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3 Up-And-Coming Oregon Breweries to Watch

Opening a brewery in Oregon seems like a proverbial bringing-sand-to-the-desert gambit. However, Oregonians' thirst for quality beer seems to know no bounds, and thriving new breweries spring up every year. Here are three born less than two years ago they're buzzing about in Portlandia and beyond. More

6 Great Affordable Imperial Stouts from California

I'll drink a stout any day of the year, but it's impossible to argue with dark beer in winter. Considering stresses that can accompany December, you're forgiven for reaching for stouts with a bit more nerve-soothing booze than usual. Enter imperial stout, or as I like to describe it to Irish stout loyalists: "three Guinnesses in one glass." More

Have You Tried Cranberry Beer?

It can be a little risky, from a brewing perspective, to add any foreign bodies to a beer. Cranberries present special issues, Sand Creek Brewery's Todd Kreuger told me, because cranberries are very low pH and can stall a beer's fermentation. Lots of healthy yeast is necessary for cranberry beer to not be an underattenuated, sticky-sweet disaster. But each of these cranberry beers would make a fun addition to your Thanksgiving meal. More

In Season Now: Wet Hop Beer

In addition to being a fine excuse to drink German lager, in the beer world, October is hophead Christmas. Every year more and more breweries produce "wet hopped" beers using hops that have not been dried in a kiln to preserve them. (You'll also hear the terms "fresh hopped" and "harvest," which—with the exception of some semantic beer geek controversy—are generally considered synonymous.) When tasted fresh, these beers pack an extra-special hop punch and are coveted by many. More

6 Trends We Noticed at the Craft Brewers Conference

Don't get *too* excited, hop haters: the IBU arms race is not over. But the coming materials squeeze will definitely force brewers to get creative.

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Les ah, I sampled a couple of Omission beers for the first time at CBC after hearing about them for a while. It's better than your average gluten-free beer for sure. The other gluten-free beer that I as a gluten-lover think is drinkable is Green's, especially the golden. In general, I think you're better off exploring craft ciders. Some really nice dry English-style stuff getting out there recently as opposed to the sugar bomb ciders I drank in college in the 90s.

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