EventsThe inaugural Irish Beer Festival kicks off on St. Patrick’s Day

Portland, Oregon’s Kells Brew Pub is hosting the new Irish Beer Festival this weekend, starting on Friday, March 17—St. Patrick’s Day. The event will feature Irish-style beers and ciders from a dozen regional breweries, and will take place in Kells’ parking lot under a heated tent. From the press release: … Continue reading

EventsPictures from yesterday’s Zwickelmania

The greater-Oregon Zwickelmania weekend took place yesterday, and it was a fun and successful day, as always. We hit all the stops that were on our list for this year, plus a few extras. Instead of a long writeup, this year I’m posting photos as the review. I will note … Continue reading

EventsMcMenamins Hillsdale Brewfest returns, February 25

This Saturday, February 25, the 24th annual Hillsdale Brewfest returns to McMenamins Hillsdale Brewery & Public House in Portland. This is McMenamins Battle of the Brews—special one-off beers from 22 of their breweries face off for a people’s choice with the winner earning the coveted championship belt. The winning brewery … Continue reading

EventsCascade Brewing’s annual Sour Fruit Fest returns

This Wednesday, February 22, Cascade Brewing‘s sixth annual Sour Fruit Fest returns to both the Cascade Barrel House and the Raccoon Lodge. It’s a nearly-week-long event as it will run through Sunday the 26th, from open to close. If you’ve wanted to sample a wide swath of the brewery’s offerings, … Continue reading

EventsBend Brewfest 2017 dates announced

Last week the Bend Brewfest announced the dates for this year’s festival, along with the call for participant brewery applications. This year marks the 15th annual Bend Brewfest, which has been taking place each year since 2004. (Except for 2009 that is—the Brewfest had been cancelled that year due to … Continue reading

EventsLatest print article: Zwickelmania! Oregon’s beer holiday returns

My latest print column for the Bend Bulletin is out, and naturally it’s a focus on Zwickelmania—albeit the Central Oregon version that’s taking place next Saturday, February 25. I do like the sub-title they gave the article: “Oregon’s beer holiday returns Feb. 25.” Indeed! Of course if you’re in the … Continue reading

StylesFebruary is Stout Month

Is there a better month for drinking stouts than February, when we are deep in the heart of winter? Fort George Brewery doesn’t think so, and for years now they have been celebrating Stout Month for the entire month of February, filling their taps with new stouts every week and featuring … Continue reading