ReviewsMcMenamins High Gravity Extravaganza, in a few pictures

This past Saturday McMenamins Old St. Francis School in Bend celebrated their fourth annual High Gravity Extravaganza beer festival, featuring 25 breweries pouring strong, high gravity beers. It’s a great “mini” fest, featuring a mix of McMenamins and Central Oregon breweries (ten and 15, respectively), with many of the brewers … Continue reading

NewsAmerican Hop Convention in Bend, January 17-20

On Tuesday, January 17, the 61st annual American Hop Convention comes to Bend, Oregon for the first time. The convention takes place at the Riverhouse on the Deschutes hotel and convention center and runs through Friday, January 20. Join us for the 2017 American Hop Convention as we journey across … Continue reading

EventsChanges to Zwickelmania for 2017 — now two weekends

Apparently Oregon’s annual Zwickelmania event which takes place every February during President’s Day weekend has grown big enough that the Oregon Brewers Guild has split it into two weekends for 2017: for the Portland Metro area, it takes place on February 18, and for the rest of the state it … Continue reading

Events4th annual High Gravity Extravaganza Brewfest at McMenamins Old St. Francis School

This Saturday, January 14, the fourth annual High Gravity Extravaganza Brewfest returns to McMenamins Old St. Francis School in Bend. This is a terrific, low-key event that features winter-appropriate strong beers from ten different McMenamins breweries and 15 Central Oregon breweries. Pouring stations are spread out around the property—from the main courtyard … 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

EventsVolunteer to pour beer at the Central Oregon Winter Beer Fest

The Central Oregon Winter Beer Festival this Saturday at GoodLife Brewing is still in need of volunteers to pour beer. Volunteers will get free entry (the glass plus tasting tickets) and will get a chance to sample specialty winter beers. I don’t believe an OLCC permit is necessary as temporary … Continue reading

Holiday Ale Fest ’16, quick recommendations

Today is the fourth day of the Holiday Ale Festival, and if you’re planning on attending today here are a few quick beer recommendations. Bear Republic ‘Twas the Beer Before Christmas Burnside Keg Nog Deschutes Ginger Cookie Imperial Porter Drake’s Grape Fermented ZinDrakonic Fort George All Seeing Pie McMenamins Lord of … Continue reading

EventsHoliday Ale Festival 2016

This Wednesday, November 30 at 11am, the 21st annual Holiday Ale Festival begins in downtown Portland! (Insert joke about event turning 21 able to attend itself here.) This is one of Portland’s (and the Northwest’s) premiere beer festivals, made extra special by the fact that many of the participating breweries … Continue reading

EventsBook signing at Bazi Bierbrasserie in Portland, Dec. 3

Good news Portland! This Saturday, December 3rd, at Bazi Bierbrasserie, I’ll be on hand with several other beer writers for a book signing event from 5 to 7pm. Bazi is a terrific beer bar with a Belgian focus and a great taplist; I’m thrilled to be able to be on … Continue reading