Category Archives: Food & Beer

Oregon Garden Brewfest Brewer’s Dinner recap

This past Thursday night as a prelude to the Oregon Garden Brewfest, the Oregon Garden Resort hosted the Brewer’s Tasting Dinner featuring six courses paired with special beers (and one cider) all from brewers pouring at the Fest (thought the beers themselves weren’t necessarily pouring), and I have to say, it was even better than last year’s Dinner. Here’s my brief recap. First course: cheese plate, Fontina, Boursin and a dill Havarti  with dried fruit and … Continue reading →

Oregon Garden Brewfest: Brewer’s Tasting Dinner

On Thursday night, the Oregon Garden Resort hosted the Brewer’s Tasting Dinner precursor to the weekend’s Oregon Garden Brewfest: the first year they’ve done a beer-pairing dinner I believe. I’d been invited to attend (along with a number of other regional bloggers), both the Dinner and the OGBF the next day (see my disclosure at the bottom of this post), so naturally doing what I do I took a number of pictures and wrote down notes. … Continue reading →

The Session #51.5: Beer and cheese redux

This month has seen the most interactive and detailed Session to date, as host Jay Brooks chose the subject of cheese (more specifically beer and cheese together) to write about, selecting three types of cheeses to pair with beer and write about the pairings. And then he went the extra mile, with a “half Session” two weeks later: The idea was to use the list of beers chosen by everybody for each of the three … Continue reading →

The Session #51: Beer and Cheese Pairing (Part 3)

This month’s Session has Jay Brooks tasking us to pair beer and cheese, and to do so he selected three cheeses (a cheddar, a blue, and a chèvre) to pair with beers (and write about). I’m breaking my Session notes into three parts, covering a beer and cheese pairing each; first was Fort George Brewing’s Vortex IPA with Tillamook Vintage White Cheddar, and the second was Pelican 2010 Stormwatcher’s Winterfest Barleywine with Rogue Creamery Blue … Continue reading →

The Session #51: Beer and Cheese Pairing (Part 2)

For this month’s Session Jay Brooks tasked us to pair beer and cheese, and selected three cheeses (a cheddar, a blue, and a chèvre) to pair with beers and write about. I’m breaking my Session notes into three parts, covering a beer and cheese pairing each, and the first pairing I wrote about was Fort George Brewing’s Vortex IPA with Tillamook Vintage White Cheddar. Besides the cheese suggestions, Jay also posted notes suggesting what styles … Continue reading →