Category Archives: Marketing/PR

Received: Several beers in time for Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving to you! This week I received not one but three different beer packages just in time for the holiday! I’ll be drinking one or more of them today and this weekend. Here’s what arrived: The 2014 edition of The Abyss, from Deschutes Brewery. This year’s batch of Kris Kringle (Traditional Yuletide Ale) from McMenamins, along with a 32-ounce growlette. And finally this slightly more elaborate package from Lompoc Brewing, containing Pamplemousse Citrus IPA: … Continue reading →

Received: Deschutes Brewery Zarabanda

This past week I received the latest collaboration brew from Deschutes Brewery: Zarabanda! (Technically there is no exclamation point in the name but it feels like there should be.) It is styled as a uniquely-spiced saison, is 6.7% abv, and is apparently available year-round. Here’s the Brewery’s description: We looked to acclaimed Chef José Andrés to help us create a Spanish take on the farmhouse-style saison. The addition of lemon verbena, pink peppercorn, sumac, and … Continue reading →

Received: BlackWatch Cream Porter

These two bottles came just in time for the weekend: Portland Brewing’s BlackWatch Cream Porter, their winter seasonal release. This is a “classic porter” that comes in at 5.3% abv, which you can read more about from head brewer Ryan Pappe here. I posted a review from a four-pack earlier this year, so I’ll be comparing notes of course.

Received: 100% Whole Wheat Bock

I have received a number of beers lately, not sure if it’s the season for them or what. The latest limited-release beer from AC Golden Brewing arrived today: 100% Whole Wheat Bock. You will recall that AC Golden is a subsidiary of MillerCoors, and is their small-batch specialty division known primarily for brewing the Colorado Native lineup of beers. This particular beer has an interesting story, as you may have guessed from the name: it’s brewed … Continue reading →

Received: Deschutes Fresh Hop Ales

Even though we’re at the tail end of fresh hop season, the bottles are flowing, and this week I received these from Deschutes Brewery: I’ve had both already this season (of course!) but it’s always nice to see them arrive in bottles. And now that the draft season of the fresh hop beers has passed, we get to enjoy the bottled versions for a while longer. I’ll have a bunch of fresh hop review writeups … Continue reading →