eastern Oregon breweries represented, as well as some debut out-of-state ones. From their press release: Sponsored by La Grande Main Street Downtown, EOBF will feature over beers from over 20 breweries, including craft beer stalwarts Cascade Barrel House and Hair of the Dog … Continue reading →

Received: Portland Brewing Oregon Honey Beer

The latest seasonal offering from Portland Brewing came for me today from the brewery: Oregon Honey Beer. This is a beer that had been out of rotation for awhile (I believe since 2009); it’s 4.8% abv and brewed with 2-row malt and Oregon honey. Being their summer seasonal, it will be on the shelves only through August.

The Session #88: Traditional Beer Mixes

The first Friday of the month means it’s time again for beer bloggers to participate in The Session, a monthly group exercise where everyone writes about a common theme or topic. This month our theme comes from Boak and Bailey who provide us a most interesting suggestion: Traditional Beer Mixes. The topic we’ve chosen is traditional beer mixes. In his 1976 book Beer and Skittles early beer writer Richard Boston lists several: Lightplater – bitter and light ale. Mother-in-law — old and bitter. … Continue reading →