Blog Author: Zak Rotello

FredFest 2008 Beer Lineup

May 8, 2008
I would be remiss if I were the only beer blogger in Portland that neglected to post the ridiculously awesome beer lineup for FredFest 2008: BridgePort Brewing: Bourbon Barrel aged Old Knucklehead Firkin Laurelwood Brewing: Bourbon Barrel Aged Olde Reliable Barleywine Widmer Brewing : Altbier!!! Lompoc Brewing : Oak aged LSD Deschutes Brewing: Br. Abe Belgian ale Rockbottom Brewing : Oak aged IIPA Cascade Brewing: 2006 Wild Blackberry ale ( Flanders red style) Lucky Lab:... Read More »

Hair of the Dog Earth Day Dock Sale > Dark Lord Day

Here's what HOTD's Earth Day Dock sale line looked like at 9:50am today:Totally respectable, considering the madness that is going on right now in Muenster IN. I say forget Dark Lord Day -- it's overhyped and overcrowded, not to mention half a continent away. A table set up with cheese, meats, doughnut holes, plus several bottles of beer was all the breakfast I needed on this bright, warm April morning. Meeting fellow beer geeks in... Read More »

Waffles and Stout Breakfast @ Besaw's

April 9, 2008
Waffles and Stout Breakfast Last week, a job interview brought me to the Northwest side of Portland. The discovery of a nail in my front left tire causing slow leak kept me there for a few hours. After dropping the car off at Mr. Schwab's, I wandered the neighborhood for a while, hunting for early-morning sustenance. I walked by both the New Old Lompoc and the Tavern & Pool McMenamins -- neither was open yet,... Read More »

Portland's Cheers to Belgian Beers 2008

Walking into the craziness of the "back room" of Roots last Saturday went something like this:So many Belgian beer fans! And even better: so many Belgian beers!For those of you not in the know, this year's "Portland's Cheers to Belgian Beers" was a mini beer festival (I dislike the word "tastival") where all the breweries used the same yeast strain (Ardennes/ La Chouffe), but could make any type of beer they liked.Now, I am a... Read More »

Incurring the Scorn of Beer Geeks - Spring Beer & Wine Fest 2008

Judging Sheet for Spring Beer & Wine Fest 2008 How I was chosen to be a judge at this year's Spring Beer & Wine Fest was serendipitous to say the least. As I was happily browsing through the German beer section of Belmont Station, I was approached by a certain Oregon Brewers Guild member who inquired if I could be bothered to wake up early on Saturday and judge some if I'd say no.... Read More »