If you’re a SERIOUS beer fan visiting NorCal, you do NOT just hit Almanac and 21st Amendment and Rare Barrel and Anchor. PLAN a day to drive out I-580, to eastern Livermore, just across from the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories. Park your butt on a stool at Altamont and prepare to be seriously, Bend-scale WOWED.
Pyramid’s new – and, HOORY!, year-round – Berry Tart IPA is a total success in every sense and could it possibly pave the way for some other explorations of sour ales? Stay Tuned…
It’s entirely in keeping with Deschutes’ communal aesthetic that they would wade into a trend but do it their own way, without compromise.
pFriem Family Brewers is killin’ it. If they are not, in fact, the best brewery in this region, they are, at very least, on a ridiculously-short list of maybe three or four.
We created and supported the Craft Beer Boom as a statement that we would rather spend our dollars for beer that tastes good and supports our friends and neighbors and our own local, state, and American economies.
This is the defining classic Northwest Pale Ale and one that is so brilliantly approachable and drinkable that even your Mass-Produced-Pilsner-Addicted pals will find nothing to bitch about. And a LOT to love.
By far, the largest sub-group of American Indie/craft breweries is the one for which I’ve borrowed a term from my pals Chris Carter and Doug Baldwin: “A-ight”
Fort George is just starting to explore their excellence and, trust me on this, we all want to be watching closely, and with glasses under their taps, as it happens.