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December 6th, 2016

This month’s edition of The Session (which was properly hosted on the first Friday, even though this one is appearing on the first Monday of December) is hosted by Stan Hieronymus, who asked us to consider a hypothetical beer dinner: If you could invite four people dead or alive to …

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December 5th, 2016

Oregon Beer News for Monday, December 5, 2016. News in beer and brewing from all around Oregon, including events, tastings, festivals, and more. If you have news to share, let me know! The post Oregon Beer News, 12/05/2016 appeared

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Today is an interesting beer- and Christmas-related day: not only is December 5 Repeal Day, the day the 21st Amendment to the Constitution was ratified thus officially ending Prohibition in the U.S., but in Austria and similar regions in Europe it is also Krampus Night (or Krampusnacht). Krampus is a demonic …

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December 4th, 2016

Today’s Advent beer pick is one I selected because the name comes from one of the modern classics of Christmas movies, Elf, and it made me laugh: Evil Genius Beer Company‘s Santa!! I Know Him! Santa!! I Know him! is our holiday saison brewed with rose hips, chamomile, black currants and …

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This is a general summary of a talk I did at First Congregational Church in Oshkosh, WI on November 27th, 2016. It is part of a three part series on End of Life, Dying, and living into the seasons of Life. We are going to be talking about dying and end of life. Please sit …

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December 3rd, 2016

Today is the fourth day of the Holiday Ale Festival, and if you’re planning on attending today here are a few quick beer recommendations. Bear Republic ‘Twas the Beer Before Christmas Burnside Keg Nog Deschutes Ginger Cookie Imperial Porter Drake’s Grape Fermented ZinDrakonic Fort George All Seeing

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For this third of December we’re traveling to the Commonwealth of Virginia, Richmond to be exact, to visit the five year old Hardywood Park Craft Brewery. The upcoming year sees expansion on the horizon for the brewery, but in the meantime we will enjoy their Hardywood Christmas Morning for today’s Advent b

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December 2nd, 2016

Oregon Beer News for Friday, December 2, 2016. News in beer and brewing from all around Oregon, including events, tastings, festivals, and more. If you have news to share, let me know! The post Oregon Beer News, 12/02/2016 appeared

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For day two of the Advent beer calendar we travel to Belgium to Brasserie des Géants, in Wallonia, the French speaking half of the country, to seek out their Christmas beer (that is imported by Shelton Brothers for the U.S.): Noël des Géants. “Géants” in French means “giants” and the town o

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December 1st, 2016

Oregon Beer News for Thursday, December 1, 2016. News in beer and brewing from all around Oregon, including events, tastings, festivals, and more. If you have news to share, let me know! The post Oregon Beer News, 12/01/2016 appeare

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Happy December! This year marks the twelfth edition of my Advent Beer Calendar, featuring a Christmas themed beer revealed each day through the 24th, just like the Advent calendars you see every year. There are even several real-life beer ones now; Brewpublic reported on one yesterday. The one on this blog …

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This Friday, December 2, Bend Brewing Company is hosting a release party for their Sno’d In Winter Ale, a beer they brewed in partnership with SnoPlanks and Oregon Adaptive Sports. BBC will donate to OAS with every purchase of Sno’d In, so I imagine Friday’s party should raise a nice chunk of funds for

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Next week from Monday, December 5 through Thursday, December 8, the Bend Fire Department’s Santa Express returns for their annual food and clothing drive. Fire trucks will be driving through a different neighborhood each night collecting items. The Bend Firefighter’s Association and Bend Fire and Rescue are worki

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November 30th, 2016

This Wednesday, November 30 at 11am, the 21st annual Holiday Ale Festival begins in downtown Portland! (Insert joke about event turning 21 able to attend itself here.) This is one of Portland’s (and the Northwest’s) premiere beer festivals, made extra special by the fact that many of the participating breweri

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Oregon Beer News for Wednesday, November 30, 2016. News in beer and brewing from all around Oregon, including events, tastings, festivals, and more. If you have news to share, let me know! The post Oregon Beer News, 11/30/2016 appea

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November 29th, 2016

Good news Portland! This Saturday, December 3rd, at Bazi Bierbrasserie, I’ll be on hand with several other beer writers for a book signing event from 5 to 7pm. Bazi is a terrific beer bar with a Belgian focus and a great taplist; I’m thrilled to be able to be on …

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Oregon Beer News for Tuesday, November 29, 2016. News in beer and brewing from all around Oregon, including events, tastings, festivals, and more. If you have news to share, let me know! The post Oregon Beer News, 11/29/2016 appeare

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November 28th, 2016

Who’s ready for a Monday back to work after a four-day holiday? (I’m not.) Here’s the news in Oregon beer for this November 28. As usual, I̵

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November 27th, 2016

Arrived this past holiday week: Pyramid Brewing‘s annual classic winter warmer, Snow Cap:

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November 26th, 2016

There’s a new Bend souvenir shopping source that officially launched online on November 1st: Simply Bend Souvenirs. The online store has a wide variety of Bend-themed knickknacks and souvenir-type items, from key chains and stickers to pint glasses and t-shirts and more. From the about page: Bend souvenirs are not

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I hope your Thanksgiving holiday weekend is going well so far, and you survived the Black Friday shopping madness (if you partook). If you chose to forgo Black Friday, or even still need to supplement your holiday shopping, check out Small Business Saturday, largely taking place in downtown Bend tomorrow (on, appropriate

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November 24th, 2016

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November 23rd, 2016

It’s Thanksgiving Eve—time to brine your turkey if you haven’t started already! Sean Paxton, the Homebrew Chef, has a

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November 22nd, 2016

Reader Jeff Orr sent in notice of two more restaurant closures, both on the east side of town: 1) Togo’s on NE Greenwood / Hwy 20 near Bend Public Library Eastside Only noticed it this last week, but could have been closed for months. The North location in Cascade Village Shopping Center remains open. 2)…

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Here is the Oregon beer news for Tuesday, November 22, two days from Thanksgiving! As usual, I’ll be periodically updating this post throughout the day,

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November 21st, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving week! The news will be slower this week because of the holiday, but I should at least cover the first few days (and probably be offline Thurs

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