Oblivion Brewing Co., newest brewery in Bend

Let’s all give a hearty welcome to Oblivion Brewing Co., Bend, Oregon’s newest brewery (for now)!

Tuesday afternoon as I sat minding my own business in Broken Top Bottle Shop & Ale Café …. Erm. OK. Let’s be honest. As a librarian in the presence of those needing information or passing on great information I find it hard to actually “mind my own business.” Then again, discussions of new breweries in town are well within the realm of—at least what I consider to be—my business. I also made other friends that day by being a librarian and info junkie.

As I was saying, I overheard a conversation about a new brewery in town between the brewery owners and the waitress. I went over and introduced myself to Darin Butschy (owner and brewmaster) and Meghann Butschy (owner and manager) of Oblivion Brewing Co. I gave them my card and they gave me both of theirs and a sticker.

We chatted for a few minutes and I found out that they will shortly be on taps in Broken Top Bottle Shop & Ale Café, Platypus Pub, Brother Jon’s and at least one of the growler fill stations.

According to Darin they brew primarily ales but they do have a pilsner. I also found out a bit about his brewing experience. He worked at SLO Brew which Firestone Walker bought out in 2001 and then brewed for FW for 6 years.

A bit later I went over to talk to Meghann about social media. They are still finding their feet in that regard but they do have a page at Facebook. [By the way, Meghann is a Bendite, born and raised. She makes perhaps the 8th person I have met who can claim that in the almost year that I have been here.]

Their Release Party will be at Broken Top Bottle Shop & Ale Café on Saturday, 24 August from 5 – 7 pm.

I am definitely looking forward to it! I hope to see you there.

 

My “8 Ways To Celebrate Oregon Craft Beer Month”

A few days ago The New School tweeted a link to an article at Gadling.com (travel blog), “8 Ways to Celebrate Oregon Craft Beer Month,” by Anna Brones on 6 July 2013. Since I was on my way to Corvallis for a few days I found its timing serendipitous, especially suggestion #2. Thus, I thought I would use it to build a post around.

I had never heard of the Gadling travel blog before or of the article’s author, Anna Brones. Poking the site and especially her byline link, I must say I am slightly confused. It states that,”Anna Brones is a food and travel writer based in Paris, France. In her spare time, she heads up Foodie Underground.” Most of her articles are about Europe, although I did see one about train travel in the Pacific Northwest so perhaps she gets out here once in a while. Not a complaint at all. Just seems a bit random to me but then, hey, I’ll take folks talking up Oregon Craft Beer Month on a wider basis.

On to the article and what I am already doing that fits her suggestions:

1. Go to a festival

While not making it to the big one this year (Oregon Brewer’s Festival), we did attend the Whole Foods Summer Brewfest on Saturday, 6 July, which benefitted the Humane Society of Central Oregon. We tasted all of the following beers and one mead from Nectar of the Gods:

  • Deschutes Belgian Baroness
  • Stone Oak-aged Arrogant Bastard
  • Fort George 3-Way
  • Sierra Nevada Southern Hemisphere
  • Crux Castor Weizen
  • Hop Valley Vanilla Infused Porter
  • Full Sail Bohemian Pilsner

It was small but included these breweries and around four to six more. It was a tough choice for which beers to try and several we would have liked to sample we had to pass on since we were going to a movie afterwards.

2. Plan a road trip that involves at least five breweries

While I hadn’t actually “planned” out a road trip, per se, it is always my intention to visit the breweries when I go to Corvallis. And this trip was going to include one brand-new brewery, Mazama Brewing, and one new to me, the OSU Fermentation Sciences pilot brewery, where I had scheduled a visit for a tour and tasting. The following is a list of the breweries I visited in the order I got to them this time:

  • Mazama (brand-new; soft opened 31 May)
  • Block 15
  • Flat Tail
  • OSU Fermentation Sciences pilot brewery (new to me)
  • McMenamins Corvallis Pub (new to me)
  • Oregon Trail

I intend to write a post each about my visit to Mazama and the OSU Fermentation Sciences pilot brewery.

3. Buy beer and other assorted goods

The Fourth of July is mentioned so I will mention the 4th of July Coming Out Stouts party we had with 7 of our friends. Its name, which had a couple different variants, was in celebration of the Supreme Court’s DOMA and Prop 8 rulings and of my recovery from my recent surgery. We sampled 12 stouts and one porter while enjoying food, conversation and companionship on our back porch. Most of the stouts were already present although I did pick up another Cavatica Stout from Fort George (it comes in 16 oz cans and not 22 oz bombers like the others) and a Rogue Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout to pair with the other oatmeal stout I already had.

On 2 July I picked up bottles #7-12 of Black Butte Porter XXV from Broken Top Bottle Shop to round out my case. While I couple of days later I bought a Deschutes Teku goblet at the brewery to compliment the BBPs and other big dark beers from Deschutes.

No doubt other beers have and will be bought over the remainder of the month. As for other beer gear, yesterday I ordered a new Danby 11 cu ft DAR1102WE fridge to replace my much smaller Danby DAR440W as The Cellar. It won’t be delivered for two more weeks but I got an amazing price from Standard TV & Appliance who has it for 15% off through this Monday. Even without the sale it would have been much cheaper then Amazon or Home Depot.

4. Plan a weekend of “research”

The suggested “research” is browsing this Portland monthly article, “50 Best Oregon Beers,” to see which you can get if you live elsewhere. Since I do live in Oregon, I thought I’d see how many I have had so far. It looks like I have had 18 of the 50 so far, although I am fairly certain I have tasted 2-3 more of them.

As for research, especially if you put scare quotes around it, well, that’s what I do. Each week I have scheduled a minimum of one hour/day for four days of beer studying and research. I read beer books and magazines and websites and blog posts and so on. I try to review some of them and hope/intend to review more.

While in Corvallis I got 3 books from OSU Valley Library and bought 2 books and a magazine at The Book Bin. I am currently reading Bamforth, Charles W, ed. 2006. Brewing: New Technologies. Woodhead Publishing in Food Science, Technology, and Nutrition. Cambridge, England: Woodhead Pub. and I am re-reading Bamforth, Charles W. 2009. Beer: Tap into the Art and Science of Brewing. 3rd ed. Oxford; New York: Oxford University Press. I intend to write reviews of both.

Numbers 5 and 6 are run and drink, and bike and drink but due to my surgery I can neither run nor bike currently.

7. Try a new style of beer

This one is in theory harder to pull off than any of the others but succeed I did. At Block 15 in Corvallis I was able to try their IMP, a Belgian enkel or single. While touring the OSU Fermentation Sciences pilot brewery I was able to taste their Standard American industry lager and a Nordic Farmhouse Rye. That’s three new styles.

One could argue that I have drank plenty of standard American industry lager, which would be true, but I haven’t in a decade or two and I certainly  haven’t since I started seriously drinking craft beer. I still think I need to give the ubiquitous PBR a try soon but I can in reasonably good faith consider myself to have tried Bud/Miller/etc. and even a variant made with 016 hops instead of Willamettes.

8. Learn to homebrew

I tried this myself once back in the mid 80s while in Belgium with a British homebrew kit. It did not turn out well. I did help a friend on brew day with a Russian River Blind Pig clone back in June but I doubt I will get a chance to do so again this month. The books and magazine that I bought at The Book Bin are all on homebrewing, though, and one of the books from Valley Library is, so in essence the attempt is there.

No doubt I have missed something or the other but there’s my list of things done to celebrate Oregon Craft Beer Month as bounced off of some list of ideas.

The most important thing, though, is missing from the list. That is simply to experience and (responsibly) enjoy some tasty Oregon craft beer this month. Along with every other month of the year!

What are you doing to celebrate Oregon Craft Beer Month?

Central Oregon Beer Week Recap

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The 2nd annual Central Oregon Beer Week (COBW)—our first—was, in my humble opinion, a booming success. It was definitely a busy week and involved one or more beers most days but since that is often the case it kind of goes without saying.

I don’t even remember everything we did or every beer I tasted. My daily journal is missing a few details, as usual, and not every beer got recorded in either my paper beer notebook or in Untappd. So be it. Nonetheless, I will attempt something of a recap.

Monday, 20 May, began for us with my event, Beer & Books at Broken Top Bottle Shop & Ale Café at 4 pm. We got there a little early and had some food and got set up. The time slot wasn’t the greatest so in the end there were seven people in the audience but I feel—and have heard—that it went well. Here’s the link for the bibliography for my talk.

Me giving my Beer & Books Talk at Broken Top for Central Oregon Beer Week

Me giving my Beer & Books Talk at Broken Top for Central Oregon Beer Week

I wouldn’t mind reprising it again on other occasions and also moving into other topics and informational resources related to beer resources. I definitely want to do it or something like it again next year. Maybe another venue and time a bit later in the evening would work better. We absolutely love Broken Top and they treat/treated us great but they have their Brews & Bands theme and activities already which takes up all of the prime hours of 5 – 9 pm. If I find other occasions to reprise the talk, though, I would definitely want to do it at Broken Top.

During my talk I had a pint of Vertigo’s Schwindel Alt which was quite tasty and refreshing. Afterwards I was talking with one of the audience and mentioned how much I loved hefeweizen so Dean of Below Grade, who was setting up for the free tasting, brought me some of his Volksvitzen South German Weissbock. I have had it before and it is quite tasty. Solstice Brewing from Prineville was also there and I tasted a couple of theirs including the Prinetucky Pale Ale.

After a short while we caught the Get-It Shuttle over to Worthy Brewing for the Beer Week Kick-Off Celebration. There we had 5 different SMaSH beers (single malt and single hop) from Worthy, Bend Brewing, McMenamins, Phat Matt’s and Deschutes. I thought BBCs, McMenamins and Deschutes were the best, and all quite tasty, with Deschutes getting my vote for overall best as it had the most complex taste. It had more going on, if you will.

As we left we picked up our commemorative COBW glasses—which are quite nice, and large—and caught the Get-It Shuttle back to Broken Top before heading up the hill to home.

On Tuesday we had dinner at Broken Top and I had a glass of Deschutes The Stoic from 2011. Freaking exquisite beer! Sara had a glass of Caldera’s Toasted Chocolate Coconut Porter which was also pretty tasty. Caldera and Deschutes were pouring for the Brews part of Brews & Bands so we sampled a few other things. Abe, from Deschutes, opened some bottles of Conflux No. 1: The Collage which is aging nicely. I have a bottle in The Cellar and plan on leaving it at least another six months or perhaps a year which I believe will continue to improve it.

Wednesday, we had been planning on going to Deschutes Beer-lesque at The Summit Saloon but we decided we weren’t in the mood for a crowd so we opted for the Brewers Reserve Night at Silver Moon and it was a great choice. We tasted five different and very special beers, several of which were barrel-aged. Actually, we sampled a couple more because our friend, Miles, was with us and we didn’t get the same five from the list of seven that he did.

Brewers Reserve Night Beer List at Silver Moon

Brewers Reserve Night Beer List at Silver Moon

Sara and I started with the Alpha Project #5: Uncle Jim’s Maui Wowie Double IPA which we both really loved. You won’t hear me often saying either of us love a DIPA but we both did and I gave it 5 stars.

Next, we had the Oak-aged Conquistador spiced Mexican brown ale, which is their Apocalypto “End of Days strong ale” aged in rum barrels for six months. Then we had the La Vengeance du Sorcier Belgian strong dark ale. Except it wasn’t. They had accidentally brought out a pitcher of their La Travail du Sorcier Belgian strong golden which we had had a week or so prior. It got straightened out and we got a glass of the Vengeance. Next up was the barrel-aged Demolition Man, a Northwest strong ale, which was very barley wine-like and aged in bourbon barrels for eleven months. Lastly, we had the Purgatory’s Oak Shadow, which is their Purgatory’s Shadow Belgian strong aged 6 months in Volcano Vineyards French white oak Shiraz barrels. It was darn tasty.

Thursday began with an early post-lunch stop at GoodLife to try their daily Bourbon & Barrel-Aged Tap of the day, the JAM!, which is a light pale aged with Oregon marionberries in a Syrah oak barrel.

In the afternoon we helped one of the organizers hang the COBW banner at Crow’s Feet Commons for the Ale Apothecary Sahati Bottle Release event that was taking place that evening.

That evening I had the first session of my Beer Sensory Analysis class through COCC with Amanda from Deschutes. Afterwards I met Sara and some friends at Broken Top and had another wonderful glass of The Stoic 2011. Thank you so much Broken Top for storing that keg since early 2011!

Friday, after work, we started at Crows Feet Commons for the Weekend Kick-Off Fire Pit Party but when I mentioned a CDA throw down at Platypus Pub to our friend it was decided we were in the wrong place. So off we went to the Platypus Pub for the Friday Fight Night between Boneyard and 10 Barrel. For $4 we each got a 4 oz taster of both of their CDAs and a ticket to vote on which was the best. After tasting these and voting I got myself a pint of Rat Hole’s–Bend’s newest brewery–Hazelnut Brown Ale.

Crux Bottle Release Party

Crux Bottle Release Party

Saturday morning we headed to Crux Fermentation Project early for their Bottle Release Party where we picked up three bottles of Tough Love Banished Imperial Stout 2013 and two of the Impasse Saison. I had hoped to have burritos for breakfast there and then get a small snifter of the Tough Love but after getting our bottles the burrito line was pretty long. Due to picking up Sara’s bike from REI and having the Cake concert in the evening we chose not to do any more beer events on Saturday.

Tough Love Banished Stout 2013 and Impasse Saison (4th bottle for Miles)

Tough Love Banished Stout 2013 and Impasse Saison (4th bottle for Miles)

Sunday we went out to Sunriver for the First Annual Sunriver Resort Brewfest which was the capstone event for COBW. We stopped at The Mountain Jug beforehand and grabbed a few things to bring home. At the brewfest we were able to taste a few things from Sunriver Brewing (our 1st from them), Full Sail, and GoodLife. Sadly, all of the breweries ran out of beer fairly quickly. Otherwise, it was a pretty good event but they’ll need more beer next year, or need to charge a small fee to hopefully rein in the suds suckers, and they could use another food tent in a different location on the grounds. On the way home we all—Miles was with us—stopped at Broken Top and continued our great conversations and had some more tasty beer.

1st Annual Sunriver Resort Brewfest

1st Annual Sunriver Resort Brewfest

Monday, the 8th and final day of COBW, found us at the Deschutes Pub in the evening for their Class of ’88 Imperial Smoked Porter Tasting Party. Let me just say that Deschutes does it up right! They had tasters available of their Smoked Bruin, Pub Smoked Porter and the Class of ’88 Imperial Smoked Porter. They also had plenty of tasty food. And all of it was FREE! We liked the Smoked Bruin, which bordered on being a dessert beer, and the Class of ’88 the best. We will certainly be picking up a couple of bottles of the Class of ’88 to cellar.

Thanks Deschutes for another classy party! We heard lots of great comments regarding your spread and hospitality from folks who were visiting you for the first time. Bravely done!

Deschutes Class of '88 Imperial Smoked Porter

Deschutes Class of ’88 Imperial Smoked Porter

We also stopped by the new Brew Wërks location twice for lunch and beers during COBW. It is hopefully going to be a better space for them. I kind of liked the previous space but it was NOT a good location for them at all. Mike made a very tasty mashup of his Audacious Amber by using a saison yeast that he called Amber Saison. It may sound weird but it was quite good.

In summary, I would say Central Oregon Beer Week was a great time for us. I participated as an official sponsor and held an event, which I would like to continue next year. I must say the organizers of COBW took great care of me—as a sponsor and as an attendee at numerous events—and I hope to be on that side of the fence going forward. Sara and I had a grand time attending many events, often facing hard choices of what to do versus what to skip, and we had quite a few very tasty beers and a goodly number of quite drinkable beers.

Bibliography for Bend Beer Librarian Book Talk for Central Oregon Beer Week

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These are the books that I will discuss/discussed during my book talk at Broken Top Bottle Shop & Ale Café on Monday, 20 May 2013 during Central Oregon Beer Week.

Categories

  • General
  • Beer porn
  • Beer & Food
  • Reference
  • Beer business
  • Historical, etc.
  • Breweriana
  • Trivia & Games
  • Regional Guidebook
  • Beer fiction

Bibliography

Note: DPL refers to Deschutes Public Library and COCC to Central Oregon Community College Barber Library.

Anderson, Will. 1973. The Beer Book; an Illustrated Guide to American Breweriana. Princeton [N.J.]: Pyne Press. [Breweriana]

Anheuser-Busch, Inc. 1978. The Beer Cans of Anheuser-Busch: An Illustrated History. 1st ed. [St. Louis]: Anheuser-Busch.

Bamforth, Charles W. 2009. Beer: Tap into the Art and Science of Brewing. Oxford; New York: Oxford University Press. [General]

Bamforth, Charles W. 2009. Brewmaster’s Art: the History and Science of Beermaking. 7 sound discs (7 hr.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 course guide (48 p. : col. ill. ; 22 cm.). Modern Scholar. Prince Frederick, MD: Recorded Books. [DPL 641.873 BAMFORTH CHARLES] [General]

Beaumont, Stephen. 2000. Premium Beer Drinker’s Guide. Willowdale, Ont.; Buffalo, N.Y.: Firefly Books. [DPL 641.23 Beaumont] [Beer porn]

Bernstein, Joshua M. 2011. Brewed Awakening: Behind the Beers and Brewers Leading the World’s Craft Brewing Revolution. New York: Sterling Epicure. [DPL 663.43 BERNSTEIN JOSHUA] [General/Beer porn/Beer business]

Calagione, Sam. 2011. Brewing up a Business: Adventures in Beer from the Founder of Dogfish Head Craft Brewery. Revised & Updated. Hoboken, N.J.: Wiley. [COCC HD 9397 .D644 C35 2011] [Beer business]

Cole, Melissa. 2011. Let Me Tell You About Beer. London [England]: Pavilion. [DPL 641.23 Cole] [General/Beer porn]

Eames, Alan D. 1995. Secret Life of Beer: Legends, Lore & Little-known Facts. Pownal, Vt.: Storey Communications. [COCC TP 577 .E27 1995] [Trivia & Games]

Ettlinger, Steve, and Marty Nachel. 2011. Beer For Dummies. For Dummies. http://www.myilibrary.com?id=340229. [DPL ebook] [General]

Fletcher, Janet Kessel. 2013. Cheese & Beer. Kansas City, MO: Andrew McMeel Publishing. [Beer & Food]

Hornsey, Ian S., and Royal Society of Chemistry (Great Britain). 2003. A History of Beer and Brewing. Cambridge: Royal Society of Chemistry. [History, etc./Reference]

Jackson, Michael. 1977. The World Guide to Beer: The Brewing Styles, the Brands, the Countries. Englewood Cliffs, N.J.: Prentice-Hall. [General/Beer porn]

Kenning, David. 2005. Beers of the World: over 350 Classic Beers, Lagers, Ales, and Porters. Bath, UK: Parragon Pub. [DPL 641.23 KENNING DAVID] [Beer porn]

Morrison, Lisa M. 2011. Craft Beers of the Pacific Northwest: A Beer Lover’s Guide to Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia. Portland, Or.: Timber Press. [DPL 641.23 MORRISON LISA] [Regional Guidebook]

Mosher, Randy. 2009. Tasting Beer: an Insider’s Guide to the World’s Greatest Drink. North Adams, MA: Storey Pub. [DPL 641.23 MOSHER RANDY] [General]

Oliver, Garrett. 2005. The Brewmaster’s Table: Discovering the Pleasures of Real Beer with Real Food. New York: HarperCollins. [Beer & Food]

Oliver, Garrett, ed. 2012. The Oxford Companion to Beer. New York: Oxford University Press. [DPL 641.23 OXFORD] [Reference]

Perozzi, Christina, and Hallie Beaune. 2009. The Naked Pint: an Unadulterated Guide to Craft Beer. New York, N.Y.: Perigee Book. [DPL 641.623 PEROZZI CHRISTINA] [General]

Robbins, Tom. 2009. B Is for Beer. New York, NY: Ecco. [Beer fiction]

Schiefenhövel, Wulf, and Helen M Macbeth, ed. 2011. Liquid Bread: Beer and Brewing in Cross-cultural Perspective. Vol. 7. Anthropology of Food and Nutrition. New York: Berghahn Books. [COCC GT 2884 .L57 2011] [Historical, etc.]

Thompson, Logan. 2013. Beer Lover’s Oregon. Guilford, CT: Globe Pequot Press. [Regional Guidebook]

Beer & Books for Central Oregon Beer Week

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In a previous post I mentioned that I am a “Proud sponsor of Central Oregon Beer Week” and that I was doing an event on Monday, 20 May at 4 pm at Broken Top Bottle Shop & Ale Café.

Here is my flyer [link to full-size pdf]:

My flyer for my Beer & Books event

My flyer for my Beer & Books event during Central Oregon Beer Week

I will discuss eleven kinds of beer books and the various sources for them—online or in a physical store, library or other location with an emphasis on what your local libraries can do for you. Then I will talk about a few specific books with representatives from most of the categories. Note: I will not be discussing home brewing books, though, as I currently have little experience in that realm.

There will be books on hand for you to browse and I will have a few handouts, including somewhat more detailed information than I can cover in my talk and a bibliography of all of the books that I discuss, plus some.

My talk will take approximately 30-40 minutes with time for questions after. It will be followed by free tastings from Below Grade Brewing, Cascade Lakes Brewing, and Solstice Brewing.

Please join me if you can next Monday, 4 pm at one of my favorite places in Bend, Broken Top Bottle Shop & Ale Café.

And be sure not to miss some of the other great activities going on during Central Oregon Beer Week.

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Proud sponsor of Central Oregon Beer Week

Official Sponsor 2013 Central Oregon Beer Week

I am pleased to announce that I am a proud sponsor of Central Oregon Beer Week (COBW), which is May 20-27th this year in Bend.

Deciding to help sponsor COBW was easy. Bend and the surrounding area’s beer scene has been extremely welcoming and embracing since we arrived last August. I am enjoying it immensely and still have so much to explore, so many nice people to get to know better or meet for the first time, and so on.

Spending a week celebrating all that Central Oregon beer offers this community seems like a worthwhile endeavor to me. Thus, I contributed $50 to be an official sponsor of COBW at the Participant level. I would like to do more, and am hoping to do so when it becomes time to distribute flyers and whatever else the organizing committee needs, but for now I am just a librarian with a part-time job and a blog.

My amazing wife made me this nice logo to use:

Beer Bend Librarian logo

My COBW event, of which I will definitely say more in another post, will be a talk about beer books at Broken Top Bottle Shop & Ale Café on Monday, 20 May at 4 pm.

I will be discussing different genres of beer books and a specific book within each group, and where to find them for free and otherwise. Think show-n-tell for adults (although it will be PG-rated) with handouts.

NOTE: I will NOT be discussing books on home brewing as I haven’t gone down that road yet (except once in the mid-80s that didn’t go well, while I was in Belgium ) and there are perhaps even more genres within books on brewing than there are in all other kinds of beer books.

I will be giving more details as COBW approaches but please consider joining me at Broken Top Bottle Shop & Ale Café on May 20th at 4 pm. I will post more info here and also via Twitter at Bend Beer Librarian.

I am proud to be a sponsor of Central Oregon Beer Week and look forward to seeing how this week long celebration of Central Oregon beer develops over the years.

Happy International Stout Day, 8 November 2012

I was informed by Untapped via twitter (@Untappd) a day or two ago, that today is International Stout Day. (@StoutDay)

Now that’s a holiday made-to-order for Bend!

OK, our stout scene is a little weak here in the Pacific Northwest what with the overemphasis (thankfully, tapering I believe) on IPAs. But. Weak or not, we do have some amazing stouts around. Most are special issues and more seasonal issues but there are a few very good stouts available year-round.

I will most definitely be participating this evening by: 1) enjoying a delicious stout (or two), and 2) checking into Untappd to get my Stout Day badge, and 3) writing this post.

Which stout(s) will I drink? Let me check my cellar and fridge.

I could always have an Obsidian Stout from Deschutes but I only have it in 12 oz. bottles and, honestly, even though I really like Obsidian it tastes like crap out of a 12 oz. bottle. I also have bombers (22 oz. bottles) of the following: Widmer Bros. Series 924 Milk Stout, Elysian Dragonstooth Stout, Oakshire Overcast Espresso Stout, and HUB (Hopworks Urban Brewery)Organic Survival 7-Grain Stout. I have previously had both the Dragonstooth and the Overcast and they are pretty good in my opinion. I have yet to taste the Widmer Bros. or the HUB.

I think I’ll go with the Survival 7-Grain seeing as tomorrow I’m participating in Twitter vs. Zombies for DigiWriMo. Seems like fueling up on some serious grains might be useful. 😉

I truly wish we had a Midnight Sun Berserker Imperial Stout. We had it off tap at Broken Top Bottle Shop, down the street from us, and it is better than any beer has a right to be! Seriously. We are trying to get our hands on a bottle or three and we are hoping Broken Top will get it again, and they are trying. Even Sara wants to give the Berserker 6 or more stars on a 5 star rating. It truly is that damn good on draft. Then again, I simply could not drink beer that amazing (or strong 12.7%) on a routine basis.

I have now mentioned Untappd and Broken Top Bottle Shop and I want to talk about them some more.

Untappd: Drink Socially is a website and an app (multiple platforms. I believe) that my friend Jenny turned me onto a couple months back. You can use it for keeping track of the beers you drink, keep a wish list, follows breweries, check into the locations you drink at, rate & describe the beers, upload photos of your beers, friend people, and so on. Of course, one earns badges for assorted beer drinking activities. I like it.

Broken Top Bottle Shop & Ale Café is our neighborhood drinking and eating establishment. It is the closest to us at the other end of our street; a nice healthy ~20 min. hilly walk each way. They have excellent vegan and vegetarian food (says the meat eater in the family) and lots of tasty meat-based food, also. They have 10-12 taps from all over which rotate frequently and they have hundreds of beers and a good handful of ciders in bottles that you can consume there or take home. Sadly, their bottles seem to be way overpriced, unlike the rest of their offerings, but they usually have at least one tasty to very tasty thing on tap. They also have wine. They host events and have lots of live music and often these things are free. It is a great and friendly place and we go there more than anywhere else.

Back on October 13th we got ourselves a Trumer Pils. When I checked this beer in on Untappd I got a Trumer Bike & Beer badge and a notification that I was entered to win a Trumer branded beach cruiser bike.

On 3 Nov. I got an email from the CEO of Untappd saying I was the winner! I emailed him back my contact info and am now waiting on Trumer’s marketing folks to contact me. Hard to tell from the picture but it looks like I will soon have a decent bike for around town here. And I needed a bike, too, to become a proper Bendite. What better than a beer branded bike?

So a big thanks to Jenny, Untappd, Broken Top Bottle Shop and Trumer! Social drinking pays off!

I decided to go with the HUB Organic Survival 7-Grain Stout, which has cold-pressed Stumptown Organic Holler Mountain coffee in it. It is pretty tasty but kind of medium bodied for a stout. The coffee is mild in both the nose and flavor.

HUB Organic Survival 7-Grain Stout bottle and glass, which I had for International Stout Day, 8 November 2012

HUB Survival 7-Grain Stout for International Stout Day 2012

Checking this beer into Untappd I, of course, got the International Stout Day (2012) badge but I also got a New Brew Thursday (Level 2) badge for drinking a new beer on three Thursdays in a 30 day period.

I raise my glass to all my readers and wish you a very Happy International Stout Day 2012.

[This post originally appeared on habitually probing generalist on 8 November 2012.]