Hi! My name is Sherri aka “Jon’s wife”. Normally, I’m behind the scenes of his blog, buying beers I know he hasn’t had for review or sending him links for blogging news, accompanying him to festivals and conferences and making sure there’s a driver since most of what he does is alcohol related.
I met Jon quite a number of years ago in Bend, Oregon, when we were teenagers doing what else…hanging out and drinking coffee with mutual friends. When we lived in Spokane, he ultimately found his passion one day when his best friend invited him over to watch him homebrew. I’ve watched him start homebrewing in our tiny, carpeted kitchen in Spokane and homebrew on/off since that time (thanks children). I remember asking him what he was doing one morning in 2004 and he said he was writing for his new “blog” that had to do with beer. He’s now not just created a passion out of the physical creative process of homebrewing, he’s created an outlet to share that passion on this blog for almost 10 consecutive years.
For all the time I’ve known Jon, I have not liked beer. The closest I’ve come to it, is Lindemans Framboise. Until that is, the blog became more and more a monthly, daily incorporation into our lives. I’d be in a grocery store or specialty shop and ask him if he’s had that particular beer and buy it for review. Then a few years ago, I started to accompany him to festivals and instead of complaining how long it took, I started to take an active role and making sure he got to the beers he wanted to try. When I accompanied him to the Beer Bloggers Conference in Portland in 2011, things really changed. I wanted to come along because I have a different view and knew it would be fast paced (along with alcohol related) and didn’t want him to miss anything that could be important to growing his blog. When I was there, I did have small amounts of beer and when asked, I said I really wasn’t a beer person and the response I received was the same “maybe you just haven’t found YOUR beer yet”.
On the way home from the conference, Jon had an excitement about him and a beer week in Central Oregon was born, but didn’t come to fruition for several years. He came back with renewed excitement in his blog and have continued to grow as the Central Oregon beer scene has grown.
Since that time, I have as I said, supported him behind the scenes, but have also grown in my preferences. I have learned that MY beers are sour and fruity and with the growth and experimentation of the craft beer scene, I have learned that there ARE a few beer styles and beers that I do enjoy. I have joined the Central Oregon Beer Angels, a community for women who enjoy beer. I do enjoy the social aspect of the club and very much liked the Sour event held at 10 Barrel Brewing Company that showcased Tonya Cornett and her award winning Sour Beers.
I have still accompanied Jon to a number of Beer Festivals and very much enjoy The Oregon Garden Brewfest as my favorite. I’m not sure if it’s the serenity, quaintness, or location, that is my favorite and look forward to accompanying him. The Oregon Brewers Festival in Portland in July takes a hiatus for our son’s birthday, but I have tagged along several times to be a designated driver. I hope to accompany Jon on a few festivals and conferences this year and maybe come out of the woodwork and come from a perspective of the cider/sour drinker since those styles are up and coming. Jon’s got the rest covered pretty well
Next month, the Oregon Garden Brewfest is taking place from April 25 through 27 at the Oregon Garden in Silverton—the final full weekend of April. This is a terrific Brewfest, set against the backdrop of the amazing Oregon Garden, and this 10th iteration is the biggest yet, featuring some 130 beers (and cider and mead) from 65 breweries over its three days.
There is also the Thursday night Brewer’s Tasting Dinner the eve of the fest (on April 24) that you can sign up for too—five or six courses paired with a variety of beers. Space is pretty limited on that one.
I would highly recommend attending this Brewfest if you can; I’ve been the past couple of years and will be attending again this year with media credentials, both the Dinner and the Fest, and I’m really looking forward to it. I’ll be blogging about it while I’m there, of course; and if you’re interested, you can check out my past posts to whet your whistle.
The full press release, including the breweries and beer list, is below the fold.
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Recently I’ve been contemplating the future of these beer news posts and would like to strike a balance between putting them on hiatus entirely and scaling them back to once or twice a week. So for today, this St. Patrick’s Day we’ll kick off the week with the start of a weekly post that I will update occasionally throughout the week—a bit lower-impact than a new post daily. I’ll sort by the day, as well (Monday and general news first). As always if you have news to share, please contact me and I can update this (weekly) post to reflect that.
Of course being St. Patrick’s Day, everybody and their brother is celebrating with all sorts of fun. Belmont Station in Portland is even celebrating their 17th anniversary today as well! “How do you celebrate 17 years of great beers and cheers? By asking each one of our awesome, knowledgeable employees to pick a keg they want on tap and enjoying those kegs until they run out! That’s how! We will be tapping our staff’s picks on March 17, the actual date of our anniversary, by 4 p.m.,, and pouring them until they all run out. So come on by and help us celebrate! Here are a few of our staff picks, just to tempt you: Moylan’s Hop Craic Quadrupel IPA, Victory Dirt Wolf, Laurelwood Megafauna, Deschutes The Abyss, Bear Republic Tartare & The Bruery Sour in the Rye…”
The Bier Stein (Eugene) has their St. Paddy’s Day going on with some specialty brews on tap for your drinking pleasure all day long: “Got a little Irish in you? Want a little Irish in you? Great snakes have we got what you need! Don your greenery and mosey on down for pints of the real Irish beer tradition: Dry Stout. We will have two representations of the style, brewed by some of our favorite local brewers, plus two more: Agrarian Small Axe Dry Stout NITRO, Hop Valley Patty’s Red Lager NITRO, Pelican Irish Handcuffs Dry Stout, and Smithwick’s Irish Red Ale”
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The annual Pouring at the Coast Craft Beer Festival is here again, kicking off in Seaside (Oregon) tonight with their Brewers Dinner at McKeown’s Restaurant starting at 5pm. Tomorrow is the main pouring and tasting day from 3 to 9pm at the Seaside Convention Center. They’ve got a nice list of breweries pouring beer, including:
- Astoria Brewing
- Bill’s Tavern
- Boring Brewing Co.
- Buoy Beer Co.
- Columbia River Brewing Co.
- Coalition Brewery
- Flat Tail Brewing
- Fort George Brewery
- GoodLife Brewing Company
- Hop Valley Brewing Co.
- Ninkasi Brewing Co.
- Old Town Brewing
- Pelican Pub
- Rusty Truck
- Seaside Brewing Co.
- Silver Moon
The Saturday tasting will have three entry packages. All include a souvenir glass. $10 will also include 4 tasting tokens plus glass. $20 will include 12 tokens plus glass and a group package for four at $50 will include 24 tokens plus 4 glasses. To accommodate non-beer drinkers a single station wine bar will offer at minimum a red and white wine. Water will also be available along with food prepared by our local vendors.
Established in 2010, this is the 5th annual Fest, a collaboration between the Seaside Chamber of Commerce and the Oregon Brewers Guild. In addition to the pouring event there is also a homebrew competition (though entries are due today at 5pm).
This Saturday the 15th, Hood River’s Double Mountain Brewery is celebrating their seventh anniversary all day long in true Double Mountain fashion: closing the street and holding a big top block party on Fourth Street in front of the brewery! The party starts at 11:30 and runs until 10pm, and throughout the day will feature live music (beginning at 12:30), 20 beers that will be pouring, kids activities (kids will be allowed until 8pm) and more.
Cost for just the party is $5 entry (kids are free) which gets you a souvenir mug. (Nothing specific about the cost of beer—presume you’ll be paying for full (and half) pours, though there could be tokens as well.) But there’s also a VIP opportunity running from noon to 4pm:
Special for this year in the back room…Anyone can be a VIP this year. $25 will get you into the VIP tasting room (noon-4pm) to taste some of our brewer’s reserve beers, four 1/2 pour drink tokens, a souvenir mug, and entrance to all live music. Space is limited so please email email@example.com or call 541-387-0042 to sign up.
Look for tastes of Terrible Two, Ferocious Five, the new Sinister 7, Devil’s Kriek, Rainer Kriek, and many more. And that Sinister 7, a Bourbon Barrel Brown Ale, is a special release for this 7th anniversary, described as:
Sinister 7 Bourbon Barrel Brown Ale is a strong brown ale base brew left to meditate in true Kentucky bourbon barrels for the better part of a year. The aging brings forth wondrous flavors and aromas of vanilla, coffee, caramel, black licorice, and dark fruit, accompanied by a pleasant bourbon warmth. 10.8% ABV, 33 BU [Via Brewpublic]
It will be available in limited-quantity half-liter bottles as well as on draft.
Looks to be quite a party on Saturday! Make it over to Hood River if you can.