Author Archives: Jon Abernathy

Portland Brewing Noble Scot

I have to say I definitely enjoyed Portland Brewing’s fall seasonal, Noble Scot, of which they sent me two bottles a few weeks ago. With the weather cooling off it’s been a good beer to enjoy and will be sticking around for another month. Noble Scot is a Scottish-style ale, 6.5% abv, with the brewery’s description stating, “Noble Scot is a complex and full-bodied Scottish Ale with notes of toast and caramel and a sweet, … Continue reading →

The Sisters Fresh Hop Festival is bringing the hops

Update 9/25: The online list has been updated, specifying some unknowns and revealing some last-minute changes. I have updated the list below and the hop counts accordingly. As if you weren’t getting enough fresh hops-related posts from the site lately, it’s time to start talking up the Sisters Fresh Hop Festival! This is one of my favorite regional beer events, because this is one of my favorite times of the (beer) year, when I’m hunting … Continue reading →

Drinking: Thundercone Fresh Hop Ale

After mowing the lawn tonight I opened up that growler of Thundercone Fresh Hop Ale that I picked up from McMenamins yesterday, a nice fresh hop follow-up to mowing and raking up freshly-cut grass. This is a tasty beer, and I’m writing down these notes even as I’m drinking it—sort of a semi-live-blogging session, you could say. The stats on this beer are: Malts:¬†Canada Malting Superior Pilsen Malt, Franco Belges Caramel Munich 40 Hops: Chinook … Continue reading →

Received: McMenamins Thundercone Fresh Hop Ale (2014)

I picked up a growler of the soon-to-be-released Thundercone Fresh Hop Ale from McMenamins Old St. Francis School today, courtesy of McMenamins: It’s slated to be released this Friday, September 19, but I got the sneak preview (though I haven’t cracked this growler yet—had plans this evening!). Each year the brewing of Thundercone is heralded by the “Running of the Brewers,” celebrating the hop harvest¬†with 1000 pounds of fresh hops “frantically delivered from Sodbuster Farms… … Continue reading →

Fresh Hops Watch, 2014 edition

It’s that time of year again—hop harvest season, and the first fresh hop beers are hitting the taps. (I even homebrewed a fresh hop IPA last weekend, which will be ready in a few weeks.) With that in mind, I figured it was time to set up a running tally/list of fresh hop beers available in Central Oregon. I’ll continually update this post (and may keep it pinned on the homepage for a while). 10 … Continue reading →