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It's all about the beer.

Among all the various craft beer trends over the past several years, one of my favorites is the rising prevalence of lagers. Heater Allen Brewing deserves much credit for being an early pioneer in “craft lager” and it’s great to see many more options these days from breweries like Zoiglhaus, …

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My latest article for The Bulletin dropped on Sunday: Stouts to try this fall. (The print version headline is how stout is the comfort food of beer.) Yes, fall is also fresh hop season, and pumpkin beer season, but a good, no-frills stout is a great beer this time of …

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Two suitably Halloween-themed packages arrived last week: Two bottles of Hollow Jack’d Imperial Pumpkin Cider from 2 Towns Ciderhouse in one, and a Dead Guy Ale themed package from Rogue Ales: The Rogue package included one bottle of Dead Guy Ale, one bottle of Dead ‘N’ Dead (Dead Guy aged …

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My latest article for The Bulletin came out the previous Sunday, in which I write about the best time of year: fresh hop season! This time around, I touch on using fresh hops in a brew, from the commercial with Deschutes Brewery’s Robin Johnson (Bend Pub head brewer), to using …

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The 10th annual Sisters Fresh Hop Festival returns Saturday, September 28, hosted by Three Creeks Brewing at its production facility. This is the second year that Three Creeks has hosted the event; previously, it took place in Sisters’ Village Green Park. There will be a large tent set up on …

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Last week Portland Cider Company sent out its latest seasonal cider, Peach Berry, which arrived in two can formats: a 12-ounce blank with a wrap, and a full 19.2-ounce stovepipe. In addition to Oregon peaches, the cidery said it also added raspberries, blackberries, and blueberries. Even though the combination sounds 

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We spent the Fourth of July weekend last month on the southern Oregon Coast, in the town Bandon. Bandon is one of my favorite places to visit and we were last there two years prior; I wrote a beery post about that trip at the time, and this one is …

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About a week and a half ago my latest print article dropped in The Bulletin, where I wrote about GoodLife Brewing’s Man of the Hour Flanders Red Ale, which has the distinction of being the last beer that founder and brewer Curt Plants brewed before he died. GoodLife Brewing Company …

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Yes, since it’s fresh hop season you can expect to be inundated with posts about the various fresh hop beers and events coming up! Bend’s Crux Fermentation Project already has its first fresh hop beer on tap and in cans now, Pert Near Fresh Hop IPA, and a couple of …

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In what I believe is the first fresh hop event of the season, the inaugural Silverton Fresh Hop Fest begins today, September 6, hosted by Silver Falls Brewery in Silverton. This fest runs two days, Friday the 6th and Saturday the 7th, and will feature Silver Falls pouring a wide …

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It’s that time of year already, and this year’s first harvesting of fresh hops felt earlier than usual (but maybe that’s just because it felt like the summer flew by). As I’ve done the past several years, here is my ongoing attempt to track the various Central Oregon fresh hop …

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The latest bottled IPA from Deschutes Brewery arrived yesterday: HandUp IPA. It’s a Cyclocross-inspired IPA dedicated to the late Colby Nightingale, a brewery employee who was a cycling enthusiast. One dollar per barrel sold of the beer will be donated to non-profit organization that support pancreatic cancer resea

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This Labor Day weekend marks the 10th anniversary of The Little Woody Barrel-Aged Beer, Cider & Whiskey Festival here in Bend! This event, which highlights specialty wood-aged beers and ciders, began in 2009 as an all-local fest that has since grown to include a number of breweries beyond Central Oregon. …

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My latest article for The Bulletin dropped on Sunday, in which I write about Crux Fermentation Project’s limited-release Apricot Golden. I found this to be a really nice un-complicated fruit ale with some Belgian inflections, though the online headline on The Bulletin’s site says “reminiscent of Pyramid

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I haven’t seen much about rosé ciders but I did drink two that I’d received a short while back, which made me wonder if they were trending in some way. I don’t have any answers about that but I will talk about these two ciders which took different approaches to …

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The latest Double Mountain specialty cider came last week: Wickson Crab, made from crab apples. According to the brewery: Wickson Crab apples are small and hardy, making for a phenomenal cider. A late season crab variety, the Wickson has a very tart, earthy, dry, but very juicy quality. When pressed …

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The 2019 Bend Brewfest kicks off Thursday, April 15 and runs for three days, featuring over 200 different beers and ciders pouring at the Les Schwab Amphitheater adjacent to the Deschutes River. The Brewfest follows the standard format, with one token equaling a four-ounce pour of beer along with a …

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Three bottles of Deschutes Brewery‘s latest seasonal arrived some time last week while I was away: Slightly Exaggerated IPA. It’s a collaboration with Travel Oregon, which is interesting because the brewery also recently released a seasonal collabo IPA for the Deschutes County Fair. Here’s a bit from th

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Time to catch up on some backlogged business. (I’d been out of town most of last week.) First up, a bottle of the new Apricot Golden from Crux Fermentation Project. Drink in the golden goodness of summer courtesy of our latest brewing creation. A tad tart with an underlying sweetness …

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For my last couple of articles for The Bulletin I’ve talked about summer beers styles. A couple of weeks ago it was the classic American wheat ale, with highlights from Sunriver Brewing and GoodLife Brewing, and this past Sunday I wrote about the prevalence of summertime fruited sour ales that …

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Late last week the latest release from Double Mountain Brewery arrived, a collaboration IPA with Barley Brown’s Beer: Coyote Sunset IPA. According to the press release: With this West Coast IPA, Double Mountain Brewery is releasing the newest addition to their seasonal beer lineup. A collaboration with Barley Brown

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The 32nd annual Oregon Brewers Festival is in full swing this week, running Wednesday through Saturday, and if you’re planning to attend I thought it would be a good time to re-up my OBF Survival Guide post from a number of years back. Written in 2012(!) it’s a bit dated …

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I really kind of like that Portland-based Zupan’s Markets has been partnering with local breweries to create new releases in the Farm To Market beer series. The latest release is a lager brewed in partnership with Zoiglhaus Brewing, and I received a six-pack of it this week. Zupan’s Markets has …

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10 Barrel Brewing is adding a new Crush sour flavor, Strawberry, to its lineup this summer, and reached out to me this week to offer me samples. I picked up the case(!) of the beer from the brewery. According to the PR email: R&D Brewmaster, Tonya Cornett, has been experimenting …

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About a month ago I was driving through Wyoming with my daughter (on a trip back from Golden, Colorado, which is another post), and decided on a stop at the only local brewery along Interstate 80 west of Laramie: Suds Brothers Brewery in Evanston. So where is Evanston? In the …

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McMenamins has been hosting a number of brewfests going back over two decades with the original Hillsdale Brewfest and these are fun events, taking place on the grounds of various properties with a wide selection of other McMenamins breweries as well as guest breweries. This Saturday, June 20, the latest …

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Bend Brewing Company announced the release of the latest 16-ounce cans in its High Desert Hop Series of beers, Urban Surfin’ Golden IPA. The name looks to be inspired by Bend’s Whitewater Park, at which you can watch people surfing in the whitewater channel of the park, right in the …

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Worthy Brewing in Bend recently announced the release of the latest beer in its Hopstar series, Exuberance Summer Sour. Despite the name of the series, this one isn’t hoppy, but a gose with berries. Gose is a great summer style when done right and should be a fun one to …

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This Sunday, July 14, Phil Busse, author of the new Southern Oregon Beer: A Pioneering History (in the same History Press series as my own Bend Beer) will be in Bend at Broken Top Bottle Shop to promote his book—and Phil invited me to join him with my own book …

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Deschutes Brewery announced this week the release of two new limited-release packaged beers for “the heat of summer,” a sour ale and a brut IPA. I suspect they will be on the shelves soon if they haven’t made it there already. Here is the press release with details: Deschutes Brewery …

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