Shari Landers was a woman I would have loved to meet. Here's a tiny bit of her story:She became the first woman pipefitter in Louisiana, as well as a welder, carpenter, pot farmer, crypt caretaker, small business owner, Kool Aid mom, longshore-wo
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A blog about beer. Very good beer. Oregon beer.
A couple weeks ago, Pete Brown posted a wonderfully nuanced piece about Budweiser--both of them--in London Loves Business. He argued that the two Buds were about as well-made as any on the plane
It looks like it's been a week since I posted, and peering into my crystal ball reveals that the coming week is going to be just as bad. It's not the usual doldrums of August, but rather a thicket of unexpected activity that has kept me off the site. A week from now and things should start getting back to normal
As the mercury climbs for the latest in a series of heat waves (this is going to be an interesting hop crop), and hot on the heels of the news that Bear Republic may have to relocate because of persistent drought, I find m
One of my regular tipsters, BB, was taking advantage of the New Yorker's momentary open archives when he found this remarkable article from 1940 on McSorley's Old Ale House in 1940. McSorley's had already been open 86 years
Yesterday's post was, I suppose, a bit of a distraction on one point. Although I used Gigantic's newest beer to illustrate a wholly unrelated point, I didn't much discuss the beer itself. Now to rectify that overs
Last week, I ordered a pint of Gigantic's new beer, IPL, sight unseen. I was at a pub that listed nothing but the name. A few minutes later, the waiter dropped a glass of something pilsner-pale and conditioned-clear in front of me. I had assumed--correctly, it emerged--that the name of the beer stood for "
This is flying around Facebook, and for good reason. Below is the text of what Jean Van Roy (a non-native English-speaker) posted a few hours ago:Dear Friends, Great news, Cantillon is expanding.
I just spent the better part of a week in the state of my birth, Idaho. Much of Idaho rests under the shade of vast pine forests, but the part where the people live is in the high desert in the south, land of brown, sage-covered hills with river valleys quilted with squares of green potato fields. Idaho, like Wa
It has been a couple years since I passed through Cologne--and probably that long since I blogged about the city's signature style. Yesterday, I encountered something that made me think it was time to revisit these light, crisp pale quintessentially summery beers. As easy as they seem to understand, it turns out there's sti
I have been pointing the nose of my Toyota east and shooting down the Gorge the last couple weeks. That's the newest hotspot for Oregon cider, although most of the cideries are so new very few people have heard of them. Over the next few weeks or months, I'll be giving them the full Cider Saturday treatment, but
I have been attending the Oregon Brewers Festival every year since somewhere in the 1990-1992 range. (I have a spectacular inability to remember the years things happened.) Just to put that in perspective, we're talking about the Bush administration--the first Bush administration. Not only were ther
What is that deep rumble I hear shaking the earth like a re
The Craft Beer RevolutionSteve HindyPalgrave Macmillan, 250 pages$25
There's a lot going on in the world of books. I've received a raft of interesting tomes recently, just at the moment when this whole Hachette-Amazon battle has put publishing square in the spotlights. And that in turn raises an interesting discussion about how Americans get their information in 2014 and what the
The new world wasn't much for beer for the first 250 years Europeans lived here. The barley and hops weren't spectacular, and we had liquor instead. That changed when Germans started immigrating in huge numbers in the middle of the 19th century and brought their tasty lagers with them. I have a wonderful l
It has been a long time since the word "slatepitch" entered our vocabulary, and the practice is now common. For those who do not follow the minutiae of media trends, a slatepitch describes a story that takes a contrarian or c
A couple-three weeks back,
We glide now into those several days when humans bask in the sunshine, far away from the blue light of computer screens. If you do happen to find yourself away from the yellow sun and staring into the blue light, I'll leave you with a couple of places to direct your attention.
Via 47 Hops comes this potentially alarming report (.pdf) about the supply and cost of hops in the near future (quotes come from both sources):Rapid growth of the American cr
Last week, I
Portland Cider Summit, June 20-21Friday 2pm - 8pm, Saturday, noon - 6pmFields Neighborhood Park at NW 10th/OvertonFull details here
Update: Commenters have made the point that a bottled-on date would be even more useful than ingredients. I completely agree, and I'm actually working on a piece about that now.
You may recall that a year ago I went on a bit of a corn jag. I was rounding the final turn on the Beer Bible and it led me into the fields of the new world's native grain. I considered how the neighborhoods inhabited by corn beer went from