Category Archives: Reviews

Portland Brewing Rose Hip Gold

Portland Brewing’s spring seasonal, of which they sent me a sample recently, is their Rose Hip Gold, a “Belgian-style ale with notes of fruit and spice and a little citrusy bite from a generous addition of rose hips in the kettle.” I believe they had first released this last year as a new beer in the revamped (re-birthed?) retro line of branding Portland Brewing was undergoing (since they were originally Portland, then MacTarnahan’s, then back). With … Continue reading →

The Session #84: “Alternative” Reviews

Yesterday being the first Friday of the month means it’s time for The Session—and unfortunately, I’m a bit behind and didn’t get this post out for the actual day, but at least it’s the day after! Here in Bend it’s the Snowpocalypse™ has moved in, and it’s been snowing pretty steadily for the past 24-48 hours. We have about 18 inches of snow in the northeast part of town where I live, some reports in … Continue reading →

A look at the new(ish) Bier Stein

A few weeks ago I was in Eugene for a day on a non-beer-related trip, and found time to swing by the “new” Bier Stein for a quick beer and snack. I write “new” but really they moved into their space on Willamette and 16th almost a year ago, in April—but I hadn’t yet been so it’s new to me! It’s super impressive, with tons of space, a fantastic bar with real-time taplist on a … Continue reading →

High Gravity Extravaganza round-up

This past Saturday McMenamins Old St. Francis School here in Bend hosted their first High Gravity Extravaganza event, featuring all strong (or high-gravity) beers pouring for a special mini-fest. They had 17 beers pouring total, special pint glasses (with the four-ounce pour line of course), and instead of tickets or tokens had a special punchcard system worked up: each card held 10 punches, worth $1.25 each good for a four ounce taster (or four for … Continue reading →

Calapooia Norman Ale

Tonight I cracked open a bottle of Calapooia Brewing‘s Norman Ale, the collaboration Northwest Pale Ale they brewed in conjunction with the band Norman whose new album Into the Eventyr was just released this week (yesterday, in fact). You’ll remember this was the bottle I received a few weeks ago, along with the album itself. I’ve been listening to the album these past couple of weeks to get a feel for it, and while I’m … Continue reading →