BreweriesDeschutes Brewery brings home medals from the World Beer Awards

The World Beer Awards judging for 2017 just wrapped up and results have been posted online (PDF), and Bend’s own Deschutes Brewery brought home a number of medals that they are (rightfully) pretty pleased about. The brewery issued a press release today summarizing their results: Deschutes Brewery beers took center stage … Continue reading

BreweriesTwo Oregon brewery closures: Juniper Brewing, Plough Monday

With over 5,300 breweries currently active in the United States (and I seem to recall seeing that number quoted as 5,700 recently), it’s unfortunate but a fact of business that not all of them will be successful. Official word came down this month that two of Oregon’s smaller breweries, Juniper … Continue reading

Beer IndustryThe beer scene in Bandon, Oregon

Over Memorial Day weekend we took a family trip down the southern Oregon Coast to Bandon, a small town of about 3,000 on the Coquille River 24 miles south of Coos Bay. It wasn’t ostensibly a beer trip, but naturally opportunities to explore a bit of the beer scene presented itself. … Continue reading

Beer IndustryCurt Plants of GoodLife Brewing, in memoriam

This is a tough one. A bit over a week ago, on April 28, GoodLife Brewing‘s co-founder and brewmaster Curt Plants passed away suddenly. This loss is a huge blow to the community, as Curt was a good brewer, an amazingly nice guy, well-liked by all, and truly generous. GoodLife posted an … Continue reading

BeersAC Golden Brewing’s 2017 Beer Lineup

I’ve run several Oregon craft brewery beer schedules recently, and the other day AC Golden Brewing Company (the subsidiary of Coors, who brews their Colorado Native line of beers) sent out their 2017 beer lineup in a press release. Yes, I’m posting this just like I’ve done the others. I … Continue reading

BeersWidmer Brothers Brewing’s 2017 Beer Lineup

Widmer Brothers Brewing announced their spring beer lineup and their 2017 release schedule, which includes some new Hefe variants, a cider, and some re-releases. There’s a bit of an interesting evolution happening with Hefeweizen, prompted by the success(?) of Hefe Shandy and the upcoming release of the Hefe Hopfruit. Details … Continue reading

Beer Industry2016 – The Year in Beer

I haven’t written up a year-end retrospective post in awhile but this past 12 months felt like the year for it. There have been some interesting things going on in beer for 2016, on both the national and the local level, that are worth revisiting. No big revelations here, other … Continue reading