Author Archives: Jon Abernathy

Review: 4 beers from Portland Brewing

I haven’t done many beer reviews of late, partially because of the book and partially because I’ve simply fallen behind and haven’t written as many straight-up reviews as I used to. So, I’m killing four birds with one stone here, offering up my notes on the beers that come in the Portland Brewing four-pack (and which they had sent to me awhile back). Two of these are year-round, and two are seasonals (I believe I’ve still … Continue reading →

The Portland Fruit Beer Festival is this weekend

This Saturday and Sunday, June 7 and 8, the Portland Fruit Beer Festival is again taking place in the parking lot of Burnside Brewing, and is featuring an amazing taplist of fruit beers of all stripes. You can buy tickets in advance here, and this year they’ve also added a Friday VIP session from 4 to 9pm (though sadly tickets for that are already sold out). Here’s the pricing breakdown: General Admission includes a 16oz … Continue reading →

First look at Wild Ride Brewing

This past Saturday for their official opening, we headed over to Redmond, Oregon’s new Wild Ride Brewing Company to check out the scene and try some beers. They had nine of their first ten beers on tap, and a handsome brewery and tasting room that looks really good. No kitchen, but two food trucks were parked outside. Here’s a first look in pictures, and some notes. That barreled-off area is their outdoor seating patio. Incidentally, … Continue reading →

Putting the news on hiatus as deadlines approach

A little while back I switched from blogging daily Oregon beer news posts to weekly in large part because of the book I’m writing. And now I’ve got about two months on the final deadline and I’m finding I need to scale back those posts again to focus on that project even more. I will of course continue to post stuff here—I couldn’t not even if I tried, I think—but the weekly/daily updates need to … Continue reading →

Wild Ride Brewing, open this Saturday in Redmond

Redmond’s latest brewery, Wild Ride Brewing, is officially opening their doors this Saturday, May 10 at 11am (though I hear they are quietly open now, a sort of soft pre-opening). They are Redmond’s (and Central Oregon’s) newest craft brewery, a 20-barrel production brewery with a tasting room and patio, and are located at 332 SW 5th Street downtown. The don’t have a kitchen, but are planning on hosting food trucks for the hungry. And, while I was … Continue reading →