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 →
Category Archives: Marketing/PR
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.
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 →
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 →
A PR care package came from Lagunitas Brewing today, featuring their new Born Yesterday Fresh Hop Pale Ale: This is the beer first reported on during the Beer Bloggers Conference, with the ambitious goal of being on shelves within 24 hours of fresh hopping. Which left many (myself included) scratching their heads over what that meant exactly. As it turns out, they apparently dry-hopped the beer with the fresh (wet) hops—about 10 pounds per barrel’s worth … Continue reading →