Category Archives: Reviews

McMenamins Sunflower IPA for #IPADay

Disclosure: I visited McMenamins Old St. Francis School here in Bend a few weeks ago because I had a “free growlette fill” postcard (“growlette” being a 32-ounce half-sized growler) for their Copper Moon seasonal. While there I stopped in at the brewery to say hi to brewer Mike “Curly” White and in addition to the free fill of Copper Moon, he gave me a bottle of the newly-retooled Sunflower IPA. The story behind the new-ish … Continue reading →

Medford, Oregon: Portal Brewing and BricktownE Brewing

This past weekend (OBF weekend, in fact) was spent in Southern Oregon on a family vacation-slash-birthday trip, and while in Medford we managed to slip in a couple of mealtime brewery visits: Portal Brewing for lunch, and BricktownE Brewing for dinner. I’m not writing full reviews, but I have some thoughts on each, the beers, and took a number of pictures. First though, a quick note about Southern Oregon in general. It’s a beautiful, temperate … Continue reading →

Review: Coors Peak Copper Lager

I have to give props to Coors for their entry into the gluten free marketplace with their new Coors Peak Copper Lager (a six-pack of which they sent me recently)—they are using brown rice malt as the base for their beer rather than sorghum, as is very common among GF beers, and I can’t imagine that malting rice is an easy task by any means. And truth be told, sorghum is the main problem I … Continue reading →

Tuesday Tastings: High Desert Museum Pale Ale, Bakke Hill Black Lager

Two tasting reviews for you for this week’s Tuesday Tastings, one very local and one from Washington. Silver Moon Brewing High Desert Museum Pale Ale This beer was brewed for Bend’s High Desert Museum‘s Brewing Culture exhibit than ran the first half of the year, and to be honest, I thought it was a re-packaging of an existing beer (which Silver Moon has done lately for a number of private label clients)—but, I cannot find … Continue reading →

Tuesday Tastings: Gosepalooza!

If the title of this week’s Tuesday Tastings post isn’t entirely clear, I’m focusing entirely on Gose beers this week. They are a great hot weather beer, light and tart and refreshing. (Incidentally, I want to use “Gosepalooza” as the name of an all-Gose beer fest…) Anderson Valley Brewing The Kimmie, The Yink, & The Holy Gose Anderson Valley released the first Gose that I’ve seen in a can, available during the summer months as … Continue reading →