Marketing/PRReceived: McMenamins Black Widow Porter (2017)

Today was Widow’s Day at the McMenamins Thompson Brewery in Salem, the release day for their annual Halloween seasonal, Black Widow Porter. Black Widow was first brewed at Thompson back in the ’90s and it has become a McMenamins staple since. And as it happens, this week the company also … Continue reading

BeersDeschutes Brewery releases 30th edition of Jubelale

Deschutes Brewery this morning issued the press release announcing this year’s release of their winter ale, Jubelale—and this year happens to be the 30th release of this beer. First released in 1988, “Jubel-Ale” was hand-bottled in 750ml champagne bottles, and it has returned every year since. (Check out below for … Continue reading

BeersLatest print article: Fresh hop beers, plus a charity beer

My latest print article out this week is about fresh hops, but more importantly it documents the trip I got to take with Deschutes Brewery back in August to pick up hops for a charity beer. Fresh hop beers are brewing in Central Oregon: On Oct. 7, Deschutes Brewery is hosting … Continue reading

BeersFresh Hops Watch 2017

It’s been awhile since I’ve attempted to keep track of the fresh hops beers that are coming out, especially with so many breweries in Oregon these days brewing fresh hop beers. Keeping up to date on the Central Oregon is a bit more manageable, so keep watching this post as … Continue reading

BeersLatest print article: Monkless Belgian Ales and their witbiers

My latest article for the Bulletin here in Bend is out today: Monkless witbier spices things up. It’a a bit of an overview of Bend’s Monkless Belgian Ales, with more of a deep dive into their two witbiers: Shepplekofeggan and their Peppercorn Imperial Wit, both of which are in cans right … Continue reading

BeersAnd just like that, it’s fresh hop season

Despite the wildfires smoking Oregon out right now, fresh hop season is upon us once again! This really hit home for me in the past week, in part because I got to travel over to Goschie Farms to pick up fresh hops for a Deschutes Brewery project, but also because … Continue reading

ReviewsQuick note: Deschutes Hopzeit Autumn IPA 2017

Just some quick Friday night thoughts about this year’s edition of Hopzeit Autumn IPA from Deschutes Brewery, as I sip through the last of the three bottles they sent me. I’m still happy that Deschutes is putting out a fall seasonal beer in lieu of a Jubelale early release. Someday … Continue reading

Beers(Eclipse) Beer of the Week: Path of Totality SMaSH

Happy Total Eclipse Day 2017! What an amazing morning; here in Bend we weren’t quite in totality of the eclipse but we had something like 99.6% of it, and we avoided fighting the crowds and watched the eclipse from our backyard. Of course me being me, I had to enjoy … Continue reading