Beer ice cream

I suppose it was inevitable at some point, but people are making ice cream out of beer. The Heritage Belgian beer cafe in The Rocks has "a trio of fruit beer sorbets" made from apple, cherry and peach beers. Made by an outside supplier, they are more like gelato in … Continue reading

A couple of notes on Portland happenings

Just a couple of notes on some Portland happenings that I saw today. First, altportland reports on the Lucky Lab‘s Barleywine and Big Beer Tasting. That’s going on tomorrow and Saturday, the 10th and 11th, from noon until 10 p.m. No entry fee, but tickets for 4 ounce tasters are … Continue reading

BJ’s Brewhouse (Portland)

While we were in Portland, we also had dinner at BJ’s Brewhouse, up on Weidler in the Convention Center district near the Lloyd Center Mall. BJ’s is actually a chain of brewpubs in various western states and Hawaii. Overall, the experience wasn’t bad, but the service left a bit to … Continue reading

Horse Brass notes

I wanted to jot down some notes here from our quick trip to Portland this weekend, about the Horse Brass Pub. The Horse Brass is one of my favorite places in Portland for beer and food. In the style of an English pub, they offer real darts, dark wood furnishing, … Continue reading

Saison Dupont

I’d been holding on to a bottle of Saison Dupont I picked up just after Christmas time, looking forward to the day I’d drink it, thanks to this article which proclaimed it the best beer in the world. Naturally, reading that one particular beer is the best, period, tends to … Continue reading

The Beer Hacker: 5 Tips for Extract Brewing

Having brewed extract-based beer for years (I still haven’t made the jump to all grain), I thought I’d share some hacker-ish tips to help improve your extract brewing. These are tips that are aimed more for the beginning homebrewer, though hopefully more advanced brewers will appreciate them too.

Tasting the pumpkin ale

I opened a bottle of my recent pumpkin ale (bottled about two and a half weeks ago) to try it out, and it’s not bad. (I had actually had a small taster of it with some friends on Saturday, but tonight was the full bottle.) I’ll spare the full review … Continue reading

Rogue Chocolate Stout

Tonight I cracked open a bottle of Rogue‘s Chocolate Stout, one I’d been looking forward to since I picked it up at the World Market over a week ago. I love Rogue; they just never disappoint. Chocolate Stout is everything I hoped the Siletz Chocolate Porter would be and more. … Continue reading

Boulevard Unfiltered Wheat

My friend Shannon had scored some Boulevard Unfiltered Wheat and earmarked a bottle for me. So it’s probably not a stretch to figure out what I was drinking this evening. 🙂 I wondered briefly whether Shannon would be offended if I didn’t like the beer, but as it turns out … Continue reading

AB’s Spring Heat Spiced Wheat

Via BeerAdvocate: the latest seasonal from Anheuser-Busch is out: Spring Heat Spiced Wheat. Sounds interesting. Spring Heat Spiced Wheat is an unfiltered Belgian-style wheat ale, which is naturally cloudy. Brewed with orange, lemon and lime peels; the spice of coriander; two-row barley and wheat malts; as well as a blend … Continue reading