History5,000-year-old Chinese brewery, and beer recipe

I’m a bit behind blogging about this, but I thought it was pretty interesting: evidence of a 5,000 year old brewery was recently uncovered in China. What seems to be significant about this find is that barley had not been known to be in China this early; researchers suggest the … Continue reading

Breweries30 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 … Continue reading

HistoryThe Session #100: Resurrecting Lost Beer Styles

This first Friday of June 2015 marks the 100th edition of The Session. 100! That’s quite a milestone for having a group of bloggers (many of which have changed over the years, naturally) collaborate each month with their own take on a particular topic. And for number 100 we have … Continue reading

Blogging“Bend Beer” book cover and release date!

First of all, there’s this: That is the front cover to my forthcoming book, Bend Beer: A History of Brewing in Central Oregon, the one I’ve spent the first half of the year researching and writing. It looks great, due in no small part to the beautiful photo taken by … Continue reading

HistoryAntibiotic beer brewed 2000 years ago

There’s a fascinating science story just out, revealing that ancient Nubians two millennia ago were consuming large amounts of the antibiotic tetracycline most likely in the form of beer. Yet another reason beer is healthy! There are several sites running the story, but Wired has the most beer-centric version: Chemical … Continue reading

HistoryThe Session #42: A Special Place, A Special Beer

It’s the first Friday of the month, which means for beer bloggers that it’s time for The Session: a monthly group blogging effort on whatever topic our host chooses. Hosting duties change from month to month, and in addition to selecting the topic, each month’s host also compiles a list … Continue reading

BreweriesBreweries’ historic buildings

The Lost Oregon blog is starting a “Beer and history” series that looks pretty interesting: Many, if not most, of our local breweries and drinking establishments are housed in older buildings just by the fact that rarely is a new brewery built from scratch because let’s face it, most older … Continue reading

HistoryFrench Beer Week: Historic mishmash

There’s not much more to this post than an excuse to quote Randy Mosher from Radical Brewing, on the subject of French historical beers. France is generally sniffed at by the real brewing countries, and indeed its glory has always rested on wine, not beer. I guess the scorn is … Continue reading