The SessionThe Session #130: Create Your Own Beerfest

This month’s edition of The Session is hosted by friend and fellow beer writer and blogger Brian Yaeger, recently relocated from Portland, OR to Santa Barbara, CA, who is asking us to Create Our Own Brewfest: I’m honored to be hosting for the second time, first back in 2009, and … Continue reading

The SessionThe Session #129: Missing Local Beer Styles

This 129th edition of The Session for this first Friday of November is hosted by the Brussels Beer City blog, and the topic brings it home, in a manner of speaking: Missing Local Beer Styles. In 2017 it might seem odd to think that there are beer styles missing from … Continue reading

The SessionThe Session #128: Bottle Shops: Good, Bad & The Ugly

This month’s edition of The Session is hosted by Jack Perdue of Deep Beer, and the topic he’s chosen is one I’m a bit surprised we haven’t touched on before. (Though to be fair, I haven’t dug back through the archives to verify if this is one hundred percent accurate.) … Continue reading

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

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

The SessionThe next Session will be SMaSHing

The Session for July 2017 has been announced, and it is being hosted by my friend and fellow Bend beer blogger Mark Lindner: SMaSH Beers. “SMaSH” is an acronym for Single Malt and Single Hop; essentially, these are beers brewed as advertised, with one variety of malt and one variety … Continue reading

The SessionThe Session #124: Late, Lamented Loves

The June edition of The Session, number 124, is hosted by David Bardallis of All the Brews Fit to Pint, and the topic he’s chosen is saudade: Late, Lamented Loves. I mean a beer you remember fondly but which is no longer in production. It needn’t be an objectively “great” beer, though it … Continue reading

The SessionThe Session #123: CyberBrew

This month’s edition of The Session is hosted by Josh Weikert who writes Beer: Simple. Josh asks us to consider the role of the internet in craft beer: This month, we’re taking on the internet and craft beer: is it a help, a hinderance, an annoyance, or all of the above? … Continue reading

The SessionThe Session #122: Views on Imported Beer

Talk about synchronicity — this month’s edition of The Session lands on National Beer Day! For those of us here in the United States, April 7 is the day that the Cullen–Harrison Act went into effect, effectively ending U.S. Prohibition ahead of the ratification of the 21st Amendment. It’s a great day … Continue reading