Category Archives: Breweries

Oregon Beer Awards 2016 – Call for Submissions

The second annual Oregon Beer Awards, the statewide competition organized by Portland’s Willamette Week, is fast approaching this January, and the organizers have a call out for submissions now. This competition is somewhat unique in that it is only featuring Oregon breweries, and that there are only 14 categories to be judged—not the umpteen fragments of categories and subcategories that characterize many of the big contests. The inaugural OBAs that took place at the beginning of this … Continue reading →

30 years of McMenamins beer

This Sunday, October 25th, is the 30th anniversary of the first brew that took place at McMenamins’ Hillsdale Public House—not just the first beer brewed by McMenamins, in fact it was the first beer brewed at the first modern, post-Prohibition brewpub in Oregon. That original beer had humble—very humble—beginnings, brewed with liquid malt extract (which McMenamins purchased in 50-gallon barrels from California) on a small, cobbled-together system stuffed into the back of the Hillsdale kitchen. … Continue reading →

A peek into 10 Barrel Brewery’s expansion plans

As Jon mentioned on his post earlier in the week, last Thursday evening we ran out the door after getting a text saying to meet a Portland writer in 15 minutes. We figured he was in town for a spur of the moment beer trip, so I tagged along because another friend was in town and we texted her to meet as well. Turns out, Brian was in town for the peek into the big … Continue reading →

Oregon Breweries bring home 19 GABF medals

The Great American Beer Festival was going on this past week, culminating in the big awards ceremony yesterday for the competition portion of the festival, with 275 coveted medals awards among 242 breweries. The numbers were impressive this year (“Winners were chosen from 6,647 competition entries (20 percent more than in 2014) from 1,552 breweries hailing from 50 states plus Washington, D.C.”) and required the largest judging panel ever (242 judges). It’s always fun to … Continue reading →

Golden Road Brewing, Los Angeles

Over the Labor Day holiday weekend earlier this month we were in Burbank, California visiting family, and while it ostensibly wasn’t a beer trip, we always seem to find some time to slip in a visit to a new brewery or locale to sample the local brew. This time around we had a free couple of hours one afternoon so sought out the nearest brewery to my brother’s place, which turned out to be Golden … Continue reading →