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

Drank: Tropical Thunder (Gigantic with Larry Clouser)

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)

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)

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)

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

Drank: Black 13 (Boneyard)

Boneyard has been shorting the market since it opened. Tony Lawrence assembled his Bend brewery from pieces and parts collected during his visits to other breweries across the country as a consu   More
Wednesday, July 2, 2014 MARTIN CIZMAR

Drank: Ireland Style Premium Light Ale (Henry Weinhard’s, 1984)

In 1984, a time capsule was buried in Pioneer Courthouse Square. Inside, with a pair of Nikes, a boom box and a “Frankie Says Relax” T-shirt, went two bottles of Henry Weinhard’s ales. Henry   More
Wednesday, June 11, 2014 MARTIN CIZMAR

Drank: Piston Pale Ale (Laurelwood Brewing)

It seems like beer styles have been around forever. Actually, though, the first efforts to codify the world’s many stripes of brew only date to the Ford administration, and the style categorie   More
Wednesday, May 14, 2014 MARTIN CIZMAR

Drank: Wild Oregon Logger (Falling Sky Brewing)

The old joke goes that Budweiser is more of a sake than a beer. Like a lot of mass-market lagers, Bud is made with a heavy dose of rice, a cheap source of sugar that lowers production costs whil   More
Wednesday, April 30, 2014 MARTIN CIZMAR

Drank: Barrel-Aged Night Cap (Coalition Brewing)

In dark porters and stouts, coffee typically reads as rich and bitter. But some of the most refreshing flavors in coffee are those bright, fruity notes you get from lighter roasts or cold-presse   More
Wednesday, April 16, 2014 MARTIN CIZMAR


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