BloggingThe 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

BloggingMerry 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!

BloggingHappy 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

BloggingBallast 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

BloggingMcMenamins 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 … Continue reading

BloggingWeek 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

BloggingFred 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

BloggingBeer 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 … Continue reading

BloggingWeekend in review: 2 anniversaries plus cider

Actually, this is more of a review of this past Saturday rather than the entire weekend, and is mostly in photos. Both Deschutes Brewery and Crux Fermentation Project celebrated anniversaries on Saturday, Deschutes their 27th and Crux their 3rd. Since Crux was starting their party earlier with their annual Cruxapalooza, … Continue reading