Rogue for Oregon’s 150th

I was preoccupied when this news first came out, but Rogue is brewing the semi-official beer for Oregon’s 150th birthday coming up next month. Oregon’s sesquicentennial is on February 14th—Valentine’s Day—and Rogue was selected to brew a special commemorative ale for the state’s 150th birthday. Sesquicentennial Ale will be available … Continue reading

Beer of the month

For my birthday again this year I received a subscription to a Beer of the Month Club (three months’ worth), and I received my first package just before the new year. I already mentioned the Pickled Santa from Ridgeway Brewing; the other three beers are: Christian Moerlein‘s Over the Rhine … Continue reading

Beery New Year’s

We had a very low-key New Year’s Eve last night, due to our kids getting sick this week, but we still had a couple friends come over and enjoy drinks and a movie while we waited for midnight. The drinks were beer, of course, and mixed drinks made with a … Continue reading

Deschutes news

I just posted a Deschutes Brewery press release over on the Press Releases page (did you notice? It’s where I’ve been posting those press releases being sent to me—just like I threatened) that I thought was interesting and worth a closer look. (Of course, I’m pretty partial to Deschutes Brewery. … Continue reading

Spotted in the wild: Costco’s beer

I was at Costco the other day and spotted their own line of beer: Kirkland "Handcrafted Beer." I attached my cameraphone picture below. Grainy, but what they have is Hefeweizen, Amber Ale, German lager, and Pale Ale. I wrote about the possibility of Costco beer nearly a year ago; I’m … Continue reading

Beers for Thanksgiving (my pick)

Since Thanksgiving is looming, I’ve seen a few beer posts here and there for what people would pick for their Thanksgiving beers. I figured, what the heck, I’ll throw my hat into that ring too. Coors Original (not Coors Light!): You always have someone who doesn’t (or won’t) drink craft … Continue reading

Bend Brewing bottling HopHead this week

Bend Brewing Company has posted on their website that they’re bottling their HopHead Imperial IPA for release this Friday, November 28th. Needless to say, this is a pretty limited release and while it might not be up to Abyss proportions, I expect they will sell out fairly quickly. HopHead, you … Continue reading

CHOW on canned beers

Going back through the various links and PR that I was sent and didn’t get to for a week while I was Halloween blogging, and I see CHOW has an article on canned beer. It fits nicely with what I was writing about earlier this year when I did Canned … Continue reading

Received: Jack’s Pumpkin Spice Ale

Late yesterday I received a sample bottle of this year’s Jack’s Pumpkin Spice Ale, the fall seasonal offering from Anheuser-Busch. I reviewed this beer last year as was lukewarm on it, but even so, I get all excited when the pumpkin beers come out and yes, I’m anxious to crack … Continue reading

CHOW interview with Vinnie Cilurzo

It’s probably not an exaggeration to say that Vinnie Cilurzo of Russian River Brewing is one of the country’s best-known brewers—largely for his extreme-beer cred. (In fact I might go so far as to say he’s a rock star of the brewing world, but people seem to cringe when terminology … Continue reading