Marketing/PRReceived: Silver Moon Boysen the Wood (2 variants)

Silver Moon Brewing‘s latest beer project was released this week, their “Boysen the Wood” barrel-aged boysenberry Baltic porter which was aged in two different types of whiskey barrels. The original intent was to blend the beers but they liked the results so much, they bottled up both variants and are … Continue reading

Marketing/PRReceived: 2 Towns Man Gogh Imperial Cider

Arrived over the weekend: 2 Towns Ciderhouse Man Gogh Imperial Cider, a mango and habanero “tropical cider” that’s 8% alcohol by volume. The label is an interpretation of Vincent van Gogh’s “Starry Night,” and while it’s fun and whimsical, but really the name “Man Gogh” was simply a pun on … Continue reading

Marketing/PRReceived: Upslope Christmas Ale

Two cans of Christmas Ale from Colorado’s Upslope Brewing arrived today, and I have to say this is some handsome packaging. I like the minimalist look but that two-tone red reminds me of wrapping paper and candy canes. I’m looking forward to the beer inside the can as well. 8.2% … Continue reading

Marketing/PRReceived: McMenamins Kris Kringle (2017)

This year McMenamins has been all about the cans; I’ve received seasonal samples from the company over the past few years in bottles and growlers, but it’s nice to see them embrace the cans as they have. For the impending holiday season, I received cans of Kris Kringle, of course: … Continue reading

Marketing/PRReceived: McMenamins Black Widow Porter (2017)

Today was Widow’s Day at the McMenamins Thompson Brewery in Salem, the release day for their annual Halloween seasonal, Black Widow Porter. Black Widow was first brewed at Thompson back in the ’90s and it has become a McMenamins staple since. And as it happens, this week the company also … Continue reading

Marketing/PRReceived this week: 2 Towns, Deschutes

Two packages came in this week, one from 2 Towns Ciderhouse and the other from Deschutes Brewery. From 2 Towns comes their 2016 vintage Cidre Bouché, a keeved French-style cider, released in a limited run of 375ml bottles. I’m expecting a fairly dry cider with barnyard notes to come from this … Continue reading

Marketing/PRReceived: Crux Fermentation Project seasonals

The folks at Crux Fermentation Project here in Bend dropped these off to me on Friday: Dr. Jack Fresh Hop IPA, Crystal Zwickle Fresh Hop Pale Ale, and Snow Cave Winter Ale. These are two of the six fresh hop beers they are releasing this year (three cans, three draft), … Continue reading

Marketing/PRReceived: 2 Towns Hollow Jack Pumpkin Cider (2017)

2 Towns Ciderhouse released their pumpkin cider, Hollow Jack, once again, and two bottles arrived for me in time for the weekend. (Technically, they are calling it their “Heirloom Pumpkin Cider.”) It comes in at 6.4% abv and is “made with over 25 pounds of caramelized heirloom pumpkins and 10 … Continue reading

Marketing/PRReceived: Bottles from Crux Fermentation Project

On Friday I picked up a couple of bottled beers from Crux Fermentation Project: Better Off Red is the latest vintage or their barrel aged Flanders-style Red Ale, and Shadow Chaser Dark Lager was brewed and released for the solar eclipse. (The only Central Oregon eclipse beer to be released … Continue reading