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).

Received: Deschutes Jubelale 2015

At least it wasn’t August! Yesterday I received a package containing three bottles of this year’s edition of Deschutes Brewery‘s classic Winter Warmer, Jubelale. Too early to enjoy yet? Perhaps, perhaps not. I’m quite sure I’ll be drinking them before too long…

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