Beer Industry2016 – The Year in Beer

I haven’t written up a year-end retrospective post in awhile but this past 12 months felt like the year for it. There have been some interesting things going on in beer for 2016, on both the national and the local level, that are worth revisiting. No big revelations here, other … Continue reading

BreweriesZwanzig Fest: Lompoc Brewing’s 20th anniversary

Portland, Oregon-based Lompoc Brewing celebrates their 20th anniversary this month, and accordingly they are kicking off their Zwanzig Fest this week. This fest (“Zwanzig” meaning “twenty” in German) takes place starting Tuesday, December 13 and concludes four days later on Friday, December 16. Each Lompoc location will host food and beer … Continue reading

BreweriesGriess Family Brews is closing today

Sad news, I just came across the news that today (Saturday, November 26) is the last day for Griess Family Brews in Grants Pass, Oregon. They had originally posted the news on Facebook back on November 2, which I’m re-posting here: UPDATE FROM DAVE GRIESS: The journey is almost over; … Continue reading

BreweriesThe skinny on Silver Moon’s 2016 Elf Brew

Each year Bend’s Silver Moon Brewing releases their holiday seasonal, Elf Brew, and each year changes up the recipe. When it was first released it was a lavender-infused winter ale; last year was a Scottish-style ale. This year’s version is a Doppelsticke Altbier, weighing in at 8.8% alcohol by volume and … Continue reading

EventsGABF 2016: Oregon award winners

Saturday morning, October 8, the 2016 Great American Beer Festival awards ceremony revealed this year’s winners for one of the largest and most popular beer festivals around. Big congratulations are always in order for all of the winners, but naturally since I live in Oregon I always like to highlight the … Continue reading

BreweriesJapanese brewers in Oregon

During this year’s Oregon Brewers Festival, the International Tent welcomed six craft brewers from Japan for the first time, each bringing two of their beers to pour at the festival (except Iwate Kura Beer which only brought one). And on Thursday, the 28th during the OBF, Belmont Station hosted a meet-and-greet event with the … Continue reading

BreweriesBend Brewing Company purchases adjacent lot

For many years, the lot adjacent to Bend Brewing Company sat vacant and fenced, an unsightly eyesore next to the brewpub. It was purposefully left that way, as I understand it, because the owner also wanted to buy the land BBC sat on to develop (into condos, retail, whatever), but since … Continue reading

EventsJune is anniversary month in Bend

From Facebook Here in Bend, June is to be the big month for brewery anniversaries, with Deschutes Brewery, GoodLife Brewing, and Crux Fermentation Project all celebrating beer birthdays. Here’s a rundown of this month’s anniversary events, starting tomorrow with GoodLife: GoodLife Brewing 5th anniversary – Saturday, June 18 (event page) They’ll be … Continue reading

BreweriesPublic Coast Brewing is now open in Cannon Beach

One of the state’s newest breweries is now open on the Oregon Coast: Public Coast Brewing in Cannon Beach. They are joining the lontime Bill’s Tavern and the recently-opened Pelican Brewing pub. Cannon Beach (population 1,690) is becoming quite the brewery town! Seems like a pretty organized affair, based on … Continue reading

BreweriesSteens Mountain Brewing in BeerAdvocate Magazine: Extras

This month’s issue of BeerAdvocate Magazine (#112, May 2016) contains an article on Burns, Oregon’s Steens Mountain Brewing Company in their “From the Source” column—written by yours truly. The article is now online here, and I thought I share a few extra “behind the scenes” details that didn’t make it … Continue reading