Sour Beer? Whaaaaat?

Sunday, 06 July 2014

Sour Beer? Whaaaaat?

Yes, sour beer. Now, It's no revelation that the Sour Beer "movement" is gaining ground and many of you are fans already. But there are still a few of you out there who are unaware or rather...


Been a while, huh? Sunday, 22 June 2014


Well, look at that. It's been nigh-on a whole year since I posted anything.

Now, I can offer list of excuses as long as my arm as to why, but you know what they say about excuses? They're like...uhm...noses. Everybody has one.

Crux Mini-Review

Wednesday, 17 July 2013

Crux Mini-Review

So, I went to Crux today with a good buddy of mine and we had lunch. We didn't have the whole Brew Review Crew with us, just the two of us. I thought we'd stop in and hoist a pint or two with our lunches and call it a day. Instead,

Categories: Bend Brew Pubs

Rat Hole Brewing

Monday, 27 May 2013

c5e6f90494e3a9f4baa998d1c01051af 640x640Cracked open my first bottle from Rat Hole Brewing here in Bend last night. It was the Lemon Wheat. Pretty good. It was a bit...

Categories: Bend Brew Pubs

Bend is Number 7? Really?

Monday, 06 May 2013

Bend is Number 7? Really?

So CNN decides to put out a list of the 8 best beer cities in the U.S. Well, we make the top eight (duh), but we're only #7? We only beat out Asheville N.C. Really? And they list Bend as having 8 breweries. Really?

Well, I'm not gonna keep carping about it, but here's the link: please feel free to check it out for yourself and see if you agree with their assessment. Meanwhile, I'll be here chanting "We're #1! We're #1!"


North American Organic Brewer's Festival Tuesday, 19 February 2013

naobf-logoAt Overlook Park on the corner of N Fremont St. & Interstate Ave in Portland, Oregon this June 28th - 30th will be held the 9th annual North American Organic Brewer's Festival. Their motto, as can be seen in their logo is "Drink Organic, Save the Planet, One Beer at a Time". So far, there isn't a list of which breweries will be participating, but as soon as they release that information, we'll update it here. Meanwhile, mark the date on your calendar if Organic food/beverages are high on your list of priorities.

Here is the link to their website: Please feel free to check it out!

Barley Davidson's

I won a hat! Wednesday, 23 January 2013

barley davidsonsCheck it out! I entered contest for the Best Bar Name on Facebook put on by the good folks at at the Hood River Hops Fest. Thanks, guys and gals!

Why isn't there a beer for Cats?

Sunday, 20 January 2013

beer for my horsesI like beer. It's no secret. Ask anyone who knows me. My wife, upon stating that she'd like to go to one of the local brewpubs (Smith Rock Brewing...see the yelp reviews here), also then proceeded to lay this disclaimer for the evening on me as we were heading out of the driveway "I don't want to talk about beer tonight, okay? I just want a nice dinner without the whole conversation being about beer, brewpubs, brewing or any of that stuff, okay?" I said "Sure, no problem", and I meant it. My wife's not a drinker, so I can go a whole dinner without talking about beer, right? I mean, that doesn't mean I can't HAVE a beer, just...not talk about it.

My intentions were good, I swear...

But when we walked in, a couple of the owners recognized me and stopped by to say "hey" and the conversation drifted dangerously close to becoming about beer. I spoke briefly about our upcoming interview for their page on our website, but all in all, I think I did okay. I swung the conversation back to whatever it was we were talking about. Decidedly NOT beer.

Great American Beer Festival

Saturday, 13 October 2012

gabfGABF 2012 is in the books! Oregon represented itself quite well, I have to say. True, two states topped us in total medal count, California and Colorado respectively, but they outnumber us population-wise by a ton, and as we here in Oregon like to point out, per capita we still come out way ahead.


September 17, 2012

Monday, 17 September 2012

black butte porter xxivBend, Oregon Beer o' the Day

Black Butte XXIV by Deschutes Brewery

ABV 11% IBU not listed

Personally, I think Deschutes has set the bar pretty high with this beer. No idea what they can do for the Silver Anniversary Edition next year. This beer is superb!

XXIV. 24 years after Black Butte Porter's debut, our potent, layered, imperial tribute returns. As usual, it's a jazz riff, guided by the brewer's muse and the lure of exotic ingredients. Artisanal dark chocolate nibs. Deglet dates. Mission figs. It may, possibly, hopefully, be the best edition yet. But, as it should be, you'll be the judge of that.

September 13, 2012

Thursday, 13 September 2012

black-widow-logoBend, Oregon Beer o' the Day

Black Widow Porter by McMenamins Old St. Francis School

Many full moons have passed by and along with them, old recipes have been tucked away – some forever – in dusty, sometimes forgotten nooks, crannies and cabinets in all of our breweries. However, certain beers have a way of establishing their footholds and carrying forward, largely on their own momentum. Originally created at the Thompson Brewery over 20 years ago on October 15, 1991 and made by all Thompson Brewers to come after, Black Widow has become an expected and welcome treat at the Thompson Public House in Salem. More recently Black Widow has expanded her web to include other breweries and outposts in the last few years. This year, however, her web has enveloped the entire company, as every McMenamins brewery will be making a batch. Preparing for this year's brew, ale-houses warmed to the task with vats of striking hot water. Mysterious sacks of grain were shuffled to steaming mash cauldrons. Madcap laughs were heard in darkened aging-cellars and Thompson's stairway to nowhere. And brewers bared fangs in the ritual preparation of this year's brew.

Each deep-black goblet of Black Widow is packed full of the robust notes afforded by generous amounts of black and roast malts and further spirited with ethereal wisps of caramel and licorice. Both substantial and sublime, this elixir is sure to slake the most fiendish of thirsts. Open up a creaking pub door, find a seat with friends and family, and nourish yourself with a brew steeped in tradition and mystery. A good howl at the Cheshire moon couldn't hurt, either.

Malts Used: Bairds Pale Malt, Great Western Wheat, Great Western Munich, Flaked Barley, Bairds 135/165, Bairds Black, Bairds Roast

Hops Used: Nugget, Sterling

(No third addition)

Additional ingredient: 12 oz. licorice

September 12, 2012

Wednesday, 12 September 2012

rooster tail pale aleBend, Oregon Beer o' the Day (man, I have really been slacking here, huh? I apologize for the extreme laziness on my part)

Rooster Tail Pale Ale by Cascade Lakes Brewing

ABV 5.2% IBU 30

Rooster Tail Ale is the flagship beer of Cascade Lakes Brewing Co. First brewed on the system in Redmond in December 1994, this light bodied, golden style ale has become a Central Oregon favorite. A crisp clean finish makes this the perfect beer for all seasons!

Grains: 2-Row, Vienna, Crystal

Hops: Cascade

September 4, 2012

Tuesday, 04 September 2012

pass-stout-labelBend, Oregon Beer o' the Day

Pass Stout by GoodLife Brewing (picture courtesy of

ABV 8% IBU 45

At GoodLife Brewing, we add Northwest twists to all our creations and feel this beer is a perfect example. Why you ask? Well, it is an American Stout, a category that is the outcome of US based brewers' vision for a stout, resulting in a smooth bodied ale with subtle hints of roasted malt and chocolate combined with a slight coffee and cocoa character. Yes, there are more twists, but we forgot to write them down.

The label of this beer is a work of art that has a few twists of its own. Created with the help of a lady loaded with artistic ability and soul, it tells a story. Did they wearer of the boots, hike the pass in the backdrop? Did they pitch a tent with purpose? Did they celebrate a day in the outdoors with our stout? Are they passed out – ah asleep? We hope the answers are unequivocally yes.

Life is short - live it with purpose, share your stories and always sleep well so you can make it over that Pass and have a Stout.

Malt: Marris Otter, Midnight Wheat, Crystal 60, Chocolate Malt, Rolled Oats; Carafoam

Hops: Warrior and Cascade

Thanks To All Our Fans!!

Monday, 03 September 2012

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Well it's been about 9 months of growing our webpage and we've had success like we never imagined! Over 29,000 of you, our loyal fans have come to our pages, both here and on Facebook! Thank you all so much! We've decided to have a give-away to celebrate when we reach 30,000! What do you think it should be? Bear in mind, that we cannot legally ship any beer within-the-state or out-of-state from Oregon. So...other than THAT, what would you like? T-shirt? Bottle-opener? Pogo stick? *Autographed poster of John Elway helicoptering into the end zone to win the Super Bowl? Give us some ideas and when we reach the 30,000 mark we will select a random (we promise) winner for the prize!

UPDATE: It's been pointed out to me by Webmaster Joe that I left a couple things out (it was an accident...): First of all, this offer of a give-away of course doesn't apply to family! No nepotism here. Also, in order to get into the random (we promise) drawing, you will need to join our newsletter (which doesn't clog up your email, as we don't send one out too often) or "like" us on our  Facebook Page.

*Yeah, that autographed poster ain't gonna happen.

September 3, 2012

Monday, 03 September 2012

deschutes boulevard conflux 2Bend, Oregon Beer o' the Day

Conflux #2 White IPA by Deschutes Brewery

ABV 7.3% IBU 60

Isn't it how it always works? A few brewers sit around tippling and waxing poetic about what-ifs, wild ideas and untapped dreams when one suddenly proclaims "why not?" So the Conflux series was born, bravely leaping corporate and geographic barriers to jointly explore uncharted beeratory. Cheers, fellow explorers, cheers.

Second in a series, this citrusy, smooth white IPA is a fortuitous meeting of Deschutes' hop skills and Boulevard's deft wheat touch. What's 1,800 miles when a great beer is at stake?

To read more about this collaboration, click here.