Category Archives: Breweries

Steens 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 into print. Much of the story had changed from when I first interviewed owner/brewer Richard Roy for the article back in August; it was the … Continue reading →

Widmer Hefeweizen at 30

Today in Pioneer Courthouse Square in Portland, Widmer Brothers Brewing threw a big party for their flagship beer which turns 30 this year: Widmer Hefeweizen. The City also declared May 15 “Hefe Day” to commemorate the occasion, and this year for the first time Widmer released Hefe in cans (for which they sent me a couple along with an insulated stainless steel koozie sleeve). 30 years! That’s a phenomenal stretch for a beer movement that’s … Continue reading →

Preview of Deschutes Brewery’s Burger Month

Once again this year, Bend-based Deschutes Brewery is celebrating National Burger Month all through the month of May by offering a special burger menu featuring a new and unique hamburger special each day. Here’s their event details: Join us for beers & burgers through the month of May! We will feature one unique burger on our daily specials menu every day throughout the month. Stop by & enjoy a juicy burger made with Borlen Beef & locally sourced carefully prepared … Continue reading →

A look at Ninkasi Brewing’s flagship rebranding

Eugene, Oregon’s Ninkasi Brewing Company announced this week “a new look for its Flagship Series beers as it prepares to celebrate its tenth anniversary” with new designs rolling out for three of its core beers: Total Domination IPA, Tricerahops Double IPA, and Dawn of the Red (a so-called “Red IPA” though I thought they originally called it an “India Red Ale” or IRA). It’s a move to bring the branding into a more unified look and feel … Continue reading →

Boneyard’s Bert Grant-inspired “The Ale Master IPA”

Bend’s Boneyard Beer made a name for themselves in the Northwest beer scene with their hugely popular line of hoppy beers, notably RPM IPA, Hop Venom, and Notorious Triple IPA, not to mention a solid lineup of other beers including Diablo Rojo and Suge Knite Imperial Stout. The other angle to their story is embedded in their name: brewer and co-owner Tony Lawrence collected most of their original brewing equipment used, in trade for consulting work, … Continue reading →