Category Archives: Reviews

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 →

Mt. Shasta Brewing Company

I made a journey to my hometown of Bend, Oregon recently (I say recently… but it was actually in June—I’m behind on my writing!) and while driving back had the opportunity to stop at the scenic Mt. Shasta Brewing Company. It was a brutal 103° outside and the thought of a bite to eat and a cold pint before we started the last 5 hours of our drive sounded like an excellent idea. Located just … Continue reading →