Wednesday, March 22, 2017

McMenamins Announces Limited Edition IPA Series

It's no secret we're fond of McMenamins! With all of the historic locations, unique artwork, and quirky nature it is easy to be a fan. We have heard people complain about The Kingdom before, but we've always stuck by their side. One of the most common complaints is about the long standing flagship beers. When at a McMenamins remember if you are tired of the main line-up, you can always go with one of the more creative one-offs. Now that McMenamins has given their brewers the freedom to play around, it could be one of the best beers you've ever had! We're excited to share this new rotating series with you...

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Something is Brewing in the 'Couve and #pdxbeergeeks is Bringing it to You!

The Second Annual Pacific Northwest Homebrewers Conference is coming to Vancouver WA March 16th and 17th and #pdxbeergeeks will be sending frequent contributor and avid homebrewer Joe Morris to cover the festivities and it promises to be a blast.

Monday, February 27, 2017

SheBrew Beer Festival Expands in Third Year

SheBrew Beer Festival Expands in Third Year

PORTLAND, Ore. - The SheBrew Beer Festival returns for a third year after taking a hiatus in 2016, expanding the event to include an AHA-sanctioned homebrew competition for women brewers, locally and nationally. The festival, a joint event from HRC Portland and the Oregon Brew Crew, will take place Saturday, March 4 from 12 to 8pm at Buckman Coffee Factory, located at 1105 SE Main St.

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Profile Series : Growing Local Beer : Brewing a Truly Local Beer

Guest post by Joe Morris

It was an absolute blast visiting our local growers for the Growing Local Beer series.  And I'd like to extend an enormous "Thank you" to Crosby Hop Farm, Imperial Organic Yeast, and Mecca Grade Estate Malt.  Each of our featured subjects extended amazing generosity and were very free with their time. The truly great thing about the craft beer and brewing communities is the willingness of everyone to teach and learn about making better beer.

While the Growing Local Beer project was underway, I offered our growers the opportunity to participate in a product demonstration to be featured on #pdxbeergeeks as well as my homebrew blog, Portland Ale Blazer.

Monday, December 14, 2015

Profile Series : Growing Local Beer : Mecca Grade Estate Malt

Guest post from Joe Morris

At the end of a long dirt road against a backdrop of Central Oregon farmland, Seth Klann is unlocking the door to what he calls, "The Area 51 of Craft Malt."  This is not the place you would expect to find a super secret rebel base designed for a craft malt revolution.  Most of the farms out here are known for growing for food, feed and seed. That's exactly Klann's family has done on their land for over 100 years.  But a love of homebrewing led Seth to find a way to marry his pastime with his family legacy in creating Mecca Grade Estate Malt.

Monday, November 9, 2015

Profile Series : Growing Local Beer : Imperial Organic Yeast

Guest post by Joe Morris

There is an age-old cliché that “brewers make wort but it’s the yeast that makes beer." Owen Lingley, co-founder of Imperial Organic Yeast, jokingly mentioned to me that his outfit "makes one beer...and it is terrible." However, the yeast they make is phenomenal and that terrible beer is just a byproduct.

Monday, October 12, 2015

Profile Series : Growing Local Beer : Crosby Hop Farm

Special guest post by Joe Morris. 

Late August through early September is a magical time in Oregon as local beer drinkers await the flood of wet hop beers headed to taprooms and bottle shops. But nowhere is the magic felt more strongly than in a local hop yard. I paid a visit to Crosby Hop Farm recently to tour the grounds, learn a little more about their process and share the experience with #pdxbeergeeks at this very special time of year.