Category Archives: Reviews

Pre-BBC outing: Blind Lady Ale House

The 2014 Beer Bloggers Conference starts tomorrow (Friday), but we arrived in San Diego today—via car, after a good long day of driving. After checking in to the hotel, we headed over to the Blind Lady Ale House for dinner and a quick pre-BBC excursion (since we’d missed the other actual excursions because of the drive). The Blind Lady was established in 2009 by former Stone Brewing brewmaster Lee Chase, and focuses not only on … Continue reading →

Crux Fermentation Project: Half Hitch and Better Off Red

Bend’s Crux Fermentation Project has sent me several beers, several of which have been put away for later consumption (Tough Love, Freakcake), a couple of which I have drank and enjoyed and written up notes for. Crux is one of my favorite Bend breweries right now, though sadly I don’t visit nearly as often as I’d like. (I was there this past Saturday, and enjoyed both the Parkway Pilsner and the French Connection Imperial IPA.) … Continue reading →

Nosdunk Brewing: Walla Wheat, and Stout

Nosdunk Brewing is a small-scale production brewery located, in Walla Walla, Washington, and they are just over a year old. I don’t know about their fermentation capacity, but their brew system is a 55-gallon system from Blichmann Engineering (that’s about 1.75 barrels); they don’t offer a tasting room or are open to the public, but their rotation of bottled beers (Kolsch, Wheat, Stout) can be found at select establishments in downtown Walla Walla. Which is … Continue reading →

Portland Brewing Oregon Honey Beer

I received two bottles of Portland Brewing’s Oregon Honey Beer a little while back (a 12-ounce and a 22-ounce), their summer seasonal that had not been brewed for the past five years or so. At 4.8% abv it’s a nice-drinking summer ale, and though the website indicates it’s only available through the 15th of this month, I’d wager you’ll be able to find it on the shelves for a bit afterwards. And going into the … Continue reading →

Beer & Cocktails = fun night at Bendistillery

When the Beer Angels sent out an email with upcoming events for July, I knew I had to attend the “Craft Beer Cocktails with Bendistillery” event last week. I am a HUGE fan of Bendistillery’s ¬†Crater Lake Hazelnut Espresso Vodka. After paying the Beer Angel’s small event fee, I was on my way to the Bendistillery’s tasting room, a short drive just outside of Bend just above the hill outside of Tumalo. I made my … Continue reading →