Arrived this past holiday week: Pyramid Brewing‘s annual classic winter warmer, Snow Cap: This year is Snow Cap’s 30th anniversary—quite a milestone for any beer!—and in addition to classic Snow Cap, the brewery is releasing Super Snow Cap (8.7% abv) and Bourbon Barrel-Aged Snow Cap (10%). Unfortunately while I did … Continue reading
This past week I received a bottle of a distinctly non-beer beverage: Savîle Rumtini, a citrus-infused pre-mixed rum cocktail drink. The backstory involves its inventor, hairstylist Dee Tutt, who spent 30 years perfecting this recipe. I’m not exactly sure how this ties into beer, or how (if) it fits into The Brew … Continue reading
Two new specialty beers from Guinness arrived this week: Rye Pale Ale, and Antwerpen Stout. Will be interesting to try these, though I’m more looking forward to the stout.
In addition to Halloween, it’s now officially winter beer season as well, as these arrived yesterday: Deschutes Brewery’s Jubelale is one of my favorite winter beers, and I’m pleased that this year it’s arriving in October rather than August!
This came last week in fact: McMenamins‘ annual Halloween seasonal, Black Widow Porter. This year marks the 25th anniversary of the first brewing of this beer, at the Thompson Brewery in Salem. In addition to the bottled version, each of the breweries also brewed Black Widow to serve on draft, … Continue reading
Two different press/media arrivals last week: The Book of Dangerous Cocktails, and the imperial winter/holiday cider Nice & Naughty from 2 Towns Ciderhouse. Not sure if there’s a theme. I will note neither of these things have much to do with beer directly; a quick check of the index of … Continue reading
The latest seasonal limited cider creation from 2 Towns Ciderhouse arrived this week: Their new Hollow Jack pumpkin cider, made with both pumpkins and sweet potatoes (as well as spices).
Three beers from Deschutes Brewery arrived today, all seasonally appropriate: Chasin’ Freshies Fresh Hop IPA, the latest Armory XPA variant, and Sagefight Imperial IPA. I already have some opinions and comments about two of these, but I’ll save those for a review…
This must be the year of cider, particularly as I seem to be on the cider PR list these days. These came yesterday from Angry Orchard: Two bottles of their new Easy Apple cider, a “less sweet, easy-drinking cider” that’s sessionable at 4.2% abv. And “apple forward.” I will report … Continue reading
Just in time for hop harvest season, this new book arrived this week: Hoptopia: A World of Agriculture and Beer in Oregon’s Willamette Valley, by Peter Kopp. I’m excited to read this one, not least of which because it’s about Oregon’s beer-related history. Oh, and I happened to write a book … Continue reading