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A blog about beer. Very good beer. Oregon beer.

A Portland landmark is celebrating

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My other project seems to be taking more of my time, energy, and attention than I anticipated.  Slow blogging ahead...

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File this under "hmmm."  When I traveled to England, France, and Spain in January to do cider research, I was amazed at how consistent the weather was.  I'd pull up my weather app, which was set to Portland, OR, and it would say 42 degrees Fahrenheit and rainy.  Then I'd swipe over to Bristol (which is a dece

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Thirty years ago today, broth

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Since its founding, the Brewers Association has maintained an occasionally-revised definition of what a craft brewery is, and they've also run a campaign targeting "crafty" beers--but this is the first time they've dared to actually define "craft beer."  Have a look.American craft beer is disruptiv

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There's a famous Zen verse that goes: "First mountains are mountains and rivers are rivers.  Then mountains are not mountains and rivers are not rivers.  Finally, mountains are mountains and rivers are rivers."  The insight has to do with the Buddhist concept of the two truths, but it can also be understood m

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In case you missed it, this is an incredibly fascinating story of Mikkel Borg Bjergso and Jeppe Jarnit-Bjergso.  They are twins, gypsy brewers, and founders of (sort-of) Denmark-based Mikkell

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I am a bit more than a month out from turning in my manuscript on the cider book and, as a consequence, blogging has been thin and will get thinner still.  (Perhaps you noticed.)  Indeed, yesterday I had no time to blog but I did spend ten minutes in a Twitter debate which, thanks to short time, I'm about to recyc

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One of the constant, unanswerable questions in the universe of beer concerns style.  A gueuze and a pilsner are obviously different beasts, and noting the history, national tradition, and methods of each helps us understand them.  But what about the difference between a German pilsner and helles?  Or, since i

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Portland Farmhouse and Wild Ale FestivalSaturday, March 29th 11am-10pm & Sunday, March 30th 11am-9pmSaraveza, 1004 N. Killingsworth in the Bad Habit RoomMore info The beguiling saison, so seductive in i

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Two news items of note this week, in case you missed them.  The first would have been a signature case-in-point for my old campaign, the Honest Pint Project (RIP), and although that effort is over, the message remains relevant. 

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This is a follow up post.  To read the first part go here. Yesterday we discussed the newly en vogue technique dubbed "hop bursting," wherein a brewer uses very few early-addition hops (or none).  Ins

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I owe Stone Brewing an apology.  Last week the brewery sent out a press release to go with its new release called Go To IPA.  It included a passage that seemed like PR babble to me, with a piece of jargon added on top like a cherry:"To achieve these glorious hop qualities and still maintain a low

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From time to time, I get to take a surrepti

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What does Seattle taste like?

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Yesterday morning, the Brewers Association (BA) announced some changes.  This is pretty deep-weeds stuff for most beer fans who mainly care about the beer, but no org

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Busy today, so I leave you with an image from 2011--the old brewery at St. Feuillien.  Such a gorgeous old place.

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Qimby Beer Hall, 1945 NW Quimby St.Friday, February 28th and Saturday, March 1, from noon to 10 p.m.  Although I've essentially given up blogging about events (too many!), I will direct your attention to one this weekend: the Lucky Lab Big Beer Fest at the Quimby brewery.  Ben

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Update.  Here's the entire list (pdf) from the OLCC.I have had a fairy Data-mother for the past nine months who has been sending me an Excel spreadsheet with the Oregon Liquor Control Commission's beer sales numbers.&nb

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Ten days ago, Cider Riot made i

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Goldman Sachs recently looked at merger trends in the brewing industry, finding that consolidation is up nearly 50% from just ten years ago.  There are two detailed pie charts at the link, but I've simplified the

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Boilerplate for this feature.  In this fallen world, when the number of beers outnumber your woeful stomach capacity by several orders of magnitude, you risk exposing yourself to substandard beer.  Worse, you risk selecting substandard beer when there are tasty alternatives at hand.  In this te

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Nearly three years ago, the Widmer Brothe

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Several years ago, the Oregon Brewers Guild launched Zwickelmania as a way of bridging over the doldrums of late winter.  Mission accomplished.  I have been absolutely inundated with new beer releases, and many of them are keyed to release on Z-d

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"It's a curious way to launch a product not dissimilar to Coors' Blue Moon or Anheuser-Busch's Shock Top..."--Ezra Johnson-Greenough, discussing Stone Stochasticity Project

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Here's some rough math.  There are something like 55 breweries in Portland, and around 140 statewide.  At any given moment, those breweries will have on two to--what, six, eight?--specialty beers available.  Let's say four apiece, on average.  That means that at any given moment there are 200+ specialty

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Home Brewer's Guide to Vintage BeersRon PattinsonQuarry Books, 160 pages$25

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