This past weekend I had the privilege to participate in judging for the first-ever Best of Craft Beer Awards, a new competition established here in Bend by Katie Barnett (married to GoodLife Brewing co-owner Ty Barnett) that will be an annual event. There was a good turnout for a first-year competition: some 400 entries from around the country, and while some categories had more beers entered than others (37 American-style IPAs versus only 1 Bohemian … Continue reading →
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Compared to the rest of the state, Eastern Oregon is a vast, mostly empty land dotted with small towns, agricultural communities and the wide open space of open range, and accordingly the brewery situation is similarly few and far between. And once you get east of Bend and Klamath Falls on the Highway 97 corridor, and south of Ontario (on the border) and John Day along Highway 26, there was not a single brewery to … Continue reading →
Today’s beer pick comes from the oldest brewery in the American southeast: Abita Christmas Ale from Abita Brewing. Founded in 1986, Abita is celebrating their 25th anniversary this year and is Louisiana’s premier craft brewery, located 30 miles north of New Orleans. Their Christmas Ale is a 5.5% abv holiday treat with a piney hoppy character that calls to mind the family Christmas tree—that is to say, rather than the “traditional” spiciness that many brewers … Continue reading →
I had one can of Guinness left over from St. Patrick’s Day: You can see I did much better this time around pouring a Black and Tan. Incidentally, the other beer I’m using is Samuel Adams Cranberry Lambic. Not a favorite, but I thought it would be an interesting experiment. Overall, not bad.
No formal reviews, but a couple of beers of note this weekend. First was Laurelwood Brewing‘s Espresso Stout—actually its full name is Organic Portland Roast Espresso Stout. Our friends Paul and Sandi brought this over Saturday night. This one’s like drinking espresso, possibly the most coffee-infused beer I’ve yet tasted. Sunday I finally had a chance to have Deschutes Brewery‘s Oregon 150, their sesquicentennial ale brewed with all Oregon ingredients. (It was back on tap … Continue reading →