The SessionThe Session #127: Oktoberfest

This month’s edition of The Session tackles a topic that, even though it’s now September (how is it already September?), seems a bit early: Oktoberfest! Our host is Alistair Reece of Fuggled, and he says: “Oktoberfest, in September?!” I hear you exclaim, but as I am sure you know, Oktoberfest begins … Continue reading

BeersAnd just like that, it’s fresh hop season

Despite the wildfires smoking Oregon out right now, fresh hop season is upon us once again! This really hit home for me in the past week, in part because I got to travel over to Goschie Farms to pick up fresh hops for a Deschutes Brewery project, but also because … Continue reading

StylesLatest print article: New England IPAs!

Yes, I succumbed to the dark side and wrote an article for the Bend Bulletin on the latest stylistic hot topic in the beer world: Bend brewers take on New England IPA. I dig a little bit into the history of the style, and cover several of the local breweries who … Continue reading

The SessionThe Session #125: SMaSH Beers

This month’s edition of The Session is being hosted by friend and fellow beer blogger, Mark Lindner, the Bend Beer Librarian, and he’s chosen a topic deceptive in its simplicity: SMaSH Beers. Our local, annual SMaSH Fest, part of Central Oregon Beer Week, happened two weekends ago. Sadly, I missed it this year due … Continue reading

StylesLatest print article: Shandies, radlers, snakebites, oh my!

My latest print article for our local paper is out: Try a shandy this summer. I delve into what I consider great summer styles/mixers, shandies and radlers, and touch on snakebites a bit. And though I didn’t plan it, the timing was good: June 22 was National Radler Day. I’d encourage … Continue reading

StylesLatest print article: Goses, with Silver Moon Brewing

My latest print article for the Bulletin is out—Bend brewers go for the gose, featuring Silver Moon Brewing’s new Salty Bog Cranberry Gose. Silver Moon’s head brewer Jeff Schauland is a fan of the style. “I actually really do like goses if they are made the ‘proper’ way,” he said … Continue reading

StylesLatest print article: Irish Stout, of course!

My latest print article in my local Bend Bulletin hit today: Forget green beer — drink Irish stout. Just in time for St. Patrick’s Day, of course! I delve into the history of the style, with the obligatory Guinness mention, and touch base with a couple of local brewers: Mike White … Continue reading

The SessionThe Session #121: Bock!

For this month’s edition of The Session, I volunteered for hosting duties and for a topic I suggested a beer style: Bock! The topic we will be writing about is inspired by a beer style traditionally associated with spring: Bock! The month of March heralds the start of spring, and … Continue reading

StylesLatest print article: Bocks for spring

My latest print article for my local paper, the Bend Bulletin, is out today, and as befitting my Session post topic this month, it’s about Bock: Bock beers being released as spring nears. The only bock-styled beer available on tap in Central Oregon right now is from Ochoco Brewing, their Fusebock. … Continue reading