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Lite-N Up

In honor of America, a blind tasting of light lagers.

American beer has moved on without us. As we’ve been drinking sour elderberry stouts in our Portland bubble, Budweiser has expanded into Platinum, Select and Black Crown varieties. Meanwhile,    More
Wednesday, July 3, 2013 WW Staff

Drank: Tender Loving Empire (Fort George Brewery)

Fort George’s Tender Loving Empire Northwest Pale Ale is named after the venerable Portland indie-pop record label and boutique, and it drinks the way many of the bands on the label sound: pleas   More
Wednesday, June 19, 2013 MATTHEW SINGER

Drank: Apple Beer (Buckman Botanical Brewery)

The boundaries between beer and cider are blurring. Cidermakers now add hops to their libations; brewers pour apple juice into their beer (or, in the case of Redd’s Apple Ale, made by MillerCoors, �   More
Wednesday, June 12, 2013 REBECCA JACOBSON

Drank: The Field of Fruits

Geography is destiny, Napoleon said. The emperor wasn’t talking specifically about booze, but he could have been. Europe is almost evenly split into wine and beer. South of the Alps, where fruit   More
Wednesday, June 5, 2013 MARTIN CIZMAR

Drank: Pipewrench IPA (Gigantic Brewing)

One of the problems with the cutting edge of brewing is, you’re just as likely to get nicked yourself. Gigantic Brewing, with its eclectic array of brewing oddities and schizophrenic label des   More
Wednesday, May 22, 2013 JORDAN GREEN

Drank: Lila (Hair of the Dog)

Old dogs are notoriously reluctant to perform new tricks. So someone give Hair of the Dog brewmaster Alan Sprints a good belly scratching for his new Lila Maibock. Sprints’ brewery will celebr   More
Wednesday, May 15, 2013 MARTIN CIZMAR

Ries Above

Testing 11 grocery-store-bought Oregon rieslings.

Oregon rieslings are not like German rieslings. Grown in the cool climates along the Rhine river, traditional German rieslings are sweet and fruity. Though the Willamette Valley is also known fo   More
Wednesday, May 15, 2013 KAITIE TODD

Pickin’ Apples

A massive blind taste test of Portland-area apple ciders.

Like the national census or U2’s popularity, a cider boom recurs about once a decade. We’re nearing the crest of a wave right now, according to Wandering Aengus co-owner James Kohn. “The n   More
Wednesday, May 8, 2013 ENID SPITZ

Drank: El Cuatro (The Ale Apothecary)

The Ale Apothecary’s Paul Arney revels in making concoctions that are tough to wrap your head around. The former Deschutes brewer, who now works alone in a small barn outside Bend, outdid hims   More
Wednesday, May 1, 2013 MARTIN CIZMAR

Drank: Espelette (Agrarian Ales)

Chili peppers—25 varieties of them—were once the top crop at the Tilley family’s 25-acre farm in Eugene. Hops now get more attention from Ben and Nate Tilley, but they haven’t plowed the peppe   More
Wednesday, April 24, 2013 BRIAN YAEGER
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