BloggingPrint column: Deschutes Brewery’s Hop Slice

My print column in the Bend Bulletin that came out on Friday was on Deschutes Brewery’s new summer seasonal, Hop Slice Session IPA, which usurped the Twilight Ale throne this year. I’d like to think it’s worth a read, if you’re so inclined.

No beer news today

Unfortunately I am feeling under the weather, so no Oregon Beer News today. Instead you might be interested in reading The New School’s writeup of last night’s Oregon Beer Awards.

The future of “craft”

No deep answers here, but there were some of interesting thoughts and articles I came across this week made me think a bit about the future of craft beer—and “craft” beer (the label). On Twitter, Ray Daniels (author, founder of the Cicerone Certification Program) had a 13-part write-up on the … Continue reading

Merry Christmas!

It’s late but I wanted to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a safe and happy holiday! I hope the day has treated you well and everything has worked out for the best for you and yours. Cheers!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy and hoppy Thanksgiving everyone! I hope this day finds you with family and friends, warm and comfortable with plenty to eat and drink! Myself, I am well-stocked with beer (of course!), the turkey is in the oven, and all of our prep is done. Have a happy and safe … Continue reading

Ballast Point sale and other things to make you go “hmmmm”

In case you haven’t heard the news about San Diego’s Ballast Point Brewing today—and I don’t know how you could have missed it, if you’re even marginally interested in beer—they have sold to beverage company Constellation Brands for the staggering, Dr. Evil-worthy sum of $1 billion. Yes, that is billion … Continue reading

McMenamins first-ever bottle shop opens this week

For three decades McMenamins has become best 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 … 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 … 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 … Continue reading