Part of what I love about living in Eugene, Oregon, is the number of dedicated folks who make amazing and tasty things. For the late-summer edition of Tastings, from local newspaper The Register-Guard, I got to visit a local honey producer, delve into the world of craft sodas that craft breweries make, and cool off with the ins and outs of chilled soups (and why you don’t call them cold).
Honey: The Queen’s Bounty honeys are pure Oregon gold
Soup: Slurp soup to beat heat?
Soda: Eugene brewers add fizz-ness to their business
In the heart of world-renown Willamette Valley wine country, two new breweries are doing some fascinating work with beer. Including one of the few breweries dedicated solely to brewing gluten-free beers.
Evasion Brewing is focused on creating gluten-free beers that anyone can enjoy. Allegory Brewing is producing ales and lagers based on experimentation and adjuncts, with a focus on unique, limited-release beers instead of flagships.
Full story in the Oregon Beer Growler
I’ve been following Manifest through all its ups and downs over the years, from its original incarnation, to two tumultuous moves to, finally, landing in a sweet space in downtown Eugene.
The beers are excellent, and the location is awesome. I’m hoping it’s a sign of good things ahead not just for Manifest, but downtown Eugene overall. This was such a fun article to work on, and I hope you like it too.
One thing I love about living in Eugene is that you are about an hour from the Cascade Mountains to the east, and an hour from the Pacific Ocean to the west. Florence, OR, is a nice spot for a weekend getaway to the coast, and I had a lot of fun breaking down some things to do and see while there for the Spring 2018 issue of Eugene Magazine.
The May issue of the Oregon Beer Growler is out! The full issue is available in print and digital, and you can also find many articles online.
For my story in this issue, a Eugene brewery has had lots of twists and turns, but now seems to have found a good location for their excellent beer: Third Time’s the Charm for Manifest Beer.
This story is really fascinating: North of Eugene, Oregon’s capitol of Salem has a new brewery that’s inspired by Central America. I’m looking forward to learning more about Xicha Brewing (that’s “chee-chah”): Easy-to-Like Latin Flavors, Hard to Pronounce.
Check out the 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.
Eugene Magazine is a lifestyle quarterly that I have written for regularly for a few years now. The Spring 2018 issue just came out, and I have an articles in there on traveling to Florence, a nearby city on the beautiful Oregon Coast.
Check out the spring issue
Image: The Register-Guard
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.
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
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.