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Mite vs. Mite: Controlling Hop Pests Sustainably

Mite vs. Mite: Controlling Hop Pests Sustainably - Oregon Beer Growler

In the Oregon Beer Growler: Bugs protect a key beer ingredient.

Hop growers battle pests every year to bring a healthy hop crop to market, but a Netherlands-based firm believes bugs can be more effective than chemicals in controlling them.

A 2017 trial in Independence, OR, used beneficial arachnids to control two aggressive hop pests. Results are encouraging and could bring more sustainable solutions to Northwest hop farms.

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Claim 52 Brewing stakes out sweet spot

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A hopefully-changing rarity in the guy-dominated craft beer industry, two women are at the helm of this 6-year-old Eugene brewery. Claim 52 has been ahead of the curve on trends such as kölsch and hazy IPA, and now they’re about to open a downtown taproom/restaurant. I was so happy to get to talk beer and business with the owners and their head brewer, especially about the big change they have coming to downtown Eugene this year.

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The heart of Oregon wine country also grows #craftbeer innovation

New article in the Oregon Beer Growler’s February issue

For five years now, I’ve been writing monthly for the Oregon Beer Growler. For both beer fans and for folks in the business, the OBG talks about all things in Oregon’s craft beer industry.

For the new February 2018 issue, I got to talk with the founders of 2 new fascinating breweries in McMinnville, Oregon. This wee place in the heart of Oregon’s Willamette Valley wine country is no unlikely #craftbeer hotspot though. It’s also the home to some snazzy taprooms, and to Heater Allen Brewing, one of my personal fave breweries and one of the few US breweries that exclusively brews craft lagers (email me if you want to know why that’s so impressive).

One brewery, Allegory, has some very cool plans for experimental and aged beers. The other, Evasion, is cranking out some fascinating gluten-free beers that they think of as gluten-free beers for anybody.

The OBG is available online and in print, here’s where to get it:

Oregon Beer Growler




2 events at the heart of Oregon #craftbeer

2 events at the heart of Oregon #craftbeer: New #craftbeer article in the Register-Guard

Image source: NK Beer Photography via The Register-Guard

As you know, writing about the Eugene/Springfield craft beer scene means I get to talk to some of the coolest people in the world, then share their stories with you. (Sometimes I think my cheeky-yet-true tagline should be “People pay me to talk to cool people.”)

This month in the local paper, The Register-Guard, “It’s Fe-brew-ary!” we’re highlighting 2 big area events that are at the heart of #craftbeer in Oregon: the KLCC Brewfest and Zwicklemania. Their own growth shows how craft beer has grown, and how much the industry and the people here do for one another.




How to Start a Brewery: Bplans.com

How to Start a Brewery

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Think you want to start a brewery? There’s so much more to it than just brewing beer. In fact, that’s the most elementary part of what promises to be a wild ride. In this Bplans.com 2-part guide to starting a brewery, I talk with brewers and industry experts on all the other things you have to take care of to start and grow your brewery:

“As of November 2015, there were 4,144 breweries in the U.S.—more than the historic high of 4,131 breweries in 1873, according to the Brewers Association. In such a crowded market, making good beer and opening the doors isn’t enough anymore. But, the good news is, if all these people could start a brewery, then you can too—as long as you know what you’re getting into and have a solid business plan for your brewery.”

Full story: How to Start a Brewery (Parts 1 & 2), Bplans.com




Brewing on the wild side

Brewing on the wild side - a craft beer article by Anthony St. Clair

Image: Kelly Lyon/The Register-Guard

Wild beers are such a, well, wild ride. Here’s a new piece about wild beers in Oregon, in The Register-Guard.

“Think of everything you know about beer: the bitter punch of a Northwest IPA, the light flavor of an American lager, the richness of a dry Irish-style stout.

Now pour it down the drain.”

Full story: Brewing on the wild side – Tastings – The Register-Guard




Craft Beer Article: Collaboration is Key for Homebrewing Couple

 COLLABORATION IS KEY FOR HOMEBREWING COUPLE

Image: AJ McGarry

New in the February 2016 edition of the Oregon Beer Growler:

“Sometimes newlyweds return from their honeymoon and immediately prepare a room for a baby. But for Kiley and Michael Gwynn of Eugene, they returned from their 2008 honeymoon/first anniversary trip to Hawaii with a passion for a new hobby: homebrewing.”

Full story: Collaboration is Key for Homebrewing Couple




November 2015 Craft Beer Articles

AleSong Brewing—new barrel-aging & blending brewery coming soon to Eugene!

Photo by AJ McGarry for Oregon Beer Growler

Thirsty for craft beer news, especially the scene around western Oregon? Here are some of my articles for November 2015:

Lane Monthly Magazine

Filling the Festival Void – Lane Monthly

McKenzie Cider & Craft Beer celebrates its fourth festival! On Nov. 13–14, over 5,000 people will enjoy 190 beers and ciders at the McKenzie Cider & Craft Beer Festival (MCCBF). Presented by the McKenzie After 5 and Springfield Rotary Clubs and held at Springfield’s Willamalane Center, MCCBF showcases regional beers and ciders to the benefit of local community organizations and Rotary Club projects. More…

The Register-Guard

McMenamins still has fresh legs after a million kegs of craft beer – Tastings – The Register-Guard

The influential chain of brewpubs, now 30 years old, serves up distinctively different bestselling beers that endure in an ever-more competitive market. More…

Oregon Beer Growler

Matt Van Wyk, Coombs Brothers Launch AleSong – Oregon Beer Growler (print edition, p. 14)

After six years as brewmaster for Eugene-based Oakshire Brewing, Matt Van Wyk (left) has resigned and joined forces with two brothers, Brian and Doug Coombs, to begin a new venture. AleSong Brewing and Blending will focus on barrel-aged and farmhouse beers, with plans to begin selling product in 2016. More…

OSU Prepares Students for Life “Beyond Football” – Oregon Beer Growler (print edition, p. 12 & 23)

Oregon State University’s Beyond Football program was created in 2013 to help student-athletes identify their interests and skills by connecting them with professionals in a range of industries, including craft beer. More…

In the print edition of the November 2015 Oregon Beer Growler, you’ll find the stories above as well as these:

  • New Head Brewer Named at Oakshire, p. 4
  • Oregon Brewing’s Living Past: The Art of Beer, p. 13
  • Gate Spans Two Breweries and Two Coasts, p. 15



Lane Monthly: McKenzie Cider & Craft Beer Festival is Filling the Festival Void

Raise a glass at the McKenzie Cider and Craft Beer Festival

New article in Lane Monthly Magazine’s November 2015 edition:

On Nov. 13–14, over 5,000 people will enjoy 190 beers and ciders at the McKenzie Cider & Craft Beer Festival (MCCBF). Presented by the McKenzie After 5 and Springfield Rotary Clubs and held at Springfield’s Willamalane Center, MCCBF showcases regional beers and ciders to the benefit of local community organizations and Rotary Club projects…

Source: Lane Monthly | Filling the Festival Void




Willamette Valley-Inspired Beers Made By Walking, Nov. 5, Eugene

Beers Made by Walking - Eugene beers

8 Beers Inspired by the Southern Willamette Valley in Eugene

Beers Made By Walking (BMBW) invites brewers to create place-based beers inspired by plants found on nature walks. The first-ever Eugene-focused BMBW beer tapping event features 8 beers/ciders that were inspired by natural areas in the Eugene/Springfield area. The event takes place on November 5, beginning at 6pm, at the Bier Stein in Eugene.

The hike-inspired beers and cider come directly from a collaboration with the McKenzie River Trust, which sent experts to lead public, summer hikes with brewers on three conservation areas in the southern Willamette Valley. Brewers learned about private land conservation and water resources in the area, in addition to native and invasive plants. The brewers have been challenged to create a beer or cider that represents the trails they walked.

Beer list

Agrarian Ales – Close to Home
Yarrow centric with several other herbs that call the Willamette River floodplain home. Yarrow in the kettle, in the fermenter to inoculate culture, and in the keg. 8 IBU, 5% ABV

Claim 52 Brewing – Conservation Sour
Inspired by a walk through the Berggren Watershed Conservation Area. While enamored with all the property had to give we drew particular interest in the fresh scent of lemon balm, the taste and flavor of mustard seed to the natural habits plethora of pollinating plants. Which in the end drew us to concoct Conservation Sour incorporating lemon balm, mustard seed, honey, and hops. 5 IBU, 5.3% ABV

Elk Horn Brewery – Twisted Wood Belgian Saison
Orange colored Belgian Saison brewed with invasive fennel. 35 IBU, 7% ABV

Falling Sky Brewing
Official Melissa Lemon Balm Pale Ale. 40 IBU, 6.1% ABV

Oakshire Brewing – Down by The River
Brett fermented farmhouse ale with Chamomile and Lemon Balm. 29 IBU, 5% ABV

Plank Town Brewing – Foggy Scotsman Porter with Chocolate & Rosemary
Scottish-style porter with complex malty aromas of dark chocolate, honey, ripe figs, coffee and a hint of smokiness, with an extra chocolate backbone that dances lovely with rosemary. 25 IBU, 5.2%

Viking Braggot Co. – Panacea
Belgian Dubbel style braggot made with additions of elderberry, elder flower, blackberry honey and bee pollen. 25 IBU, 7.5% ABV

Wildcraft Cider Works – Confluence Stingo
A collaborative project with the Hagen family of Confluence Farms. Every ingredient used in its making was harvested from the property, by the family. Whole fermented Blueberries pressed and blended with a knapp weed and pennyroyal wine added to a neutral oak barrel for a secondary fermentation with a juice pressed of Gravenstein and Macintosh apples. 6.7% ABV

Each brewery is donating their unique beer and cider for this event. The proceeds will support the McKenzie River Trust’s work to help people protect and care for the lands and rivers they cherish in western Oregon.

The Bier Stein is located at 1591 Willamette St, Eugene, OR 97401.




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