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

ReviewsReview: The Holiday Wine Fest, Seattle

Last weekend we visited Seattle to attend the inaugural Holiday Wine Fest, which took place November 12-13. It was located at Seattle Center, in the Exhibition Hall, and was split into three sessions over the two days. The cost was around $40 per session, but we were offered a media … Continue reading

EventsBooks & Beer event at NWIPA – come meet me and others!

On Sunday, December 4, Portland’s N.W.I.P.A. is hosting a holiday Books & Beer event featuring a number of Oregon beer authors, myself included! This will be a fun holiday shopping event from 2 to 5pm where you can come meet the authors, buy signed books, and drink beer of course! … Continue reading

EventsReturn of the Central Oregon Winter Beer Fest

The fourth annual Central Oregon Winter Beer Festival is returning to GoodLife Brewing on Saturday, December 10. This fest is a showcase for Central Oregon’s breweries (and cider makers) and as such is held as a fundraiser for the Central Oregon Brewers Guild. As the name suggests, the participating breweries will … Continue reading

EventsThe first Bend Ale Festival this Saturday

If you’re looking for something beer-y to do this weekend in Central Oregon, on Saturday, November 12 the first Bend Ale Festival is taking place in Bend’s Northwest Crossing neighborhood. It’s presented in conjunction with Bend Ale Run half-marathon taking place that morning, which itself is very “Bend,” running and … Continue reading