Sunday, January 31, 2010
Here's the link from The Oregonian's John Foyston.
According to Ratebeer.com's press release, the list was based on more than 2 million reviews. Imperial Stouts dominate the list, taking 18 of the top 20 spots.
Portland's Hair of the Dog Brewery placed four beers on the top 100. The only other Northwest brewery to make the list was Alaska's Midnight Sun Brewing Company.
Thursday, January 28, 2010
Beer at the barber shop isn’t a revolutionary idea. Multiple barbers in Bend offer a complimentary tasty beverage with a hair cut. But bless the boys downtown at the Bond Street Barber Shop, they’ve brought in pony kegs to give you a nice Central Oregon microbrew on tap.
For $17, you get a haircut and a glass of 10 Barrel Brewing. (As of Wednesday, Jan. 27, Bond Street was serving up 10 Barrel’s Apocalypse IPA, Pray For Snow Strong Ale and the company’s Summer Seasonal.)
Correct me if I’m wrong, but I believe the Metropolitan Barber Shop gives you a can of PBR and Element 909 Aveda Men salon offers bottles of Cascade Lakes Brewing, both of which are also downtown. Also, Jay T’s Parlor for Men in the Old Mill has fridge full of micros . Not bad options, but it certainly isn’t the same as a drink fresh off the tap.
Let’s hope the keg in the barber shop is a trend that keeps growing here in Bend.
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
The Bend Beer Blog's better third is living the good life in Hawaii this week and found some Central Oregon brew in one of the local grocery stores.
Good to know the islands are well stocked.
Sunday, January 24, 2010
Saturday, January 23, 2010
I had the Outback X at BBC tonight. I wasn't sure if the "X" stood for "eXperimental", "eXtreme" or the number ten, so I asked and the guy who said, "It's just an X." It's served in a tiny snifter and has a sweet malt tone. A nice beer to compliment the heavy pub food and without so many hops that your tongue is left burning till bedtime. BBC doesn't change their beers that often so trying their seasonals is always a good choice.
Friday, January 22, 2010
Here's a rundown of what the local establishments have on nitro today:
- Bend Brewing Company: Vanilla Porter
- Deschutes Brewing: Obisidian Stout and Theo's Super Seven Nitro Sessions Chocolate Stout
- McMenamins: Old English Ale? (I'm not sure about the name but I've had it several times over the past week. One of their better seasonals.)
Thursday, January 21, 2010
Then go out and get a fresh pint from one of our many fine local purveyors.
see a Beer Advocate review and picture
I'm not sure if it's the best-kept secret in Bend or not, but free 4 oz. beer samples are available at Deschutes' brewing facility on SW Simpson. I'll be honest, whenever I have to buy a birthday or wedding present for someone, I swing by the gift shop there and have a few beer samples before buying my gift.
It's the greatest shopping experience ever.
In addition to all of Deschutes' classic beers, the brewing facility also has a handful of seasonals on tap. When I was there on Thursday, Jan. 21, they had Hop Henge and The Abyss.
As of Jan. 21, here's what is on tap at the Deschutes Brewery brewing facility:
- The Abyss
- Hop Henge IPA
- Cinder Cone Red
- Obsidian Stout
- Black Butte Porter
- Inversion IPA
- Green Lakes Organic Ale
- Mirror Pond Pale Ale
You can read more about it at Deschutes' Web site here.
Its a tremendous beer. I would stop short of saying I enjoy it more than Hop Henge or Hop Trip, but it's definitely a solid offering. And if you need a change of pace from the regular rotation you find in stores, you should give it a try.
Gah, I just read that, and it really sounded like I was a shill for Deschutes. I promise that's not the case.
And, I just created an e-mail address for the site. Itfirstname.lastname@example.org. If you're a brewery, a beer fan, a Bendite, a sasquatch, etc., and you want to get in touch with us, or send some info our way, e-mail away.
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
Our apologies if there is a blog already. If there is, we've never heard of it. And, if there is, I think there's room enough for more than one, considering there's a lot of beer to cover.
Anyway, we started this on a lark. We think it could be a great resource for what's on tap and what's going on at the local breweries and brewpubs, and a great opportunity for us to drink (more) great local beer.
So, cheers. Let's hope we're not too lazy to actually post on this blog!