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by Rick Allen
June 18th, 2019, 8:31 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 16166
Views: 382335

Re: What BEER are you drinking?

Scott,
Thanks for the podcast link. I had a chance to listen to it on the way to PDX.
by Rick Allen
June 17th, 2019, 7:29 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Westvleteren now available online
Replies: 1
Views: 170

Re: Westvleteren now available online

They've had a similar ordering system for a number of years. The new website makes it easier. You still need to know the license number of the car you will be driving, which makes setting up an account prior to going to Europe difficult. It does sound like part of the new system records a code from ...
by Rick Allen
June 16th, 2019, 7:13 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Willamette/McMinnville
Replies: 18
Views: 1105

Re: Willamette/McMinnville

Thanks - brief layover in Atlanta. You guys are great. Any cool lunch or dinner spots? Valley Commisary or Community Plate for lunch. Nick's, Thistle, Bistro Maison, or La Rambla are my favorites for dinner, but there's 411, Red Hills Kitchen, and the Barberry as well. Pizza Capo is the new cool sp...
by Rick Allen
June 15th, 2019, 9:08 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Willamette/McMinnville
Replies: 18
Views: 1105

Re: Willamette/McMinnville

Lots of great Chardonnay here. Walter Scott (appt only -south of town) Goodfellow (appt only - in town) Brittan/Winderlea (open - in town) Flanauer (?? - in Carlton) Fairsing (open - E from Yamhill) Martin Woods (appt only - SW of town) Eyrie (in town) is closed for the next few weeks to remodel the...
by Rick Allen
June 14th, 2019, 2:56 pm
Forum: Epicurean Exploits
Topic: Dads: what's your Father's Day dinner this year?
Replies: 20
Views: 682

Re: Dads: what's your Father's Day dinner this year?

Really more for my 90 year old Father in Law than me - I'll be busy cooking.

Cedar-planked troll-caught Chinook salmon
Roasted Asparagus
Bill Landreth's Corn
Locally grown "Hood" strawberries with Vanilla Ice Cream
by Rick Allen
June 14th, 2019, 2:49 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 16166
Views: 382335

Re: What BEER are you drinking?

The Brewers Association came by a couple of weeks ago to do some filming, and they came out with this video just in time for Fathers Day.
by Rick Allen
June 11th, 2019, 4:32 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 16166
Views: 382335

Re: What BEER are you drinking?

We don't do a lot of PDX beer week stuff. We aren't considered a Portland brewery, and we're not really into the "Bro" scene.
by Rick Allen
June 11th, 2019, 4:29 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 16166
Views: 382335

Re: What BEER are you drinking?

Lisa will be a the Pilsner event, probably from 5 til 7.
by Rick Allen
June 10th, 2019, 9:26 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 16166
Views: 382335

Re: What BEER are you drinking?

Fortunately was in Portland this afternoon and hit Wayfinder Brewing to celebrate their second anniversary. Enjoyed the always great Terrifica Italian Pils and the Birthday Beer. Then hit Little Beast. Good Pils and very good Saisons (forgone the names of the various Saisons, but ranged from new wo...
by Rick Allen
June 9th, 2019, 9:30 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2007 A shitty Oregon Vintage?
Replies: 30
Views: 1442

Re: TN: 2007 A shitty Oregon Vintage?

Opened a 2007 Cameron Dundee Hills Pinot on Saturday and it was fantastic. Cherries, raspberries, with a spicy element. No rough edges, great mouth-feel and finish. It tasted like it had years to go but was great right now.
by Rick Allen
June 6th, 2019, 11:05 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: So Now Newcastle Is Lagunitas And Tastes Different
Replies: 6
Views: 448

Re: So Now Newcastle Is Lagunitas And Tastes Different

Most of the dark coloring for beers (other products too) comes from a product called Sinamar that is made by the malt producer we use, Weyermann. It is produced in accordance with Reinheitsgebot. Sadly, it has become prevalent in many dark beers as a cheaper way to get color without using the approp...
by Rick Allen
June 2nd, 2019, 8:50 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I won't go into specifics but...
Replies: 44
Views: 3657

Re: I won't go into specifics but...

Glenn L e v i n e wrote:
May 29th, 2019, 5:11 pm
I did have a glorious HA Marzen during an otherwise yeech meal in Amity.
Glad you enjoyed it!
by Rick Allen
May 29th, 2019, 3:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: I won't go into specifics but...
Replies: 44
Views: 3657

Re: I won't go into specifics but...

I was really enamored with Oregon Pinot Gris in about 1987 (I think Ponzi and Eyrie were the only producers then), and have occasionally tasted good ones since, though I think I could count the really goods ones in the last decade on one hand. I agree with Scott that it is much easier to find good C...
by Rick Allen
May 21st, 2019, 7:26 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Willamette Valley Memorial Day weekend events?
Replies: 36
Views: 1387

Re: Willamette Valley Memorial Day weekend events?

Highway 18 between Dundee and McMinnville is closed making the Lafayette 99W area super problematic. Maybe they will have it re-opened this week. Highway 18 work is supposed to be complete by Friday and regardless it is open for the weekend. Hope you make it down to Eola-Amity! You beat me to it!
by Rick Allen
May 17th, 2019, 10:27 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Willamette Valley Memorial Day weekend events?
Replies: 36
Views: 1387

Re: Willamette Valley Memorial Day weekend events?

We're having our 12th Anniversary Celebration on Monday. We'll be pouring all our beers, tapping a hoppy (massively dry-hopped) lager, and selling a limited edition 12th Anniversary clay stein. We also will have Goodfellow Chardonnay and Cameron Spritz on tap.
by Rick Allen
May 15th, 2019, 8:49 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Dogfish Head- Sam Adams
Replies: 3
Views: 220

Re: Dogfish Head- Sam Adams

Neither Sam Adams nor Dogfish is cutting edge. Too big and too out of touch. Putting the two together is like adding 2 plus 2 and expecting to get 6. Ain't going to happen.
by Rick Allen
May 11th, 2019, 10:06 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Maturing Craft Beer Market
Replies: 43
Views: 886

Re: The Maturing Craft Beer Market

The move by the Boston Beer Company is reminiscent of Invbev's acquisitions to pump up their market share. BBC is too big and too corporate to be considered a craft brewery, and Dogfish Head wasn't far behind. Combining two struggling enterprises isn't going to suddenly make them successful. BBC has...
by Rick Allen
May 7th, 2019, 8:07 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Washington State Beer Help
Replies: 23
Views: 420

Re: Washington State Beer Help

I'm glad you were able to find a little bit of our beer. Unfortunately we didn't make a delivery until last Friday, and then we took another load on Saturday...
by Rick Allen
May 5th, 2019, 11:37 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 16166
Views: 382335

Re: What BEER are you drinking?

Andrew Kotowski wrote:
May 2nd, 2019, 7:59 pm
When in Oregon...
Nice haul!
by Rick Allen
May 5th, 2019, 7:13 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Maturing Craft Beer Market
Replies: 43
Views: 886

Re: The Maturing Craft Beer Market

You mean the Boston Brewers Association? What do you mean? The Brewers Association has repeatedly changed its definition of Craft to insure that it includes the Boston Beer Company (Sam Adams). When Sam Adams grew out of the category, the Brewers Association raised the ceiling on what a craft brewe...
by Rick Allen
April 30th, 2019, 6:18 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Maturing Craft Beer Market
Replies: 43
Views: 886

Re: The Maturing Craft Beer Market

The Russian River Brew Co founders took a big bet on flourishing amidst all the increased competition. Their Windsor expansion cost $50 million, and they managed to do it with no outside investors. Sure they have a cult brand, but that's bold! There are a lot of breweries that have a lot of debt...
by Rick Allen
April 27th, 2019, 6:57 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Maturing Craft Beer Market
Replies: 43
Views: 886

Re: The Maturing Craft Beer Market

You mean the Boston Brewers Association?
by Rick Allen
April 27th, 2019, 7:01 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Maturing Craft Beer Market
Replies: 43
Views: 886

Re: The Maturing Craft Beer Market

I used to consider Victory Prima Pils one of the best pilsners in the market. Now it's not even close. We see the Sixpoint beers out here occasionally, and they get pushed by their distributor pretty hard, but no one that I know seems that interested in them.
by Rick Allen
April 26th, 2019, 2:43 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Maturing Craft Beer Market
Replies: 43
Views: 886

Re: The Maturing Craft Beer Market

You know we sometimes think that our system in Oregon is antiquated, but yours is medieval in comparison!
by Rick Allen
April 26th, 2019, 1:54 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Maturing Craft Beer Market
Replies: 43
Views: 886

Re: The Maturing Craft Beer Market

I don't know any beer fans that would look for real craft beer at a large grocery chain. In many states the large chains will charge for shelf space (Oregon doesn't allow this for beer and wine), and the large breweries will buy up all the space. Large chains also have a national or regional manager...
by Rick Allen
April 26th, 2019, 1:16 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Maturing Craft Beer Market
Replies: 43
Views: 886

Re: The Maturing Craft Beer Market

Scott hit it. BTW, Modern Times is pricing their stock offering at the same multiple as the original Ballast Point purchase, despite the fact that Constellation has now written down it value by 20%.
by Rick Allen
April 25th, 2019, 6:31 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Maturing Craft Beer Market
Replies: 43
Views: 886

Re: The Maturing Craft Beer Market

Richard, you mention employee owned? Did the founders do an ESOP to take cash off the table but funded it with debt to the ESOP repaid by the company? This has caused major issues for companies in the past. I’m under the impressions a lot of breweries have done this. A number of breweries have done...
by Rick Allen
April 25th, 2019, 1:06 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: The Maturing Craft Beer Market
Replies: 43
Views: 886

Re: The Maturing Craft Beer Market

Old news in our market. We've had a number of breweries close in Portland in the last year, and there are many more out there on life-support. Generally too much debt, and too much concern about growing fast along with not enough focus on making great beer. Combine that with a number of irrational c...
by Rick Allen
April 24th, 2019, 1:40 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Good beer website
Replies: 19
Views: 451

Re: Good beer website

Last time I checked, neither FedEx nor UPS would ship beer across state lines. This is why beer is the forgotten child.
by Rick Allen
April 21st, 2019, 10:16 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 16166
Views: 382335

Re: What BEER are you drinking?

We had the owner of Moonlight Brewing stop by and hang out for a few hours yesterday. Moonlight makes some other stuff, but their big beers are Reality Czech Pilsner and Death and Taxes - a black lager. It's always good to compare ideas with someone trying to do the same thing that we are.
by Rick Allen
April 19th, 2019, 4:12 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 16166
Views: 382335

Re: What BEER are you drinking?

Unfortunately Patrick isn't planning on heading north until early May - we're canning Lenzbock and more Pils on 4/30, and he doesn't want to head up until we have more beer. I may have another, sooner alternative. If it comes about, I'll PM you.
by Rick Allen
April 19th, 2019, 1:54 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 16166
Views: 382335

Re: What BEER are you drinking?

Bud/Brian/Andrew - here’s your chance to be more than just consumers of MT beer, but (tiny minority) owners of the company! https://wefunder.com/moderntimesbeer As an investment I wouldn't touch this with a 10 foot pole. They lost a lot of money in both 2017 and 2018, and I found this kind of funny...
by Rick Allen
April 19th, 2019, 8:40 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Solo trip ideas
Replies: 13
Views: 717

Re: Solo trip ideas

If you're into wine, come to McMinnville for the International Pinot Noir Celebration - July 25 to July 28. There are also a bunch of beer events going on in Portland centered around the Oregon Beer Fest at the same time. The OBF is one of the largest of its kind in the country, with upwards of 80,0...
by Rick Allen
April 19th, 2019, 8:34 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What’s this wine flaw
Replies: 8
Views: 578

Re: What’s this wine flaw

What begins as reduction can end up as mercaptans. That's why I made the comment that it is probably beyond saving.
by Rick Allen
April 19th, 2019, 7:16 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What’s this wine flaw
Replies: 8
Views: 578

Re: What’s this wine flaw

Eric is correct, although the fact that it got worse with time probably means that it's beyond saving with copper.
by Rick Allen
April 18th, 2019, 4:22 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What's your house champagne?
Replies: 90
Views: 3085

Re: What's your house champagne?

Marie Courtin Resonance
by Rick Allen
April 18th, 2019, 8:56 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: What Goodfellow/Matello are you drinking?
Replies: 308
Views: 17762

Re: What Goodfellow/Matello are you drinking?

Pinot Gris gets treated as a second-class citizen from winemaking perspective - just like Chardonnay used to get treated. The harvest is fit in around when the Pinot Noir needs to be picked and the fact that you need to press the juice slows things down. Most that I've tasted are flabby and insipid....
by Rick Allen
April 16th, 2019, 7:39 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: TN: 2017 Walter Scott X - Novo Chardonnay
Replies: 13
Views: 1112

Re: TN: 2017 Walter Scott X - Novo Chardonnay

I have Walter Scott Chardonnays in my cellar back to 2011. None of them have shown any signs of being over the hill. While I like them all, the 2013 vintage was a little weaker than the others. X-Novo is a relatively unique vineyard - tight spacing, planted with many different clones in a selection ...
by Rick Allen
April 14th, 2019, 6:39 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: Washington State Beer Help
Replies: 23
Views: 420

Re: Washington State Beer Help

I expect that we will be making a delivery to the Puget Sound area before you are up there. Pretty much all the places mentioned buy beer from us. Garden Path is usually a big purchaser, and is the Masonry. Bottleworks usually buys quite a bit of bottle/cans as well.
by Rick Allen
April 12th, 2019, 10:42 am
Forum: Cellar Rats (ITB)
Topic: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread
Replies: 233
Views: 11368

Re: 2019 West Coast Weather Thread

Are there Oregon participants on this thread? It looks like Oregon might get snow over the next couple of weeks. Is Spring late there this year? I'm not a producer, but Spring has been late this year. Flowering trees that we usually see blooming in early March started blooming around the first of A...
by Rick Allen
April 9th, 2019, 6:54 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 16166
Views: 382335

Re: What BEER are you drinking?

Hey, someone had to film it!
by Rick Allen
April 8th, 2019, 6:18 pm
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 16166
Views: 382335

Re: What BEER are you drinking?

We're canning for the first time tomorrow. Das Bier (Kolsch) and Pils. We're doing a lot, and I'm not sure where we're going to put it in the Brewery, but based on initial orders, it will be manageable within a few days.
by Rick Allen
March 31st, 2019, 7:48 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2013 Oregon Chardonnay Tasting
Replies: 24
Views: 1444

Re: 2013 Oregon Chardonnay Tasting

Good to hear about the Cameron. I had a pre-moxed bottle six months ago. It was the only oxidized Cameron I've had.
by Rick Allen
March 27th, 2019, 10:36 am
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2013 Oregon Chardonnay Tasting
Replies: 24
Views: 1444

Re: 2013 Oregon Chardonnay Tasting

Thanks Andy! Maybe we should drink them together!
by Rick Allen
March 26th, 2019, 8:39 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: Ardea closures on Carillon - what do you think?
Replies: 50
Views: 1474

Re: Ardea closures on Carillon - what do you think?

As far as I know, Carillon only uses this closure in the bourgogne wines. I've seen it in the Bourgogne Blanc but I haven't seen it in any of the Puligny Montrachet wines.
by Rick Allen
March 26th, 2019, 8:07 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2013 Oregon Chardonnay Tasting
Replies: 24
Views: 1444

Re: 2013 Oregon Chardonnay Tasting

I opened up my other remaining bottle of the 2013 Walter Scott X-Novo tonight (for science). While still reduced, this didn't have the burnt aroma that I got on Saturday. After about half an hour it just blossomed in the glass, showing lemon and green apple, with some oak in the nose. On the palate,...
by Rick Allen
March 25th, 2019, 9:59 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2013 Oregon Chardonnay Tasting
Replies: 24
Views: 1444

Re: 2013 Oregon Chardonnay Tasting

Could u tell the Roulot was burgundy vs the rest is Oregon? Or no way to tell? We were debating what it was... A few guesses went round the table. No one (I think) thought it was a 2013 Oregon. On the other hand, it didn't stand out that much. It wasn't head and shoulders better than the Cameron in...
by Rick Allen
March 25th, 2019, 8:21 pm
Forum: Wine Talk
Topic: 2013 Oregon Chardonnay Tasting
Replies: 24
Views: 1444

2013 Oregon Chardonnay Tasting

On Saturday, a number of Berserkers (mainly lurkers) gathered at the Heater Allen Tap Room to taste 2013 Oregon Chardonnay. This is our fourth year of this endeavour. I thought the quality was better overall than previous years though that might be partially explained by our trying to include wines ...
by Rick Allen
March 24th, 2019, 8:09 am
Forum: Beer and Spirits
Topic: What BEER are you drinking?
Replies: 16166
Views: 382335

Re: What BEER are you drinking?

@Scott - Pinebox has Cantillon on tap; was over there this AM for brunch at Stateside Thanks for heads up. Will prob be gone before I can make it up there. Fortunately, Rick shared some of his Cantillon stash with me tonight. 2013 Lou Pepe Gueze and Cuvée Saint-Gilloise. Both outstanding, but very ...
by Rick Allen
March 16th, 2019, 11:37 am
Forum: Travel Forum
Topic: Napa First timer
Replies: 21
Views: 1239

Re: Napa First timer

Stayed here this past week. It was nice. Get a room on the 2nd floor not the 1st. Was reasonable for the area. Location just OK. We chose it as we were having a dinner at Single Thread and it was reasonably close and price was good. https://www.vintnersinn.com George When we stayed at the Vintners ...

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