BeersTuesday Tastings: Guinness Antwerpen Stout and Rye Pale Ale

For this installment of my Tuesday Tastings reviews, I’m exploring the two new Guinness specialty beers that they sent to me a little while back: their Antwerpen Stout and Rye Pale Ale. These are available through this month, both from their “Brewers Project” series that includes their Blonde American Lager and … Continue reading

ReviewsTuesday Tastings: Savîle Premium Rumtini

Time for another Tuesday Tastings, but this time instead of beer I’m reviewing Savîle Premium Rumtini. This was the cocktail drink I received that is essentially a pre-mixed tropical/citrus rum cocktail. It’s 14% alcohol by volume, and here’s the backstory: A deep, dark India rum infused with rich citrus flavors, Savîle … Continue reading

EventsReview: The Holiday Wine Fest, Seattle

Last weekend we visited Seattle to attend the inaugural Holiday Wine Fest, which took place November 12-13. It was located at Seattle Center, in the Exhibition Hall, and was split into three sessions over the two days. The cost was around $40 per session, but we were offered a media … Continue reading

ReviewsSummer 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 … Continue reading

EventsDeschutes 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 … Continue reading

BloggingBBC 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 … Continue reading

Reviews2 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 … Continue reading

BreweriesWidmer Hefeweizen at 30

Today in Pioneer Courthouse Square in Portland, Widmer Brothers Brewing threw a big party for their flagship beer which turns 30 this year: Widmer Hefeweizen. The City also declared May 15 “Hefe Day” to commemorate the occasion, and this year for the first time Widmer released Hefe in cans (for … Continue reading