I’m forever deliberating over the impact nanobreweries can or do have on a city’s beer culture. For every Commons (nee Beetje) brewery in Portland or Hess in San Diego, there are seemingly a dozen more that think they can emulate that level of success. To find out what these nanobrewers want to get out of the brewing industry, and what they think can have to contribute, I went straight to the teensy-tiny sources in my August turn at the Mercury’s Lush Life column.
When the CBC hit Portland last year, I said, Man, I gotta write something about this for the Portland Mercury. Which I did. (Then, once the hangover waned, I recapped CBC events for 1859.) When, a year later (present date), CiderCon was heading to, uh, Cidervana, I pitched doing a bigger story and maybe we put it on the cover and really show those cider makers from other places outside the Northwest how big fermented apples are here and what a true cider city looks and reads like. They bought it. Even cooler, I somehow finagled an assignment for 1,800 words into 3,000. Clearly, there’s a lot to say about cider.
Another round-up of Merc blog posts:
- When Charlie Van Meter became the inaugural brewer at Yachats (in the coastal town of Yachats) and left Logsdon in the process, I had some questions for him.
- Cider Summit hits new peak.
- Wherein I review 10 radlers or shandies for National Radler Day.
- Because who doesn’t want a locally sourced craft beer to pair with their locally sourced fast food? Now you can find beer at Burgerville..
- The Mash Tun Brewpub Is Making Way for Great Notion.
- If there’s anything we love more than eating food prepared in tiny campers and served through cramped windows its pairing it with suds. As you can do at these pods that serve pints.
Another round up of Merc beer blogs, capped by a cider blog.
- Ménage à trois and circle jerk jokes aside, this one’s about a pair of IPA collaborations from two separate brewery trios involving Fort George & Pfriem Family Brewery and another involving Portland’s Ecliptic Brewing.
- The beacon of the state capital’s emerging brewing scene, Santiam Brewing, released their first sour ale, Gin Peche, at the Upper Lip
- A recent Live from the Barrel tapping—Cascade Barrel House’s weekly series—blanches palates once again with Napoleon Cherry, a blend of blonde and wheat ales aged in white wine barrels with local Napoleon cherries
- Meadmaker Brooks Cooper is crazy enough to turn an NE industrial space into Stung Fermented. It is Portland’s only dedicated meadery.
- It was apparently National Ketchup Day, and the third annual one at that. Enter a malty homage to tomato paste and vinegar: two collaboration beers from Portland’s Coalition Brewing (who are gearing up for their fifth anniversary) and Portland-via-Eugene’s Red Duck Ketchup.
- Perhaps Portland has more breweries than any city in the world because it has more diehard craft-beer drinkers who live to let their livers process as much new, unique beer as possible. But along with in that scenario comes the “problem” that folks will always want to try something they haven’t tasted before. For one day only, one taphouse provided a solution by accumulating a baker’s dozen kegs from Oregon’s remotest breweries. Full disclosure: I’m the guy who organized The Rural Brewer.
- Oh, is it beer fest season? It certainly feels as if they occur at a rate of more than one a week. Having said that, only a handful feel like cornerstones of the yearlong sudsy celebration, and the upcoming fifth annual Portland Fruit Beer Festival is deservedly one of them.
That’s enough for now.
As a freelance writer, I’m basically grateful for any publisher and editor willing to suffer my pitches, edit my work, and spend the ink or kilobytes to publish it. Thusly, I bid a fond adieu to typing about beer for Portland’s other alt-weekly, Willamette Week, and merrily begin doing such for The Merc who graciously extended the role of beer blogger and, soon enough, columnist. This entails 1-2 weekly blog posts on beer news big and small, breaking or just timely, and again, sooner than later, a half-page column in the paper.
First up was a 1,700-word story about the best places local beer lovers can enjoy imported craft beers during Craft Brewers Conference.
*Then came news of advance tix for the 10th Annual FredFest.
*Oregon Public House kickstarted #Aletruism Brewing.
*Super fun breaking news that Bend’s Worthy Brewing is expanding up to the stars.
*Jacobsen Sea Salted beer in the form of Jammer Gose from Bklyn’s Sixpoint Brewery.