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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

Windfall Reading Series: Susan Denning & Evan Williams, Nov. 17, 2015, Eugene

Windfall Reading Series

As a member of the Lane Literary Guild, I love that Eugene has so much happening in its poetry and literary scene. Each month at the Eugene Public Library, featured poets and authors share their works with the public as part of the FREE Windfall Reading Series.

Lane Literary Guild2015-2016 Windfall Readings are held on the third Tuesday of the month, 5:30–7 p.m. The Eugene Public Library is at 10th and Olive in downtown Eugene.

Windfall Readers: Nov. 17, 2015

  • Susan Denning
  • Evan Williams

The Windfall project is made possible with support from City of Eugene Cultural Services. Other Windfall sponsors are the Lane Literary Guild, Eugene Public Library, Friends of the Eugene Public Library, and the Eugene Public Library Foundation.

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.

September Craft Beer & Homebrew News

Oregon Beer Growler, September 2015

Oregon Beer Growler, September 2015

July 2015 Eugene Craft Beer News

Oregon Beer Growler - July issue

Find the July issue of the Oregon Beer Growler online, all over Oregon, or by subscribing

July is Oregon Craft Beer Month, and amazing beer is flowing at events are underway all over the state.

There’s also lots of news and features in Oregon’s craft beer world. The July 2015 issue of the Oregon Beer Growler shares stories of pioneers and key figures in Oregon’s beer world, from beer writer Fred Eckhardt to the ins and outs of running beer festivals. I’ve also got a few briefs and features in here:

  • Bad Backs But Good Hearts: Volunteers Make Sasquatch a Success, p. 13
  • A Craft Brewery for Junction City, p. 16-17
  • Mancave Launches Bike Delivery, p. 17 & 20
  • Long Game Leads to Year-Round Lager, p. 17

The lager piece, about how Eugene’s Ninkasi Brewing has been building to offering lagers in their flagship, year-round beers, is one I’ve been especially stoked about.

In other news, the Summer 2015 edition of Eugene Magazine is out, and is packed with tips on exploring Oregon this summer, an interesting dream home, paddle-boarding, and a tree-house primer. You can also check out my feature on Agrarian Ales, a farm and brewery near Coburg: “Farm-Fresh From Plate and Pint: Agrarian Ales offers seasonal food and ales.”

Now that you’ve got some reading material, here’s to curling up with a good beer too.

Summer Beer Picks

Wunderbier Kolsch. Image: Ninkasi Brewing Company

Wunderbier Kolsch. Image: Ninkasi Brewing Company

A cold beer during the hot summer satisfies in ways no wine or cocktail ever could. And here in Oregon’s Willamette Valley, our beery summer has already kicked off with lots of events, such as our recent Eugene Beer Week and Sasquatch Beer Fest, both held during the first week of June.

With summer and all the amazing beers out there, there’s no time to waste.

Here are some of the beers that’ll be keeping me cool:

Heater Allen Pils: In McMinnville in the heart of Oregon wine country, there’s a wee brewery that does something uncommon: brew nothing but craft lager. Lagers take longer to make than ales, so breweries don’t do them as often—if at all. And that makes Heater Allen so wonderful. They focus solely on lagers and refining that craft. Pils is crisp, malty, and refreshing, like the Czech beers it is based on.

Ninkasi Brewing Wünderbier: This kolsch-style beer from Eugene’s largest brewery combines the best of both worlds: fermented like an ale, conditioned like a lager. This golden, German-style beer is a great summer tipple.

Full Sail Session Premium Lager: For starters, I am a sucker for stubby bottles. And this slightly bitter easy, low-alcohol summer sipper is perfect for hot days.

What are you drinking this summer?

3 May Eugene Craft Beer Articles

May has been a fun month for craft beer writing! Here are 3 big features about the Eugene, Oregon craft beer scene:

Oregon Authors Table at Art & the Vineyard Festival, Eugene, OR, July 3 & 5, 2015

Join me and other Oregon authors at the Art & the Vineyard Festival’s Oregon Authors Table! The Festival and Table run July 3–5, and I’ll be there July 3 & July 5, 11:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.

Now in its 18th year, the Oregon Authors Table has become a popular feature of this artsy celebration on the Fourth of July weekend in Eugene’s Alton Baker Park, along the Willamette River.

33 Oregon Authors To Sign Books at Art & the Vineyard Festival

From mystery and humor, to fantasy and romance, many new local books will be featured. Among the many new books this season are Superfluous Women, Carola Dunn’s latest English murder mystery; Building a Better Nest: Living Lightly at Home and in the World, a memoir of a home in the Coast Range by Evelyn Searle Hess, and Bedtime Stories for Dogs by Register-Guard columnist Leigh Anne Jasheway.

The Art & the Vineyard Festival is held along the Willamette River on the lawn of Alton Baker Park near downtown Eugene’s Ferry Street Bridge. Admission is $9 on July 4 and $7 on July 3 and 5. A 3-day pass is also available for $16.

This Year’s Authors

Here are this year’s authors, the times they will be attending the festival, and the books they will be autographing.

  • Dan Armstrong: The Eyes of Archimedes (a historical novel about the Greek mathematician and his slave during the Roman siege of Syracuse) and other novels, all day every day
  • Tom Arnold: Chambers of the Human Heart (a menage-a-trois novel set in Oregon) and other novels, Saturday 5:30-7:30 p.m.
  • A. Lynn Ash: The Route From Cultus Lake: A Woman’s Path to a Solo Camping Lifestyle, Sunday 3:30-6 p.m.
  • Risa Bear: Homecomings (memoir), and poems and novels, Friday and Saturday 5:30-7:30 p.m.
  • Joe Blakely: Buiilding the Oregon Coast Highway 1936-1966 and other books about Oregon history and sports, all day every day
  • Jo- Brew: Oregon’s Main Street: Highway 99: The Stories, Sunday 11:30 a.m.-6 p.m.
  • Jennifer Chambers: The Self-Advocacy Toolbox (nonfiction about recovering from brain trauma), and other memoirs, novels and stories, Saturday 3:30-5:30 p.m.
  • Gary Cornelius: Dancing With the Gogos a memoir of his Peace Corps service in a Zulu village in South Africa, Friday 1:30-3:30 p.m.
  • Carola Dunn: Superfluous Women (2015) and two dozen other murder mysteries in her popular Daisy Dalrymple series, set in England in the 1920s, Saturday 1:30-5:30 p.m.
  • Pat Edwards: Oregon’s Main Street: Highway 99: The Folk History, Sunday 11:30 a.m.-6 p.m.
  • Jan Eliot: It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time (book 10 of the syndicated cartoon Stone Soup), Saturday 11:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
  • Carl Falsgraf: Highway Blues (2015, a memoir of quitting his job at age 55 to travel the country in a Toyota Tacoma), Friday 5:30-7:30 p.m.
  • Kenneth Fenter: Incessant Expectations (2015, a novel set in Winchester Bay, Oregon in the 1970s), and five other novels, Friday 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. and 3:30-5:30 p.m.
  • Dana Furgerson: The Sapphire Eye and the Emerald Tooth (2015, a teen, time-traveling illustrated adventure), and other novels, Saturday 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
  • Diane L. Goeres-Gardner: Oregon State Penitentiary and other books on Oregon history, Friday 3:30-7:30 p.m. and Saturday 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
  • Quinton Hallett: Refuge from Flux (poems), Sunday 1:30-6 p.m.
  • Ann Herrick: Love, Life, and Surviving High School and other young adult novels, Friday 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
  • Evelyn Searle Hess: Building a Better Nest: Living Lightly at Home and in the World (2015, a memoir of her rustic home in the Coast Range west of Eugene, Saturday 5:30-7:30 p.m.
  • Leigh Anne Jasheway: Bedtime Stories for Dogs (2015) and dozens of other humor books, Sunday 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
  • Joseph Lieberman: Jesus: First Century Rabbi and School Shootings: What Every Parent and Educator Needs to Know to Protect Our Children, Saturday 5:30-7:30 p.m.
  • Karen Locke: Seal Rock (2015, poems by John Haislip), Sunday 4:30-6 p.m.
  • Leandra Martin: L’Landra’s Tale: A New Day for the Dauntless (a novel about people searching for a new home), and other fantasy novels, Friday 3:30-7:30 p.m. and Saturday 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
  • Joy McDowell: Blue Cat Shoes (2015, poems), Sunday 3-4:30 p.m.
  • Nancy Carol Moody: Photograph With Girls (poems), Sunday 1:30-6 p.m.
  • Sharon Lask Munson: Braiding Lives (poems), Sunday 3-4:30 p.m.
  • Keli Osborn: How to Love Everything (2015, anthology of poems), Sunday 3-4:30 p.m.
  • Mike Pungercar: The Promise Kept (nonfiction account of the B-17 bomber crews of World War II), Friday 3:30-5:30 p.m.
  • Ce Rosenow: Spectral Forms (poetry chapbook), Sunday 1:30-3 p.m.
  • Marie Simmons: Taste of Honey, Fresh & Fast Vegetarian, and other cookbooks, Sunday 3:30-6 p.m.
  • Anthony St. Clair: Forever the Road (a tale of travel, destiny, and beer set in India) and other travel fantasy novels, Friday and Sunday 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
  • William L. Sullivan: 100 Hikes/Travel Guide: Eastern Oregon (2015) and 17 other guidebooks and novels, all day every day
  • Harriot Terry West: Into the Light (2015, poems), Sunday 1:30-3 p.m.
  • Rod Williams: An Americana Singer for the 21st Century (novel), Sunday 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

See you at Art & the Vineyard!

Reading at Oregon Writers Collective, May 13, 2015, Eugene, OR

Click to see full OWC event details

Click to see full OWC event details

Are you a writer looking for your fellow writers? The Oregon Writers Collective (OWC) fosters a vibrant community that nurtures working literary writers, particularly those who are beginning their careers. They meet at The Barn Light (Broadway & Willamette, downtown Eugene), on Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m.

On Wed., May 13, I’ll be doing a short intro reading, plus there will be fascinating writers with interesting stories to share:

See you there!


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