Category Archives: Reviews

The Session #109: Porter

Today being the first Friday of March means it’s also time for another round of The Session! The Session is a collaborative beer blogging project whereupon we bloggers write a post predicated on a given┬átheme or topic of the month, suggested by our host who will later aggregate all the various contributions for our reading pleasure. This month, my friend and fellow Bend beer blogger Mark Lindner is hosting over at By the Barrel, and … Continue reading →

Tuesday Tastings: Riding Solo, The Impaler, Saranac Pumpkin

Kicking off March with a new edition of Tuesday Tastings, featuring a random motley of brews. 10 Barrel Riding Solo This was the bottle I’d received from the brewery about a month ago, an American Pale Ale showcase of the Comet hop—this is in fact a single-hop beer. It was released as the new spring seasonal, a 6.5% abv, 67 IBU ale that actually reminds me more of an IPA than a Pale. The real … Continue reading →

Tuesday Tastings: Straight Outta Burns – Steens Mountain beers

If you’ve been following any of the crazy news coming out of Eastern Oregon over the past month—the ranching militia takeover and occupation of Malheur Wildlife Refuge in Harney County, near Burns, Oregon—then today’s edition of Tuesday Tastings will be especially apropos, as I’m reviewing two beers from Burns-based Steens Mountain Brewing. Back around the end of August last year, you might recall we visited Steens Moutain Brewing in Burns, where I sampled a variety … Continue reading →

McMenamins High Gravity Extravaganza, thoughts and photos

Better late than never—a little over a week ago, on Saturday the 16th, Bend’s McMenamins Old St. Francis School hosted their 3rd annual High Gravity Extravaganza, with I believe it was 22 breweries (and a couple of cideries) pouring their strong, winter-appropriate beers. Even though it was only their third year doing this, it’s definitely my favorite (January) local beer event. McMenamins does a great job including not only their own breweries but the local … Continue reading →

Tuesday Tastings: Stupid Stout, Imperial Porter, Doppel Dinkel Bock

This week, I’ve got three strong beers for my Tuesday Tastings reviews, fitting since we’re solidly into winter and strong, warming brews are what you want to drink on those chilly days. I’m even going international, with a beer from Canada. Coronado Brewing Stupid Stout 2015 This is the 9% abv Imperial Stout from San Diego-area Coronado’s Crown Series that they sent me recently, their fall seasonal that gets released on draft and in 22-ounce … Continue reading →