Growing up in the Midwest, I consider the hamburger to be the quintessential American food. When done right it displays the best America has to offer. It is opportunity for its economy and accessibility to all. It is thrift in that its meat is often a grind of cuts that are too small for steaks and roasts. The rich flavored beef comes from cattle fed on grains and grasses grown on windswept prairies and raised by cowboys. The vegetable set, a sweet-hot onion, crisp lettuce and a juicy tart tomato, is a complex delight harvested by farmers who settled this land.
After a longer than anticipated wait, Mirror Mirror is, indeed, in the bottle and being dipped in black wax as I type and we even have photos to prove it. This first Reserve Series release of the year will be out in the market in just a couple of weeks.
Gourmet Beer-Pairing Event: Get a taste of the renowned Deschutes Brewery Sagebrush Classic Feast, which is held each summer in beautiful Bend, Oregon. The Sagebrush Sampler features six Portland chefs pairing small-plate specialties with craft beers from Deschutes Brewery.
As our country and state fall further into financial chaos, large gaps are left in state and federal budgets and our elected leaders are challenged for ways to deal with them. Historically, they have turned to “so-called” Sin Taxes, taxes on tobacco and alcohol. I won’t deal with tobacco here because while alcohol can be abused, when consumed per manufacturers instructions (moderately and responsibly), alcohol causes n
Mirror Mirror on the wall what is the finest beer of all.
Could it be that Bachelor E.S.B. is the beer that is meant for me?
Or is Cascade Ale the top-notch brew, which is meant for me and you.
Or shall I seek Organic Green Lakes, the purest brew that Deschutes makes.
But then there is the flavor of Obsidian Stout, oh it is complex without a doubt.
And the bright hoppy finish from Inversion I.P.A, with soft caramel notes in layers lay.
Holiday Obligations During the holiday season it is easy to feel scattered and overwhelmed. We may feel obligated to send cards, buy gifts, bake sweets, host parties, or give hostess gifts. But there is no need to feel any obligation when we commit to being our best selves as fully and sincerely as we can. Because then we are already giving the best and most precious gift we have to offer: our presence.
I can’t tell you how many people have suggested to me lately that beer is “recession proof”, half tongue-in-cheek, but half seriously. They refer, of course, to the Depression-era analogy of people drowning their sorrows in alcohol as a way to escape the desperate situation they are in. I try to explain to them that situation does not exist, certainly not with beer. Even more so with craft beer. However, the craft beer segment of the indu