Blog Category: Fermented Photo

Fermented Photo: War Elephant Double IPA from Columbia River Brewing

February 11, 2013
Columbia River Brewing 1728 NE 40th Ave Portland, OR War Elephant Double IPA from Columbia River Brewing weighs in at 8.5% ABV, making it a "lighter" alternative to some of the 10 percent monsters out there. This means that the beer can still be somewhat delicate since it doesn't have to pull off a crazy balancing with a full ton of malt and hops that can make some beers of this style fall apart. This... Read More »

Fermented Photo: The Royale from Gigantic Brewing

January 26, 2013
The Royale from Gigantic Brewing: now available in our downloads section. Well, the photographic version. I haven't figured out how to make real downloadable beer available to you yet. Yet. Read More »

Fermented Photo: Pig War IPA from Hopworks Urban Brewery

This is a great IPA from Hopworks! I'm sipping the one pictured above as I type. Despite the IBUs at 80, the finish on this is not overly bitter, allowing the lush fruit flavors from the hops shine through. With wheat in the malt bill, the mouthfeel is silky. On tap this year, it was remarkable. This bottled version comes in a notch lower at fantastic—only because the hops are bit more muted in both the aroma and the... Read More »

Fermented Photo: Hopworks Urban Brewery Abominable Winter Ale

Abominable Winter Ale from Hopworks Urban Brewery brings us one step closer to winter. Catch this beer in cans, bottles, and on draft. During special occasions, it can be found under the name Kentucky Christmas for the awesome barrel-aged version. Available now in Oregon and Washington. From the Hopworks website: Abominable Winter Ale: 17 Plato | 70 IBU | 7.3% ABV "A-Bomb features a floral, spicy and citrus hop aroma backed up by a subtle,... Read More »

Fermented Photo: Base Camp Brewing India Pale Lager

November 9, 2012
Base Camp Brewing 930 SE Oak St., Portland, OR 97214 Facebook / Twitter Beer List » Out now in aluminum 22 ounce bottlecans and on draft is Base Camp's flagship beer: In-Tents India Pale Lager (IPL). In the previous article, I quickly talked about the oddly classified beers of Base Camp. The five beers I tried at their grand opening were solid, well-thought out, and covered a fairly wide spectrum of styles. My favorite is... Read More »

Fermented Photo: Base Camp Brewing

November 2, 2012
Base Camp Brewing Grand Opening Friday and Saturday 11am-11pm 930 SE Oak St., Portland, OR 97214 Please help me welcome Base Camp Brewing (Facebook / Twitter) to the Portland beer scene! The official grand opening weekend party/extravaganza starts today at 11:00am. Last night at a pre-opening gathering, they were pouring five great beers: Paölschienbier, In-Tents India Pale Lager, Out-of-Bounds Brown, S'more Stout (garnished with a marshmallow), and Hoptastic Voyage Fresh Hop IPA. The In-Tents India... Read More »

Fermented Photo: The HUB Organic IPA, Canned

What better way to get ready for the Fourth of July than a test run of the grill. Of course, the grill worked fine last weekend, so this is just another excuse to grill more food. And what test run would be complete without beer? For today's test-fire, I chose a newly canned Hopworks Urban Brewery IPA. Dark golden color with citrus (orange, grapefruit, mild lemon) and pine hop flavors, slight sweetness from the malt,... Read More »

Fermented Photo: Collage from Deschutes Brewery and Hair of the Dog Brewing

Normally, when two competing companies get together in America, they're up to no good: dark rooms, whispering, and talks about screwing the consumer. In the beer industry however, the process and outcome is very different. Collage, for example, is a blend of four vastly different beers from two vastly different breweries. Alan Sprints from Portland's Hair of the Dog brewed batches of Adam and Fred at Deschutes brewery in Bend. In turn, Deschutes Brewery crafted... Read More »

Fermented Photo: Urban Farmhouse and Flemish Kiss from The Commons Brewery

Just a quick note to congratulate The Commons Brewery for their bronze medal in the French & Belgian-Style Saison category at the 2012 World Beer Cup. Their Urban Farmhouse came in 3rd out of 44 entries. Cheers! Read More »

Fermented Photo: Organic Green Mammoth from Laurelwood Brewing Company

Laurelwood's Organic Green Mammoth Imperial IPA is currently sitting on top of our Top 40 Portland Beers list. While we've seen many fluctuations on the list as more and more ratings come in, the Green Mammoth has had a consistent place near the top of the list since we started it two years ago. This beer makes very rare appearances, rearing it's beautiful tusked head every year or two—usually only on draft. As of last... Read More »

Fermented Photo: Biere de Garde from The Commons Brewery

April 13, 2012
Beer + Rain = PDX. It's the new, new math. While I don't have time to explain all of the intricacies of the equation, your takeaway is the beer part. In this case, The Commons Brewery's Biere de Garde. A trip to the The Commons Brewery taps during their limited tasting room hours will yield an amazing assortment of Belgian inspired beers. You can get them by the glass and even better, a four beer... Read More »

Fermented Photo: Raspberry Russian Imperial Stout from Widmer Brothers Brewing

Hitting shelves beginning April 9th, tasting notes coming soon.  For now, here are the stats: Ingredients Malts: Pale, Roast Barley, Caramel 60L, Midnight Wheat, Chocolate Malt Hops: Alchemy for bittering, Willamette and Cascade for aroma Red raspberries Profile Original Gravity: 21.5 P Apparent Extract: 5 P IBU: 70 ABV: 9.3% Color: 90 SRM Read More »

Fermented Photo: Lompoc Brewing Fermentation Tank

In honor of our March Photo Contest sponsor, I give to you: A Lompoc Brewing Fermentation Tank. 14 barrels to be exact. Oh yeah, and there's still plenty of time to enter and win some beer gear by submitting a photo! Read More »

Fermented Photo: Chainbreaker White IPA from Deschutes Brewery

The "White IPA" style on the label should be a giveaway: this is not your normal IPA. But don't let that scare you: this is an excellent beer. As with every other Deschutes Brewery beer, this ale has gone through many iterations and tests at the Deschutes Proving Grounds (DPG)—aka the Deschutes brewpubs. Deschutes Brewery is not afraid to ask consumers for their opinions on new recipes and they are not afraid to change these... Read More »

Fermented Photo: Fermentation at The Commons Brewery

March 9, 2012
For the first time in the Fermented Photo feature, we feature fermentation. It's also today's tongue twister. What happens when you're drinking beer, taking photos, drinking beer, forgetting to take notes, and drinking beer? Well, you forget things. So, in a sad attempt to provide information, I'll bust through the pellicle in my brain to retrieve some sporadic details about the photo above. First, the facts: taken at The Commons Brewery it's a barrel it's... Read More »

Fermented Photo Flashback: Full Sail Brewing Mash Tun

February 24, 2012
An old photo, but a timeless process. This photo was taken looking down the barrel of Full Sail Brewing's mashtun at their Riverplace location here in Portland. Brewers John Harris and Phil Roche are responsible for bringing us the Brewmaster Reserve Series of Full Sail beers. Make sure to check out the current release: Top Sail, Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Porter! ABV 9.5% IBUs: 40 Read More »

Fermented Photo: Widmer Brothers Spiced IPA

Spiced IPA from Widmer Brothers Brewing is the fourth release in their Rotator Series. This beer follows X-114, Falconer's, and O'Ryely. The Rotator Series lives up to its name as each of the releases has been very different from the last. It's hard for me to say goodbye to O'Ryely as it's been a go to beer of mine for the last couple of months: the combination of the fruity Nelson Sauvin and light peppery... Read More »

Fermented Photo: Deschutes Brewery Bond Street Pub in Bend Oregon

Congratulations to Deschutes Brewery for the reopening of their Bond Street Pub in Bend Oregon! Doubling their size and rebuilding from almost the ground up, they've spared no expense to make their patrons feel at home—and quite frankly, a little spoiled. I took a walk around the Bond Street Pub a couple of weeks ago before their official grand reopening on February 1st. They still had a bit of work to do, but I captured... Read More »

Fermented Photo: Rob Widmer

Rob Widmer, talking about the upcoming releases from Widmer Brothers Brewing: W'12 Dark Saison and the Rotator Series Spiced IPA. I've seen the Dark Saison on store shelves already, but the new Spiced IPA hasn't displaced the current delicious Rotator Series O'Ryely quite yet. Both beers are quite unique. The Dark Saison lives up to it's name, showcasing the Belgian yeast strain, while finishing long and sweet from the caramel and dark chocolate malt. The... Read More »

Fermented Photo: Beer Shrapnel

January 13, 2012
Shrapnel from the annual New Year's Eve Tasting. La Ferme de la Ville Provision (2011), Belgian Farmhouse, Block 15 La Folie (2011), Sour Brown, New Belgium Clutch (2011), Dark Sour, New Belgium Kriek (2011), Barrel Aged Kriek, Cascade Brewing The Dissident (2010), Oud Bruin, Deschutes Brewery Love Buzz (2011), Barrel-Aged Brett Saison, Anchorage Brewing Company Bourbon Barrel LSD, Bourbon Barrel Strong Ale, Lompoc Brewing 14 (2010), Barrel Aged Blend, Firestone Walker Labyrinth (2011), Rye Barrel Aged Black Ale, Uinta Brewing Abyss (2010), Barrel Aged Imperial Stout, Deschutes Brewery Abyss (2011), Barrel Aged Imperial Stout, Deschutes Brewery Bourbon... Read More »

Fermented Photo: Holiday Ale Festival

November 25, 2011
For obvious reasons*, this is a photo from the Holiday Ale Festival. This is one of my top three favorite Portland beer events of the year. First of all, it's cold and rainy: my favorite kind of weather. Second, these beers are big and unique: my favorite kind of beer. And third, I can hop on the Max to get to and from the festival: my favorite kind of festival mode of transportation. This is... Read More »

Fermented Photo: Abyss 2011 from Deschutes Brewery

October 28, 2011
Sorry for the cell-phone-nature of this photo, but I had limited time due to things like being required to drink a (different) vertical of beer, write about it, and photograph the process. Oh, the horror! I know, there could be worse ways to spend my time. Regardless of how I spend my time, free time can be very scarce. Unfortunately, you are the ones that have to pay the price by being subjected to that... Read More »

Fermented Photo: Hop Trip from Deschutes Brewery

October 20, 2011
Fresh hop beers are meant to be consumed as fresh as possible, keeping the floral and spice characters from receding into oblivion. This year, Deschutes Brewery's Hop Trip is on the shelves in six packs. Get 'em now and enjoy some of the last bits of the lost Northwest summer! Read More »

Fermented Photo: Lompoc Brewing Sidebar

Lompoc Sidebar Wednesday and Thursday: 4pm-10pm Friday and Saturday: 4pm-11pm Sunday: 4pm-9pm Lompoc Brewing's Sidebar is one of the best spots in Portland to enjoy a distinct barrel-aged beer. A friendly and knowledgeable staff, a great list of barrel-aged beers, and a fridge full of beers to take home.  It's a small cozy spot, right between the 5th Quadrant and the new Hopworks Bike Bar. In the summer, you can sit outside--in the winter, an... Read More »

Fermented Photo Flashback: BridgePort Brewing

September 30, 2011
This is shot of the bottling line at BridgePort Brewing.   Now, please join us for self-pimping 101: If you're a fan of our weekly Fermented Photo feature, please come out and check out the Of Pints and Men show at Gigantic Gallery. Opening night is Thursday October 6th at 5:30pm. Along with three other artists, I will be featuring 20 of my favorite black and white beer photos, 10 framed and matted along with 10 prints.... Read More »

Fermented Photo: Fresh Hop Mirror Pond from Deschutes Brewery

Mirror Pond next to it's first-time-bottled fresh hop counterpart. Oh yeah, Otto wants your attention too.  And a treat. In Fresh Hop Mirror Pond, light herbal and grassy notes come through from the fresh hops. These new hop additions also seem to cut down on the usual sweetness of Mirror Pond, leaving the body feeling a bit lighter, though there are no changes to the malt bill.  While dry-hopping with fresh hops won't increase the... Read More »

Fermented Photo: Deschutes Brewery Street Fare

Normally, it's easy to look our Fermented Photo feature and say 'Yep, that's a beer.' This week, it's bit more cerebral. Nope, no beer in the photo. In fact, if this photo weren't on a beer site, you'd be saying to yourself, "That's a pretty girl doing some pretty music." Or something similar, and probably even a bit more poetic. But this is a beer site. So I can guarantee that I had a beer... Read More »

Fermented Photo: Ferme de la Ville Provision from Block 15 Brewing

A shot of the three Block 15 beers in my cellar. I have two of each of these left, but they are so good, and my will power, well, not so good. Try as I might, I don't see any of these lasting past our annual New Year's Day tasting. Left to Right: Figgy Pudding, Pappy's Dark, Ferme de la Ville. As previously mentioned, Block 15 is worth the trip to Corvallis.  Fantastic range of... Read More »

Fermented Photo: Bottlenecks

Hopworks Urban Brewery, from Left to Right: Rise Up Red, Ace of Spades Imperial IPA, Galactic Imperial Red Read More »

Fermented Photo: BenFest Outtake

July 15, 2011
Outtake from the BenFest sessions.  Mix an Angelo in with the Bens, and it all goes to hell. Read More »

Fermented Photo: Deschutes Brewery Black Butte XXIII

Generation 23 melds cocoa nibs, dark chocolate, orange peel, and chilies all aged in bourbon barrels to create a masterpiece of creative brewer whimsy.  Available in bottles and on draft.  Get it before it's gone, which will be soon. Read More »

Fermented Photo Flashback: Amnesia Brewing

June 3, 2011
Since we're coming up on Amnesia Brewing's Single Hop Festival tomorrow, I dug way back in the archives for this shot.  These are very early batches from Amnesia Brewing: #14, #15, #16, #17, dating all the way back to January 2004. These tape strips are used to temporarily label what's currently in the fermentation and serving vessels. Amnesia made a habit of keeping these and slapping them on the cooler (also seen here).  We'll see you tomorrow! Read More »

Fermented Photo: BrewDog in Edinburgh

April 1, 2011
Admittedly, a bit outside of the Portland beer realm, but important nonetheless. We'll cover a bit more about what we found out about beer in Scotland, but here's a spoiler: BrewDog is doing it's best to change the face of beer in their country. Starting with a stellar beer list, a bit of beer education, and a staff who knows beer, they're off on the right foot. Read More »

Fermented Photo: The Widmer Brothers

March 11, 2011
Kurt and Rob Widmer, enjoying a beer at Saraveza at a recent media event. Check out the rest of the photos here. Read More »

Fermented Photo: Darkness

March 4, 2011
Once in a very long while, a camera phone will produce some interesting results. There are a lot of problems with the photo, but I think the mood works well enough to overcome the flaws. Read More »

Fermented Photo: Pappy's Dark from Block 15 Brewing

From "Brewed with six malts of Belgian & British origin. Bourbon in color with a very complex and interesting malt profile. Matured in 9 & 10 year old bourbon barrels for 2-4 months. Bright aromas of bourbon, fresh baked bread, caramel, and oak. Velvety texture, rich malt and bourbon flavours with an enticingly warm bourbon finish. 10% alc/vol, 40 IBU’s." Yesterday, we were treated to four stellar beers at the Hop & Vine from... Read More »

Fermented Photo: KGB Russian Imperial Stout

Widmer Brothers KGB Russian Imperial Stout. This would be a great addition to their year round lineup.  I found a 12 pack for a little over $12 at Fred Meyer.  Delicious: a strong beer with dark chocolate, coffee, caramel, and licorice flavors. 70 IBUs 9.3 % ABV 21.5 Plato Read More »

Fermented Photo: Feel Good About Wood

January 21, 2011
This Barrel from Woodford Reserve Distillery in Kentucky made it all the way to Portland to house great beer. Mmmm, bourbon. Read More »

Fermented Photo: 33 Beers Journal

January 14, 2011
What pairs nicely with any beer? A 33 Beers Journal! Read More »

Fermented Photo: Scenes from NYE 2010

A scene from our annual New Year's Eve beer tasting. Each year, my family gets together and we have a tasting so that I can introduce them to new and interesting beers.  What started as a couple of us and a couple of bottles has now turned into a more formal event.  This year, we had sixteen people and several boxes of beers. Plus, this event is a good excuse to squirrel some away. Without... Read More »

Fermented Photo: Figgy Pudding from Block 15

Not quite Portland, but then again, not talking about Block 15 would be a great sin of tremendous proportions.   Block 15 from Corvallis Oregon is out of the gate with their first official bottle release of Figgy Pudding. From their website: "Inspired by a 16th century English Christmas cake our Figgy Pudding is brewed with English Pale & Specialty malts & molasses and fermented with London ale yeast.  After fermentation we matured Figgy Pudding... Read More »

Fermented Photo: 2010 Deschutes Brewery Abyss

December 3, 2010
Straight on the heels of Deschutes Brewery's release of The Dissident, out comes the Abyss.  With larger quantities than The Dissident, this beer should be a bit easier to find both at the pubs and in stores.  Wait too long though, and it will be gone just the same. Read More »

Fermented Photo: The Dissident

The Dissident from Deschutes Brewery. Gone as quickly as it appeared, selling out in under three hours at the Portland Pub. Sporadic cases have hit a few stores, good luck! Read More »

Fermented Photo: Cascade Brewing Vlad the Imp Aler

Vlad the Imp Aler (10.3% ABV / 6 IBU): This strong NW sour is a blend of strong blonde quads and tripels aged in oak and Bourbon barrels, then further blended with spiced blondes and left to condition for an additional five months. Click here for a photo of inaugural release cousin Bourbonic Plague. Read More »

Fermented Photo: BridgePort Brewing's Hop Harvest

BridgePort Brewing Company, Oregon's oldest craft brewery releases its 2010 Hop Harvest beer September 16th at the Pearl district brewpub. This year’s Hop Harvest features fresh Centennial hops from third-generation, family-owned Goschie Farms in Silverton, Ore. When announced by Gayle Goschie, farm head of Goschie Farms, the crop was ripe for harvest, BridgePort’s Brewmaster, Jeff Edgerton, and family, drove to the farm with utility trailer in tow. Armed with burlap bags, the group took to... Read More »

Fermented Photo: Cascade Brewing Barrel House

Bourbonic Plague: Need I say more? Read More »

Fermented Photo: Huffy Toss

The Huffy Toss event from the 2010 BiKETOBEERFEST at Hopworks Urban Brewey. Drink a beer (optional) Pick up a designated bike (required) Chuck it (required) View on black (recommended) Read More »

Fermented Photo: Puckerfest

July 16, 2010
Puckerfest. Another Puckerfest is but a memory—but what a memory it is!  This photo is from Cascade Brewing's night at Belmont Station's annual Puckerfest.  They brought Manhattan Transfer (Blend of Quad in Heaven Hills barrels, Tripel, and Sour Pie Cherry Kriek), Noyeaux (blend of Belgian spiced Blonds aged in white port barrels with raspberries and toasted apricot pits), and Sang Noir.  Wow, I'm really glad we went back for this night!  Ron and Curt of Cascade Brewing... Read More »

Fermented Photo: Bourbon Barrel Aged Dark Side Porter, Lompoc Brewing

Bourbon Barrel Aged Dark Side Porter, Lompoc Brewing. Read More »

Fermented Photo Flashback: Ben Flerchinger, Lucky Labrador Brewing Co.

Ben Flerchinger, Lucky Labrador Brewing Co. This is another early photo, this time at the Lucky Labrador on Quimby.  I remember thinking that shooting directly into the morning light with all of the grain dust coating my gear would be a disaster.  It turned out to be one of my favorite photos. Read More »

Fermented Photo Flashback: Dustin Kellner, Laurelwood Brewing Company

Dustin Kellner, Laurelwood Brewing Company. This is one of the first photos I took at a brewery.  Just over three years ago, I talked to the Paul Bergeman at Laurelwood Brewery  on NE 40th Avenue to see if he'd mind if I came in to shoot the brewery on a brew day.   No one else knew I was coming, so imagine showing up to work at 7:00am to find a strange guy following you... Read More »

Fermented Photo: Christian Ettinger, Mad Skills, Hopworks

Christian Ettinger, Mad Skills, Hopworks. Multitasking: Hopworks' Owner Christian Ettinger manages to give a tour, pour beer off of the tanks, and drink a pint at the same time. That's how you stay on top of your game. This was taken at the Organic Rise Up Red Release Party. Beer Geek Information: IBU: 60, ABV: 5.8% Read More »

Fermented Photo: Ace Of Spades Imperial IPA, Hopworks

Ace Of Spades Imperial IPA, Hopworks Urban Brewery. HUGE Imperial IPA. Find it while you can, limited bottling. Beer Geek Information: IBU: 100 Plato: 21.5 ABV: 9.2 Read More »

Fermented Photo: Twilight Summer Ale

April 16, 2010
Twilight Summer Ale from Deschutes Brewery. As a summer seasonal, Twilight Ale will be available from April until September in 6-packs, 12-packs and on draft. Beer Geek Information: 5% ABV, 35 IBUs. Read More »

Fermented Photo: Laurelwood's Workhorse IPA

Laurelwood's Workhorse IPA.  One of the best IPAs in Portland is now available in bottles.   Ever since we added the ability to rate the beers in our database, this beer has sat at the top of the list.   Check the home page for current rankings.  This feature is open to the public, but for now, you have to request a login through our contact form. Read More »

Fermented Photo: Dave Wills, Oregon Trail Brewery

Dave Wills, Oregon Trail Brewery. Up in the third floor barrel room, Dave Wills samples the goods. I could have sat up there all day "testing" the creations at Oregon Trail Brewery. Read More »

Fermented Photo: PDX, Dogs, and Beer

March 5, 2010
PDX, Dogs, and Beer: Otto von Zitzewitz.  Before anyone asks what this has to do with beer: I was drinking one while I took the photo.   Portland goes together with dogs, just as it does with beer.  All three can even go together with outdoor seating or even "dog-friendly" breweries like the Lucky Labrador.  My dog Otto is absolutely nuts.   He's either literally running in circles (kitchen, backyard, living room, etc.), jumping in... Read More »

Fermented Photo: Nick Arzner, Block 15 Brewery

Fermented Photo: Nick Arzner, Block 15 Brewery. Nick unleashing barrel-fermented, brett-pitched, sour goodness directly from the source. Today, it's good to be me. Read More »

Fermented Photo Flashback: Alan Sprints, Hair of the Dog

Alan Sprints, Hair of the Dog. Eye of newt, tail of cat, and hair of dog: Alan Sprints at his beer cauldron, making the brews that we all love. Read More »

Fermented Photo: Jubel 2010, Deschutes Brewery

Jubel 2010, Deschutes Brewery. Every winter, I track this beer down—which sometimes requires a trip to bend. As noted below, it's usually around every winter on draft as Super Jubel, but it's finally making it's appearance in Deschute's Reserve Series bottles (though it was bottled ten years ago before the Reserve Series was born). Jubel 2010 is a deeply dynamic presentation of the flavors found in our festive winter seasonal, Jubelale. Available on tap around... Read More »

Fermented Photo: 10 Barrel Brewing's S1NIST0R BLACK ALE

January 22, 2010
10 Barrel Brewing's S1NIST0R BLACK ALE. We craft our S1NIST0R BLACK ALE using a special German dehusked black malt that is free of astringency, giving the beer a rich black color without the traditional dark beer characteristics. You will notice subtle hints of chocolate with an easy drinking balance on the back end. In the glass the dark color may look intimidating to some, but don't let this beer fool you. Our unique combination of... Read More »

Fermented Photo: BridgePort's Hop Czar

BridgePort's Hop Czar. BridgePort is now releasing 6-pack versions of their Hop Czar Imperial IPA. This beer was originally released in July 2008 as one of the beers in the brewery's "Big Brew" series. Read More »

Fermented Photo: Old Humbug Winter Warmer

Southern Oregon Brewing's Old Humbug Winter Warmer. You can probably guess from the Brewery's name that they don't reside in Portland.  However, now that they are bottling, it's much easier to get your grubby hands on their beers here in PDX.  Sure, Scrooge and humbugging are related to the Winter season, but "old" this and "old" that are traditionally reserved for Barleywine style ales.  Oh well, with a beer this good, I won't hold it... Read More »

Fermented Photo: Deschutes Red Chair NWPA

December 25, 2009
Deschutes Red Chair NWPA. Spring Seasonal (6-packs, 12-packs and draft) From the brewery: "Not up for a full–on hop assault? Red Chair NWPA is a smoother ride. Seven select European and domestic malts take a surprisingly plush, satin turn on the way to a citrusy hop kick. Edges out, layers in. Witness the subtle, aromatic seduction of the debut Northwest Pale Ale.  Red Chair NWPA is named for the oldest operating chairlift at Mt. Bachelor:... Read More »

Fermented Photo: Bell's Expedition Stout

December 18, 2009
Bell's Expedition Stout. Nope not a Portland beer.  Not even a West Coast beer.  But that's the point of the holidays: give, give, give.  I give out a lot of beer realted presents for the holidays, and sometimes I get some in return.  This year, contributor Ian gifted me my first Bell's beer: Expedition Stout.  Hopefully, the first of many (hint, hint).  It wouldn't be the holidays without some grovelling, right! Read More »

Fermented Photo: Laurelwood's Auld Battle Axe

December 11, 2009
Laurelwood's Auld Battle Axe. This year, for their limited addition 1 Liter swing-top release, Laurelwood brings us a Scotch-style ale.  This is a style that's not seen too often around Portland.  Big on malt, high in alcohol, and very low on bitterness, this falls way outside of the comfort zone of many a PDX hop head.  But during these last few bitter cold days, this beer really hits the spot--warming you up from the inside... Read More »

Fermented Photo: 2009 Holiday Ale Festival

December 4, 2009
2009 Holiday Ale Festival. Wish I could sneak out of work early today. Email me if you feel like staging a kidnapping. Read More »

Fermented Photo: 2009 Full Sail Wreck the Halls

November 27, 2009
2009 Full Sail Wreck the Halls. While other beers go malty, this winter beer leans toward hoppy. In fact, it's labeled as a "hoppy holiday ale". The only thing wrong with this beer is that I only bought one. Delicious! Read More »

Fermented Photo: 2009 Full Sail Wassail

November 20, 2009
2009 Full Sail Wassail. Here come the winter beers! "It's the most wonderful time of the year..." Read More »

Fermented Photo: Bailey's Taproom

Bailey's Taproom. Finally, a much needed night out after work, work, work. We ended up at Bailey's Taproom for a few beers on a typical rainy and dark Wednesday in Portland. Perfect night to warm up around a great selection of beers! Well, now that I think about it, isn't every night? Check out the rest of the photos here. Read More »

Fermented Photo: 2009 Deschutes Abyss

2009 Deschutes Abyss. The lines stretched around the building on the release day.  Doesn't anyone have anything to do at 2:00pm on a Tuesday?  Don't I have anything to do?  Well, yes.  I was planning to swoop in, pick up a handful of bottles, and be back at work within 30 minutes—just like I did at the Dissident release.  Instead, I saw the line, circled the building in my car, wept, and went back to... Read More »

Fermented Photo: 2009 Oregon Brewers Festival

July 24, 2009
Another Fred. I can't pass on posting another photo of Fred. This one is Fred Eckhardt sitting across from me at the festival's media preview. His best advice: drink one glass of water for every glass of beer. Trust me, it's a lifesaver. Read More »

Fermented Photo: Oregon Brewers Fest 2008

Fred Eckhardt at last year's brewer's dinner.One of the best parts of the OBF is the Brewer's Dinner. Tickets sell out fast for a reason: exclusive beers, great food, and a lot of beer celebrities. Read More »

Fermented Photo: Baltic and Imperial Porter Tasting

Baltic and Imperial Porter tasting at Upright Brewing. A shot from the Porter tasting at Upright Brewing a couple of weeks back. The strong beers hit quickly, but I still can't help but wonder what these people think as I crawl on tables and in between barrels with a camera in one hand and a glass of 11% Porter in the other. They'd probably be more horrified if I dropped my beer, whereas I might... Read More »

Fermented Photo: Black Butte XXI

July 3, 2009
Black Butte XXI from Deschutes Brewery. The new batch is out. If I needed to say more, this beer wouldn't be as good as it is. Read More »

Fermented Photo: Oregon Trail Bourbon Barrel Porter

June 26, 2009
Oregon Trail Bourbon Barrel Porter. This one comes from Oregon Trail Brewery in Corvallis Oregon. Not much to say, yet--it's still in my fridge. I keep planning to crack it open, but then something happens and the circumstances are quite right for a slow sipper. Weekends usually work well and look at that, it's Friday! Read More »

Fermented Photo: My Dad, the Dissident

June 21, 2009
My dad, the dissident. This scene is from our family's first annual Cellar Series. I've been stocking up on beer for next year's series, so I took a look through last year's photos and found this one. The Fermented Photo post usually comes out on Fridays, but I wanted to wait until today to post this special Father's Day edition.While my brothers and I were stuck in college in South Carolina, my dad made his... Read More »

Fermented Photo: Barrel Aged Awesomeness

June 12, 2009
Barrel Aged Awesomeness at Cascade Brewing. Without reserve, we highly recommend grabbing any available seasonals from Cascade Brewing. Ron and Curt are making some outstanding beers: Krieks, Blends, Sours, Fruits. Not your normal NW IPA fare, but that's why we love them! Read More »

Fermented Photo: Hopworks IPA

Hopworks Urban Brewery, Organic IPA. In the past couple of weeks, Hopworks beer has been popping up on shelves around town. It's great to have another local beer to support when out at the store, especially the Hopworks releases: Deluxe Organic Ale, IPA, Survival Stout, and Crosstown Pale. So, get out there and get some! Read More »

Fermented Photo: Widmer Brothers 25th Anniversary Double Alt (Signed)

Widmer Brothers 25th Anniversary Double Alt. I know. Same beer from a couple of weeks ago. But, there's a twist. I got a package in the mail this week from Widmer Brothers Brewing. I opened it up to find a fresh bottle of the Double Alt, signed by Rob and Kurt!Last week, I was working on a photo to celebrate Widmer's 25th Anniversary. I was going to use a Widmer logo, so I contacted the... Read More »

Fermented Photo: Moose and Squirrel Russian Imperial Stout

Laurelwood's Moose and Squirrel Russian Imperial Stout. I wasn't able to hold onto these bottles as long as I had hoped. They "disappeared" rather quickly. If you see it, drink it! A little bit of this beer made it's way into bourbon barrels and then served on cask at the Pizza location--unannounced and quite a delicious surprise! Read More »

Fermented Photo: Widmer Brothers 25th Anniversary Double Alt

Widmer Brothers 25th Anniversary Double Alt. I'm not sure about the production scale or what markets this beer will reach, but if you see it, grab one! A huge double Alt, very well balanced, strong, sweet, nutty, and warming. Read More »

Fermented Photo: Fred Eckhardt at FredFest 2008

Fred Eckhardt from last year's FredFest. We put up this photo in honor of tomorrow's FredFest celebration! There may actually be some tickets left, so don't miss one of Portland's premiere events. Read More »

Fermented Photo: Beer at the Lucky Lab

Beers at the Lucky Lab, from this year's Barleywine Festeroon.Today's photo is in honor of the festivities that are starting in a few hours at the Lucky Lab (Quimby): Cheers to Belgian Beers. Sample about 40 or so Belgian styled beers, today and tomorrow, noon to 10pm. Read More »

Fermented Photo: Astoria Brewing's Bolt Minister

Bolt Minister, Head Brewer at Astoria Brewing Company.We'll have more info on Bolt Minister in our upcoming article on Astoria Oregon.We've been sporadically throwing up some "photo of the day" posts, but that kind of implies one photo every day--which we haven't been doing. So from now on, we'll have a Fermented Photo posted once each week on Fridays. Read More »