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With the holidays approaching, it’s that time of year where you have to figure out what the heck to buy for your family and friends for the holidays. If you’re like me, you probably wait until a few days before Christmas to start your shopping and get angry at the herds of people making every store line feel like you’re at the DMV. We’ve released a few holiday lists in the past for beer lovers…

Every craft beer drinker needs a solid beer fridge or two. Especially when you have a spouse who keeps reminding you your beer is taking up too much room in the kitchen refrigerator. A few years back I lost my beer fridge when we sold our house and the people that bought it included my beloved fridge into their house offer and we had to accept. Luckily, the amazing people at New Air sent me…

Over the past few years I’ve racked up quite a collection of beer related t-shirts. From breweries I’ve been to, general craft beer shirts and random swag I’ve been given, my closet is a good indication of my love for all things beer related. One thing I’ve noticed when going to beer festivals is that there are tons of other people out there like me who love to rock shirts dedicated to the greatest beverage…

What’s better than a delivery from FedEx that contains beer? That’s right, a delivery from FedEx that contains amazing beer. Our friends at InsideTheCeller.com have added the complete year-round lineup from Modern Times Beer out of San Diego to their website. For those outside of Southern California, you may have not yet heard of the greatness that is Modern Times Beer. I’m sure however you soon will grow to love these guys. Their first beer…

Just when I thought I’d seen someone create a bottle opener on everything imaginable, the guys at B.O.B created what might just be the most unique opener I’ve seen to date. B.O.B stands for Bottle Opener Board. If you’re like me, your first thoughts might be that it just sounds crazy to combine a bottle opener and a cutting board. Then the guys who designed the board sent me out one and I can honestly…

As a homebrewer I’ve often been bored with the boring old tap handles that are available. Don’t get me wrong, there are some pretty cool options out there, just none that excite my creative side. If you have more than one tap, you have a couple of options. You can put a piece of tape on the handle or possibly get one with a chalkboard on it, but to me my handwriting sucks so it…

It doesn’t get much better than drinking fresh beer on draft in the comfort of your own home. Something about draft beer makes it just taste better in my opinion. For a true beer fan, having your own kegerator is a must, especially if you’re a homebrewer. Over the past few years, I’ve had my beer fridge in my garage that has room for 2 corny kegs (I could probably fit a few more) that…

As the Olympics are in full swing, every day a new story develops. Whether it’s about the problems at the hotels in Sochi or Bob Costas pink eyes, the media is loving the stories that are coming out of the Olympic games. Out of all the stories so far, my favorite is what Molson is doing for their fellow Canadians. Apparently in the official Canada House in the Olympic Village, a beer fridge sits that…

As I’m writing this review, a magical dusting of snow is falling around the Portland area while a gentle wind is causing us northwesterners to zip our North Face jackets up tight. Like usual when anything other than rain falls from the sky, the city and surrounding areas go crazy. Schools shut down just at the word snow, cars wreck for no other reason than a few rogue flakes falling from the sky, and everyone…

A few weeks back I wrote a post called The Top 5 Beers in the World that seemed to strike a chord with many readers. One of the big takeaways is that I’ve never been a huge fan of definitive lists. However I do enjoy a good list that helps me discover new things, especially if that “thing” is beer. Often times I see beer suggestions online and I think “cool, but I can’t find…

Although I’m not an ice fisherman, I’ve spent many hours floating on the river trying to catch a prized salmon or sturgeon. There have been many times I’ve been sitting on the boat, wishing I had a some more beer. Apparently ice fisherman get that same feeling. They spend all day cooped up in their fish houses and then the inevitable happens, they run out of beer. In an effort to solve the problem, Wisconsin…

There’s nothing like kicking back with a refreshing cold pint of jelly beans on a cold winters day. Wait, what? That’s right, Jelly Belly, the leader of random flavored jelly beans, has stepped up their game by introducing draft beer flavored jelly beans. Through a tedious development process they were able to pull out flavors of malt, hops and even yeast to create a treat that beer fans can indulge on anytime they want. The…

Everywhere you look on the internet, you’ll notice that people absolutely love lists. We are being bombarded with “top 10 of this” and “7 best of that”, and yet they are so dang addicting you want to click to see if you agree. It’s no different in the beer world where you will see lists such as “15 Best IPAs” and “The Worlds 7 Greatest Stouts”. I have nothing against these types of posts at…

It’s no secret that our cell phones have taken over the world. Go to just about any public place and you’ll see people texting away, checking their Facebook, and who knows what else. No place is sacred anymore. From beer bars to churches, people are always checking their cell phones. I’ll admit that I have become one of those people, although I’m actively working on weaning off my constant phone addiction. One thing that’s true…

As I’m writing the final blog post of 2013, I’ve been thinking about the past year while expectantly joyful for what the new year has to offer. Many tasty beers were consumed this year and many more are waiting for me in 2014. While I’m not what you’d consider a partier, I know a lot of people look to New Years Eve as a time they can celebrate both the end of a year and…

This week, the website Mental Floss created a video at the Sun King Brewery in Indianapolis that shows host john Green talking extremely fast. He gives 26 facts about beer, a few of which were new to me (check out #26, Dark Horse Brewing has turned me into a fan just because of what they did to Nickleback. Awesome.). Enjoy the video!

It seems like just about every other day I hear about some new bottle opener out there on the market. While I love the ingenuity, how many bottle openers does one person need? However, sometimes one comes along that gets me excited. One of those is Kebo, the one-handed bottle opener made by RUSH3 Product Design Studio, which I included in this years Beer Lovers Gift Guide. I first learned about the Kebo earlier in…

The craft beer industry is an interesting place. It’s packed with mostly awesome people making, writing about, talking about and drinking some incredibly crafted beers. However from time to time I’ve noticed that we can get too serious about beer. At the end of the day it’s just beer. I’ve seen many arguments and discussions over styles and a host of other issues people disagree on. While it’s always a good idea to keep on…

IPAIn the craft beer world, one style reigns supreme as the true king of beers – the IPA. For years the love affair Americans have had with the style has caused most craft brewers to brew some type of IPA to please their customer base, especially in the northwest.

The broad spectrum of beers in this style has been increasing over the years giving consumers options that haven’t always existed. From traditional English style IPAs to East and West Coast American styles, imperial/double IPAs, Belgian IPAs, and a wide range of everything in between, you can’t hardly go any where without seeing one on draft.

Oregon Brewers Festival 2013With August upon us it means that the Oregon Brewers Festival has come to an end. If you made it to the festival, chances are you most likely had a good time (unless you happened to come Saturday evening when the lines were crazy long) and drank some outstanding beers.

For me, I was at my booth most of the time during all 5 days promoting my Beer Lover’s Oregon book and talking to a ton of people about craft beer in the state.

Needless to say I met a lot of amazing people. I’ve said it before, but craft beer fans and industry folk are some of the friendliest and most down to earth people I’ve met and hung out with. The fantastic people I talked to made being there 5 days in a row an absolute blast (drinking beer helped as well).

Wednesday July 24, 2013 marks the start of the 26th Oregon Brewers Festival hosted at Portland’s Waterfront Park. For those that have attended the states largest beer festival in the past, you might notice that this is the first year the event starts on a Wednesday. As the festival has grown with over 80,000 attendees the past few years, the organizers have decided to add an additional day to give ample time for everyone to…

Redhook Brewery announced today that Game Changer Ale, a beer brewed with wings and sports fans in mind, will be available across the United States beginning July 15. Game Changer will also be available at over 925 Buffalo Wild Wings™ restaurants. “Wings and sports go hand-in-hand, and we know there is demand for a good, flavorful draught beer to complement the two, Redhook Game Changer was created for that purpose. It’s an approachable craft beer that’s…

Over the years my love for beer has grown quite profoundly. I’m one of those guys who loves reading and talking about beer almost as much as I love drinking it. However the more I learn about beer and talk to people about it, I’ve noticed a lot of people often tend to believe myths about beer such as the colder the beer, the better it is (thanks for that nugget of misinformation Coors). The…

Today’s a pretty exciting day for me. Last summer I started working on a project writing a book that is a complete guide to the breweries and brewpubs in the wonderful state of Oregon. Today it was officially released and I was able to spot it at my local Barnes & Noble. The book, titled Beer Lover’s Oregon, is part of a series published by Globe Pequot Press. I also just finished writing the Washington…

Today the Brewers Association released the top 50 U.S. Craft Breweries list of 2012 based on sales volume as well as the overall top 50 list in the country (macro brewers included). What’s cool to see is that craft beer is making a bigger and bigger dent in the overall U.S. beer market. This means more and more people are being turned onto drinking beer from smaller and independent companies. While their list ranks them by size,…

If you follow me at all on Twitter, you may have heard me talk about a new book that I wrote on Oregon beer, simply called Beer Lover’s Oregon. Well the time has finally come where it’s starting to hit store shelves and available to order online. Finally! I started working on it last May and most of the content was submitted to my publisher by September. It takes a while for editing, layout, and…

Stone Brewing has been crafting up quite the array of collaboration beers with breweries from all over the country. From Dogfish Head and Victory, to Elysian and Ninkasi here in the northwest. Their latest collaboration is one of the most unique and interesting they have put out, a coffee IPA that is offered in 22oz bottles and on draft for a limited time. The recipe comes from 3 friends Jim Moorehouse, Nate Albrecht and Brad Zeller, who…

This weeks T-Shirt Tuesday is another shirt that I received from the great people at Craft Brewed Clothing Co. One of the cool things about getting shirts from Craft Brewed Clothing Co. is that you get shirts from all over the US. They don’t just stick with large breweries, so you get to experience multiple breweries you may not even know existed. That is exactly what this months shirt was for me. It comes from Hawcreek Brewing Co.…

Last week I started a new segment on the blog called T-Shirt Tuesday to showcase craft beer related t-shirts I’ve received from multiple companies. This week I’ll keep it short and sweet as this t-shirt sells itself. The shirt comes from a company called Fermented Tees. They offer a small selection of homebrewing and craft beer t-shirts along with a handful of bottle openers. They just recently opened and so far their products look pretty promising. I’m…

This is the first of a new segment on the blog called T-Shirt Tuesday. Over the course of the past few months I’ve received multiple t-shirts from different companies related to craft beer and I though it would be fun to take a moment each week to highlight a new shirt every week along with the company it represents. The first shirt in this series was sent to me by the people at Craft Brewed Clothing Co.…

I don’t talk a lot about homebrewing on the blog all that much, but it’s a hobby I’m passionate about and plan on focusing on a little more at Blog About Beer. If you’re not a homebrewer but enjoy beer, I’d definitely recommend that you look into getting started brewing. Not only can you save money and brew beer a lot cheaper than buying it, you get to create whatever you want. Getting started can…

Eugene, Oregon based Ninkasi Brewing Company just announced a new addition to their year round lineup of beers. Expected to hit stores in 22oz. bottles any day, Vanilla Oatis Oatmeal Stout should be found just about everywhere Ninkasi’s current distribution reaches. “Aged on whole natural vanilla beans, Vanilla Oatis is a unique and delicious take on our traditional Oatmeal Stout,” sai Nikos Ridge, Ninkasi Brewing Company co-founder. To make Vanilla Oatis, they basically dry-hop the beer in…

The Alaskan Brewing Company is now operating with a new fuel source: beer. More specifically, they are using the wet grain known as “spent grain,”  left over from the brewing process, as the sole fuel source for their steam boiler. Alaskan is the first craft brewery in the world to use this brewing by-product in this way, reducing the company’s fuel oil consumption in brewhouse operations by 60-70 percent. “We have the unique honor of brewing craft beer…

With Christmas just a few days away, it might be too late to order much online for the beer lover in your life. However, don’t fret! First, maybe you looked at posts from previous years for a few gift ideas. If not, here you go: The Top 10 Gifts for Any Beer Lover This Holiday Season 5 Beer Gift Ideas Under $25 5 Beer Gift Ideas Between $25-$75 5 Beer Gift Ideas Over $75 Next…

Ft. Collins, CO, October 17, 2012 – Steeped in tradition, New Belgium Brewing’s annual Frambozen release is aptly named after the Flemish word for raspberries. Now available in most New Belgium markets, the festive beer has become synonymous with holiday celebrations. New Belgium’s annual tradition of sending delegates to the Pacific Northwest continued this year, with the team hand selecting freshly picked raspberries for the brewing process. The resulting beer, Frambozen, dances with fresh tart…

It’s another great day for a beer review. Today I’m checking out another beer I received from The Original Craft Beer Club in the mail. If you’re curious about beer of the month clubs, check out my new beer of the month club reviews page. I’m going to be signing up to multiple clubs and seeing what each has to offer. Today’s beer comes from Thirsty Dog Brewing Company out of Akron, Ohio. This is my first…

It’s been awhile since I’ve posted up a beer review on Blog About Beer. I’ve been so busy writing my book on Oregon beers that I haven’t had much time to drink anything else. The book is done (although it won’t be available until March 2013) so I’m back in the saddle. Over the past few months I’ve been lucky enough to get beer each month from The Original Craft Beer Club. Each month they…

October 2, 2012 – Bend, Oregon – Born in a mountain resort town, Deschutes Brewery knows what it’s like to be endlessly in pursuit of untouched perfection – chasing pristine powder slopes on mountain flanks. In similar fashion, Deschutes Brewery chased the perfect hops for this new beer – growing heirloom Cascade hops from the original plant strain at Willamette Valley’s Goschie Farms. Chasin’ Freshies, which was first brewed at its Bend Brew Pub, is…

October 1, 2012 – Bend Oregon – Deschutes Brewery swept from Oregon to the world stage as its Red Chair Northwest Pale Ale took the title of “World’s Best Beer,” again! Along with this top honor, this spring seasonal also swept three sub-categories winning World’s Best Pale, World’s Best Pale Ale, and The Americas Best Pale Ale. Cam O’Connor, brewmaster for Deschutes Brewery, said, “Our brewing team always strives to produce high quality, consistent beers…

CHICAGO (Oct. 1, 2012) – Henry Weinhard spent considerable time and effort exploring the Pacific Northwest and searching for the perfect location for his brewery. More than 150 years later, beer drinkers across the country have the chance to explore the taste of the Pacific Northwest. This month, Henry Weinhard’s is launching three beers nationally: Private Reserve, Redwood Flats Amber Ale and Woodland Pass IPA. The affordable, uncomplicated craft beers pair well with easy-going foods,…

Wow, it’s been awhile since I’ve written a new post on here and figured it was time to dust off the keyboard and give you an update on why I’ve been slacking. First off, I’m sure you’ve noticed a few posts coming in from my cousin Ryan on the site. All I can say is wow, he has a great gift for writing. I’m lucky to have him contributing to this site and I’m sure…

We’ve all been there. You’re about to crack open a beer and can’t find an opener. If you’re like most beer fans, you probably have a ton of bottle openers with you at all times, but once in a blue moon you are left figuring out a creative way to pop the cap. Maybe you’re out camping, riding dirt bikes, chopping things down with machetes, or heck, eating a piece of pizza (watch the video…

I have to admit I’ve had this fear someday I might have to switch to a gluten-free diet. While for the most part I try to cut out a lot of gluten with my food choices, I couldn’t imagine living in a world where I couldn’t partake in my favorite drink. I’ve talked to many people that for one reason or another have had to cut out gluten from their diets. If they were fans…

From time to time I get sent products in the mail from companies starting out with beer related products. Some make little sense while others I’d actually buy. Recently I was sent a gift pack from Swag Brewery, a company that makes no beer, but instead makes some pretty cool beer related gifts, apparel and swag. I’ll admit that a lot of beer related t-shirts are plain cheesy and poorly created, or they focus on…

Oh the joys of mid-April. The stress of taxes have left many people reaching for a beer (ok, maybe something a little harder depending on your situation) to help take the edge off. Luckily for my wife and I we didn’t have to pay as much as we were expecting which is definitely a reason to celebrate with none other than beer. Since she is pregnant with our second daughter, it ended up being just…

I’ve been slowly crossing beers off my 50 beers from 50 states list, and am finally able to cross the state of Indiana off my list. While Indiana has some great breweries, I’ve had a tough time getting my hands on them…. until now. Sun King Brewing, based out of Indianapolis, sent me some samples of their Wee Mac Brown, Osiris Pale Ale, Sunlight Creme Ale, and Isis double IPA (which I chose to review…

If you’re like most self proclaimed beer nuts out there, I’m sure you own a whole plethora of bottle openers. Over the years I’ve collected (and broken) many bottle openers in all shapes and sizes. Still, the Corona opener I got on my honeymoon in 2004 still reigned supreme in my cap popping activities. Not that I’m a fan of Corona (far from it), but I just liked that opener. It worked well for many…

What’s so great about 16-ounce cans? Simple, 4 more ounces of beer than your average 12-ounce can or bottle. While multiple breweries have 16-ounce cans (a pint), the 12-ouncers still remain king of beer containers in the US. New Belgium Brewing out of Ft. Collins, CO is looking at changing things up with its newest year-round beer offering, Shift Pale Lager. Shift will enter the market starting April 2nd, and you guessed it, they are only…