Beer Review: Parkway Pilsner (Crux Fermentation Project)

I’ve spent a lot of money—a couple hundred bucks, at least—on Crux Fermentation Project beer. Until recently, it all was in vain. The Bend upstart from former Deschutes brewmaste   More
Wednesday, August 5, 2015 MARTIN CIZMAR

Drank: Chocolate Cinnamon Stout (Terminal Gravity)

There was a time when Terminal Gravity Brewing made Portland’s go-to IPA. Or so they tell me—that was long before my time, and I’ve only ever had the stuff in dingy corner sports bars, t   More
Wednesday, April 29, 2015 MARTIN CIZMAR

Beer Review: Peanut Butter Porter and Marionberry Red Ale (Scout)

Peanut butter beer’s time has come. Actually, this is one brewing trend where Portland is slightly behind—while we have Rogue’s gross Voodoo Doughnut-themed banana-and-peanut butter ale, t   More
Wednesday, March 11, 2015 MARTIN CIZMAR

Drank: Safe Word/Pfriem Triple/ Notorious (Breakside/Pfriem/Boneyard)

Before 2005, there was nothing else like Pliny the Younger. Russian River Brewing’s triple IPA—with three times as many hops as a normal IPA in a syrupy 11 percent ABV brew—became a touc   More
Wednesday, March 4, 2015 MARTIN CIZMAR

Beer Review: Hawthorne’s Best Bitter (Lucky Labrador)

As one of the original six recipes at Lucky Lab, Hawthorne’s Best Bitter has been around for a generation. Come this October, the beer would be 21, old enough to drink itself, if beers could   More
Wednesday, January 28, 2015 MARTIN CIZMAR

Drank: Hop-a-Wheelie (Boneyard)

We’re witnessing the extinction of the Oregon pine. Not long ago, Northwestern IPAs were just as likely to have green, resiny flavors as citrusy bite. In the last year, the most talked-about n   More
Wednesday, January 14, 2015 MARTIN CIZMAR

Beer Review: Arctos (Baerlic Brewing)

What makes winter ale wintery? That’s a matter of intense debate, especially in Portland, where spiced Christmas ales were long rejected as insufficiently beery beers. Personally, I tend to fa   More
Wednesday, November 26, 2014 MARTIN CIZMAR

Drank: Bourbon Barrel-Aged Aztec (Breakside)

If you’re going to do a bourbon barrel-aged beer, you’re going to want fresh barrels. That’s hard given that most bourbon is made three time zones away, but the difference is huge—a swee   More
Wednesday, November 12, 2014 MARTIN CIZMAR

Drank: The Conversion (Logsdon Farmhouse Ales)

Dave Logsdon has forgotten more about yeast than most brewers will ever know. Dubbed “the most important figure in Oregon beer that you’ve never heard of” by Beervana blogger Jeff Alworth,   More
Wednesday, November 5, 2014 MARTIN CIZMAR

Drank: Big Ol’ Pumpkin (10 Barrel)

There’s no pumpkin in a Pumpkin Spice Latte. Obvious, right? Well, there’s often no pumpkin in pumpkin beers. The flavors you associate with round, orange squash come mostly from the spices co   More
Wednesday, October 22, 2014 MARTIN CIZMAR


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