Tag Archives: McMenamins

Received: Several beers in time for Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving to you! This week I received not one but three different beer packages just in time for the holiday! I’ll be drinking one or more of them today and this weekend. Here’s what arrived: The 2014 edition of The Abyss, from Deschutes Brewery. This year’s batch of Kris Kringle (Traditional Yuletide Ale) from McMenamins, along with a 32-ounce growlette. And finally this slightly more elaborate package from Lompoc Brewing, containing Pamplemousse Citrus IPA: … Continue reading →

McMenamins Black Widow Porter (2014)

Since we’re solidly in the Halloween season (what, you haven’t seen the pumpkins and black cats and strange lights in windows lately?), one beer you can and should seek out here in the Pacific Northwest is McMenamins’ Black Widow Porter. It’s their Halloween seasonal beer, on tap through the 31st, and one for which they sent me an advance bottle to try. Originally brewed at the Thompson Brewery in 1991, it has since because a company-wide … Continue reading →

Received: McMenamins Black Widow Porter

McMenamins fall/Halloween seasonal beer, Black Widow Porter, is released tomorrow (the 15th), and the company sent me out a bottle that arrived today: This is a tasty brew that’s 7.35% abv and will be available through Halloween. It’s brewed with licorice root and the company says: Originally created at the Thompson Brewery 22 years ago on October 15, 1991 and made by all Thompson Brewers to come after, Black Widow has become an expected and … Continue reading →

Drinking: Thundercone Fresh Hop Ale

After mowing the lawn tonight I opened up that growler of Thundercone Fresh Hop Ale that I picked up from McMenamins yesterday, a nice fresh hop follow-up to mowing and raking up freshly-cut grass. This is a tasty beer, and I’m writing down these notes even as I’m drinking it—sort of a semi-live-blogging session, you could say. The stats on this beer are: Malts: Canada Malting Superior Pilsen Malt, Franco Belges Caramel Munich 40 Hops: Chinook … Continue reading →

Received: McMenamins Thundercone Fresh Hop Ale (2014)

I picked up a growler of the soon-to-be-released Thundercone Fresh Hop Ale from McMenamins Old St. Francis School today, courtesy of McMenamins: It’s slated to be released this Friday, September 19, but I got the sneak preview (though I haven’t cracked this growler yet—had plans this evening!). Each year the brewing of Thundercone is heralded by the “Running of the Brewers,” celebrating the hop harvest with 1000 pounds of fresh hops “frantically delivered from Sodbuster Farms… … Continue reading →