Category Archives: Reviews

2015 Craft Brewers Conference Recap

What a conference! What a week! First and foremost, I would like to thank the Brewers Association for providing media credentials for both Jon and I for a peek into the world of today’s craft beer brewers, breweries, and industry for the 32nd Annual Craft Brewers Conference in Portland, Oregon last week. We had no idea of what to expect, except a number of 11,500 attendees and over 600 exhibitors would descend into our state … Continue reading →

Tuesday Tastings: Pinedrops, Lunch Break, Summer SMASH

I skipped a couple of weeks of Tuesday Tastings mostly because of the CBC, but I’m back this week with all Oregon beers of the “Pale” variety that are all quite tasty. Deschutes Brewery Pinedrops IPA I received bottles of Pinedrops plus a Hydro Flask “True Pint” a couple weeks ago, and sampled a Pinedrops out of the True Pint to give it a test run. So this review will comment on both. Pinedrops is … Continue reading →

Tuesday Tastings: Bad Bunny, Shiner FM 966, Roadsmary’s Baby

Time for another round of tasting notes on Tuesday! With at least one seasonally-appropriate beer in the mix. Alameda Brewing Bad Bunny Imperial Cream Ale With Easter coming up this Sunday this beer seemed suitably appropriate! Portland’s Alameda has been brewing this beer for a number of years now as a spring seasonal, under the unlikely style heading of “Imperial Cream Ale” and with a bottle label like that, how could you resist? Here’s what … Continue reading →

Tuesday Tastings: Petit Desay, 1982 Amber Ale, Xocoveza

Here is the latest weekly installment of my Tuesday Tastings series. Like last week, I’ve got notes from a beer from each Pacific Coast state. De Garde Brewing Petit Desay This beer, like De Garde’s Bu Weisse that I reviewed previously, is one of the (new-ish) bottle mainstays of the Tillamook, Oregon wild brewer, a tart Farmhouse-styled ale I picked up at Belmont Station for a very reasonable $4.95 (or something like that). It’s 5% … Continue reading →

Tuesday Tastings: Hoodoo Voodoo IPA, Pinchy Jeek Barl, Pre-Flight Pilsner

This week’s edition of Tuesday Tastings features a beer from each of the contiguous 48 states that border the Pacific Ocean. (And yes, had I planned ahead better, I would have made this a St. Patrick’s Day theme. Alas.) Three Creeks Brewing Hoodoo Voodoo IPA Of course I’ve had Sisters, Oregon-based Three Creeks’ IPA more than a few times—but this was the first one I had that came in a can. Indeed, Three Creeks is … Continue reading →