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April Eugene Craft Beer Stories & Eugene Beer Week 2015

For fellow fans of the latest and greatest in the Willamette Valley’s craft beer scene, the April edition of the Oregon Beer Growler has some great stories in it. There are also 2 pieces of my own:

  • “Beer Is Love” Donates More Than 120,000 Pints to West Coast Causes, p. 13
  • Crowdfunding Drives New Growth for Springfield Startup, p. 18–19

You can read the OBG online, or find it in print in various locations.

In other news, the dates for Eugene Beer Week 2015 have been announced: June 1–7. More details and this year’s events coming soon to Eugene Beer

Lots more to come over the next few months. The beer scene here just keeps heating up!

News from the Universe: Book Giveaway, Craft Beer & More

Throughout May I’ve been really focused on finalizing the manuscript for Forever the Road (more on that Saturday, May 31—I’ve got a big announcement). This month I’ve hardly blogged and might as well have been a ghost on social media. I also had a few days where my wife was out of town, so it was just me and the toddler kicking it bachelor style.

Now the end of May is here, and so much is about to begin. Before we get to all that, and before Saturday’s big announcement, first I wanted to catch you up on some little things, including a new Goodreads giveaway, a new author interview, craft beer articles, and more.

Happy Birthday to The Martini of Destiny

The Martini of Destiny turns one year old in June! Here are a few things happening with the first Rucksack Universe book…

Add to GoodreadsBirthday Goodreads Giveaway

To celebrate Martini’s first birthday, starting June 1 you can enter to win one of 5 signed and numbered copies at Goodreads:

Goodreads Book Giveaway

The Martini of Destiny by Anthony St. Clair

The Martini of Destiny

by Anthony St. Clair

Giveaway ends July 01, 2014.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

Enter to win

Buy now from Books-A-MillionNow at Books-a-Million

Books-a-Million fans, you can now order the paperback edition at BAM stores. (It probably won’t be on the shelf, but if it is, please send me a photo!)

★★★★ Sweet New Amazon Review

Author Joyce Allen recently left this 4-star review:

In The Martini of Destiny Anthony St. Clair dips into the rich well of myth, adds a splash from the black bottle, and serves up a tale that has destined me to drink it down in nearly a single gulp and to look forward with delight to the next in this series. I suspect I’ll meet up with some of these characters again, and I hope I do. But if I ever find myself in a bar where the bartender is named Jake or Jade, I’m sticking with the Coffee of Perception!

Yeah, that made my day. Actually, that pretty much made my week.

Joyce Allen is the author of The Threads of Earth, Those Who Hold the Threads, and Hannah’s House. Learn more about Joyce and her books at And thank you, Joyce!

The Martini of Destiny is available in e-book and paperback at Amazon and other stores worldwide.

The Creative PennOne of The Creative Penn’s Most-Shared Blog Posts of 2014

Joanna Penn’s The Creative Penn is one of the top websites for authors improving how they write, publish, and market their books. I’ve been a fan of Joanna’s blog and podcast for years. Joanna recently announced she would no longer take guest posts on her blog, but a guest post from me is one of the last ones appearing on the site.

My post, No More Excuses About Writing. Fire The Muse And Go To Work, came out on Apr. 11, 2014. It is one of The Creative Penn’s most-shared posts for 2014.

The post talks about how the notion of muses and inspiration need to be sacked, and that authors have far more success when we accept that writing is a job we get up and do, no matter what.

No More Excuses About Writing. Fire The Muse And Go To Work – The Creative Penn »

Smashwords Author InterviewNew Smashwords Author Interview

E-book editions of both The Martini of Destiny and Home Sweet Road are available at Smashwords. And, there’s a new author interview with me at Smashwords too.

I write like I travel. I’ve been to about 10 countries, and while I always have some ideas of where I’m going and what I want to see, I also leave myself open to changing course depending on the actual day and route. For me, writing is the same. I need a plan for my stories, and I outline the action, emotions and theme not just for the story, but for every single scene. At the same time, I follow the story where it takes me. The planning helps me surrender to the path.

Check out the interview, and let me know in the comments if there are other questions you’d like to see answered.

Last But Not Least, New Craft Beer Articles

Oregon Beer Growler, May 2014

Fans of Oregon beer and the Oregon Beer Growler, check out these articles in the online or print editions of the May 2014 issue:

  • Celebrations: Eugene Beer Week, Sasquatch Brewfest June 2-8, p. 7
  • Women in Beer: Change is Here and It’s Gaining Momentum, p. 8
  • Women in Beer: Marketers Still Have Much to Learn, p. 8
  • Cask Ales Get Real, p. 18

Eugene craft beer fans, be sure to check out the Register-Guard’s May 2014 print or online edition of Tastings. Local beer’s time to shine is a preview of Eugene Beer Week 2014 and the 2014 Sasquatch Brew Fest.

And that’s the news from the Rucksack Universe, where the beer is always fresh, all the locals are friendly, and the food never makes you sick.

See you Saturday, May 31, for the big announcement!

New Creative Penn Guest Post: Fire the Muse and Go to Work

Flickr Creative Commons hard hat area by Jason EppinkThe Creative Penn is a long-running blog, podcast, and resource for authors trying to improve their chops for writing, marketing, publishing, and entrepreneurship. I’ve relied on Joanna Penn’s site for years, including as I planned to leave my job in 2011 to become a full-time writer.

After all the things I’ve learned from The Creative Penn, I wanted to give back to Joanna’s community. She recently gave me the green light to send along a guest post about writing.

The post just went up this morning, and here’s a snippet:

No More Excuses About Writing. Fire The Muse And Go To Work »

“So, you what, sit down and wait for the muse?”

My father-in-law’s question made sense. A master electrician and project manager, he heads up the installation of massive industrial electrical systems. But when he asked me about how I write and work, something clicked.

“No,” I replied. “When you get down to it, my job actually has a lot more in common with yours.”

Go to the full post (see you in the comments!) »

Image: Flickr Creative Commons hard hat area by Jason Eppink

Pulling No Pairing Punches: New Craft Beer Cookbook Article

Craft Beer Cookbook article

Photo: The Register-Guard

Craft beer and good home cooking, eh? That’s right. My latest article in the Register-Guard’s Tastings section is all about craft beer as both an ingredient and an accompaniment to any good meal:

The multi-course menu has been planned and cooked to perfection, the table arranged just so. Yet the stage for this perfect dinner is different: The beverage of choice is not wine, but beer.

Full story: Pulling no pairing punches – Tastings – The Register-Guard

Eugene Craft Beer Roundup: Civil War, Beer Fest, Stout Day

Nov. 7, 2013, Eugene Craft Beer Roundup

Civil War: Choose Sides, But Drink Oregon Beer

Oregon Beer Growler, Civil Beers, November 2013

War is coming.

Eugene’s UO Ducks and the Corvallis OSU Beavers soon come to battle, but you won’t just find the action on the football field. You’ll find it in your beer glass too.

Get the lowdown in the dual cover stories for the November 2013 Oregon Beer Growler, “Nov. 29, Everyone’s a Duck or a Beaver.” My stories, “Competitive Collaboration is Part of Beer’s Very Civil War” and “The Ducks in the Beer” are on pages 13 and 23, respectively.

Check it all out in the November 2013 Oregon Beer Growler »

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Now Through Nov. 9: Tap & Growler Beer Fest

The Tap & Growler celebrates GABF-winning beers Nov. 3-Nov. 9. Photo: Anthony St. Clair

The Tap & Growler celebrates GABF-winning beers Nov. 3-Nov. 9. Photo: Anthony St. Clair

Eugene’s newest growler station and taproom kicked off their Great Tap & Growler Beer Festival on Nov. 3. The celebration wraps up Sat., Nov. 9, but between now and then there’s still plenty of craft beer goodness afoot. This inaugural event celebrates winners of the 2013 Great American Beer Festival. Winning 2013 beers as well as medal beers from prior years will be on tap throughout the week.

In total, 19 GABF medal-winning beers from Oregon, Washington, California, and Colorado will be poured. “This will be a first-come-first-serve basis, but we’ll try to keep them on throughout the week if possible,” said Patric Campbell, co-owner of The Tap & Growler.

The Tap & Growler will release beers from one or two breweries each day throughout the week. They will also have special events and one private tasting throughout the week. “We’re offering a punch card for twenty eight-ounce pours and a free thirty-two-ounce growler to take home your favorite beer of the day,” said general manager Toby Harris. “This will give people the chance to sample all of the award winners throughout the week and keep track, plus offer some savings if they choose to purchase the punch card.”

Thurs., Nov. 7: California Day

  • Firestone Walker’s Wookie Jack (Gold medal – American-Style Black Ale)
  • Firestone Walker’s Pivo Hoppy Pils (Gold medal – German-Style Pilsener)
  • Firestone Walker’s Union Jack (Silver medal – American-Style IPA)
  • Moylan’s Dragoon’s Dry Irish Stout (Bronze medal – Classic Dry Irish Stout)
  • Mad River’s Steelhead Extra Pale Ale (Silver medal – Golden or Blonde Ale)
  • Sierra Nevada’s (non oak aged) Narwhal oak aged Narwhal won this year (2012 Silver medal – Imperial Stout)

Fri., Nov. 8: Eastern Oregon & Baker City Day

  • Barley Brown’s Shredder’s Wheat (Gold medal – American Style Wheat Beer)
  • Barley Brown’s Hand Truck (Gold medal – International-Style Pale Ale)
  • Barley Brown’s Pallet Jack IPA (Gold medal- American-Style IPA)

Sat., Nov. 9: Snowy Mountain Peak Day! Colorado & Bend, Oregon Craft Beers

  • Bend Brewing’s Ching Ching (Gold medal – American-Style Sour Ale)
  • 10 Barrel’s German Sparkle Party – limited (Gold medal – German-Style Sour Ale)
  • Great Divide’s Chocolate Oak Aged Yeti Imp. Stout (Gold medal Chocolate Beer)

The Tap & Growler is located at 5th and Pearl in downtown Eugene, near Cornucopia, Steelhead and the 5th Street Public Market. For more info on the Great Tap & Growler Beer Festival, visit,, or

Nov. 8 Is International Stout Day

Nov. 8, 2013 is International Stout Day!

Nov. 8, 2013 is International Stout Day!

Tomorrow, Nov. 8, 2013, join stout lovers from all over the world to celebrate International Stout Day!

Stout Day celebrates all beers stout and dark and feckin lovely. I’ll be celebrating by checking a batch of homebrew (a Guinness clone in fermentation), and picking up a few stouts from some of my fave local beer halls.

How will you celebrate Stout Day?

September Newsletter: Travel Fiction Novel, Espresso Stout, Google+ and More

September 2013 Anthony St. Clair Newsletter

September 2013 Anthony St. Clair Newsletter

Travel Fiction, Craft Beer & Social Media

All this info and more is available in the Anthony St. Clair September 2013 Newsletter »

The Art of Fresh Pasta

I’ve got a new story in the latest issue of Tastings, from The Register-Guard. Awesome photos too from Collin Andrew!

“For more than 30 years, the owners of Eugene-based Pasta Plus have created from-scratch pasta and pesto for restaurants and home cooks from Ashland to Portland.”

Full Story: The art of fresh pasta – Register-Guard, Tastings »

Top 25 Out of 2,500

Photo - Starry night over Mount Everest - Matt Wier -

After 2,500 blog posts since 2004, it made sense to showcase some of the favorite and most popular posts on the site. Here’s the Top 25:

  1. Priorities
  2. The Tokyo Toddler – An Oregon Family Travels Japan
  3. A reason to do – Day 8 of 30 Days of Indie Travel – Love Learning
  4. Joy, in spite of everything
  5. Homemade champagne vinegar
  6. Prepare for wet hop homebrew
  7. Moon rising over Mt. Everest – Day 10 of 30 Days of Indie Travel
  8. How haggis, if no sheep stomach?
  9. Falling Sky opens. Is it Eugene’s best brewpub?
  10. My Writing Tools: Unruled 3.5″x5.5″ Moleskine Hardcover Notebook
  11. The winner – Beer Cheese Dip
  12. Homebrew: Majic Fresh-Hop Apricot Pale Ale 2011
  13. The Gardens of Noborito
  14. Dad, Let’s Help Tokyo Wake Up
  15. Still a traveler, still a writer
  16. Skipping the stress flight – Day 16 of 30 Days of Indie Travel – Baggage
  17. Happy New Beer
  18. A pot of good luck: New Year Posole
  19. The long delay and the uphill walk – Day 22 of 30 Days of Indie Travel – Transit
  20. Homebrew: Ignore the instructions
  21. It takes purple pop to paint a patio purple
  22. Hot damn, or, 227 note cards
  23. Homebrew: Jet Scharzweiss Ale
  24. I have no idea
  25. Expect to be disappointed – Day 25 of 30 Days of Indie Travel – Family

Not seeing your favorite here? What do you want to see more of during the next 2,500 posts?

Photo – Starry night over Mount Everest – Matt Wier

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Mid-Valley Chapter, Willamette Writers

Mid-Valley-Willamette-WritersAs Oregon’s largest organization for writers and authors, Willamette Writers maintains local chapters throughout the state. In 2011 I joined the Eugene-based Mid-Valley Chapter, where I started a WordPress-based chapter website and eventually took over management of the chapter from a long-time chair who had decided to step down. I served as co-chair until September 2014.

As co-chair of Oregon’s second-largest Willamette Writers chapter (after Portland), I managed the chapter finances, posted content to our website and engaged with area writers via Twitter. Once a month I also worked with my fellow co-chair to run monthly member meetings where a presenter leads a discussion on a current topic related to writing, editing, marketing or publishing. We used our website to engage new and current members by sharing news about upcoming meetings, member announcements and area literary events.

The Mid-Valley Chapter continues to grow and gain new members, in part because of our active website and Twitter presence. Many members tell us that they heard about the chapter online, and the website is a way to keep members engaged with the Willamette Writers community throughout the year.


Project Dates: 2011-2014

Client Comments

“When former chair JoJo Jensen asked for help to set up a simple WordPress wesite for our Mid-Valley Chapter, Anthony stepped up and made it happen. As they worked together, JoJo also decided he was a good choice to be her successor when she stepped down in 2011. Anthony expertly helms the chapter as Co-Chair in an efficient, professional manner. In his capacity as a Board Member, he wears many hats—from managing the bookkeeping and finances to regularly adding quality content to the chapter website and maintaining a visible Twitter profile. He is always on hand for an encouraging word and valuable advice as members work toward their writing and publishing goals. I’m thrilled to have him on the team. It makes my job easier knowing that our chapter is in his good hands.”
— Val Mallinson, Board President, Willamette Writers


Anthony St. Clair - Travel Fantasy Author / Craft Beer Writer / Business Copywriter

Author and copywriter Anthony St. Clair has specialized in online content since 2000, blogged since 2004 and is the author of the Rucksack Universe travel fantasy series.

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