Author Archives: Jon Abernathy

McMenamins Black Widow Porter (2014)

Since we’re solidly in the Halloween season (what, you haven’t seen the pumpkins and black cats and strange lights in windows lately?), one beer you can and should seek out here in the Pacific Northwest is McMenamins’ Black Widow Porter. It’s their Halloween seasonal beer, on tap through the 31st, and one for which they sent me an advance bottle to try. Originally brewed at the Thompson Brewery in 1991, it has since because a company-wide … Continue reading →

My book is out today!

I am thrilled and proud to announce that my first book, Bend Beer: A History of Brewing in Central Oregon, is officially released today! (I say officially though I know it has already been available for pre-order online—and Amazon.com had already shipped a few out.) Published by the History Press, it covers the history of Bend and Central Oregon from a beer-spective from the frontier era of the 1880 and ’90s through today. Here’s the … Continue reading →

Elysian Great Pumpkin Roadshow

For the last several years Elysian Brewing has been following up their Great Pumpkin Beer Fest with a smaller-scale, traveling version: their Pumpkin Roadshow which is landing in Eugene tomorrow and running through the rest of the month. Here’s the press release: Couldn’t make it up to Seattle for Elysian’s Great Pumpkin Beer Fest this year? Good news!! Elysian is taking their Great Pumpkin Beer Fest on the road via their GREAT PUMPKIN ROADSHOWS!! Known … Continue reading →

Received: McMenamins Black Widow Porter

McMenamins fall/Halloween seasonal beer, Black Widow Porter, is released tomorrow (the 15th), and the company sent me out a bottle that arrived today: This is a tasty brew that’s 7.35% abv and will be available through Halloween. It’s brewed with licorice root and the company says: Originally created at the Thompson Brewery 22 years ago on October 15, 1991 and made by all Thompson Brewers to come after, Black Widow has become an expected and … Continue reading →

Great Pumpkin Beer Fest wrap-up and gallery

I’m only about a week behind on writing about last weekend’s Great Pumpkin Beer Fest at Elysian Brewing in Seattle (at their Georgetown brewery, really), but I have to say it was again an epic beer festival and reaffirms my notion last year that this is right at the top of my list of favorite fests. This year was the 10th annual iteration of Elysian’s fest and like last year, we got in with media credentials … Continue reading →