Tuesday, December 23, 2014


Oh Me! Oh My! 
What do we have here?
Just in time for the holidays.  
Cheers to Sustainability. 
Cheers to Hard work. 
Cheers to Organic. 
Cheers to Local. 
Cheers to Community!

Just Released: 

PORTLAND, Ore. – Hopworks Urban Brewery (HUB) is releasing IPX Single Hop Ale: Mt. Hood. The beer is the latest in the single hop series, which has continued to be an educational celebration of hops for more than two years. It is available on tap and in 22oz bottles throughout the Pacific Northwest.

The Mt. Hood beer contains Salmon Safe Certified Mt. Hood hops from Crosby Farms in Woodburn, Oregon. Mt. Hood hops are known for clean bittering and mild aromas and flavors. The hop was released in 1989 by a breeding program in Oregon and is the descendant of the German Hallertauer, Mittelfrüh and Liberty hop varieties.

The single hop ale series highlights signature aromas and flavors of specific hop varieties that are further multiplied through our unique dry hop process. Each beer in the series has the same base recipe with the same finishing hop schedule, 60 IBUs and 6% ABV.
About Hopworks Urban Brewery
Founded in 2007, Hopworks Urban Brewery is committed to brewing world-class beer as sustainably as possible using organic malts and hops sourced primarily from the Northwest. The company’s 20-barrel brewery produces 12,500 barrels of beer a year for HUB’s two brewpubs and for distribution in Oregon, Washington, Idaho and British Columbia. Hopworks incorporates a range of sustainable practices in its operation and makes every effort to protect “our” future with a thoughtful alternative.  HUB is 100% renewably powered and “cradle to gate” carbon neutral. Visit Hopworks online at www.HopworksBeer.com and follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

Thank you Hopworks! You rock our beer luvin' world!

Falling Sky Brewing: Post Up!

Looking to the light. Sending warm #WinterSolstice wishes near and far. #Gratitude for more than meets the eye.
#DecemberWish #SheBrewsHerDream.

Falling Sky Brewing
Eugene, Oregon

A Portland Jr. Hawks Hockey Tournament, with my youngest, brought my family and I south to Eugene this weekend.
After an entire afternoon of watching my little pound the ice, we were more than ready to post up, warm up, and unwind. Looking forward to indulging in some great food and cozy atmosphere.

Falling Sky Brewery was on the docket . We discovered Falling Sky Brewery initially at the Portland Fresh Hops Festival, this past October. They delivered an amazing fresh hop brew creation, needless to say, we absolutely took note.
Entrance through Oak Alley. Awesome.
That's when I knew my family and I chose a goodie. Alley entrance, tons of bike parking too! Cool.

The set up was friendly. Community style tables, for the most part, colorful chairs, views of the copper fermenters, chalkboard elegance. The best part, walk up ordering, bus your own table, pour your own agua.

Their motto: Let It Pour.
Holy down to earth.
We had a seat, gazed at the menu, and decisions were made. So many vegetarian, fresh options! Score!
We started off with a cold round:
1.) Wet Earth Winter Ale
2.) Wild Sky Rye Raff
3.) Maple cream soda
As for appetizer options, we decided on the poutine, as well as the handmade soft pretzels.
One word: Delicious! Vegetarian, mushroom based, gravy makes everything most yum. 

Wet Earth Winter Ale, oh my amazing. The malt character was significant and smooth. Yet the hop texture followed, just enough. Super clean. Dare I say, too clean. Wet Earth went down at a rate of such ease.

Round two delivered with Dinner.
We ordered the Field Vegetarian Burger, with the Fall salad as our side option. The House Special: the Beet Salad, which delivered a $1 off the Oregon Logger beer selection.
So of course, I imbibed. I wanted in on that smoking hot $1 off deal!
We had a long drive home back to the hood. With that, 2 brews seemed reasonable.
The Oregon Logger: A crisp, whole-mouth filling, old skool Lager. Something us derivatives from the late 70's really appreciate. This Lager felt like home. Reminiscent of the salt air that used to fill my lungs growing up.
Crisp, refreshing, actually pretty close to the easiest going beers I've had in many moons. One could drink this goodie for days.

The dinner choices filled our hungry bellies quite adequately. The happy burger left my son so happy, he fell fast asleep on the way home.
A perfect end, to a great hockey, family filled day! Cheers!

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Journey to the MotherLand

The holiday weekend opened up nicely.
Family arrived. House cleaned. The organic, vegetarian menu simmering.
The foliage outside was the perfect Fall hue of reds and oranges.

Thanksgiving eve, the hubs made way to HUB, for a couple of mighty growler fills.
The MotherLand Russian Imperial Stout poured, like a luscious, lingering, cold, winter enticement. 

Anticipation was heavy, for this one of a kind, Russian Imperial Stout.
According to the November 17, 2014 press release, there was much to look forward to.

The tulip stemware, seemed fitting. Creating the exact back-drop, to truly enjoy this HUB Imperial Stout. 

Aromatic, HECK YEAH!
Thick, yet polite to the palette.
The fragrance of fig and chocolate notes sent a crazy, deep malt infused aroma through the senses.

She's mighty.
The Galactic Republic would have been proud.
I genuinely believe, Mr. Vader himself, would have approved.

Most impressive.

We paired her with a homemade vegetarian, pumpkin manicotti. Delight was had.
The Galactic Series, by Hopworks Urban Brewery, continues on the path of out of this world. 

Cheers to a wonderful holiday season.

Until the Next Episode. 

Below please find the Press Release:
Hopworks Urban Brewery (HUB) today announced the release of Motherland Russian Imperial Stout. Rich and smooth, Motherland is as black as a Siberian winter night but warming enough to weather it. Bittersweet chocolate flavors mingle with deep fig and plum fruitiness and it finishes with a lingering spiciness and heat. Available November through February, this winter warmer is a fortifying tonic for the People!

Motherland is part of Hopworks’ Imperial Series, which features rotating imperial ales throughout the year and is geared for lovers of slow-sipping, big, bold, and highly complex beers. This season drinkers will appreciate Motherland’s focus on a hearty organic malt bill that will warm your heart during cold, rainy and snow-filled evenings.

Motherland is now available in 22 oz. bottles and on draught throughout Oregon, Washington, Idaho and British Columbia bars, pubs, and stores. Motherland replaces Organic Ace of Spades, and in March, Hopworks will release Organic Galactic Imperial Red Ale.

For more information, please visit Hopworks online at www.HopworksBeer.com or follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

About Hopworks Urban Brewery
Founded in 2007, Hopworks Urban Brewery is committed to brewing world-class beer as sustainably as possible using organic malts and hops sourced primarily from the Northwest. HUB strives to revolutionize and inspire the brewing industry while protecting the environment and improving the communities we live in. The company’s sustainably operated 20-barrel brewery produces 12,500 barrels of beer a year for its two brewpubs and for distribution in Oregon, Washington, Idaho and British Columbia.  Hopworks is 100% renewably powered and “cradle to gate” carbon and water neutral.