Friday, December 31

Happy New Year! (Beer)

I think 2010 for me was my biggest Craft Beer Year yet in my life. I must have tried at least 250-300 new beers that simply never existed the year before. So many new local breweries opened up in Portland, and there are a couple on there way up here in Vancouver, WA as well.

With so much going on in our country today, it's nice to see good people getting together and enjoying life and each other over a few beers. That is what it is all about. People are passionate about there beer, careers, politics, and families. We are all very busy trying to better our lives and the lives of those around us.

My advise for 2011 for all of you, and myself included is simply this:

- Remember this countries values. In these trying times, keep your family and close friends near and dear. This is going to be the best bonding source...  the glue that holds this country together over the next decade.

- Drink some damn good craftbeer..  and support your local small business and brewers. Besides..  their beer is better anyway!

- Be safe, don't drive intoxicated like a complete idiot. If you drive drunk, you are no friend of mine and should be taken out and shot in the back of the head in the woods...  after being forced to drink a Miller High Life.

Cheers, and Happy 2011!


Sunday, December 26

Looking Forward to Sierra Nevada Hoptimum

Slated to be released into the wild in bottles on New Years Day, a vigorously hopped imperial IPA is on its way!

I look forward to this release because I think Sierra Nevada Brewings best and well made beers are amber ales and IPA's. Their wethop, estate, and fresh hop beers are my most favorite beers from them. Just plain great standard ales. Bitter, pine, floral, zesty, grassy...  just to name a few of my favorite profiles of their beers.

A group of hop-heads and publicans challenegd our Beer Camp brewers to push the extremes of whole-cone hop brewing. The result is this: a 100 IBU, whole-cone hurrican of flavor. Simply put- Hoptimum: the biggest whole-cone IPA we have ever produced. Aggressively hopped, dry-hopped and torpedoed with our exclusive new hop varieties for ultra-intense flavors and aromas.

Hops, hops and more hops are the stars of this big, whole-cone Imperial IPA. Resinous ‘new-school’ and exclusive hop varieties carry the bold and aromatic nose. The flavor follows the aroma with layers of aggressive hoppiness, featuring notes of grapefruit rind, rose, lilac, cedar and tropical fruit – all culminating in a dry and lasting finish.

Beer specs:
ABV: 10.4%
Original Gravity: 22.8 Plato
Final Gravity: 4.5 Plato
Bitterness Units: 100 IBU
Color: Orange Amber
Bittering Hops: German Magnum
Aroma Hops: Simcoe & New Proprietary Variety
Dry Hops: Simcoe & New Proprietary Variety
Topedo Hops: Citra & Chinook
Malts: Two-row Pale, Golden Promise, Munich & Wheat
Yeast: Ale


Friday, December 24

Two new releases from Bridgeport Brewing! 6-packs too!

I couldn't tell you how many 6-packs of their IPA I used to empty back in my early twenties..  certainly one of the more influential craft breweries in my lifetime living in Portland.

I can't say I have been a big fan of most of their "Big Bottle" brews. The Scottish Ale was great I thought, and I also really love their fresh hop Harvest Ale. I would have to say, with everything of theirs on the shelves right now..  I much prefer the fresh hop over all others (yes, I can still go buy it in a few places). Well, maybe not...  I really love the Blue Heron Pale Ale which I feel is very underrated. I think my favorite Pale around. I am not very impressed with the Hop Czar Imperial IPA. I get a very tin-like or metallic flavor in it. I also get a hint of that flavor in the regular IPA as well. Perhaps just my palate has changed, or their beers and hops have changed. Perhaps it's a result of expanded growth since I last used to drink their IPA on a consistent and regular basis.

Cafe Negro, a coffee infused Porter. Perfect. I have been on a Porter kick lately, and this is perfect timing. I like the sound and looks of this, because it will be in 6-packs. I bet the price will be much the same ($6.99-$7.99 per 6-pk) as all their others. From it's stated strength, and it's famously balanced brewer, I bet this will be one tasty and smooth hit.

Kingpin Double Red Ale, a (laughably) Triple-Hopped Double or Imperial Red Ale. It's laughable because as most of you know, Miller has been using the term to try and spark a more intense interest in their product. Perhaps they will never figure out that marketing alone doesn't sell beer.

I am a huge fan of Double Reds. One of my most favored styles. Many don't hold up to the likes of Coronado Brewing Red Devil, or Laurelwood Brewing Deranger, but they are usually solid. I was let down with Ninkasi Believer Double Red. It's malty, and smooth..  a bit hoppy.. but overall bland and weak. And to me not a double. Bridgeport just barely inched its way into double territory with this release. I hope it doesn't scream of metallic grassy burnt hops like Hop Czar and their IPA does currently for me. If it does, that will just kill it for me. If it is very different, which I think it will with the use of Liberty hops etc..  I think this will be a new go-to beer for me. I love a good red. I just wish I could buy a Laurelwood 6-pack of Free Range Red Ale at Freddies for the same price.

I look forward to seeing how Bridgeport plans on remaining competitive in this upcoming new year. With Widmer releasing their Pitch Black IPA year-round, and continuing their Bros. Reserve Series (which I think have been better than Bridgeports Big Bottle Series), it will be interesting to see!

On a side note, I really do dig the artwork of their labels. A great classic touch and feel to them. 


Sunday, December 19

Double the Legend

"Newport, OR, December 1, 2010 -- Double Mocha Porter is the first of three limited release beers from Rogue's Double Series in 2011.  Double Mocha Porter is the evolution of Rogue's legendary Mocha Porter, the recipient of over 35 awards for taste and quality. 
All of Rogue's Double Series will be available in beautiful 750 ML serigraphed, painted bottles, as well as on draft.  These unique bottles make quite the journey before finding their way to shelves.  The glass bottles are sourced in Germany, paint jacketed in Canada, and serigraphed in Tualatin, Oregon - all before making their way to the Brewery in Newport, Oregon and eventually to the hands of fellow Rogues across the United States.   

Double Mocha Porter in its Royal Blue bottle debuts in early January 2011; Double Dead Guy in Black arrives in May; and in August, Double Chocolate Stout appears in a sleek Red bottle. 
Double Mocha Porter is brewed with 11 ingredients including: C-120, C-150, Kiln Coffee, Black, Chocolate and Rogue Micro Barley Farm DareTM & RiskTM Malts; Summit and Rogue Micro Hopyard Revolution Hops, Free Range Coastal Water and Pacman Yeast.
Each of the three beers are brewed using hops from Rogue's 42-acre micro hopyard, located in Oregon's Wigrich Appellation, and barley from the Rogue GYO barley farm, located in Oregon's Tygh ValleyAppellation. Rogue remains committed to saving the terroir of Oregon hops and barley, one acre at a time, by growing our own."

Thursday, December 16

A Successful Homebrew - Imperial Red Ale

I am creating this article to reach out to those who keep staring at their homebrew kit. Those who want to utilize all those tubes and barrels..  but are too lazy to get to it. Those who have ideas, but don't quite know how to implement them.

I am that guy. My (now Ex) Gf had purchased a 'Mr. Beer' kit for me. I loved it because I was getting more into the science and art of craft beer. Later I realized that my love for the beer put our relationship in a bad place.. among other things...  but that is for another day!

The kit simply contained a 10 Quart plastic keg with about a 5 1/2" twist off lid on top, and a pour spout just above the trub layer. 1 can of hopped extract (which I had already read is useless vs. a nice amount of DME (Dry Malt Extract) and fresh raw dried hops or pellets)). But it worked. I used plastic water bottles and the twist on lids the kit contained, and actually conditioned the pale ale in the fridge.

So after reading a bit on some homebrew forums where good folks shared their recipes..  I created my own extract homebrews. I mean come on...  I am limited to a stove in the kitchen, and have limited funds. I will go all grain as I build a system over time...  but this shit is expensive!  My goal is to make a seriously good drinkable brew while being an extract based beer..

In order to do that, I learned and read that I had to use really good water, and pitch a strong liquid yeast. At the time, I was near Portland, OR...  that is where the good Bull Run water is! Perfect stuff! May add some light Epsom salts, or some pro-mash goodies..  but it works great! I went to "Let's Brew" off of 82nd and Stark and asked for a few recommendations.. but my recipe was already straight. I was a guy wanting to brew a 2 gallon fine recipe. Most at least start with a 5 gallon system and might work their way up to 15 gallons. Not me. I want the craft and the lesson. I got grain to steep at 152 deg. F, and steeped for a full 45 min. 1/2 lb Crystal 60L, and 1/2 lb Munich. I began the boil and added 3/4 oz. of raw Cascade hops at the 60 min. mark. Just after added 1 of the 3 lbs. of Amber malt extract. At about 15 min. I added another ounce of raw Cascade hops along with 1/4 cup of molasses.. 1/4 cup Orange Blossom Honey, and 1/4 cup corn sugar (Dextrose). At 10 min. I added a bit of Irish Moss to clear it up a bit.

Steeping grain at 152 F.
 Remember..  I am aiming for an imperial red ale with all Cascade hops. This is a 2-gallon batch. I don't have a secondary, and I am still using the Mr. Beer fermentation vessel. I pitched some White Labs Irish Ale yeast...  let it sit for over 21 days and never checked it with a hydrometer. I didn't even know how to use one at the time. I later dry-hopped it with more fresh dried raw Cascade hops..  about 1 full oz (Later I adjusted the recipe to dry-hop with pellets given the primary vessel and trub collection).

While my first batch was fermenting..  I was able to taste Rogues 21'er ale. It was brewed with molasses and was called an 'Old Ale'. A week after that taste at Portland's "Oregon Brewers Festival" (OBF), I tried my first Imperial Red Homebrew. It tasted exactly the same as Rogues 21'er...  I mean almost spot on! The whole reason I am writing this is because I am currently drinking my last Batch #1 of it, and I love it! How often does one love their second extract homebrew ever!? Is it an Old Ale? An Imperial Red? Who cares! It's good!

 I added corn sugar into sanitized 22 oz. bomber bottles..  about a tablespoon and a half into each. Then I poured the primary brew into them leaving about an inch and a half of space. I am not even brewing enough for filling kegs etc. I am trying to make damn good bottles that I can share.

To make what could be an even longer article shorter...  the beer turned out fantastic after about 6 months of bottle conditioning. It fermented and conditioned around 67 deg. to 70 deg. F in a closet.

It was easy! At least getting stared! Now to try and get it consistent... and in larger batches!
My last bottle after a year of conditioning!



Recipe:   2 GALLON BATCH!

- Steep (45 min.)
1/2 Lb. Crystal 60L
1/2 Lb. Munich
1.5 oz. Roasted Barley

- Boil (60 min.)
3/4 oz. Cascade Raw Hops @ 60 min.
1lb. of a 3lb. bag Amber DME     @ 50 min.
(1/3 cup honey
(1/5 cup molasses
(1/4 cup dextrose (corn sugar) @ 15 min.
Last 2lbs. Amber DME (watch the boil over! Foam away!)
1/2 oz. Cascade Raw Hops @ 15 min.
1/2 teaspoon Irish Moss  @ 10 min.

White Labs Irish Ale (WLP004) liquid yeast

Dry-hop 1 oz. Cascade Pellets after 17 days fermentation. Fermentation 21+ days total.

1 & 1/2 teaspoons per 22 oz. bottle of corn sugar to prime. 2 1/2 weeks.

1 3lb. bag Amber DME
1/2 lb. Crystal 60L
1/2 lb. Munich
1.5 oz. Roasted Barley
1 1/4 oz. Cascade Raw Hops
1 oz. Cascade Hop Pellets
1/3 cup honey
1/4 cup corn sugar
1/5 cup molasses
1/2 teaspoon Irish Moss

On a side note...  the wort was about 3 quarts when done. I filled the fermentation vessel half way with cold fresh water to absorb the shock of the hot wort. Then I topped it off to 8 quarts total with more cold water. Don't pitch the yeast unless you know it is around 70 deg. F give or take! 

Wednesday, December 15

Don't Forget that Widmer's Pitch Black IPA is Going Year Around!

When this was released last year as the "W'10" release...  I loved the beer. I will still say today that it is the best beer Widmer has released yet. I said the same thing when their Drifter Pale Ale was released. A very unique pale that stands out among many others, and is actually a pretty heavy hitter as far as its strength goes. Before the drifter, I thought their winter seasonal "Brrr" was the best beer release from them. So to get to the point...  their beers just keep getting better and better!

I am guessing that once their Brrr starts leaving the shelves in January, the new year-around Pitch Black IPA will start hitting the shelves. Seems many in the beer community have forgotten about this news. Not me. It's going to be a regular in just about every fridge that surrounds me. Interesting timing for Full Sails reserve release of their "Bump in the Night" CDA as well...  I am guessing both will be equally as delicious. Cheers!


Full Sail Brewing Company adds LTD 04 to their Seasonal Line

"It's the Single Malt of Beer"

Hood River, Or - “Sometimes the best of a brewer’s art, like jazz, can be shown by the notes you don’t play. In our case we bring that elegance of simplicity into our new limited edition lager brewed with one select barley and one of the best of Northwest hops. By choosing to focus on these two single “notes” we highlight the finely balanced and complex interplay between the malt and hops. LTD 04 is a beautiful pale-golden color and brewed to highlight the elegant simplicity of both the pale malt and Willamette hops,” said Irene Firmat, Full Sail’s CEO and Founder. LTD 04 has been brewed, bottled and kegged, and is now shipping from the brewery.

LTD means limited edition, but according to Firmat, at Full Sail it means something even more: Live the Dream. “We’ve been living out our dream: brewing beer, our own way, in one of the most beautiful places on earth. We dedicate our LTD Series to everyone who’s living the dream, whatever that dream might be.”

“Our LTD Series is a great way to offer our customers a distinctive series of small batch lager beers that celebrate our creativity and honor the rich brewing heritage of great lager beer styles. Each LTD beer showcases an original lager recipe and is only available for a limited time. It lets us explore some of our favorite beer styles and we are thrilled at the response we have generated. Not only do our fans love this series, critics love it too. Since its release in 2007, our LTD Series has brought home 10 gold medals from the World Beer Championships and one from the North American Beer Awards,” added Firmat.

LTD 04 registers “Pale” on the “Malt-O-Meter” that is featured on the six packs. Beer aficionados, or the aspiring ones, will enjoy the bottom of the six-pack that features an easy-to-read chart of “Today’s Recipe,” including Willamette hops, 2 row pale malt, plato (18 degrees), IBU (45), alcohol by volume (7%) and any special ingredients. LTD 04 will be available in six-packs and draught from early December through March.

 So far I have liked all of the lagers..  but as the numbers go up, each and every lager just keeps getting better. Which release will make the pendulum swing the other way? Will it be the 04? So far the 03 is my favorite. The 02 was a little too corn flavored for me..  like adjunct madness. The o1 was a bit too robust and rich with odd winter warmer-like flavors. I look forward to this!


Sunday, December 12

Barrel Aged Brewfest at By The Bottle!


Date: FR, SA, SU, December 17, 18, 19, 2010  Note, daily tap list changes, see below
Time: FR & SA: Noon to 11pm    SU: Noon-end time to be confirmed
Description: Enjoy big barrel-aged brews on tap!
Friday, 12/17, Tap List: Southern Tier Oak-Aged Unearthly Imperial IPA, Schoone Exact Hoppy the Woodsman, Rogue John John Hazelnut, Widmer Brrbon Bourbon Barrel Ale, Great Divide Oak-Aged Yeti Imperial Stout, Sierra Nevada 30th Anniversary Blended Grand Cru
Saturday, 12/18, Tap List: Firestone Walker 14th Anniversary Blended Imperial Stout, Russian River Consecration Barrel-Aged Sour Ale, The Bruery Three French Hens Belgian-Style Dark Ale aged in French Oak, Lompoc 8 Malty Nights Bourbon Barrel-Aged Chocolate Rye Porter
Sunday, 12/19, Tap List will be a yet to be determined mix of  Friday & Saturday’s line-ups, but what will define Sunday is a vertical tasting of 2008 Port Brewing Older Viscosity and the 2010 release.

Sad that I have to work each and every one of those nights..  but I can squeeze in on Saturday night at about 7:30pm.

Too many good beers! Also pick up some bottles..  just saw Lompocs 8 Malty Nights in bottles there too!

Tuesday, December 7

Full Sail Brewing Releases New Brewmaster Reserve Beer - Bump in the Night Cascadian Dark Ale

My eyes opened wide when I saw this. I love the style, and Full Sail brews a mean beer. I especially like their malt profiles on most of their ales. Very unique, and when you drink them..  you know it's a Full Sail.


"Hood River, Or – The days are getting shorter and the temps are falling, but there is plenty of reason to rejoice this month. The holiday season is in full swing, the mountains are covered in snow, and Full Sail Brewing Company will release Bump in the Night, the first and newest beer in their 2011 Brewmaster Reserve line up. Bump in the Night is brewed in the Cascadian Dark Ale (CDA) style and is the perfect companion for long winter nights. The array of dark malts present a full bodied beer with notes of cocoa and slight roast. It has a big floral citrus hop flavor and bitterness, reminiscent of an IPA. Bump in the Night will be available in specialty beer stores and pubs on draught and in 22oz bottles Mid December to March. ABV 6.5%, IBU 65.

 We are excited about our 2011 Brewmaster Reserve Line-up, as a small, independent craft brewer we have the freedom to be creative and explore new beer styles. It was our lead brewer, Barney Brennan, who suggested the style and we think it’s the perfect addition to our rotating selection of Brewmaster Reserve beers. Every eight to ten weeks we come out with a different beer that showcases the brewer’s art. We began the program back in 1998 as a way of celebrating our independence and creativity,” said Full Sail’s Founder and CEO, Irene Firmat.

Full Sail’s 2011 Brewmaster Reserve Program will begin with Bump in the Night CDA. In February, the brewery will release Black Gold Bourbon Barrel Aged Stout as part of their vintage barrel aged series."

Monday, December 6

Laurelwood Brewing to release Green Mammoth Imperial IPA

Dec. 13th One of the best Imperial IPA's alive will be released.

"The 2010 Laurelwood Limited Editon 1 liter beer will be Green Mammoth Organic Imperial IPA!
As with every year’s Laurelwood Limited Release, this beer is very special, very limited and very delicious. We’ve created an ale that’s perfect for sharing with friends and family or whom ever you choose. While we suppose you could keep it all to yourself, we’ve always believed, ”A shared beer is a better beer.” Any way you savor it, we think you’ll find Organic Green Mammoth a wholly satisfying beer experience.  This is the Imperial (read big ‘ol) version of our Green Elephant Organic IPA. This beer is all about hops, hops and more hops. Cascade, Ahtanum and Amarillo hops added in the kettle, hop back and fermenter give this beer it’s kick.
Green Mammoth is set to be released in stores (Oregon & Washington) and in all of our pubs December 13th.  These limited edition, swing top & screen printed bottles are a true collectors item and will sell out fast. They will retail for right around $15.00.  Look for them where ever fine handcrafted beer is sold.
10% ABV / 85 IBUs / O.G. 19 ยบ Plato"

Save some for me!


Hopworks Meet the Brewer Event at the Green Dragon

Hopworks Urban Brewery has always been a favorite of mine in Portland. The food is great, and the beers are even better. Meet one the brewers Ben Love and enjoy their Noggin Floggin Barleywine..  both the '09 vintage and the new '10.


Stone Brewing Co. Lukcy Basartd Ale

It's not too often that I post reviews on this blog (at least yet anyway). But when a beer strikes me as being especially good...  I will do just that.

Let's start with my review at Beer Advocate:

"Grabbed a couple of these and some Double Bastards this year..

50% Reg., 50% Dbl.. oaked.. dry-hopped... 8.5% alc.. can't go wrong!

- Poors a mean brown bastard. Off white light creamy head... a finger and a half down to big bubbly spotting, and a bubbly funky ring.. clear copper dark mahogany...

- Big aroma citrus hops.. zesty pine aroma.. sweet light brown sugar, malts, caramel... smooth hops bitter and not. Smells lovely.

- Bit zesty spicy hops... pine, rich woodiness.. grassy herbal citrus oh my... smooth caramel, roasty goodness... this is a huge winner for Stone and myself currently.

- Medium bodied, perfectly carbonated.. drying rightfully so.. but smooth sailing.

- Very drinkable and well made brew. I am amazed by this beer. The heat doesn't sneak up until the very end and is so so dangerously smooth to drink. Even the belch smells of fine fine hops. Get it while you can!

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 12-07-2010 00:42:20"

I will start by saying that I don't have all the vocabulary to elaborate on the specifics in each and every beer I review. My intent is to enable one to read through my review quickly enough to get a good idea on what to expect when they purchase and try the brew. As you can see, I really love this beer. I want it all night long! I gave it a 4.55 which is an A+ at Beer Advocate. It's an A+ with me too. So far I feel this is the best Bastard yet.

I am interested in finding or somehow creating a dual tap, dual keg kegerator. This would certainly be one beer I would have to have on it...  along with Boneyard Beers Armored Fist Imperial CDA.

Get it while you can folks!


Sunday, December 5

Laurelwood "Meet the Firkin Brewers" Event

At their NW Portland Public House location will be a special tapping of a firkin of their Vinter Varmer

Beer & cheese pairing! Can't go wrong with that!


My Thoughts on the Holiday Ale Festival, Portland, OR

This years fest seemed much the same as last years that I remember. There were however a couple of different things that caught my attention right off the bat when I arrived on Thursday late afternoon.

-$25? Why the price jump? (One person told me this was a tactic to keep the crowds down so the small space at the Pioneer Square wouldn't be too cramped...  to keep it more tight knit and elite in a way). I don't know if that is quite the case, but it does make sense.
Up near the $5 hotdog stand in the skybar

- Still at Pioneer Square? Really? This festival is at least my most anticipated festival of the year regarding beer. The rare local only brews by far outshine those at the Oregon Brewers Festival which isn't really local anymore...  and the rules to enter a beer in the OBF anymore kind of fits the term *cough* BS!

It was crowded. Lines grew quite long, and people grouped around in the areas that were supposed to be lines. I used to get mad at those people in high school that clogged the hallways like a piece of beef fat in an artery. At least I was able to sneak away up to the seating before entering the 'Skybar'. The skybar wasn't a new thing this year like many seemed to think. It was there last year too!

The security there this year seemed rather rude and aggressive as well. Maybe rightfully so since some who stay late (I usually don't, because I want to avoid the huge masses and drunken fools) get a little rowdy. I stopped for a moment on the 'balcony' and was hurried along. I remember last year being able to freely stand up there for some cool fresh air..  as most of the place this year had no cool fresh air.

The lovely Christmas Tree
 As always, the tree was nice. The beers were nice, and most of the people were nice. It was nice to run into some beer bloggers and home brewers etc and talk beer. I even ran into some old friends I hadn't seen for years which was nice.

I wanted to attend the event on 3 different days. I made it to 1. I felt pushed along, hurried, and cramped. I think it is intentionally designed to do that. Like a busy restaurant, they want to empty the seats as fast as they fill them. 

Next year I may just have to be the 11am arrival guy again, and leave by 2pm.

The Beers: Many were very solid, and only few stood out. I missed many as well as I only showed for 1 day.

My favorites in no particular order:

- Columbia River Brewing Co. A Porter with chocolate and vanilla and 7 different malts? Hell yeah...  perfectly smooth and not overly sweet. Many called it a dessert beer...  I don't think so...  it didn't scream ice cream. Very well balanced and smooth. I would have believed this 8.4% Alc. by Vol. could have easily been 6.5%

-Hopworks Kentucky Christmas. Their Abominabal Winter Ale aged in Buffalo Trace Bourbon barrels..  pure joy and amazement. This should be Hopworks bottled winter treat for the same price point as their Ace of Spades imperial IPA. (Anyone with me on this push?). Great balanced flavors without being too overpowering. Vanilla, mad hops and bitterness...  all balanced up nicely.

- Lompoc Franc'ly Brewdolph. This was a fantastic flavorful Red...  light spice and fruity esters..

- Lompoc 8 Malty Nights (special tapping). Another fantastic sweet strong ale with a big malt complexity. I really liked this brew...  reminds me of the next...

- North Coast Old Stock Ale (2008 vintage). Another special tapping that I thought was great. Very smooth, balanced...  and drinkable. This was my first beer there.

I missed Deschutes Jubel 2000. I saw it was up...  but had to use the honey bucket. On my way back out they had pulled the sign. Also my favorite (which I am sure stole the show) was Cascades Sang Noir 2009 & 2010. I have had so much of both, I didn't bother with them at the festival...  though many I spoke to (Including myself too) liked the 2010 much better.

Very solid but not the best:

- Lagunitas Brown Mashuggana. I am not a big fan of Lagunitas because of their overly sweet and sugary beers...  and this one was very sweet..  but it just had a great flavor. I actually really dug it where others didn't so much.

- Bridgeport Brewing Old Knucklehead. Great barleywine, and was unique. I enjoyed it, and was finally my first try of it after all these years living in and around Portland.

- Coalition Lost Glove. Upon entering, a drunken stranger said "no matter what beers you drink, don't touch the Coalition beer...  it tastes like rotten eggs, poop..  etc etc..". So I took a sip of a buddies and disagree. A very hop forward brew, and brewed with my favorite malt.. Golden Promise. I enjoy every beer brewed with it. The yeast was still a little heavy and active..  but overall it was nice. I just think it needed a little more time, or some conditioning in some bottles. Big potential.

- Double Mountain Bockus. A bock that was sweet, thick, and yummy. Very solid..  and that is about it. But then again...  the style itself is kind of tame.

- Boneyard Femme  Fatal. A light beer fermented with raspberries and cranberries. They called it a sour..  and it's certainly not a sour. They said medium bodied...  and it was most certainly light bodied. My thoughts on it is like their "Girly Beer"...  fruited. It's a beer for the ladies and folks that don't want all that strong malty sticky hoppy madness making their tummies upset. It was a solid brew, one to chug out on a boat fishing on a hot day. I am a huge fan of Boneyard, and their beers have always been stellar..  but this one fell short.

- Beer Valley Ho Ho Ho Strong Ale. A solid strong malty brew. That's it.

I know I had others, but after awhile you kind of forget them as the side effects start kicking in. I didn't really come across a beer I didn't like. But very few were amazing.
It was fun, and as always a great time with great people. I just hope they reconsider moving it to a larger area and allow a little more comfort room and standing room. The tables were nice...  but folks couldn't walk through them when occupied. Until next year!

If you see any mistakes, buy me a beer and I might just fix them!

Saturday, December 4

Upright Brewing-Meet the Brewer

Date: Monday, December 13, 2010
Time: 6p to 8p

Where: By The Bottle, 104 W. Evergreen Blvd, Vancouver, WA 98660, 360-696-0012
Upright Brewing brews up some mean brews using primarily French saison yeast w/ open fermentation. The Four is on the top of the list of my favorites from Upright. The bottles artwork is very well done by local beer blogger and enthusiast Samurai Artist a.k.a. Ezra.

"Alex Ganum is the owner and head brewer at Upright. He grew up drinking his father’s German pilseners and his older brother’s Bells Porter before moving to Portland in 2002. After meeting several homebrewers he decided to give it a go and never looked back. Seven years later his love of brewing led him to open Upright, a brewery he thinks is as much part of the community as it is personal. When he doesn’t have beer on his mind Alex is probably thinking about what’s next in the kitchen or on his plate and what digestif to wash it down with."

Updated** The brewer to show will be Gerritt

"Gerritt Ill has been brewing for five years. He fell in love with beer drinking a Sierra Nevada Pale ale at a friend’s house in his home state of New Jersey. After moving to Oregon to be closer to the craft brewing culture of the northwest, he began brewing at home. Gerritt’s been with Upright since the beginning, first as an intern and now as a full time employee. He enjoys Upright’s pale, low alcohol beers as well as anything from the Schlenkerla Brewery in Germany. Upright sets its watch to Gerritt’s flawless internal clock, though we generally ignore his belief that Ween should be the only music allowed in the brewery. "
 Be sure to check out the event!