Category Archives: Reviews

A trio of Twilight Ales (minuscule vertical)

When I had received the three Twilight Summer Ales from Deschutes Brewery, I noted that they all were freshly bottled within days of receiving them (all bottled on the same day, April 25). I thought it might be interesting to drink each of the three Twilights at different times, sort of a slow-motion mini-vertical tasting, to see how they changed over the few weeks the experiment would be carried out. So, I did just that, … Continue reading →

Review: 4 beers from Portland Brewing

I haven’t done many beer reviews of late, partially because of the book and partially because I’ve simply fallen behind and haven’t written as many straight-up reviews as I used to. So, I’m killing four birds with one stone here, offering up my notes on the beers that come in the Portland Brewing four-pack (and which they had sent to me awhile back). Two of these are year-round, and two are seasonals (I believe I’ve still … Continue reading →

Portland Brewing ZigZag River Lager

I’ve had lagers on my mind lately; perhaps as warm weather and summer approaches, perhaps as the pendulum is swinging back from the high-gravity, extreme-flavor end of things, I’m craving more and more a clean, crisp lager to knock back. (Don’t get me wrong, I’m still all about the floral and fruity IPAs and such!) Portland Brewing’s ZigZag River Lager fits that bill pretty well. Recently promoted to a year-round beer, they sent me samples a couple weeks ago … Continue reading →

OGBF ’14 Weekend (part 2)

Being the second in a short series of posts about this year’s Oregon Garden Brewfest. Following the Brewer’s Tasting Dinner, the Oregon Garden Brewfest itself kicked off the next day, starting Friday at noon. The weather this year was overcast and drizzly, but with most of the time spent inside the pavilion or the tent it really wasn’t a problem. We got there as it was opening (the best way to attend any brewfest), a few minutes … Continue reading →

OGBF ’14 Weekend (part 1)

Being the first in a short series of posts about this year’s Oregon Garden Brewfest. Our Garden Brewfest weekend began Thursday evening with the Brewer’s Tasting Dinner that takes place each year at the Oregon Garden Resort. This was the third year they’ve hosted this dinner, and this year’s was the biggest (they increased the attendance by something like 60 people) and best, offering six courses paired with a range of beer styles from mostly-Oregon … Continue reading →