Thursday, March 28, 2013

Beervana Operator's Manual

Whether you live in Portland, the undisputed beer capital of Oregon, or are just visiting Beervana with 52 breweries, the most of any city in the world, check out Willamette Week's Guide to breweries, pubs, bottle and homebrew shops, and all things PDX beer.

Portland Beer Guide 2013
Publisher: Willamette Week
Print: $5 at Powell's Books
Quotable: “At a certain level, brewing becomes plumbing.”
(Steinbart's homebrew shop clerk)
Relic: Original Guide, first published in 1994

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Good News, Bad News

Good News: Water now surpasses soda as the nation’s beverage of choice. An average of 58 gallons of water a year, compared to 44 gallons of soda, are consumed yearly in the U.S.

Bad News: 21of the 58 gallons of water are bottled.


Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Pub Crawl

Get on your green and down on your knees for this year's St. Paddy's Day Pub Crawl!

The Umpqua Brew Fest is 31 weeks away, but Roseburg celebrates everything Irish this weekend.

WHAT: Roseburg St. Paddy's Day Pub Crawl
WHEN: Sat., March 16
WHERE: The Emerald Isle, a.k.a. Downtown Roseburg
WHY: 1) One day a year when everyone's last name begins with O'
2) Benefit for Taylor/Hatfield Memorial Youth Fund

More info @ St. Paddy's Day Pub Crawl

Friday, March 8, 2013

Wall Street vs. Main Street

The Dow exceeds record high, up over 9% this year
and over 100% since 2009.

"Greed is good."

Gordon Gekko
"Beer is better!"
Joe Sixpack

Friday, March 1, 2013

Water Log: The Wettest Spot on Earth

“It’s All About the Water” at the Umpqua Brew Fest, but without a doubt it’s always about the water on Kauai's Mount Waialeale, one of the wettest spots on earth. 

Even though it seems like the rain spigot is open every season but summer here in the Umpqua Valley, in comparison to Mount Waialeale's perpetual deluge, Roseburg only averages a relatively light sprinkling of 34 inches a year.

If you plan to scale Mount Waialeale, you can dry off and reward your efforts by visiting the Garden Island's only craft brewery, Kauai Island Brewery and Grill in Port Allen.

That's A Fact:
  • Translation: Waialeale means "Rippling Waters"
  • Location: Kauai in the Hawaiian Islands

  • Elevation: 5,052 feet

  • Average rainfall per year: 452 inches

  • Record rainfall: 683 inches
 in 1982
  • Driest year: 218 inches in 1926