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July 2015 Eugene Craft Beer News

Oregon Beer Growler - July issue

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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?

English-style Real Ale in Oregon

A Visit to Brewers Union Local 180 in Oakridge

Confession: my wife’s birthday was crap. She was sick and it was a rough, rough week. So we made up for it with a really, really good Mother’s Day of hiking in the foothills of the Oregon Cascades, followed by a late lunch and a pint of English-style cask ale at the Brewers Union Local 180 in the wee town of Oakridge, about an hour’s drive southeast of Eugene. (The BUL is also part of the Eugene Ale Trail.)

Founder Ted Sobel learned the craft of cask ale from brewers in England. He brought it back Stateside and decided to set up shop in the downtown of Oakridge, a town once bustling with logging and now known more for mountain biking and outdoor recreation. It’s an unlikely spot for some unlikely beers, and we had a brilliant time.

True cask ale is a wonderful beer experience. I’ll leave it to Britain’s Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) to describe it:

Real ale is a natural product brewed using traditional ingredients and left to mature in the cask (container) from which it is served in the pub through a process called secondary fermentation. It is this process which makes real ale unique amongst beers and develops the wonderful tastes and aromas which processed beers can never provide.

In other words, instead of forced CO2 and a chilled keg, real ale is typically served between 50-55ºF, and the carbonation comes from continuing fermentation in the cask. The beers change over time, and are complex in flavor and aroma, while also smooth and fun to drink.

The BUL is very family-friendly, and is made with traditional view of a pub in mind: it’s a place for the public to gather and be together.

In addition to the regular pool table, there is also a kid-size one. Books and games are everywhere. Live music is common. There are LED lights and bright colors, and wood paneling and dark corners. If this place were near my house, it would be a second home.

We feasted on fish-n-chips, steak-n-chips, and pints of light rye mild and Young Harry Porter—quite possibly my new favorite beer name.

So, for a truly unique Oregon beer experience that hails from across the continent and across the pond to England itself, take any chance you can to get to the Brewers Union Local 180. And if I can’t be there, have a pint for me.

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!

May Craft Beer Articles for Eugene & Lane County

May’s craft beer articles for the Eugene/Springfield area include one of my favorite topics to write about for the Oregon Beer Growler: women in the brewing industry. This year I had the privilege of interviewing Kate Price, who along with her husband Ben founded newcomer Hard Knocks Brewing in Cottage Grove. Our talk is on page 14 of the May Oregon Beer Growler, which you can read online or find in print all over the state.

Also, new for this month is an article for a new publication, Lane Monthly Magazine. Lane Monthly is highlighting the news, events, and lifestyle in the rest of Lane County. It was fun to talk up all the amazing craft beer happening in the rural areas outside Eugene/Springfield. Enjoy, cheers, and slainte!

And now I’d better get back to work. Deadlines ahead.

Opal Center Literary Salon: Conversations with Local Authors, May 2, 2015

Opal Center Literary Salon

Join 3 Oregon authors for an afternoon of discussion, reading, stories, and Q&A. May’s featured writers are:

  • Anthony St. Clair (The Rucksack Universe, a travel fantasy fiction series)
  • Janice Jensen (published in the “Chicken Soup for the Soul” series)
  • Steve McQuiddy (An Opal Whiteley expert who wrote “The Fantastic Tale of Opal Whiteley”)

We’ll be on stage at the Opal Center for Arts and Education in Cottage, Grove, Oregon, on Sat., May 2, 3 p.m.

Opal Center for Arts and Education
513 E. Main St.
Cottage Grove, Oregon
Event page
For more information, call 541-946-7252

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!

An Evening of Science Fiction & Fantasy: Otters, Beer & Guinevere, Apr. 23, 2015

Tsunami Books, local Eugene indie bookstoreJoin 3 Eugene/Springfield authors for an evening of science fiction and fantasy! From otters in space and myth in India, to a new twist on Arthurian legend, join Mary E. Lowd, Anthony St. Clair, and Rachael Pruitt at Tsunami Books on Thurs., Apr. 23, 7 p.m. Each author will perform a reading, answer your questions, and then convene for a panel discussion with the audience on science fiction and fantasy.

This event is free and open to the public. Tsunami Books is located at 2585 Willamette St., Eugene, or call (541) 345-8986. Learn more at Tsunami’s Facebook Page.

Mary E. Lowd

Mary E. Lowd

Mary E. Lowd is the author of Otters In Space. Her fiction ranges from serious science fiction that explores the intersection of technology, memory, identity, and reality, to fun stories about cats.

She’s had more than 50 short stories published and has been nominated 13 times for the Ursa Major Awards. She’s twice received the Cóyotl Award for Best Short Story.

Learn more at

Anthony St. Clair

Anthony St. Clair

Beer writer, globetrotter, and Rucksack Universe fantasy author Anthony St. Clair has walked with hairy coos in the Scottish Highlands, choked on seafood in Australia, and watched the full moon rise over Mt. Everest in Tibet. Anthony’s travels have also taken him around the sights and beers of Thailand, Japan, India, Canada, Ireland, the USA, Cambodia, China and Nepal. He and his wife live in Oregon and gave their son a passport for his first birthday.

Connect with Anthony at

Anthony’s Facebook Page

Twitter: @anthonystclair

Rachael Pruitt

Rachael Pruitt

Rachael Pruitt is a writer, storyteller, and teacher with a lifelong fascination for Celtic mythology and the Arthurian legend. Her first novel, The Dragon’s Harp, is the winner of the 2013 Visionary Fiction Award from COVR (Coalition of Visionary resources) and the 2012 Winner of Global Ebook Awards for Ancient Historical Literature.

Her poetry has appeared in Paradox magazine and her article, “To Dream a Dragon”, is published in the award-winning 2011 writing anthology, Many Genres, One Craft. Rachael has also published nonfiction articles detailing “Myths for Our Time,” a personal mythology process she developed while an Artist in Residence in Oregon. Her second Arthurian novel, The Dragon’s Breath, will be making its appearance in winter of 2015-2016.

She can be reached at

Rachael’s Facebook Page

Twitter: @EraOfDragons


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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