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 … 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 … 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 me in advance of its Friday release. I’ll have more of a writeup/review in the day next or two, but … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading

Photos from last night’s Firkin-A event

Last night was Deschutes Brewery‘s Firkin-A cask beer event, and they did a really nice job of putting it on and inviting other brewers to come and pour their casked offerings—including 10 Barrel Brewing, McMenamins Old St. Francis School, and Brewers Union Local 180. (Worthy Brewing was originally going to … Continue reading

McMenamins Old St. Francis School Traveling Brewers’ Dinner Party

There’s a cool event in Bend this Saturday the 20th that’s put together/hosted by McMenamins Old St. Francis School: a Traveling Brewers’ Dinner Party that’s essentially a progressive beer dinner around the OSF property and, in addition to featuring McMenamins’ own beers, they’ve invited three other Bend breweries to join … Continue reading

Red Riser IRA

The “India Red Ale” style seems to be on the rise of late, characterized by the marriage of the Northwest “Red” Ale with the IPA into a beer with a malty-roasty body and IPA-like hop characteristics (of course this is my own fast and loose definition), and McMenamins is stepping … Continue reading

Received: McMenamins Red Riser IRA

McMenamins is rolling out a new “new year seasonal” (somewhere between a winter and early spring beer), their new Red Riser IRA (India Red Ale), and I was invited to pick up a free growler of it today to sample and preview at the Old St. Francis School here in … Continue reading

McMenamins Black Widow Porter

Last week McMenamins sent me a fresh bottle of their Black Widow Porter, their Halloween seasonal that hits the taps in October. I believe this is the first year that it’s been bottled, and certainly the first time McMenamins has sent (to me, at least) samples for review. I have … Continue reading

Received: Black Widow Porter

This arrived yesterday: McMenamins‘ newly-bottled Black Widow Porter, their Halloween seasonal. It’s also the first time I believe that McMenamins has sent out review samples of their beer (or at least the first time I’ve received one). It’s a porter brewed with licorice and was brewed by every McMenamins brewery … Continue reading