Tag Archives: McMenamins

Received this week: Local winter ales

I was fortunate to pick up a couple of (complimentary/marketing) winter seasonal beers this week from Worthy Brewing and McMenamins Old St. Francis School: I stopped in at Worthy on Thursday after work to try the premier release of their new Powder Keg Winter Ale, a “winter IPA” that’s 7.1% abv, and ran into both my friend Lindsay Landgraf (Worthy’s social media and PR person) and Brewmaster Chad Kennedy. We chatted up beer and the … Continue reading →

McMenamins Passport: Beer tourism and rewards for frequent visitors

McMenamins’ new Passport is officially going on sale today, which is a cool rewards program that should appeal to people who are into Ale Trail-style location tickers, beer travel, and completing goals for prizes. And, you know, beer! You get the Passport stamped when you visit a new McMenamins location (and sometimes it’s a bit more involved than that—buy a drink or see a movie in addition for the stamp), and you’ll be able to … Continue reading →

McMenamins Thundercone Fresh Hop Ale

Yesterday I wrote that I’d received a free growler of McMenamins’ Thundercone Fresh Hop Ale, the one brewed here in Bend at the Old St. Francis School, and that it’s my first fresh hop beer of the season. The usual disclaimers apply: it’s received as an unsolicited PR item with no expectation of anything in return—good, bad, or indifferent. I do like to make a point of writing about what I receive and drink, and … Continue reading →

Received: Thundercone Fresh Hop Ale

Today I picked up a growler of McMenamins’ Thundercone Fresh Hop Ale from the Old St. Francis School here in Bend, which the folks at McMenamins were kind enough to give meĀ in advance of its Friday release. I’ll have more of a writeup/review in the day next or two, but suffice to say it’s my first fresh hop beer of the season and I’m already enjoying it.

Weekend in review: Astoria and the North Coast

This past weekend was a visit to an Oregon town I haven’t been to in many years, though it’s one I love: Astoria. Originally we (the whole family) only had to be in Lake Oswego on Friday but since I had the day off we decided to make a long weekend out of it and hit the North Coast, and it turned into a tidy little beer trip alongside the family trip, a great overview … Continue reading →