This came last week in fact: McMenamins‘ annual Halloween seasonal, Black Widow Porter. This year marks the 25th anniversary of the first brewing of this beer, at the Thompson Brewery in Salem. In addition to the bottled version, each of the breweries also brewed Black Widow to serve on draft, … Continue reading
Two different press/media arrivals last week: The Book of Dangerous Cocktails, and the imperial winter/holiday cider Nice & Naughty from 2 Towns Ciderhouse. Not sure if there’s a theme. I will note neither of these things have much to do with beer directly; a quick check of the index of … Continue reading
The latest seasonal limited cider creation from 2 Towns Ciderhouse arrived this week: Their new Hollow Jack pumpkin cider, made with both pumpkins and sweet potatoes (as well as spices).
Three beers from Deschutes Brewery arrived today, all seasonally appropriate: Chasin’ Freshies Fresh Hop IPA, the latest Armory XPA variant, and Sagefight Imperial IPA. I already have some opinions and comments about two of these, but I’ll save those for a review…
This must be the year of cider, particularly as I seem to be on the cider PR list these days. These came yesterday from Angry Orchard: Two bottles of their new Easy Apple cider, a “less sweet, easy-drinking cider” that’s sessionable at 4.2% abv. And “apple forward.” I will report … Continue reading
Just in time for hop harvest season, this new book arrived this week: Hoptopia: A World of Agriculture and Beer in Oregon’s Willamette Valley, by Peter Kopp. I’m excited to read this one, not least of which because it’s about Oregon’s beer-related history. Oh, and I happened to write a book … Continue reading
These just came today, a brand-new beer from Deschutes Brewery: Hopzeit Autumn IPA, which is a cross between an Oktoberfest-styled beer and an IPA. I have not had this beer at all yet, which is somewhat surprising since in recent years Deschutes has tested a number of recipes for new … Continue reading
These arrived this past Friday: The new canned offerings from McMenamins, their Ruby Ale and Hammerhead Ale. There is also a contest for the month of August, “Share photos of you and the shiny new McMenamins cans, tagged #McMenaCANS, for a chance to win prizes and gift cards.” I rather … Continue reading
The latest summer seasonal from Corvallis’ 2 Towns Ciderhouse arrived this week: Cot in the Act is their apricot cider, and they say: “each gallon packs two pounds of Washington- grown, ripe and juicy Rival Apricots.” Should be tasty!
Came today: this year’s anniversary beer from Bend’s Deschutes Brewery: It occurs to me I have several years’ worth of these in the “cellar,” perhaps it’s time for a vertical tasting?