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December 16th, 2017

The Advent beer pick for today comes from Colorado’s Upslope Brewing and their line of colorful and handsome canned beers—including one that evokes both candy canes and Christmas gift wrap: Christmas Ale. This holiday offering is 8.2% alcohol by volume and is brewed with “holiday spices,” though j

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December 15th, 2017

Newberg, Oregon’s Wolves & People Farmhouse Brewery has been quietly putting out a variety of Old World, farmhouse-inspired beers with a particular focus on capturing the terroir of Oregon. In addition to their other well-received beers, this Saturday, December 16, they are hosting a holiday release party for t

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Oregon Beer News for Friday, December 15, 2017. 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, 12/15/2017 appear

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Baird Brewing launched in Japan in 2001 on a shoestring budget with a tiny brew system (30 liters). They’ve grown over the years, offering a solid lineup of classic beer styles as well as many interesting beers incorporating native Japanese ingredients. Their Christmastime ale is no different, and according to R

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The City of Bend issued a press release today about speed limit changes for the city. There are only four stretches of road being reduced by 5 MPH, on the south side of town. Here’s the release: Following community input and engineering analysis, speed limits will be lowered this month on the following road section

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December 14th, 2017

Silver Moon Brewing‘s latest beer project was released this week, their “Boysen the Wood” barrel-aged boysenberry Baltic porter which was aged in two different types of whiskey barrels. The original intent was to blend the beers but they liked the results so much, they bottled up both variants and are &

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Oregon Beer News for Thursday, December 14, 2017. 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, 12/14/2017 appe

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Today’s Advent beer pick comes from New York and the Southern Tier Brewing Company, who, while brewing a solid line of “regular” beers, is perhaps best known (out here on the west coast anyway) for brewing big bold extreme beers such as Creme Brulee Imperial Stout, Imperial Pumking, Imperial Cinnamon &#

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December 13th, 2017

Oregon Beer News for Wednesday, December 13, 2017. 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, 12/13/2017 app

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Our Advent beer pick for December 13 comes from Britain’s oldest brewer, Shepherd Neame, who brews a rich and hearty winter ale for the holidays: Christmas Ale. A bit unusual in that on draft, it is 5% alcohol by volume, while the bottled version is 7%. The brewery says: Christmas Ale …

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December 12th, 2017

Oregon Beer News for Tuesday, December 12, 2017. 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, 12/12/2017 appea

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Today is the first day of Hanukkah, which begins at sundown, and accordingly for today’s Advent beer pick I’ve selected a Hanukkah beer (for which there aren’t that many): Schmaltz Brewing’s Chanukah, Hanukkah: Pass the Beer. It’s a strong golden ale at 8% alcohol by volume, and brewed wit

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December 11th, 2017

Left Hand Brewing out of Colorado released their 2018 beer schedule, and they have a lot going on! Ten year-round beers, led by their Milk Stout, eight seasonals, and ten limited-edition beers are all on the slate for 2018, which is also the year of their 25th anniversary. If I’m …

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Oregon Beer News for Monday, December 11, 2017. 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, 12/11/2017 appear

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For today’s Advent beer we travel to the American Southwest, to La Cumbre Brewing in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and their winter ale, Noche De Paz (“Silent Night”). It’s 7% alcohol by volume and brewed with spices, in the (American) classic holiday ale tradition. Our politically-correct, non-denomin

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December 10th, 2017

Bend, Oregon’s GoodLife Brewing announced last week the release of Secret Stash #005, the latest IPA in their experimental series and the final Secret Stash release of the year. This one is a single hop Mosaic IPA, and if you’re a fan of this hop variety, then you’ll want to …

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A popular blog topic that makes the rounds this time of year, often starting at Black Friday, is the holiday gift guide. I’ve done some of those in the past and they can be fun roundup. Both Brewpublic and The New School published their guides with some good ad fun …

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Today is National Lager Day here in the U.S., so I thought it befitting that the Advent beer pick is a Christmas lager, which of course means going to the source for some of the best lagers in the world—Germany: Alpirsbacher Klosterbräu Weihnachtsbier. This festive golden brew is 5.6% alcohol by …

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December 9th, 2017

December 9 is Christmas Card Day, commemorating Sir Henry Cole of England who created the first commercial Christmas card in 1843. Yes, honestly it’s a bit of an arbitrary holiday but didn’t all holidays initially start out somewhat arbitrarily? To celebrate the day and the messages that typically appear on

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December 8th, 2017

Oregon Beer News for Friday, December 8, 2017. 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, 12/08/2017 appeare

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“I’m dreaming of a White IPA” doesn’t quite have the same ring as “White Christmas” but the intent in today’s Advent beer pick is the same: Accumulation White IPA from New Belgium Brewing. “Accumulation” as in snow, of course! Or an accumulation of IBUs and/or hops, a

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December 7th, 2017

My latest print article hit the stands today, wherein I profile some of this year’s big beer projects from Worthy Brewing: X-Hop beers on tap at Worthy Brewing. It’s actually more than just the X-Hop beers and my original cut of the piece was going to include the seasonal Peace Pipe …

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The Central Oregon Winter Beer Festival is coming up in a couple of days and the organizers are still looking for additional volunteers to help pour beer. The event is taking place at GoodLife Brewing from 2 to 9pm, and there are two shifts available for pouring. Anyone interesting in volunteering can sign up here;…

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Oregon Beer News for Thursday, December 7, 2017. 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, 12/07/2017 appea

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Today’s Advent beer pick is a Belgian strong dark ale from Brouwerij Het Anker out of Belgium: Gouden Carolus Christmas. The venerable old brewery is also home to a hotel and distillery, and produces the Gouden Carolus line of ales as well as several others. Their Christmas ale is 10.5% alcoho …

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December 6th, 2017

Oregon Beer News for Wednesday, December 6, 2017. 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, 12/06/2017 appe

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December 6 is both Saint Nicholas Day and the day that Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer first aired on TV in 1964, so I thought it was only fitting to go with a reindeer-themed beer for today’s Advent pick: Reindeer’s Revenge from the Iron Hill Brewery chain of brewpubs and restaurants. Billed …

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December 5th, 2017

If I’m lucky I get to release new fine art landscape photographs a couple of times each year.  It is a long process which requires lots of tedious decisions that would be irrelevant in the eyes of some and critical in the eyes of others.  The difference between images that will translate well on the […]

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Oregon Beer News for Tuesday, December 5, 2017. 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, 12/05/2017 appear

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December 5 in the United States is Repeal Day, celebrating the repeal of Prohibition on this day in 1933. It’s an important milestone on the history of beer (and alcohol in general) in the U.S., so to commemorate the day, today’s Advent beer pick comes from Frankenmuth Brewery out of …

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December 4th, 2017

Arrived over the weekend: 2 Towns Ciderhouse Man Gogh Imperial Cider, a mango and habanero “tropical cider” that’s 8% alcohol by volume. The label is an interpretation of Vincent van Gogh’s “Starry Night,” and while it’s fun and whimsical, but really the name “Man Gogh̶

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Oregon Beer News for Monday, December 4, 2017. 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, 12/04/2017 appeare

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Today we travel to Stratford, Connecticut for our Advent beer pick, featuring a Bière de Noël from Two Roads Brewing—their Holiday Ale. This Christmas specialty is 7.3% alcohol by volume and is an award winner from the Great International Beer Festival. The brewery says: Two Roads Holiday Ale is inspired …

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December 3rd, 2017

Here are the November minutes from last month’s two City Council meetings: Bend City Council meeting minutes, 11-01-17 (MS Word Doc) Bend City Council meeting minutes, 11-15-17 (MS Word Doc) As a reminder, Council meetings take place the first and third Wednesdays of every month. The post

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This month’s edition of The Session is hosted by friend and fellow beer writer and blogger Brian Yaeger, recently relocated from Portland, OR to Santa Barbara, CA, who is asking us to Create Our Own Brewfest: I’m honored to be hosting for the second time, first back in 2009, and …

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For this third day of December, we travel to England and the venerable JW Lees for our Advent beer pick: JW Lees Christmas Plum Pudding. Billed as Christmas in a glass, this is a “fruity ale” that’s 4.8% alcohol by volume. The brewery says: Every family has a few Christmas traditions …

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December 2nd, 2017

On this second day of December I’ve selected an old favorite with a new twist for today’s Advent beer pick: Rogue Ales Santa’s Private Reserve. This holiday seasonal used to be a hoppy red ale, but this year Rogue has reinvented it as a Belgian strong ale, brewed with cherries …

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December 1st, 2017

Oregon Beer News for Friday, December 1, 2017. 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, 12/02/2017 appeare

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It’s December 1st and that means the return of the annual Beer Advent Calendar tradition here at The Brew Site! I began this in 2005, and in the tradition of Advent calendars each day of December leading up to the 24th (Christmas Eve) I reveal a new holiday beer each …

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