Category Archives: Blogging

McMenamins first-ever bottle shop opens this week

For three decades McMenamins has become┬ábest known for their pubs and breweries and renovated historic properties, and while they do bottle their own beers, wines, and spirits for sale at their various locations, they’ve never had a dedicated bottle shop—until now. Their new 23rd Avenue Bottle Shop, located across from their Tavern & Pool, is having its grand opening this Thursday, November 19th, and looks to be impressive from the start. From the press release: … Continue reading →

Week in review: It’s pumpkin (fest) season

This past week in beer for The Brew Site was a little bit spontaneous, and a little (lot) bit pumpkin. Wednesday, the 14th, the Elysian Brewing Great Pumpkin Roadshow came to Bend, landing at the Platypus Pub with eight of their pumpkin beers and, for the first time ever in Bend, a giant pumpkin filled with beer. (Quick sidebar: Since the Elysian sale to Anheuser-Busch InBev, to be honest, I’ve been ambivalent at best about … Continue reading →

Fred Eckhardt, R.I.P.

It wasn’t until I got home today that I learned the news of the passing of the Dean of American Beer Writers, Fred Eckhardt, today, and tonight I’m enjoying beer in his honor and toasting his legacy. Fred’s contribution to American beer cannot be overstated and probably will never be matched. He wrote a homebrewing guide, A Treatise on Lager Beers, in 1969, ten years before homebrewing became legal in the United States, and his … Continue reading →

Beer Bloggers Conference, 2015

Tomorrow the 2015 edition of the Beer Bloggers Conference (since renamed the Beer Bloggers & Writers Conference) kicks off in Asheville, North Carolina—one of the country’s most vibrant beer cities. It looks to be a terrific conference this year, with a great agenda—one I’m sorry to miss, but unfortunately it just wasn’t in the cards for me to make it this year. The good news is, I can follow along online—and you can too, via … Continue reading →