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Willakenzie Beer Steward Mary Anne Clark studied anthropology and continues to learn about the world every day through beer. Learning about beer, she says, is similar to learning about people, culture and history. Mary Anne’s passion for handcrafted ales and her inquisitive personality are sure to spark discussion. Drink in her blog here.

140304MOC WillakenzieBeerBlogHere are some big, bad beers for sipping or cellaring:

  • Oakshire Hellshire Bourbon Barrel
  • Ninkasi Critical Hit Barley Wine: 2010, 2011 and 2012
  • Full Sail Imperial Stout Bourbon Barrel
  • The Commons Little Brother Bourbon Barrel
  • Stone Old Guardian Barley Wine
  • Anderson Valley Bourbon Barrel Stout
  • Firestone Walker Sucaba Barley wine


Everything is limited, so don’t miss out!

Cheers!





From Ellensburg, Washington comes Iron Horse Brewery. Right now just two of its beers are available: the I.P.A. and Irish Death, a dark smooth ale. The Irish Death is very dry and smooth and easy to drink but a little dangerous at 7.8%. The I.P.A. is well balanced with nice hop aromas. It is both hopped late in the boil and dry hopped.

Crazy Mt. Brewery is from Edwards, Colorado (outside Vail). I’ve been carrying the Hookiebobb I.P.A. for some time now, and just brought in the Horseshoes and Hand Grenades E.S.B. I was surprised at how good these beers are, honestly because I had tried its canned beer and thought it was awful. I even passed on samples of the bottled beer! Fortunately, my husband didn’t pass so I ended up trying them after all. Glad I did and you will be too.

Be sure to also try Stiegl Grapefruit Radler, which is now available in 16 oz cans that are perfect for the lake. And Saldis Peche Mel is a delightful ale with peach juice from Belgium. Yum!

Let’s not think back to school yet. Let’s have a few more beers.

We have several new items that have “hopped” onto the shelves at your Willakenzie Market, including:

Breakside Brewery of Portland with an I.P.A. that features notes of evergreen, citrus and tropical fruit; a Pilsner with a clean bitterness that’s light, crisp and refreshing; and a Bourbon barrel Aztec, brewed with habanero and serrano peppers. All very solid, drinkable beers.

Coalition Brewing Co. of Portland with its King Kitty Red, and we’re just waiting on the Two Dogs I.P.A. and The Wu Cream Ale.

No-Li Brewhouse of Spokane, Wash. with an I.P.A. featuring really nice aromatics on this one.

10 Barrel Brewing Co. of Bend with a new seasonal called Swill, and a fun 12-pack with three bottles each of the four different I.P.A.s.

Good Life Brewing Co. of Bend with 6-pack cans in both the Descender I.P.A. and the Sweet as Pacific Ale.

Hop Valley of Eugene with a new seasonal called Pollanation brewed with honey that comes in 6-pack bottles

Goose Island of Chicago with Honkers Ale and I.P.A. in 6-packs. A

There are all kinds of new things happening in the beer department; come on by and check it out

Cheers!

The week of May 4-11 is Eugene Craft Beer Week. We’re lucky in Oregon to have so many craft breweries, and some of the best are right here in Eugene. I’ve set up some tastings for the week, so stop by and try a few.

  • Tuesday, 5/7, Oakshire from 4-6 pm
  • Wednesday, 5/8, McKenzie from 4-6 pm
  • Thursday, 5/9, Hop Valley from 4-6 pm
  • Friday, 5/10, Ninkasi from 5-7 pm

We’re very blessed here in Oregon to have so many craft breweries. Come by all month and check out the more than 30 Oregon breweries represented. To help you decide your favorites, we will be tasting brews from the following makers this month –

Fri 6th Burnside 4-5:30
Burnside Brewing Co. focus is on easy to drink beers that accompany and enhance the culinary experience.

Fri 13th Hop Valley 4-7

Hop Valley brews with a 15 barrel system, including four fermenters and five conditioning or finishing tanks.

Fri 20th Ninkasi 4-6
The Ninkasi family of beers has grown from a single IPA to include Tricerahops Double IPA, Believer Double Red, and Oatis Oatmeal Stout, as well as some popular seasonals: Spring Reign, Radiant Ale, and Sleigh'r Dark Double Alt.

Sat 21st Fire Mountain 4-7
Fire Mountain uses international and local grains and hops, seeking to bring quality with top ingredients.

Sat 28th Calapooia Brewing 3-4:30

Brewing the finest microbrews in Oregon & the Willamette Valley.

Raise a glass and celebrate Oregon’s bounty!

Cheers,
Mary Anne

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