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Beer Geek - Thunder Island turns 1!

Oct 16, 2014 -- 10:11am

Happy 1st anniversary to Thunder Island Brewing in Cascade Locks.  Brewer Dan Hyman stopped by the First Edition Beer Geek this morning to talk about their big birthday bash coming up on Saturday.  

  

They've come a long way in the past 365 days, recently installing a 7 barrel brewhouse to keep up with demand.  It replaces their originaly 2 bbl system, which just couldn't make beer fast enough, which is a great problem to have.

It's great place to visit: right on the Columbia River, with a fantastic view of the mountains on the Washington side of the water...

Saturday's party is from Noon to 9 p.m. & will feature a sour beer tasting, food trucks, and live music.  

The First Edition Beer Geek airs every Thursday morning at 7:40 a.m. on First Edition with Tim Hohl & Terry Travis.  Follow me on Twitter @timhohl & use the hashtag #BeerGeek for breaking craft beer news during the week!

Beer Geek - Still time to get "fresh"

Oct 09, 2014 -- 8:03am

Fresh Hops: this must be the most exclusive style of beer brewed in the Northwest....   Seriously, where else in the country can a brewery pick up the hops at the local farm and dump them into the brew kettle within an hour or so?

The last big festival dedicated to these one-of-a-kind beers is this Saturday: the St. Paul Fresh Hops Festival.  2-10 p.m.  $10 admission gets you a festival glass & tokens.  25 beers available for sampling.  21 and older.

 

 

Beer Geek - Oregon Beer Showdown

Oct 02, 2014 -- 9:20am

As heard on the radio this morning, the Oregon Beer Challenge is underway at the Portland Business Journal.  Its a March Madness-style bracket featuring 64 different breweries seeded 1-16 in 4 different regions.

Thanks to Andy Giegerich from PBJ for coming on the radio to talk Beer Bracketology!  

Bigger breweries (like #1 seeds Widmer, Deschutes, Portland & Ninkasi) were ranked based on beer production.  Other "at large" bids were given to lesser known breweries around the state, including one of my favorites, Brewers Union Local 180 in Oakridge.

Voting is open to the public & continues thru most of October.  It will be interested to follow.  Just like with the real March Madness, upsets are likely!

The First Edition Beer Geek airs every Thursday morning at 7:40 a.m. on First Edition with Tim Hohl & Terry Travis.  Follow me on Twitter @timhohl & use the hashtag #BeerGeek for breaking craft beer news during the week!

Beer Geek - Strydor's Stout!

Sep 25, 2014 -- 9:09am

As horse is a horse, of course, of course, unless he's Strydor, the 900-pound Norwegian Fjyord who has his own beer, Strydor's Stout!

Thanks so much to Denay Love with Beer For My Horses for bringing Strydor to the KPAM pasture today!

You can meet Strydor in person this Saturday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Seven Brides Brewing's "Septoberfest" in Silverton.

You can find cans of Strydor's Stout at:

Albertson's in West Linn & Oregon City

Belmont Station

Wankers Country Store

The Corner Saloon

The Rodeo Inn in St. Paul

 

 

The First Edition Beer Geek airs every Thursday morning at 7:40 a.m. on First Edition with Tim Hohl & Terry Travis.  Follow me on Twitter @timhohl & use the hashtag #BeerGeek for breaking craft beer news during the week!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Beer Geek - The Beer Abides

Sep 18, 2014 -- 9:06am

Brand new in Portland's Pearl District is the Big Legrowlski tap room & growler fill station..  

Thanks to owner Brendan Jones for joining me on the radio this morning.  

I love his slogan: "Never Trust Someone Who Doesn't Drink Beer"

Find The Big Legrowlski at 812 NW Couch.  

The First Edition Beer Geek airs every Thursday morning at 7:40 a.m. on First Edition with Tim Hohl & Terry Travis.  Follow me on Twitter @timhohl & use the hashtag #BeerGeek for breaking craft beer news during the week!

 

 

 

Beer Geek - Save the Farm!

Sep 04, 2014 -- 10:50am

The Columbia Gorge is one of my favorite places on earth.  Craft beer is a passion of mine.  So not many things are more idyllic than drinking a craft beer, brewed in a shed, at a farm on a hillside overlooking the Gorge.

Acadian Farms & Brewery in the foothills outside Carson, Washington, is that place.  It’s one of 5 breweries you can visit in the area, each with its own charms and unique brews.

Where else can you take in the wonderful scenery, soak up the sunshine, while chickens are running around and goats are bleating across the way?

This summer, Benton and Nicole Barnes, owners of Acadian Farms & Brewery find themselves fighting efforts to close down the brewery.  They held a small festival earlier this summer which generated complaints from some neighbors.  That led to Skamania County’s involvement and eventually triggered a public hearing last night in Stevenson.

If you were listening my Beer Geek segment on the radio this morning, you heard Nicole talking about the 70 or so community members who showed up.  All but 2 or 3 of those who testified backed the brewery.

A hearings officer will issue a written ruling in a couple of weeks.  The outcome could mean an end to the brewery, although the farm will stay.  A favorable ruling would mean you’ll still be able to enjoy a bucolic pint on the farm.

Stay tuned for any and all new developments.  Check out the podcast from today’s segment here: the interview starts at at the 37 minute mark during the 7 a.m. hour.

If you are headed to that part of the Gorge, be sure to check out Backwoods Brewing & newcomer Barnstormer Brewing, both in Carson and not far from Acadian Farms.  Walking Man in Stevenson is another can’t miss.  On the Oregon side, Thunder Island Brewing in Cascade Locks is about to celebrate its 1st anniversary.  Awesome setting right next to the Columbia River.  A day well spent if you can manage a stop at all 5!!!

The First Edition Beer Geek airs every Thursday morning at 7:40 a.m. on First Edition with Tim Hohl & Terry Travis.  Follow me on Twitter @timhohl & use the hashtag #BeerGeek for breaking craft beer news during the week!

 

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