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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


Dark lager

18 Feb
Full Sail represents on President's Day

Full Sail represents on President’s Day

Last month I had a chance to read a post from Jeff Alworth over at Beervana that helped me do something that blog posts don’t always do: It helped me learn something.  Even better was that when given some time, the comment section filled up with even more useful information.  I really like Jeff’s work over at Beervana and it’s a daily stop-by for me to see what kind of knowledge he’s dropping.  Give it a look-see sometime if you want to learn something. Continue reading


18 Oct

As you know by now, I recently found myself in Hood River and finally made it to Pfriem, one of the newest breweries to open their doors here in Oregon.  I had heard rumors that they specialize in Belgian-style beers, so I wasn’t sure this would be my thing (I have an aversion, you could say, to the candy used in brewing strong Belgian ales). But if I’ve learned anything over my beer-drinking years, it is that you cannot judge a beer by its name or its label. And I was pleasantly reminded of this at Pfriem, finding an array of beer styles, all of which were pretty damn tasty. Belgian influence? yeah. Northwest influence? yeah. The beer was great, so take the trip and grab a pint. Not convinced? Read on for more details.

Fruit Loop beer?

1 Oct

Enjoying a pint of Solera’s Hedonist IPA at the base of Mt. Hood

I’m back in Hood River for a girls weekend with my best friend. She’s never been before, so it has been a fun exploration of the city and surrounding area. We’ve walked the downtown, shopped at all the cute little stores, enjoyed excellent local food, and explored the Fruit Loop. If you’ve never been on it, it is a must, especially this time of year. There are tons of fresh produce stands that also sell ciders, specialty jams and sauces, pies, ice cream, craft goods, and local meat. This time of year there are more varieties of apples and pears than you could remember. And scattered in between these different stops are local wineries. We hit two today and are planning on hitting another two or three tomorrow. As for breweries, there are four in Hood River now, but only one on the actual Fruit Loop, at the halfway point.

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