Category Archives: Reviews

Golden Road Brewing, Los Angeles

Over the Labor Day holiday weekend earlier this month we were in Burbank, California visiting family, and while it ostensibly wasn’t a beer trip, we always seem to find some time to slip in a visit to a new brewery or locale to sample the local brew. This time around we had a free couple of hours one afternoon so sought out the nearest brewery to my brother’s place, which turned out to be Golden … Continue reading →

McMenamins Hard Blackberry cider

Jon has been receiving periodic¬†offers for growler samples of select McMenamins beers for awhile now. When the notice came in for a sample of their Blackberry Cider, I immediately told him the growlette was mine. Having just bought a fresh pint at the pub a few days prior, I waited a bit before¬†filling the growlette provided to us by McMenamins for such a sample. The color is a very dark purple and tastes pretty tart, … Continue reading →

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 →