Category Archives: Reviews

McMenamins Kris Kringle: Draft vs. bottle

This is the time of year that the winter seasonal beers start appearing in earnest, just in time for the holiday season and chill weather to roll in, and many of these holiday beers are favorites for me—I always look forward to them coming out (though not too early). Accordingly, last night I opened up the two Kris Kringles that I picked up on Friday from McMenamins Old St. Francis School, to do a side-by-side … Continue reading →

Hop Trip and Chasin’ Freshies 2013

After a lengthy study of this year’s onslaught of fresh hops beers (I’ve kept track of over two dozen) I have to conclude that generally this year’s hop crops were milder and less fruity-fragrant than in past years, tending towards earthier aromas. It’s not a bad thing, rather just an observation on the nature of agricultural products and how they can change every year; by and large we’ve been trained not to think in terms … Continue reading →

The United States of Beer (a la 33 Beers)

I’ve been remiss on blogging about one of the coolest things to come my way for a while now: The United States of Beer Tasting Map, from 33 Books (the maker of the excellent 33 Beers tasting booklets). This one was sent to me to check out and review (if I so chose) and I received it right about the beginning of October (told you I’d been remiss!): If you remember the novel tasting idea … Continue reading →

Getting Squashed at 10 Barrel

This past Saturday 10 Barrel Brewing here in Bend held their first-ever pumpkin beer fest, dubbed “Get Squashed”, where they featured five pumpkin beers on tap, pumpkin food, live music, and more. Not too many breweries brew a pumpkin beer, much less five (really four, but read on for how that worked), and even less do any sort of pumpkin beer events—so you know I had to visit. My wife and I got there early—11:30 … Continue reading →

Class of ’88: Pacific Coast Brewing Company

In the mid-19th Century, Oakland sported 40+ breweries to cater to the gold-rush era crowds in the area who were looking for a beer to drown their sorrows in. A century later, the last of the big Oakland breweries closed in the late 1950s… not until 1988 did brewing return to “Oaktown” in the form of quaint brewpub Pacific Coast Brewing Company on the edge of historic Jack London Square in downtown Oakland. Located in … Continue reading →