Category Archives: Marketing/PR

Received: Deschutes Brewery Pinot Suave

A bottle of the latest Reserve Series beer from Deschutes Brewery arrived today—the new Pinot Suave: This is a strong Belgian-style ale aged for 18 months in Pinot Noir oak wine barrels with Pinot grape must (the freshly-pressed juice that includes the skins, seeds, everything). I’ve sampled this beer already, at their Bend Pub, and it’s very good, with a definite wine and fruit character.

Received: Redhook Summerhook

I haven’t seen much from Redhook Brewery these days, but a package arrived today out of the blue from them: It’s new this year and styled as a “Golden Rye Ale,” with 4.7% abv and 35 IBUs. The insert in the box also notes that this new beer is also part of an overall packaging refresh Redhook is rolling out. I’ll report more as I drink them.

Received: Cans of Widmer Hefeweizen

Widmer Brothers Brewing has joined the canned beer movement, and today I received a tidy little package from them highlighting their toe into the canned waters: Hefeweizen in a can. In addition to the two cans of Hefe, you can see the package included a Yeti vacuum-insulated koozie (think “thermos” but in koozie form), a sticker, and a patch (for sewing onto fabric). I’ve always liked Hefeweizen, and I think it’s the perfect Widmer offering … Continue reading →

Received: Portland Brewing S.M.A.S.H. Pale Ale

Arriving yesterday: the return of Portland Brewing Company’s SMASH Pale Ale, their summer seasonal: Last year it had the “Summer” in the title, but the ingredients are the same. I might have some notes when I drink it. (See also: review from last year of Summer SMASH.)

Received: Two beers from Three Creeks Brewing

Two beers from Sisters, Oregon-based Three Creeks Brewing arrived today, the first such bottles I’ve received from them: It’s a nice balance of low-to-high in the alcohol range, with Stonefly Session Ale (originally “Stonefly Rye”) at 4.8% and Stampede Strong Ale at 9.1%. (The Stampede incidentally won a gold medal at this year’s Best of Craft Beer Awards—as you can see by the note written in Sharpie on the Stampede flyer.) Stonefly is one of … Continue reading →