Ever wanted some marijuana beer?
Thrillist provides you a recipe and instruction to make a good tasting beer with an extra layer of “dankness”. It’s definitely more work but if you are into this sort of experimentation this might be right up your alley.
My initial impression is that the hops are going to overpower any flavor contributions but the plants are cousins so who knows…it could be a lot more complimentary.
Ecliptic Brewing - Portland, OR
The early part of this day was spent homebrewing with friends for one of their birthdays but later on in the day we needed to rally to go out. When we did we settled on Ecliptic. The owner/brewer John Harris has had a long illustrious career and after the hype of his initial opening died down this was on my list of places I must check out.
Some people I know and respect told me the beer wasn’t very good…I would disagree. Everything was super clean and paired well with food because it wasn’t lingering on your palette. I had a hamburger made with pancetta that was out of this world, top 5 burgers I’ve ever eaten.
While the food and drink were great it was like so many other times, the company that made it a great night. There were jokes, stories and raucous laughter that left everyone staring at us. There haven’t been enough of those nights lately.
I encourage you to check this place out, for the beers, the food and hopefully a group of friends to make your experience as memorable.
Whiskey Train: Making Whiskey From Craft Beer
What I’m most interested in is what people think of their product? I had the Single Malt Whiskey from Rogue this weekend for the second time and while I won’t say that it was bad…it tasted like really young whiskey that could develop into something respectable if given time.The Dead Guy whiskey from Rogue however was super disappointing.
I think making a craft beer and distilling it to make whiskey is a great idea because of the layers and flavors you can get into beers but I don’t want someone to market a beer and whiskey of the same name. They become so dissimilar I think it ruins the reputation of one of the two.
I really want to spend some time and shoot a webseries with our emerging micro-distilling market her in Portland to see what craft spirits are doing differently.
Anyone else tried some craft beer distilled into whiskey?
A Manual for Creating Atheists [Peter Boghossian, Michael Shermer] For thousands of years, the faithful have honed proselytizing strategies and talked people into believing the truth of one holy book or another.
A friend recommended this book to me and I love dissenting opinions so I thought why not? I’ve had a few beers since listening to this book and it honestly left me annoyed and angry…and I’m agnostic! The idea that you can create a manual to create atheists might be appealing to some and ridiculous to others but the way the author goes about it was often times misplaced.
He bestows the values of religion that are based around the idea of faith and then later “smashes” the idea of faith that conjures these positive actions. I would highly recommend listening to this book over reading it because you can hear the seething, sneering anger in his voice as he reads it.
That is where my biggest problem becomes apparent…when you sound like a condescending jerk, your opinion that simultaneously is trying to destroy the foundations of another person I think all of the logic in the world goes out the window. That person is going to feel attacked and possibly more polarized.
I really did not enjoy this book…. I did not enjoy listening to it when I had a beer, when I sitting in my car, nor at my desk. I think the more beers I had the more I felt like this guy didn’t understand what a jerk he sounded like. I feel really positive about the next book on my list Meateater by Steve Rinella.
Buoy Beer - Astoria, OR
Our next stop on the great 2014 Zwickelmania adventure was highly anticipated because I had been in contact with them about shooting a webseries episode for almost a year. The restaurant isn’t ready and the main brewhouse isn’t operational yet but we did get to taste some beers and spend some time in the brewpub.
Buoy wants to build their name off of lagers and and their Czech and German Pilsners are not to be missed. We had some roasted pistachios and smoked oyster deviled eggs..so stupidly good I’m salivating just thinking about them.
The atmosphere of reclaimed wood inside a place that looks like a dive from the outside is transformative and makes for a really fun and comfortable environment. When you couple that with sitting on the pier directly over the water with ships drifting by not more than 100 feet out gives you a 100% unique experience.
It was a great day and my wife was a trooper because she was really sick and still wanted to go on an adventure to the coast.
Fort George - Astoria, OR
This is how our 2014 Zwickelmania began. We arrived early but not too early for food so we grabbed one of the few booths and started perusing the beer and food menus for sustenance. Zwickelmania with Fort George is no ordinary day as they also host the Dark Arts Festival which is part dark beer festival and part… kick ass renaissance fair.
Here is the taplist that was available. I went with a stout that had four types of roasted peppers but was only around 5% because we had many journeys to make that day. My wife went with one that had clove and cinnamon with some marshmallow I think and we savored our brew. I tried a blood sausage that had golden raisins in it…and it was fantastic.
It was a fantastic way to start the day and start our 2014 Zwickelmania.
southern drawl pale lager
great raft brewing company, shreveport, la., usa
I know absolutely nothing about the quality of their beer but as I develop brands and beer labels. They absolutely nailed the “folk” aspect of this, it’s awesome! It’s also really cool to see a can tied so strongly to its region, there are just a few in Portland who do this well.
Not totally surprising that if you count a different way you get a different set of numbers. I wonder how many of these are alternating proprietorships that you so often see in the wine industry and how many of them are creating a second brewery to make some beers that don’t fit within their brand.
The hop industry is growing because craft brewing is growing overall. As an agricultural product, hops don’t have the luxury of adapting quickly to demand.
Getting into the “hop game” is not an easy proposition nor is it cheap. You need an oast (hop kiln) for drying because hops have so much water they spoil incredibly easily after being picked, a hop picker, ample land to grow a quantity that allows you to be profitable, a space/system for processing the hops and a temperature controlled place for storage.
I will admit I’ve met less than a handful of hop farmers but they all genuinely seem to pursue it as a labor of love, not unlike most of the food producing farmers I know. There is a passion for their craft that should make most of us blush and it’s just another fold in the craft beer industry that makes it so special.
If there was one thing I would like to see for start ups it would be a hop CSA. The idea of paying in advance to reserve your share of hops from a place you can go and visit and grow with is intriguing (and also plagued with problems) and might be the push some ambitious craft beer lovers need to move them in the right direction.
If you haven’t had an opportunity to visit a hop farm I recommend it. Knowing the ingredients and the people in the industry helps to gain a greater respect for the product you know and love.
I love video game inspired art/projects.
Vault Hunting can be tiresome work, why not relax with a Pandora Pale Ale while you shoot a skag sucking bandit in the face.
Created by Nick Fillis you can see the whole series here.
Super interesting to get a national look at this and I dare you tell me that this is not inhibiting craft beer growth. When you take this into consideration it nullifies that argument of market saturation, it’s more about it not being financially viable for start ups in certain states.
I don’t own a brewery so my opinion is pretty worthless…but that’s how it looks to an outsider.