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Drank: Devil’s Kriek 2012 (Double Mountain)

The just-released bottles of Double Mountain’s Devil’s Kriek have two very important numbers on them. The first is the year the beer was brewed—2012—which, in following the wine world’   More
Wednesday, March 5, 2014 MARTIN CIZMAR

Drank: Long Dark Winter Milk Stout (Fort George)

Astoria’s Fort George Brewery is the most ambitious stout-maker in the state, releasing 14 different big, dark beers this month and throwing a “dark” festival out at the windy coast. This mi   More
Wednesday, February 26, 2014 MARTIN CIZMAR

Drank: Sintrus Citrus IPA (Heathen Brewing)

A year ago, the hop race was getting bitter. As the IBUs in local IPAs continued their steady climb, I found myself totally bored with the style. My faith was renewed by juicy IPAs like Laurelwo   More
Wednesday, February 19, 2014 MARTIN CIZMAR

Drank: Heisenberg Reduced-Gluten Midwestern IPA (Bunsenbrewer)

Heisenberg is not Breaking Bad blue. Bunsenbrewer’s “Midwest-style” IPA—not as hoppy as a West Coast IPA, but not quite Old World mellow—is naturally yellowish in hue, meaning blue foo   More
Wednesday, February 12, 2014 MARTIN CIZMAR

Drank Extra: Open ’er Up

Doug Cooke never thought he’d find a better bottle opener than the hefty old hunk of Miller-branded brass given to him by his sister. For 17 years-, Cooke used it to crack almost every beer he   More
Wednesday, February 5, 2014 MARTIN CIZMAR

Drank: Brutal IPA (Rogue, as imported to Amsterdam)

Everyone knows European beer is better in Europe—but what of American suds abroad? In Amsterdam, where I moved from Portland last year, the three American breweries whose beers are most common   More
Wednesday, January 29, 2014 BRIAN YAEGER

Drank: Nutty Irish Mud (Fire on the Mountain)

Portland needed a coffee-beer festival. Not just because of our international reputation in both types of brew, but because coffee, better than most infusions, does wonderful things to beer. So    More
Wednesday, January 22, 2014 MARTIN CIZMAR

Drank: Belgian Christmas Ale (pFriem Family Brewers)

Like Mariah Carey’s Merry Christmas, the lights on Peacock Lane and phone-book-thick editions of The Oregonian, spicy Christmas beers are something I love in December. Then they go away and, for   More
Wednesday, January 15, 2014 MARTIN CIZMAR

Drank: Isarweizen (Heater Allen)

American-made wheat beers tend to be dry, hoppy and, far too often, bland. The New World cousins of traditional German hefeweizens typically tone down the yeast’s tutti-frutti punch while ampi   More
Wednesday, January 8, 2014 REBECCA JACOBSON

Drank: Bon Voyage (Block 15)

Block 15’s Bon Voyage should be served Eliot Ness style: the barrel split with a broad ax, the foul brew inside left leaking into the sewer. That’s easy for me to say, of course. I invested    More
Tuesday, December 31, 2013 MARTIN CIZMAR

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