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 … 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% … 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 … 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 … 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 … Continue reading

The 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

Tuesday 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

Tuesday 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

Tuesday 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

Golden 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