Category Archives: Reviews

Tuesday Tastings: A trio of Coronado beers

This week for Tuesday Tastings I catch up on the beers from Coronado Brewing that were sent to me as samples. Coronado, located in San Diego (actually Coronado Island, in San Diego County), has been brewing for 20 years this year and has been undergoing a fair amount of growth and expansion in recent years. They’ve been very generous with sending out samples as well; the three I’m reviewing now are from two such shipments. We … Continue reading →

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 theme 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 →