ReviewsMcMenamins High Gravity Extravaganza, in a few pictures

This past Saturday McMenamins Old St. Francis School in Bend celebrated their fourth annual High Gravity Extravaganza beer festival, featuring 25 breweries pouring strong, high gravity beers. It’s a great “mini” fest, featuring a mix of McMenamins and Central Oregon breweries (ten and 15, respectively), with many of the brewers … Continue reading

ReviewsBeer of the Week: Bend Brewing Sno’d In Winter Ale

Consider the weather we’ve been hit with in Oregon these past couple of weeks—here in Bend, schools have been closed more in 2017 than they were in the past 20 years—what could be a more appropriate beer for this week than Bend Brewing Company‘s Sno’d In Winter Ale? Bend Brewing … Continue reading

ReviewsTuesday Tastings: Winter Warmers and Holiday Cider

This week’s Tuesday Tastings is holiday themed, with a pair of classic Northwest Winter Warmers, Deschutes Jubelale and Pyramid Snow Cap and a holiday cider offering from McMenamins, Crangerine Dream.

ReviewsTuesday 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

ReviewsReview: 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

ReviewsDeschutes 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