Category Archives: Reviews

Stickmen Brewery & Skewery

Located on the edge of downtown Lake Oswego right up against the eastern shore of the lake itself (actually Lakewood Bay, an eastern finger of the lake), Stickmen Brewery & Skewery is one of Oregon’s newest brewery operations and Lake Oswego’s first. Opening in 2011 (though they didn’t offer their own beer until later in 2012), they bill themselves as a Japanese-inspired skewery and indeed much of their menu is built around skewered food cooked … Continue reading →

Widmer Hopside Down IPL

Widmer‘s latest entry in their Rotator IPA series isn’t an IPA at all, in the strictest sense—instead, they are calling it an “India Pale Lager” which of course is counter-intuitive. Hence the name, Hopside Down, and you might remember that they sent me two bottles. Here is their description: We’re turning things deliciously upside down with this aggressively hopped, cold-fermented brew that brings together the clean, crisp finish of a lager with the hoppy aroma and … Continue reading →

Tenaya Creek Brewery, Las Vegas

During our Las Vegas trip that I wrote about previously I mentioned Tenaya Creek Brewery, which we visited ostensibly for lunch. However, you may recall I found out that they currently have no kitchen! We visited Aces & Ales down the road instead for food, then came back to Tenaya Creek to check out the beers at one of the few craft breweries in Las Vegas. Here are a few notes and thoughts about that … Continue reading →

Deschutes Fresh Squeezed IPA

Have you had Deschutes Brewery’s Fresh Squeezed IPA yet? I’ve had it on tap a number of times already but since Deschutes also sent me a bottle I scratched down some notes to relate here. Of course it occurred to me after I wrote my Session post last Friday that this review would have been the perfect accompaniment to it, since Fresh Squeezed fits all the points I talked about for one of the reasons … Continue reading →

Crossing the Rubicon

My visit to Sacramento area stalwart, Rubicon Brewing, was under a dark cloud as we’d attended a memorial earlier in the day. So, looking for a cold beer or two to lighten the mood, I suggested we stop in. Nestled in midtown Sacramento in an eclectic neighborhood we swung in last Saturday afternoon. A small patio with giant windows greeted us but we opted to sit inside as it was a warm day and we … Continue reading →