Marketing/PRReceived: McMenamins Black Widow Porter (2017)

Today was Widow’s Day at the McMenamins Thompson Brewery in Salem, the release day for their annual Halloween seasonal, Black Widow Porter. Black Widow was first brewed at Thompson back in the ’90s and it has become a McMenamins staple since. And as it happens, this week the company also … Continue reading

Marketing/PRReceived this week: 2 Towns, Deschutes

Two packages came in this week, one from 2 Towns Ciderhouse and the other from Deschutes Brewery. From 2 Towns comes their 2016 vintage Cidre Bouché, a keeved French-style cider, released in a limited run of 375ml bottles. I’m expecting a fairly dry cider with barnyard notes to come from this … Continue reading

Marketing/PRReceived: Crux Fermentation Project seasonals

The folks at Crux Fermentation Project here in Bend dropped these off to me on Friday: Dr. Jack Fresh Hop IPA, Crystal Zwickle Fresh Hop Pale Ale, and Snow Cave Winter Ale. These are two of the six fresh hop beers they are releasing this year (three cans, three draft), … Continue reading

Marketing/PRReceived: 2 Towns Hollow Jack Pumpkin Cider (2017)

2 Towns Ciderhouse released their pumpkin cider, Hollow Jack, once again, and two bottles arrived for me in time for the weekend. (Technically, they are calling it their “Heirloom Pumpkin Cider.”) It comes in at 6.4% abv and is “made with over 25 pounds of caramelized heirloom pumpkins and 10 … Continue reading

Marketing/PRReceived: Bottles from Crux Fermentation Project

On Friday I picked up a couple of bottled beers from Crux Fermentation Project: Better Off Red is the latest vintage or their barrel aged Flanders-style Red Ale, and Shadow Chaser Dark Lager was brewed and released for the solar eclipse. (The only Central Oregon eclipse beer to be released … Continue reading

Marketing/PRReceived: Deschutes Hopzeit Autumn IPA (2017)

This arrived from Deschutes Brewery just before the weekend: Their Hopzeit Autumn IPA, which first released last year and which I reviewed (and enjoyed). And if you’re wondering about the release of an “autumn” beer in August, well… it’s much better than releasing Jubelale in August or September!

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