St. Peter’s Organic Ale

Back around the holidays I picked up a variety of specialty beers, including a couple in unique flask-shaped bottles from a brewery I’d not heard of before: St. Peter’s Brewery, in Suffolk, England. Last night I drank one of the two I bought, their Organic Ale. Overall, not bad. First … Continue reading

Monastic brewery

BeerAdvocate reports that two monasteries near Santa Fe, New Mexico are planning on opening a brewery. Although the concept is not new, European monasteries have been brewing beer for centuries, it’s believe that The Abbey Beverage Company could be the first monastic brewery in the western-hemisphere. American Abbey Ale? Interesting…

Deschutes Brewery’s Bond Street series

Deschutes Brewery is launching their Bond Street Series of limited-edition beers released in 22-ounce bottles. Big news for us (local) Deschutes fans… from their homepage blurb: The Bond Street Series, a year-round rotating selection, highlights Deschutes’ Public House ales originally featured throughout the years at our pub on Bond Street. … Continue reading

Food Network needs a beer show

Maybe it’s just me, but I think Food Network really needs a show about beer. No specific subtopic; one episode could be exploring a particular beer style or microbrewery, another could be on homebrewing. The sky’s the limit, really. My only prerequisite? Don’t dumb it down for the audience. Man, … Continue reading

One book every homebrewer should have

That book, of course, is Homebrewing, Volume 1 by Al Korzonas. It’s excellent. It focuses on beginning and intermediate homebrewing, and it’s packed with tons of info. It’s also got a great troubleshooting section which most other books lack. I’ve always wondered if there was going to be a "volume … Continue reading

More on gluten free beer

Following up to my Gluten Free Beer post the other day, BellaOnline has a better article on the topic. Not only does the article go into more detail on the alternative grains one can use to brew gluten free beer, but there’s also a much better list of brewers and … Continue reading

Review of Steelhead Brewing

Found this review of Steelhead Brewing Company (Eugene, Oregon). I can’t say for sure, but I think we might have been there, once—we went to one of the microbreweries in Eugene some years ago, and I can’t exactly recall which one. Steelhead has at least four regular ales on tap … Continue reading

Blooms and Brews festival

The first "Blooms and Brews" beer festival is coming up April 22 and 23 at the Oregon Garden. Where’s the Oregon Garden? In Silverton, east of Salem (don’t worry, I had to look it up too). The inaugural Blooms and Brews Craft Beer Festival is April 22-23, and organizers hope … Continue reading

Gluten Free Beer

This press release on BeerAdvocate is interesting: The 9th Annual Amber Waves of Grain Homebrewed Beer Competition is looking for beers made with some very special ingredients. This year’s competition has added a special brewing style called "Category 99 – Gluten Free Brewing". This category, sponsored by Bard’s Tale Beer, … Continue reading

Oregon’s First Organic Brewery

Found this little tidbit about Oregon’s first all-organic brewery opening in Portland last month, named Roots. Sound interesting: In addition to organic beers on tap and by the keg, the Roots facility features a host of other recycled/eco-friendly elements. The brewery/brewpub is itself a renovated tattoo parlor, and the 14-foot … Continue reading