Tag Archives: Haand Bryggeriet Brewery

Style means nothing to the Norse

7 Dec


There are many great things about the beer scene in Oregon.  One is the sheer number of breweries within the state.  The other is the availability of unique beers from overseas at the local bottle shops.  I have reviewed a beer from the Haand Bryggeriet Brewery before, but this one is definitely something new; ‘dark force’ reserva, a Double Imperial Wheat Stout Aged in Oak Barrels…whatever.  Just throw the style guidelines out the window, I guess. Continue reading


Thoughts on beer styles

11 Jan

So the kiddo got sick at school today…that means Dad does the pick-up and we head home early.  Needless to say, I had some free time on my hands this afternoon as she engrossed herself in the Secret of Nimh (a great movie, by-the-way).  I was reading a recent post on Beervana regarding Scotch Ales and it got me thinking about how adamant some people are about the idea of a beer style.  “Authentic” is a word that is thrown around quite a bit these days, as people seek to showcase their knowledge of local/regional beer styles.  On some level, I have a tremendous amount of respect for those that seek out to either drink or eat that which is “authentic”.  You can learn a lot from those people.  They clearly hold dear the idea of tradition and history.  And nobody can doubt how great it is to eat or drink something with hundreds, or maybe thousands, of years of history behind it.  However, I really like where the author came down on this topic in his post.  Continue reading

Christmas Eve

24 Dec

Christmas Eve is typically a day and night for the wife and I to get together with friends in Portland who are sans-family in the area.  We make Posole and tamales (our New Mexico tradition coming out) and drink beer until 11:00 or so.  Usually late enough that I am stuck putting some stupid kid-shit together until 2 am.  Not this year baby!  The tamales and posole were still on the menu, but I managed to get the toys together on the 23rd, so it was beer time at the Harper’s.  Miranda and Michael joined us, as they always do, and we decided to dig into the plethora of beers in my garage.  I managed to convince the two that we should do a tasting of the Sam Adams Holiday Pack.  Not sure why this struck me as something fun to do, because in hindsight it was not the best of ideas.  On a positive note, it’s not Bud.  But when that’s some of the best you have to offer a beer…well…you understand where we’re coming from, don’t you?  I am probably going to be dropping the remanants of that 12 pack on a street corner for a local Portland homeless person to have on Christmas.  Regardless, here are our notes from the “tasting”.  I use quotation marks because it’s debatable if this was a legitimate beer tasting or not. Continue reading

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