Received: Coors Peak Copper Lager

This arrived for me this week from Coors: Their new Coors Peak Copper Lager, their entry into the gluten-free beer market. Brewed with brown rice malt, brown rice, pea protein, and caramel sugar, which surprised me a bit as many (most?) commercial gluten-free options are brewed with sorghum as the … Continue reading

Received: Deschutes The Stoic

The newly-released 2015 version of Deschutes Brewery’s The Stoic arrived for me this week: It’s the latest in their Reserve Series and is a hefty 10.9% abv in strength. I’d tried the sampler at the Pub when it was release, back-t0-back with the 2011 The Stoic and the more-recent Not … Continue reading

Received: Deschutes Brewery Foray Belgian-style IPA

A bottle of this year’s batch of Foray IPA from Deschutes Brewery arrived today, freshly minted for the summer season: It’s available now through September, and I’ll have notes to post soon.

Received: 10 Barrel “Locals Only IPA” swag

I got a package of swag from 10 Barrel Brewing today, promoting their new “Locals Only IPA” which is apparently a specialty IPA that will only be available on tap at selected venues here in Bend (Oregon). It’s a shirt, “Locals Only” badge, and a growler. According to the flyer included, … Continue reading

Received: Deschutes Twilight Summer Ale

The samples are rolling in this week, with the latest set coming from Deschutes Brewery: their seasonal Twilight Summer Ale. It’s still a little early for summer—we had weird “thunder snow” cold stormy weather yesterday, when these arrived—but not as early as some years when I’m seeing bottles of Twilight … Continue reading

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 … 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 … 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 … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading