Category Archives: Blogging

7 beer labels you might confuse with Lagunitas IPA

News broke today that Lagunitas Brewing has filed a legal complaint against Sierra Nevada Brewing, the heart of which is a trademark violation notice. From the Beer Street Journal: While the SweetWater/Lagunitas situation is behind us, Lagunitas and Sierra Nevada now have a new legal issue to sort out. This one is over the labeling of Sierra Nevada’s forthcoming Hop Hunter IPA, as it relates to Lagunitas IPA. Here’s the breakdown: Lagunitas Brewing Company vs. … Continue reading →

Weird beer news

A couple of weird beer news stories popped up today—nothing “Oregon” about them, but they are definitely notable and unusual. First, from the BBC, Iceland: Brewery makes ‘whale testicle beer’: The Stedji brewery’s Hvalur 2 beer is being sold for a limited period to mark the Icelandic midwinter month of Thorri, the Visir website reports. The testicles of fin whales – which are an endangered species – are cured “according to an old, Icelandic tradition” before … Continue reading →

A unique beer calendar for 2015

The Bend Brew Daddy, aka Matthew Ward, is a photographer, fellow craft beer geek, and blogger and friend of mine based here in Bend, Oregon, and over the past year he’s been making a name for himself in the local craft beer scene with his stunning beertography. You can follow his Instagram account to see his work, and he sells framed prints as well (and has photos on display at local breweries and beer establishments). … Continue reading →

My book is out today!

I am thrilled and proud to announce that my first book, Bend Beer: A History of Brewing in Central Oregon, is officially released today! (I say officially though I know it has already been available for pre-order online—and Amazon.com had already shipped a few out.) Published by the History Press, it covers the history of Bend and Central Oregon from a beer-spective from the frontier era of the 1880 and ’90s through today. Here’s the … Continue reading →

“Bend Beer” book cover and release date!

First of all, there’s this: That is the front cover to my forthcoming book, Bend Beer: A History of Brewing in Central Oregon, the one I’ve spent the first half of the year researching and writing. It looks great, due in no small part to the beautiful photo taken by my friend Gina Schauland (who also works at Deschutes Brewery). And there is an official release date! October 21, 2014 is the day! You should … Continue reading →