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
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
Crowning the best everyday imperial stout from the grocery-store cooler.
Big, black monsters have invaded local bottle shops. If
you’ve got a kingly budget and schedule, early December is the best time
to buy limited-edition barrel-aged imperial stouts.
Oregon brewing legend John Harris has been making beer for
more than 30 years. Rigel Sparkling Ale, currently on tap at his
just-opened Ecliptic Brewing in North Portland, has been in the works
There’s tension at the heart of an oaked India pale lager.
The hops that make an India-anything work are better when fresh, which
is why the labels of top-notch IPAs like Russian River’s Pli
No matter how crafty they are, modern
industrial-scale breweries can’t do things the old-fashioned way. The
recipe and ingredients can match a 500-year-old Belgian formula, but
when working wi