Category Archives: Reviews

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 →

Tuesday Tastings: Pretty Things Fringe Pale, Noble Big Whig IPA

Kicking off the first Tuesday of 2016 with a new Tuesday Tastings, featuring a couple of beers in the “pale” family. Pretty Things Fringe Pale Ale Timing is everything? This is a beer I picked up in California late last summer, and since then Pretty Things Beer and Ale Project announced they were closing. This month is likely the last you’ll be able to find of their final beers. C’est la vie. Of this beer, … Continue reading →

Tuesday 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 popped it open yesterday. This Winter Warmer is 6.84% alcohol by volume and they say: The busy-as-elves McMenamins brewers have created another wonderful gift for … Continue reading →

Tuesday 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 a Kickstarter campaign, and have focused on interesting, hybridized, style-eschewing beers. They say: We focus (non-monogamously) on aroma-driven, complex, flavorful, sessionish beers. We often brew … Continue reading →