Marketing/PRReceived: Deschutes Brewery Black Butte XXIX

The latest anniversary ale from Deschutes Brewery, Black Butte XXIX, arrived over the weekend. This year’s version is based on the concept of Mexican hot chocolate, with additions of Turbinado sugar, Dutched cocoa powder, cinnamon, and cayenne. The heat is pretty well tempered though.

Marketing/PRReceived: Cans of McMenamins Sunflower IPA

McMenamins just introduced its Sunflower IPA into cans for the first time, one of the few beers that has made it into (occasional) packaged rotation in the form of bottles in the past. Like the first round of cans, these are pounders, 16 ounces each, and earlier this week I … Continue reading

Marketing/PRReceived: 2 Towns Cot in the Act for 2017

Arrived yesterday: this year’s edition of 2 Towns Ciderhouse Cot in the Act, their summer seasonal apricot cider. Although I got bottles, this year the cidery is also canning this one, and it should be out now through September. This was a tasty cider I received and drank last year … Continue reading

Marketing/PRReceived: 2 Towns Ciderhouse La Mûre

Two bottles of La Mûre from 2 Towns Ciderhouse arrived this week, their lambic-style cider originally released last year as part of their limited Cellar Series. Vintaged to 2015, 2 Towns says, “Northwest apples and Oregon-grown Marion blackberries are fermented, then soured with Lactobacillus. Aged in Willamette Valley Pinot Noir barrels … Continue reading

Marketing/PRReceived: Prickle Me Pink^2 and Hop & Stalk from 2 Towns Ciderhouse

Four bottles of 2 Towns Ciderhouse‘s latest two seasonals arrived yesterday: Prickle Me Pink^2, a prickly pear and watermelon cider, and the return of their Hop & Stalk (hopped) cider. I’ve had Hop & Stalk before—it’s good—but I am definitely intrigued by this prickly pear/watermelon combo.

Marketing/PRReceived: Pyramid H7, Deschutes Hop Slice

Two arrivals this week: Pyramid Brewing’s Reserve Series H7 Imperial IPA (“unfiltered”). Deschutes Brewery’s Hop Slice Summer Ale, a reformulated recipe from last year’s version. (No meyer lemon that I can tell.)

Marketing/PRReceived: 2 Towns Afton Field Cider

These bottles arrived from 2 Towns Ciderhouse just prior to the weekend: Their new American Farmhouse Cider, Afton Field, the 2014 vintage in their Traditions Line of ciders. In the press release they wrote: Inspired by farmhouse ciders of the pioneer West, Afton Field is a testament to the tenacity … Continue reading

Marketing/PRReceived: Worthy Brewing Stoker Red Ale

Worthy Brewing‘s latest arrived for me over the weekend, their newly canned Stoker Red Ale—the latest addition to their flagship lineup. Here’s a blurb from the press release which issued last week: Several months ago, Worthy made the hard decision to discontinue their Eruption Imperial Red. Brewmaster Dustin Kellner took … Continue reading

Marketing/PRReceived: Deschutes Brewery Swivelhead Red

Arrived today, the latest in the Bond Street Series lineup from Deschutes Brewery: Swivelhead Red. The flyer says it’s an India Style Red Ale, 6.5% abv and 70 IBUs, and uses eight different hops: Millennium, Bravo, Willamette, U.S. Tettnang, Crystal, Northern Brewer, Triskel, and Summer. This is definitely one of … Continue reading

Marketing/PRReceived: 2 Towns Cherried Away (2017)

The 2017 edition of 2 Towns Ciderhouse‘s seasonal Cherried Away cider arrived this weekend: About the cider, from the press release: Washington-grown Montmorency sour cherries and hibiscus blossoms mingle beautifully with fresh-pressed 100 percent Northwest apples to sweep you off your feet with lofty tart and floral aromas. For the … Continue reading