Category Archives: Marketing/PR

Received: Karl Strauss Mosaic Session Ale

This is first time I’ve received beer from Southern California’s Karl Strauss Brewing: Their Mosaic Session Ale is “he latest release in the hoppy playground we call our Coastal Reserve Series” and is now available year-round, brewed exclusively with Mosaic hops (which are insanely popular right now). I’d question the “Session Ale” aspect at 5.5% abv, but then again Full Sail’s Session Lager is 5.1% abv so what can you do? Looking forward to sampling this … Continue reading →

Received: “Mastering Homebrew” review copy

Towards the end of last week I received a review copy of Randy Mosher’s latest book, Mastering Homebrew: These days there are a lot of homebrewing books on the market so I’m a bit leery of new ones that appear simply because you reach a point where what can be said, probably has been (though approaching the topic from unusual or niche angles can be interesting). That having been said, Mosher’s Radical Brewing is one … Continue reading →

Received: Portland Brewing Summer SMASH Pale Ale

This arrived for me while I was in Portland at the CBC: The new single malt and single hop pale ale from Portland Brewing, their Summer S.M.A.S.H. It’s brewed with Goldpils Vienna malt and Simcoe hops, to 5.6% abv and 35 IBUs. It’s available as of April 1 through mid-August. I should have some tasting notes for it tomorrow.

Received: Deschutes Pinedrops IPA

This arrived in the mail on Friday: Two bottles of Deschutes Brewery’s newly-bottled and popular Pinedrops IPA, paired with a Hydro Flask “True Pint”—a vacuum-insulated metallic pint “glass” apparently engineered to improve the beer drinking experience. I haven’t tried it yet, but when I do I’ll report on what I think. (And the beer, as well!)

Received: Deschutes Jubel 2015

The latest from Deschutes Brewery‘s Reserve Series came to the house today: Jubel 2015 (the “Super Jubel”): Here’s the description: Affectionately referred to as “Super Jubel”, Jubel 2015 is an imperial take on our festive winter ale. Notes of toasted caramel, raisins, dates and figs are complemented by spicy and herbal hop aromas. Originally planned as a once-a-decade-ale; we just couldn’t wait another five years. Malt: Pale, Special B, Crystal, Roasted Barley, Flaked Barley Hops: … Continue reading →