Monthly Archive for June, 2004

Portland International Beer Festival

If you’re up for some fun in the North Park Blocks on July 9,10,11th, consider stopping by for the Portland International Beer Festival. It looks like a chance to try some unique beers, and its for a good cause. If you’re looking for someone to go with, let me know.

Thai Chilli Porter

Another home brewer that I occasionally work with promised me a sample of his wares after helping him with some online courses. There was some delay, partly due to schedule conflicts, but he did deliver. The first of the 6 beers was a thai chilli porter, which he warned wasn’t very spicy.

I tried this one out last night, and it was very good. Credit to both his brewing and creativity – it was a very good porter in its own right – nutty, malty, and satisfying. The chilli wasn’t too evident or upfront, but ws more apparent in the finish and aftertaste. It was a very complimentary flavoring, and had the added affect of suggesting to your palette that you desired more.

Thanks Jamie!

Light Beers to Surpass Normal Beer sales


Drinkers of beers including Bud Light, Miller Lite and Coors Light consumed an average 5.7 beers in the past month, while consumers of regular beer drank five beers, Mintel reported.

Why do they drink more? My personal feeling is that light beer is completely unsatisfying (for starters). Light beer drinkers need to drink more to attain contentment. With less flavor, body and alcohol, you’re paying the same for less product and satisfaction.

I suppose you could argue that because the beer is “light”, you can justify drinking more of it. But by the time you’ve reached that point, you’ve consumed nearly the same number of calories.

Being a fan of ales, the calorie content isn’t the concern. Beer is part of a meal, and should be treated as such. Hell, Monks drank it instead of food during lent. (Nothing beats using Hell, Monks, and Lent in the same sentance)

So, to all the light beer drinkers out there, there’s nothing wrong with beer. Give it some consideration, drink it in moderation, a stop supporting these idiotic companies.

Malt Liquor

Hey Joe, If you’re up to it, try and pick up some Liquor de Malt before you come back west. We’ll make it worth your while. (wink, wink)

Amarillo at 1.020

When moving the Amarillo Red to secondary fermentation, I was somewhat displeased to see that the gravity was only at 1.020. The beer tastes a little sweet, and needs some more fermentation to occur so it doesn’t suck. Here’s hoping we reach 1.012