Author Archives: Jon Abernathy

Advent Beer Calendar 2014: Day 4: Delirium Noël

Ten years of the Beer Advent Calendar continues, and I’m wondering if the holidays are a time for seeing pink elephants? If we’re speaking euphemistically, then perhaps, or perhaps not—but with today’s beer pick you definitely will be: Delirium Noël. This is the Christmas version of Delirium Tremens from Belgium’s Brouwerij Huyghe, which is celebrating its 25th year this year (the beer, not the brewery—having launched on December 26, 1989). Delirium Noël is a hefty … Continue reading →

The Holiday Ale Festival begins today in Portland

One of Oregon’s signature beer festivals starts today in Portland—the Holiday Ale Festival, which runs through Sunday, December 7 in downtown Portland’s Pioneer Courthouse Square. The Fest is from 11am until 10pm each night except Sunday, when it ends at 5pm. The HAF features something like 77 beers, many of which were brewed just for the Fest, and a number of limited release beers will be featured each day, going on tap at certain times … Continue reading →

Advent Beer Calendar 2014: Day 3: Fyne Ales Holly Daze

Today we hop the pond to find our next Advent calendar pick, and discover a Scottish brewery established in 2001: Fyne Ales. They brew a dark amber Winter Warmer that they describe as: An antidote to Christmas. No strange spices, just a really good stronger beer with a crisp fruity hop flavour and plenty of malt. A refreshing beer to clear the palate. Thus we have Holly Daze, a 5% abv ale brewed with pale … Continue reading →

“Oregon Breweries” is out now!

The newest book in the Stackpole “Breweries” series is out now—Oregon Breweries, by beer writer and friend Brian Yaeger, containing listings and info on the 190+ brewing establishments in the state that is as up-to-date as you will find anywhere right now. Brian has been working on this book for a lot longer than I’d been working on Bend Beer, and I have no doubt that this will be a defining directory/guidebook for Oregon for a … Continue reading →

Advent Beer Calendar 2014: Day 2: Prairie The Beer That Saved Christmas

For today’s advent beer pick, I doubled up on alcohol from yesterday (5.5% to 10%) and selected a beer from a young brewery gaining much acclaim: Oklahoma’s Prairie Artisan Ales. And, I have to admit I picked this beer simply because I loved the name and couldn’t resist. Thus, we have The Beer That Saved Christmas on our calendar for the day. The Beer That Saved Christmas is described as an Old Ale aged in oak barrels, and … Continue reading →