913. Ex Novo Brewing – Dynamic Duo IIPA
Jul31

913. Ex Novo Brewing – Dynamic Duo IIPA

As I mentioned in my last post, we’ve spent the last several days in and around Portland, Oregon. My awesome friend @Bettywriter let my wife and I stay at her place overlooking the Willamette River. We explored Portland, the Columbia River Gorge, and the coast. It’s been awesome, but tomorrow we’re headed home. I just finished up the last of the Tropic Pines Juicy IPA 4-pack I had, and now I’m finishing up the...

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912. Bend Brewing – Tropic Pines Juicy IPA
Jul31

912. Bend Brewing – Tropic Pines Juicy IPA

We’ve had an incredible few days here in Oregon thanks to my friend @Bettywriter. I can’t thank her enough. After a day exploring Portland – hitting the rose garden, lunch at Por Que No?, beers at Stormbreaker and Ecliptic, exploring the Hawthorne neighborhood, and then McMenamin’s Kennedy School – we headed back to the condo to get ready to head home tomorrow. So while we’re cleaning up and packing...

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911. Double Mountain- India Red Ale IRA
Jul29

911. Double Mountain- India Red Ale IRA

We had an incredible day today. We drove up the Columbia River gorge, stopping at several waterfalls along the way. We finally hit Hood River at lunchtime and had lunch on the patio at Full Sail Brewing. It was super hot, so after a quick tour of the brewery, we tried to stop by Double Mountain, but it was packed. So we drove to Mount Hood and stopped at Timberline Lodge. After trekking it back to Portland, we relaxed and I cracked...

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910. pFriem – Citrus Zest IPA
Jul25

910. pFriem – Citrus Zest IPA

We’re headed to Oregon in a couple days and I’m getting excited. I though I’d open another beer from my friend @Bettywriter in preparation for the trip. She sent me one of their beers at Christmas and I’m hoping to stop at the brewery while out there. The bottle says, “By adding citrus zest to fruit and citrus forward hops, we’ve boosted the fruit flavors in pFriem Citrus Zest IPA. Notes of melon...

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Deelat Motorized Ball Valves
Jul25

Deelat Motorized Ball Valves

One of the benefits of this blog is that I get to find out about some great products related to the beer industry. I was offered some Deelat motorized ball valves to try out. Fortunately, I’m helping a friend work on his new brewery, and these ball valves were offered at just the right time. My friend was impressed by the quality of the valves and loves that he can manually move the valve when things are powered down. One of the...

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909. Buoy Beer Co. – Dunkel Lager
Jul23

909. Buoy Beer Co. – Dunkel Lager

It’s Monday, and Friday can’t get here soon enough. That’s when we leave for Portland to go to the Oregon Brewers Festival. I went there 8 years ago when I won the Oregon Travel brewmaster Cuisinternship, and ever since, my friend @Bettywriter has been trying to get me to come back. Once we finally knew we were going to be able to make it, she sent us several beers from breweries she recommended we visit during our...

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908. Wild Leap Brew Co. – Chance IPA
Jul09

908. Wild Leap Brew Co. – Chance IPA

On Friday night we rented a steam cleaner for 48 hours, and I spent the entire weekend steam cleaning every inch of carpet, every carpeted stair, and every rug in the entire house. I stopped briefly last night so my wife and I could go to Shakespeare in the park (we saw The Merry Wives of Windsor). So finally, after returning the steam cleaner, it was time for a beer. My friend Joe gave this to me when we met up in Memphis about a...

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