Periodically, my daily newspaper, the Oregonian, presents another babblement on the drinking problems of our young people, often followed by a vicious editorial. It seems these troublesome youths drink alcoholic beverages, especially beer, with entirely too much gusto. These young hooligans carry on from a right early age, some as young as 12. And it’s... View Article
Beer Enthusiast - Full Pints January 1, 2004 - Fred Eckhardt
Beer Enthusiast - Full Pints November 1, 2003 - Fred Eckhardt
Recently, I was invited to participate in one of those wonderful McMenamin’s “drink tanks.” Once or twice a year, Mike and Brian McMenamin gather their friends, workers, and other assorted followers together to participate in ceremonial rites to formulate one of their very special brews. This one, held at the Portland’s Hillsdale Pub, was for... View Article
Full Pints - People Features November 1, 2003 - Roger Protz
When the Soviet Union collapsed and Winston Churchill’s famous Iron Curtain opened, observers of the brewing scene discovered that Russians drink beer as well as vodka. The country has a fascinating brewing tradition that was hidden from view for most of the 20th century.
Full Pints - Live Beer - People - People Features Pushing the Envelope West Coast Style September 1, 2003 - Tom Dalldorf
To those of us in the rest of the country, “ the West Coast” is a world apart. Despite the vast geographical spread from California to Alaska, despite a cultural spread that brought us both the Grateful Dead and Ronald Reagan, viewed from the outside, the West is one strange singularity. It is Hollywood glitz,... View Article
Beer Enthusiast - Full Pints September 1, 2003 - Fred Eckhardt
Past Great Canadian Beer Festivals, in Victoria, British Columbia, have been a beer tourist’s Mecca. I lived most of my misspent youth some 90 miles from Vancouver and Victoria. Canadian beer was an always sought-after treasure, and Canada, an exotic destination mere miles from home. Did all Mounties sing like Nelson Eddie? Was the city... View Article
Beer Enthusiast - Full Pints July 1, 2003 - Fred Eckhardt
A few days ago, I listened to Moira Gunn interviewing an author on her public radio program, “Tech Nation,” about what technology to expect in the next 50 years. That set me to thinking: what will the craft beer revolution that we have so carefully nurtured be like in 2053?
Beer Enthusiast - Full Pints May 1, 2003 - Fred Eckhardt
Imagine my surprise when, one morning at 8:24 a.m., I was interrupted at my labors by a phone call. It was an irate UPS person calling to inform me that I was receiving a shipment of alcohol, an “illegal” substance, and that was more than they could allow—something up with which they could not put.
Beer Enthusiast - Full Pints March 1, 2003 - Fred Eckhardt
For some time now, the Slow Food people in my part of the world have acted as though beer did not exist. That’s OK, because until very recently I thought of them as an anti-McDonald’s group and not much else. I could sympathize with them, but I wasn’t ready to squander $60 of my ill-gotten... View Article