Archive | June, 2013

it’s gonna be a scorcher out there

28 Jun
A hillside view of Overlook Park and the NAOBF

A hillside view of Overlook Park and the NAOBF

I have lived in hot places…southern New Mexico and west Texas, for example.  But those are dry heats.  Here in Portland, when it gets into the 90s with even a hint of humidity, it gets pretty intense.  Today was one of those days.  I kind of knew it was going to be that way when I walked outside at 8:30 am and it was already getting slightly uncomfortable.  Good thing I was going to the North American Organic Brewer’s Festival at noon! Continue reading

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my style

18 Jun
nice and easy

nice and easy

I have extolled the virtues of Full Sail’s LTD series before and it didn’t take much convincing for me to pick up Recipe No. 5 last week.  Not only do I like their lagers, but this Vienna-style was right up my alley.  The only question was, how far off from my previous experience with Vienna-style lagers would it be?  Pre-Portland beer days had me thinking that Negra Modelo was the representation of a Vienna lager with all it’s aggressive sweetness.  Maybe it still is, but this beer was definitely different.  In a good way, I promise. Continue reading

the finish

9 Jun
Finishing strong

Finishing strong

It was time to finish the trilogy of IPAs from Chicago this weekend.  This one, from Pipeworks Brewing Company, is the Glaucus Belgian-Style IPA.  At 8% ABV, this is the smallest of the three beers that Miranda and Mike brought me.   Continue reading

the perfect pairing

5 Jun
Now available in cans!

Now available in cans!

Sunny days necessitate beer drinking, no?  The last three days have had me popping into the fridge while on the way outside to play with my daughter.  Kid is developing a nice swing on the baseball and I want her to keep at it.  This Kolsch from Occidental was purchased this weekend at Freddy’s.  Drank the last one tonight.  Love that they got some of their stuff in cans.  Wonder if any of their other offerings will be available soon?  Regardless, this is a nice start. Continue reading

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