EventsMcMenamins 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 … Continue reading

ReviewsTuesday Tastings: McMenamins for the holidays

With Christmas just around the corner I thought today’s Tuesday Tastings should highlight some seasonal, holiday-themed libations, and McMenamins recently provided me with two. McMenamins Kris Kringle This beer is, of course, the company’s annual Christmas beer, available from mid-November through December 25. I received a bottle last month, and … Continue reading

ReviewsTuesday Tastings: These Modern Times

For this week’s Tuesday Tastings, I have two beers from San Diego’s Modern Times Beer, which I had picked up back over the Labor Day weekend when we were visiting family in Burbank. Modern Times is a recent addition to the southern California brewing scene, launching in 2013 supported by … Continue reading

ReviewsThe Session #105: Double Feature

It’s the first Friday of the month once again so that means I’m drinking and writing for another round of The Session! You know the drill: collaborative beer blogging, we write on a common theme suggested by this month’s host, who will then roundup all the entries so we can … Continue reading

ReviewsTuesday Tastings: Angel City Brewery mix pack

Today’s Tuesday Tastings notes comes from a mixed case of Angel City Brewery beers, which I had picked up at Costco while in Burbank over the Labor Day holiday. The pack contained their IPA, Social IPA, Pilsner, and Oktoberfest, a decent style spread. Angel City was founded in 1997 in … Continue reading

ReviewsTuesday Tastings: Harvest Season

For this week’s Tuesday Tastings I’m going very seasonal, with a selection of harvest beers appropriate for the autumn. Gilgamesh Brewing Fresh Prince of Ales Gilgamesh Brewing out of Salem, Oregon, brews a number of unusual ales (including Mamba—not hopped but steeped instead with black tea, which is not my … Continue reading

ReviewsTuesday Tastings: Gosepalooza II!

Yes, more Gose-styled beers to taste means another Gosepalooza for Tuesday Tastings! I can’t get enough of this style. Almanac Beer Golden Gate Gose San Francisco Bay Area brewery Almanac has been making inroads into Oregon this year, but I had originally picked up this bottle before they began distributing … Continue reading

BreweriesGolden 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 … Continue reading