Showing posts from November, 2010

quote of the day

“I work until beer o’clock.” - Steven King

things i learned from deschutes

one last post about hopscotch 2010!

i was lucky enough to be given a ticket to attend an invite only seminar on "history of deschutes and what the future holds" which involved getting several tasters of jubilale and hop trip while listening to the very entertaining lance mitchell, marketing manager for deschutes

some of the high points:

the jubilale was intended to run out between christmas and new year's
but its so popular that it will be sold out by around december 6th
so if you want some for christmas, you'd best be picking it up now!

deschutes was founded in 1988 in bend, oregon
by gary fish, who wanted to serve local foods and local beers to the locals

it wasn't an easy road getting to where they are today
21 years ago all the beer got contaminated and they had to pour all of it out on christmas day and start over

their new brew system is german
it is 28 feet wide
the road to bend is only 30 feet wide, so they got a police escort

deschutes is one of only two…

link love

for a review of howe sound's rail ale on the lager blogger, click here

for an article about granville island being bought out by the devil, click here

for a van east beer blog about what makes craft beer craft beer, click here

for a blog post from brewdog about their latest cooperative beer effort, click here

and brewdog's punk ipa coming in cans, click here for the blog post

beer is the new wine!  click here for the newspaper article

hopscotch #5

just the beer geek photos of all the great beers!

quote of the day

“An intelligent man is sometimes forced to be drunk to spend time with his fools.” –Ernest Hemingway

hopscotch #4

that's right, i'm not done talking about hopscotch yet!

how about we talk about whiskey and food today?  and then throw in a little beer chat at the end, because this is afterall a beer blog!

hopscotch is known for being a great festival to try new brands of scotch, whiskey and other spirits
especially the expensive ones that perhaps you can't afford to try other places
i stayed away from most of the hard liquors because i'd been pounding back the beer and just didn't want to prove once again that the old adage "beer before liquor, never siquor" is totally true
these guys we met and beer geeked out with totally insisted that we try an ontario whiskey
moderately priced and soooo smooth
so like the good little sheep that we are, we hustled right on over to the forty creek stall and tried us a couple of their copper pot distilled double barrel aged whiskey
the double barrel reserve with deep vanilla notes, toasted aromas of pecan and walnut was the w…

rogue news

caption contest:

ode to the ipa

at this past week's beernesday i had an ode to the ipa sort of evening
it seemed like it hurt my head too much to come up with beers for a sampler
and i knew they had some great ipas on tap...
so i just went with four pints of four different ipas
(and didn't love myself as much as usual on thursday morning when i woke up...)

howe sound's total eclipse of the hops:  8%  a supremely well balanced and drinkable imperial ipa weighing in at 90 ibus and 8% alcohol.
you know i love this one!
so happy to see it back in the rotation at st. augustine's
its a damned fine day when a seasonal that you thought was all sold out comes back to let you savour it again!

driftwood's fat tug ipa:  7%  a northwest style india pale ale that is characterized by an intense hop aroma
i do love this brew
very aromatic hop nose
not quite as balanced as the howe sound
but oh, so delightful to drink!

hopworks ipa:  6.6%  rich and resinous flavours of citrus fruit and pine.  the finest organic p…

quote of the day

“From man’s sweat and God’s love, beer came into the world.” - Saint Arnold of Metz  
The Patron Saint of Brewers


and photos from this week's beernesday, back at st. auggie's as usual!

gift idea

in case you were wondering what to get me for a gift...

check this out!  such a funny cartoon.  either a framed print or the greeting cards would suit me just fine. thankyouverymuch!

pike press

from pike brewery in seattle:

By craft brewery standards,  we are but a baby in relation to many of the greatest European breweries. However, in America, we are regarded as a pioneer. At 21, our beers give those breweries from across the pond, a real run for their money. Our customers tell us daily that Pike beers are both first and world class. We may be mature, however,  we still feel like a kid with a future as bright as a Pike Pale. Speaking of which, our coming of age was celebrated for a week, with prices rolled back to opening day prices on Pike Pale, XXXXX Stout, and IPA. Guests were delighted with our special prix fixe dinner, described by various guests as "awesome," "sensational," and "delicious."
Our birthday celebration was a movable feast,  with delicious events at which Charles and I presented Pike. At Lamb Jamwe were so popular  that we had to do a second beer run an hour into the event, confirming what we already knew:  beer goes perfectly …

hopscotch #3

the wonderful, the darned good, the pretty good and the also-rans of hopscotch, according to moi

firstly, the beers i've had before and love, so i had them again!
efes dark
efes pilsner
rogue yellow snow
red truck limited steam
moylans double ipa
steamwhistle pilsner

the wonderful:
odell brewing ipa - 7% with simcoe and amarillo hops, out of colorado - this one has won awards, and i can see why!
caldera ipa - 6.1% with cascade hops, out of oregon
great divide double ipa - 85 ibs out of denver, colorado
stone's ruination ipa - 7.7%, 120 ibus - the stuff of legends i tell ya, legends!
stone's self-righteous ale - 8.7% - malty hoppy and makes you believe you could session it... but at 8.7% i think you'd hate yourself later if you did!
smuttynose ipa - their single ipa - delightful and deliciously hoppy
smuttynose big a ipa - their double ipa - just as delightful and even more hoppy... i might actually like the single better though...
ballast amber ale - perfectly hoppy - t…

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