The SessionAnnouncing The Session #121 for March: Bock!

I am pleased to announce that I will hosting the March 2017 edition of The Session, which will take place on Friday, March 3. 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 … Continue reading

StylesFebruary is Stout Month

Is there a better month for drinking stouts than February, when we are deep in the heart of winter? Fort George Brewery doesn’t think so, and for years now they have been celebrating Stout Month for the entire month of February, filling their taps with new stouts every week and featuring … Continue reading

HomebrewingStyle Profile: American Amber Ale

Who remembers American Amber Ales? Not the hopped-up dry Red Ales that have been prevalent the last few years, but the original caramel and malty staple of microbreweries of the ’80s and ’90s? I feel like the Amber Ale is something of an endangered species these days, partially because of the current hops … Continue reading

The SessionThe Session #119: Discomfort Beer

It’s the first Friday of 2017 and for this new year the one hundred and nineteenth edition of The Session is hosted by Alec Latham who writes the mostly about beer…….. blog based in England. Alec has come up with the idea of Discomfort Beer to write about this month, relating the … Continue reading

BloggingLatest print article: IPA!

My latest print article to appear in the Bulletin’s GO! Magazine supplement this past Thursday (still out now) is on IPA: What makes an IPA great? In addition to covering a bit of the style and history of India Pale Ale (very abridged due to space constraints, of course!), I asked … Continue reading

The SessionThe Session #109: Porter

Today being the first Friday of March means it’s also time for another round of The Session! The Session is a collaborative beer blogging project whereupon we bloggers write a post predicated on a given theme or topic of the month, suggested by our host who will later aggregate all the … Continue reading

The next Session has been announced: Porter

Over on By The Barrel, my friend Mark (AKA the Bend Beer Librarian) is hosted next month’s Session and he has announced the topic: Porter. Yes, Porter—a style topic I couldn’t believe we hadn’t covered in a Session before, but here we are. Mark writes: I am not talking about … Continue reading

McMenamins Sunflower IPA for #IPADay

Disclosure: I visited McMenamins Old St. Francis School here in Bend a few weeks ago because I had a “free growlette fill” postcard (“growlette” being a 32-ounce half-sized growler) for their Copper Moon seasonal. While there I stopped in at the brewery to say hi to brewer Mike “Curly” White … Continue reading

The Session #99: Localising Mild

With the first Friday of May comes the monthly installment of The Session, or “Beer Blogging Friday,” prompting bloggers (beery and non alike, all welcome) to ruminate and write about some suggested beery topic. Over the years The Session has morphed from reviews of beers by styles to beer-and-food, event, … Continue reading

Happy #IPAday once again!

Today is IPA Day, the global toast and celebration to the staggeringly popular India Pale Ale style. It’s as much a social media movement as it is a celebration of beer, the purpose of which is “to unite the voices of craft beer enthusiasts, bloggers and brewers worldwide, using social … Continue reading