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


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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)


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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)


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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)


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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)


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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)


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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

Drank: Tropical Thunder (Gigantic with Larry Clouser)


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Hops get all the credit, but yeast does a bunch of the work. Even those big, juicy fruit flavors you like in an IPA are often due as much to the yeast strain as Citra or Simcoe. Tropical Thunder,    More
 
Wednesday, October 15, 2014 MARTIN CIZMAR

Drank: Skidmore Western Lager (Hopworks Urban Brewery)


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People so rarely go to the Brewery Blocks for beer anymore. Back in 1999, the old Weinhard Brewery was shuttered, and though the Henry’s Tavern that replaced it maintains a focus on regional    More
 
Wednesday, September 10, 2014 MARTIN CIZMAR

Drank: Couch Select Lager (Burnside Brewing)


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They say if you drink enough craft beer, you’ll come back to lager. After trying all those barrel-aged imperials and hop bombs, you find yourself just wanting something crisp and clean. I didn   More
 
Wednesday, September 3, 2014 MARTIN CIZMAR

Drank: Tahoma Kriek (Double Mountain)


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No one scoffs at fruity beer anymore. Citrus-spiked IPAs are ubiquitous, Stiegl radler has replaced PBR among a certain class of well-coifed patio drinker, and you can find everything from passi   More
 
Wednesday, August 6, 2014 MARTIN CIZMAR

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