Category Archives: Reviews

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 →

Sisters Fresh Hop Festival in review

On Saturday we attended the Sisters Fresh Hop Festival that took place in, er, Sisters, and even though the weather wasn’t nearly as nice as in past years (it was drizzly and cool, which meant we spent all of the time under the main tent), we had a good time and enjoyed a wider selection of fresh hop beers than ever. Herewith are some notes and pictures. The press release had listed 17 breweries, and … Continue reading →

End of Summer Beer Extravaganza (this past Saturday)

This past Saturday our friends Paul and Sandi held what has become their annual event, the “End of Summer Beer Extravaganza”—basically a bunch of us get together and drink some great beers, eat good food, and even (this year) had a Mario Cart race-off. In addition to myself and my family, Mark Lindner and his wife Sara joined us, and Mike White the brewer for McMenamins Old St. Francis School stopped by with his family … Continue reading →

McMenamins Thundercone Fresh Hop Ale

Yesterday I wrote that I’d received a free growler of McMenamins’ Thundercone Fresh Hop Ale, the one brewed here in Bend at the Old St. Francis School, and that it’s my first fresh hop beer of the season. The usual disclaimers apply: it’s received as an unsolicited PR item with no expectation of anything in return—good, bad, or indifferent. I do like to make a point of writing about what I receive and drink, and … Continue reading →

Marin Brewing Company!

This particular post has been long gestating as Marin Brewing Company is one of the earliest breweries I visited when I moved to the Bay Area and have since returned a few times. I’m not sure why it’s taken so long to write this up although I think a big part of it was a really underwhelming first visit a year ago where the service was pretty poor (perusing Yelp, that seems a fairly regular … Continue reading →