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

The Session #77: IPA: What’s the Big Deal?

With everything else that’s been going on these past few weeks I forgot to post about this month’s Session, which is taking place today! It’s sure to be a hot topic, too, with Justin Mann over at Justin’s Brew Review posing the question: IPA: What’s the big deal? For quite … Continue reading

Deschutes Brewery Gose tasting

I’ve been fascinated with the Gose style of beer for awhile (like many beer geeks these days, of course) and seek it out whenever I can, so I was thrilled when Deschutes Brewery‘s Veronica Vega told me awhile back that she was attempting a Gose. This would be the first … Continue reading

International Stout Day is tomorrow

Tomorrow, November 8, is the second annual International Stout Day: a day to celebrate the iconic stout beer style by participating either by attending one of the various events or┬áhoisting a glass and sharing with the online community on Facebook and Twitter (via the hashtag #StoutDay). Untappd also has a … Continue reading

GABF categories I don’t quite get

One thing I noticed while I was live(ish)blogging the GABF awards ceremony this weekend was the existence of some… odd… styles of beer that were being judged. I suppose the full descriptions explain them somewhat but considering all the pedantantry that has gone on with the GABF styles and their … Continue reading

Summer Beer Week: Summer Styles

At the beginning of the week I wrote, “Style? There is no style, other than the loose guidelines I laid out above.” This isn’t exactly true; it depends on what style guidelines you follow (if indeed you follow any). If you go looking among the BJCP styles, you won’t find … Continue reading

Hop Press: Indigenous American beer styles

My article today on Hop Press: Indigenous American beer styles: an overview of the beer styles that have developed, or are still emerging, that are uniquely American in origin. I’ve spent some time writing about these beers at length here—particularly Cream Ales, fresh hop beers, and pumpkin beers—so it should … Continue reading

ReviewsSpring Beer Week: Eisenbahn Vigorosa Weizenbock

I received my Beer of the Month selections yesterday, and I was pleased to find a beer inside that goes perfectly with Spring Beer Week: Eisenbahn Vigorosa, an “Unfiltered Wheat Doublebock” (really a Weizenbock) from Cervejaria SudBrack which is located in Brazil. I hadn’t yet heard of this brewery; according … Continue reading