Marketing/PRReceived: Two beers from Three Creeks Brewing

Two beers from Sisters, Oregon-based Three Creeks Brewing arrived today, the first such bottles I’ve received from them: It’s a nice balance of low-to-high in the alcohol range, with Stonefly Session Ale (originally “Stonefly Rye”) at 4.8% and Stampede Strong Ale at 9.1%. (The Stampede incidentally won a gold medal … Continue reading

Marketing/PRReceived: 2 Towns Sun’s Out Saison

The latest limited release from 2 Towns Ciderhouse arrived at the doorstep yesterday, and it’s something of a crossover cider: Sun’s Out Saison. Here’s a snip from the press release: Sun’s Out Saison is made with tart, fresh-pressed Northwest apples fermented on peaches with an authentic French saison yeast. Roll … Continue reading

Marketing/PRReceived: 2 Towns Ciderhouse Cherried Away

This week, two bottles of Cherried Away, the spring seasonal cider from 2 Towns Ciderhouse, arrived at the front door: 2 Towns is located in Corvallis, Oregon, and describe their Cherried Away in the press release as: This week 2 Towns Ciderhouse releases its spring seasonal, Cherried Away, a sour … Continue reading

Received: IPAs from Coronado Brewing

Beer sent and acquired today from Coronado Brewing out of San Diego was three bottles’ worth, two of their latest seasonal Imperial IPA, Sock Knocker, and the third another of one they previously sent, Stingray IPA. I can already tell you the Stingray IPA is quite good; I have high … Continue reading

Received: 10 Barrel Riding Solo

A bottle of the latest beer released by 10 Barrel Brewing arrived this week: Their new spring seasonal, Riding Solo, a single hop pale ale brewed with Comet hops—an older variety, actually, supposedly citrusy with “wild American” flavors. I’m not certain I’ve had a Comet-hopped beer before; will know more … Continue reading

Received: Portland Brewing Raise the Roost

This is the second bottle Portland Brewing sent to me; the first was damaged and leaked and had to be disposed of (no, not by drinking—sent back to UPS where they disposed of it): Their new Belgian-style Red Ale, Raise the Roost, their spring seasonal. I’m trying to remember if I’ve … Continue reading

Received: Two new beers from Coronado Brewing

San Diego-based Coronado Brewing has been on a roll lately with new beers and the PR end of things, so when I get the email from them about a new beer with samples available, I’m happy to let them know I’ll accept samples. Accordingly I got these two bottles this past … Continue reading

Received: Coronado Brewing Stupid Stout

Over the holiday weekend, two bottles of Stupid Stout from San Diego’s Coronado Brewing arrived: I’ve enjoyed Coronado’s beers and this is the first time I’ve gotten onto their mailing list. Stupid Stout is a 9% abv Imperial Stout, with this year’s edition launching during San Diego Beer Week. Will … Continue reading

Received: McMenamins Kris Kringle (2015)

Just in time for the weekend, this year’s edition of McMenamins’ Christmas seasonal ale, Kris Kringle, arrived on Friday the 13th—coinciding neatly with the official release date. The bottled beers from McMenamins come from their Edgefield brewery, but on Saturday I also had the local version at the Old St. … Continue reading

Received: McMenamins Black Widow Porter (2015)

Now that was good timing—a bottle of McMenamins’ Halloween seasonal, Black Widow Porter, arrived yesterday, coinciding with the October 15 release date. I might pick up a growler of the locally-brewed version to drink side-by-side with this bottle (brewed at the Edgefield brewery in Troutdale).