Dieting Sucks

Breaking diets rules, however. Breaking the diet I'm currently on, which includes no beer drinking whatsoever, is going to be EPIC. I've been squirreling away bottles here and there for that fateful day when I finally reach my weight goal. So far, I've got the following in the fridge:

I'm probably going to have to break that up over a couple days, so I don't put myself in a coma. I'll probably be adding a few more things as well. October can't get here soon enough.

Beau Burke
September 14, 2008, 9:52 pm
Happiness is a Bag of Piney Flowers

Just picked a quarter grocery sack of fresh Chinook hops from the backyard bines. Once they're dry, they'll mingle with the scant amounts of Willamette and Cascade that came off the other two plants in a big plastic sack I'm going to label "Hop Bomb."

Since they're all first year plants, I can't get too serious about producing, labeling, and packaging them for the majority of my brewing this fall/winter. So, the Hop Bomb is going to be responsible for the entirety of the flavor and aroma for one single IPA or IIPA (depending on my final dried weight). I figure I'll wind up with 4-6oz, but who knows. I'm new at this, so it's all surprises.

Now I just need to think of a snappy name for my first homegrown hop wallop.

Beau Burke
September 2, 2008, 8:07 pm
The OBF Short List

Well, at 14 samples, I don't really know if I can call it a "short" list. Let's call it the 14 beers I hope to get through tomorrow. At 4oz a sample, that's a little under five 12 oz bottles of beer. Tough, but not impossible!

Anyway, here they are (in no particular order):

Goose Island Beer Co - Matilda
Green Flash Brewing Co - Hop Head Red
Iron Horse Brewery - Quilter's Irish Death
New Holland Brewing Co - Dragon's Milk
Old Market Pub & Brewery - "Hopcask" Triple Tripel Organic
Pelican Pub & Brewery - Surfer's Summer Ale
Roots Organic Brewing Co - Calypso Ale
Surly Brewing Co - Coffee Bender
Bell's Brewery - Bell's Porter
BridgePort Brewing Co - Hop Czar
Caldera Brewing Co - Caldera Ginger Ale
Golden Valley Brewery - Cote d'Or
Flying Fish Brewing Co - Love Fish Abbey Dubbel
Collaborator - Resurrection Rye

Of course, if my liver is accommodating, I'll probably finish the festival with a taste of Pliny. It's one of the finest beers made in America, albeit one I've already had the pleasure of sampling.

The guys at have a terrific list of everything being showcased at the festival, along with descriptions of each. Check it out.

Beau Burke
July 23, 2008, 7:50 pm
Jesus Christo is it Craft Beer Month Already?

Time sure flies when you're raising a couple of ankle-biters and taking care of a pregnant woman on bedrest. Thankfully the light at the end of the tunnel is nearing and blog updates should be a little more forthcoming.

So how about that beer list posted on for this year's Oregon Brewer's Festival? Lots and lots to love there. I'm particularly excited to see more breweries showcasing styles other than IPA and double IPA. While those are easily two of my personal favorites, after the fifteenth hop wallop it all starts to feel like a wall of noise. I'm particularly eager to try some of the more experimental stuff on that list, like the Roots and Goose Island brews.

I'd also like to get over to Concordia Ale House this weekend for the Concordia Cup, since I missed it last year. Ten double IPAs rated by thirsty patrons, with the winner representing Orygun in the next beer brawl. I imagine I'll be scraping hop residue off my tongue halfway through the samples, but this is important work and someone's got to do it.

Beau Burke
July 10, 2008, 11:15 pm
Random Beer Pictures Part 1

I was going through my camera phone the other day and came across a bunch of beer-related pictures that I never wound up posting. So, I'll be going through them this next week, trying to remember why the hell I took them in the first place.

This first picture isn't obviously beer-related, at first glance. Looks like a typical overcast day in downtown Beervana, right? However, closer inspection reveals a few incongruities. First, this isn't a military town. Fifteen sailors walking down the street isn't something that normally happens around here. Second, you'll notice that all traffic is stopped, except for the giant cart, driven by men in green suits, pulled by giant Clydesdales (look at them dwarf the cars they're standing next to for crying out loud).

If you're a native, you've probably already figured it out. It's the Portland Rose Festival. The cart in the picture is stacked with cases of Budweiser. Not really my beer of choice, but my kid thought the horses were the greatest things ever, hence the picture.

My favorite part is the two guys following behind in the poop cart, with the bright red trash can. Hopefully, they get to take one of those cases home for their troubles.

Beau Burke
March 1, 2008, 10:19 am
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