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Thursday, January 29, 2009

Superbowl Party at Wild River in Medford [Press Release]

Come to Wild River® Medford on February 1st to watch the Super Bowl ‘09
with family and friends!!
The entire bar area will be reserved for viewing, and will be divided
according to team colors.
Free Appetizer platters will be awarded for every touchdown to that
particular team’s fans.
We will also be having contests, prizes, and Pub Menu specials all day.
It is a great opportunity to spend the day enjoying delicious food and
drinks as well as the friendly service of Bob, Medford’s “Bartender
with the Best Jokes”

Wild River Medford
Handcrafted Food and Ale
2684 N. Pacific Hwy
Medford OR 97501

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

2009 Sasquatch Brew Fest Homebrew Competition

We just received an email from Tom Hammond, owner of Southern Oregon Brewing, letting us know about the 2009 Sasquatch Brew Fest Homebrew Competition. This competition will be open to all home brewers in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, California, and Alaska. Judging will be held on May 30th with an awards ceremony the following day. Entries must be received by Ninkasi Brewing by May 22, 2009.

Shipping address is 272 Van Buren Eugene Oregon 97402. Prizes will be awarded at the Sasquatch Brew Fest to the top three finishers in the following BJCP style categories:

  • Category 8: English Pale Ale
  • Category 10: American Ale
  • Category 14: IPA
  • Category 18: Belgian Strong Ale
  • Category 19: Strong Ale
They are also awarding prizes for a non BJCP style called "Glen Tribute beer". This category is to brew a beer that Glen might have brewed and most certainly would have enjoyed. For more info on this and the rest of the competition details go to the 2009 SASQUATCH HOMEBREWING COMPETITION website.

So go brew already!!

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Flying Dog Challenges Iron City Beer [Press Release]

Going Head to Head

Flying Dog Challenges Iron City Beer             

(Pittsburgh) January 15, 2009 – There's nothing friendly about the long standing rivalry between the Baltimore Ravens and the Pittsburgh Steelers. But this week, as the black birds of Baltimore prepare for their big game against their rivals to the west, Flying Dog Brewery has got something – well – brewing.            

Frederick, MD based, Flying Dog Brewery is throwing the red flag and challenging Iron City Brewing Company of Pittsburgh, PA – home of the terrible towel – to a friendly wager. The terms? The brewery whose home team goes flat on Sunday must toast the victors with their opponent's beer, while fully clad in their opponent’s gear.

      “Everyone knows that our co-conspirator, Hunter S. Thompson was a huge football fan, so in true Flying Dog spirit, we’ve added something a little extra special to this weekends big game,” said Flying Dog General Partner, Jim Caruso. “We admire the fact that Iron City is willing to put their beer where there mouth is.  Our should we say our beer where there mouth is?”  

About Flying Dog Brewery: Flying Dog is Maryland’s largest brewery and their award-winning “litter of ales” are available in 45 states. The Brewery is in Frederick, MD and is located at 4607 Wedgewood Blvd.  Flying Dog’s core values of “purposeful, provocative and irreverent” flow through the veins of the brewery’s founding owners, George Stranahan and Richard McIntyre.  George and Richard were friends with the “Gonzo Journalist,” Hunter S. Thompson who coined the brand’s tagline “Good People Drink Good Beer” and with the “Gonzo Artist,” Ralph Steadman, who illustrates the brand’s packaging.  For more information, log on to 

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Comments on Posts

I know this is silly, but I just realized that folks have been leaving a few comments on the blog posts. I hadn't even though that people would read this blog let along spend time commenting on it. So here is my promise, I will reply to anything you all decide is worth the time to comment. (Means I won't be a dufus and not bother checking for comments in the future)

60 min/90 min/120 min Dogfish Head Ale

For Christmas my brother-in-law bought me a mixed 6 pack of beer from a specialty beer store in Seattle Wa. One of those beers was Dogfish Heads 120 min IPA. This beer has always been one that I've been morbidly curious about. Morbidly because it is a 20% ABV beer. I had visions of sticky sweetness with raw hop juices mixed in...basically I wasn't planning on enjoying drinking this but was curious.

So to scratch that itch, I and a friend each got one of the 60 minute IPA, the 90 min. IPA and the 120 min. IPA. These beers and named this way because Dogfish Head has developed a unique way of hopping that is termed "continual hopping". This is essentually a device that drops in hops though out the boil. The longer the boil the more hops added, the bigger the beer becomes.

The 60 minute IPA was nicely crafted, pretty good tasting, not over board in any fashion. It wasn't anything like Pliny the Elder or Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, but a pretty good beer none the less. This is a beer that I would (and likely will) buy again.

The 90 minute IPA was quite a bit stronger. Instead of the 6% ABV of the 60 min. this one was 9% ABV. It was noticably more hoppy but not any more sweet (which is a nice surprise compaired to many of the bigger double IPAs). The fuller body and additional hoppyness of this beer was nicely balanced. I likely won't buy this one again outside of the occasional one or two bottles a year mainly due to cost, not taste.

The true point of this post: the 120 minute IPA. This beer states quite plainly "Ages Well", and I can see why. The hop level is out of this world, and alcohol is very present. One friend described this beer as a "hopped brandy". I can't say he is too far off. Definatly desgined for small tasting glasses, at over 10$ per 12 fl. oz. bottle I would have to say one or two oz is plently.

We served this beer at standard in the fridge for a few hours temps, just below 40 degrees F. As the beer warmed up, so did the evidence of the alcohol level. After a few mintes of tasting and swirling and tasting again it was almost too much for me.

I can't say I would ever buy another one. I think this beer is just too expensive and not really what I would call a great beer...but I can't say this isn't for everyone. I applaud DFH for brewing this and NOT having an overly sweet beer. I commend DFH for putting this to market. Obviously, someone out there likes this beer. Maybe I will too in a year or two when I open the second bottle that I have now stored away in the beer cellar.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Giddy Up!

New beer from the New Belgium pioneers in the US, it's a Coffee infused belgian style beer. I was intrigued and worried from the outset ever since reading about it. now that I've had a chance to drink it I found more to question.
The taste is very smooth, light belgian yeast taste on the back, with a lemon front from the peel they brew with. the coffee taste was very subdued and almost undetectable from the bottles I tried. It makes me wonder if I already had a mishandled case from the reviews I've gotten online about this beer. commented over twitter that it tastes much more bold at room temperature, as the flavors really stand out. Now I have to find another case and let some warm up in my tasting glasses.
Thanks to my friend BC for the giftmas present of a set of 6 Chimay tasting glasses. And yes I'll be stealing some of the wine tasting glasses my wife got for Giftmas for beer tasting.
now if only I could find some Pinot glasses for my collection, as I see those on the recommendations from Russian River for most of their beers. Giddy up does give a little kick to it, as I was up drinking them very late. :)