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Eugene Beer Week – May 2nd to 8th, 2011

14th Mar 11 (Mon) Leave a comment

I’m not a “beer blogger” per se.  I’m a music blogger, but I’m a homebrewer and dig a good local beer.  For Oregonians, this is an event to get excited about…

Eugene Beer Week

From May 2nd to May 8th, Eugene Oregon will host its first annual beer week.
Eugene Beer Week will celebrate craft beer culture in the Willamette Valley.

The US craft brewing industry has been growing steadily and cities across the country have been organizing beer celebrations to promote the industry. These beer weeks include a great number of beer tastings, brewers dinners and other events celebrating craft beer. Breweries, retailers, bars, restaurants and beer writers participate in beer weeks by helping bring greater awareness to a region’s craft beers. Cities such as Seattle, Philadelphia, San Francisco and Chicago all boast successful beer weeks.

Eugene Beer Week’s objective is to bring a greater awareness of craft beer in the Willamette Valley. They aim to accomplish this goal by providing a website that beer drinkers can peruse and locate beer related events taking place during the week. Eugenebeerweek.org will also provide a forum for businesses to promote their beer week efforts. Eugene Beer Week culminates with the Sasquatch Beer Festival that celebrates the life of one of Eugene’s former brewers, Glen Falconer.

What’s in store?

  • Beer Dinners – Special dinners featuring a beer or several beer paired courses
  • Beer Releases – Release celebration celebrating a new beer
  • Festivals – Craft beer festivals
  • Tastings – Special tastings of craft beers
  • How to Brew/Taste/Enjoy – demonstrations and informational classes

For more information visit eugenebeerweek.org (or Facebook and Twitter below).  Stay tuned for some great events around town.


~Dan – np: EisleyThe Valley

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anyway the wind blows is fine with me

6th Feb 09 (Fri) 14 comments

Anyway the wind blows
it don’t matter to me

A continuation from this post 6+ months ago… Lagunitas Brewery’s Frank Zappa beer #5… is in my hands (but not quite my mouf yet)…

Behold, the Cruisin’ with Ruben and the Jets Ale*… a tribute to the 40 year anniv of the album of the same name.  It’s probably my least favorite Zappa album, but Hot Rats followed shortly (and that one is superb).  *– as noted in the Brewed for Thought blog about this beer, he had this as a chocolate pepper stout.  My version is an ale.  I’m disappointed as the chocolate pepper stouts sounds fantastic, but I think I’ll live.

Update: it is a Chocolate Pepper Stout… I wonder why the label says “ale” in several places and “stout” is nowhere to be found.

Picture provided by Brewed for Thought, as I’m lazy and it’s busy season for me at work:

I’m looking forward to enjoying this on the weekend…

FZ beer 1 was Freak Out! Ale
FZ beer 2 was Kill Ugly Radio Ale (aka for the album Absolutely Free)
FZ beer 3 was Lumpy Gravy Ale
FZ beer 4 was We’re Only In It for the Money Triple Ale

FZ beer #6 should be Uncle Meat, by my count… we shall see.

~Dan – np: Joey BaronWe’ll Soon Find Out

What’s The Ugliest Part Of Your Body?

21st Jul 08 (Mon) 4 comments

Some say your nose
Some say your toes
But I think it’s YOUR MIND

A continuation from this post 4+ months ago… Lagunitas Brewery’s Frank Zappa beer #4… is in my hands (and mouf)…

Behold, the We’re Only In It For the Money Belgian-style Triple Ale… a tribute to the 40 year anniv of the album of the same name… WOIIFTM was actually FZ album #3 (and Lumpy Gravy was #4). Beer crafters got a date wrong? Too much beer on the job? I forgive ’em… :)

Yum. Triple yum, actually. And, yes, the cover of the album (and beer) is a spoof of Sgt. Pepper’s.

FZ beer 1 was Freak Out! Ale
FZ beer 2 was Kill Ugly Radio Ale (aka for the album Absolutely Free)
FZ beer 3 was Lumpy Gravy Ale

FZ beer #5 should be Cruisin’ with Ruben and the Jets, by my count… we shall see.

~Dan – np: Chroma Key – Dead Air for Radios

Drums are too noisy, you’ve got no corners to hide in.

21st Mar 08 (Fri) Leave a comment

Lagunitas Brewery’s Frank Zappa beer 3… is in my hands (and mouf)…

Behold, the Lumpy Gravy Ale… a tribute to the 40 year anniv of the album of the same name (sans “ale”)…

FZ beer 4 (We’re Only in it for the Money) comes out in June… at Frank’s level of output, this’ll be 2 specially crafted beer tributes a year. Huzzah!!

FZ beer 1 was Freak Out!, and 2 was Kill Ugly Radio (aka Absolutely Free). I snagged 1 back in 2006… I totally missed 2. I need to track that shiznit down.

~Dan – np: Swami Late Plate (Bobby Previte & Jamie Saft) – Doom Jazz

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