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Summer of Cider

Cider has been top of mind this past summer, in part because of PR efforts from companies like 2 Towns Ciderhouse, McMenamins, and Angry Orchard, but also because I think there has just been more visibility with increasing numbers of cider makers and growth of the market. Here in Central Oregon we saw two new cideries open up this year. (Check out my early August article in our local paper for a rundown of local … Continue reading →

2016 Little Woody Barrel Aged Beer, Cider and Whiskey Festival

This past Friday and Saturday, the 2016 The Little Woody Barrel Aged Beer, Cider and Whiskey festival took place for its eighth year at the Deschutes Historical Museum. This is my third year of attending (the first year Jon attended alone and then we have missed a few due to family obligations). While in line anxiously awaiting for noon to strike, I inquired about media passes and was graciously accommodated with two tasting packages. Doors opened … Continue reading →

Deschutes Hopzeit Autumn IPA: Review and event

Today here in Bend, Deschutes Brewery is hosting their “Hopzeit Autumn IPA Celebration” (release party) at their Bend Pub, where they are pouring free samples of their new fall seasonal all day long. Full pints are available too, of course. Deschutes had recently sent me bottles of Hopzeit, so in conjunction with their release event today I have my review and comments. Here are the details and specs for Hopzeit Autumn IPA: This modern ale inspired by … Continue reading →

BBC 16 Live Beer Blogging

We are smack in the middle of the annual Beer Bloggers Conference and while most thoughts will be recorded later, it is time for the signature “live beer blogging” event — “You will taste ten beers from ten breweries in 50 minutes, each of whom has five minutes to pour and explain their beer while you taste, judge, and write your views on your social media or blog – live!” I’ve live-blogged this at the … Continue reading →

2 Towns Ciders: Hop & Stalk and La Mûre

I’ve been remiss in mentioning that it is currently Oregon Cider Week, the fifth annual one in fact, so I decided to write up my reviews of the two ciders sent to me recently by 2 Towns Ciderhouse of Corvallis. Without getting spoilery of the reviews themselves I will say that 2 Towns has really been impressing me lately with their interesting, complex cider offerings. Seek these two out. Imperial Hop & Stalk This “imperial” … Continue reading →