Yakima Hop Fields at sunset
Our annual photo recap of the year is here, a look back at some of our favorite people, times, beers, places, and events. This is a great opportunity for us to share some behind-the-scenes and otherwise unseen images taken over the last year of intimate and big moments alike, as well as photos we just think are pretty, funny or interesting. It was a pretty good year for great beer and also a bummer for those places that closed or were sold.
Hopworks Urban Brewery founder Christian Ettinger toasts us with the new Wave Train amber lager garnished with a lime.
Beer Flight at Briar Commons Brewery in Denver, CO
Jack Harris and Spencer Gotter at the Fringe Fest
Breakside’s Bourbon Barrel-Aged Salted Caramel Stout made the ice/snow storm in Portland more bearable
Breakside Brewery, The Commons and Matt van Wyk from Alesong and Brett Thomas of Sunriver Brewing at their pub in Bend
tasting leftover competition entries at the Best of Craft Beer Awards in Bend
Double Mountain’s Jersey Pie and a pint at their new Portland pub
Ruse Brewing’s Deep Sleeper and Clock Keeper in our brief snow December 2017
Cheese and Charcuterie at Crooked Stave in Denver, CO
left to right: Tomas Sluiter (Culmination Brewing), Jenn and Jeremie Landers
Martin Cizmar signs the Oregon Beer Guide for Tyler Brown and Jimmy Speak
Lompoc owner Jerry Fechter accepts the lifetime achievement award for the late Don Younger at the 2017 Oregon Beer Awards
Widmer Brewing debuted their new Innovation Brewing team. Left to right: Tom Bleigh, Corey Blodgett and Dan Munch
Rik Hall and Ben Parsons of Baerlic Brewing had a good year. They won best small Oregon brewery at the Oregon Beer Awards and announced plans for a second location.
Alex Ganum contemplates a beer at Upright Brewing
Brunch at Burnside Brewing
Wayfinder Beer opened with killer beer and grub like this Bread Pudding and Dunkelweizen
Trevor Rogers, head brewer/owner of De Garde Brewing
Kevin Davey (Wayfinder Beer head brewer) and Shanna Davey with Buttery Nipples
Me, Breakside’s Natalie Baldwin and 10 Barrel’s Whitney Burnside
Breakside Brewery opened their long-awaited NW Slabtown Pub, our first look preview here.
Breakside Slabtown brewers Jacob Leonard, Ben Edmunds and Will Jaquiss
Breakside brewers Natalie Baldwin and Will Jaquiss
a sun break at this years Portland Fruit Beer Festival
Wonder Women at this years Portland Fruit Beer Festival
Mike Hunsaker (Grains of Wrath) and Steve Luke (Cloudburst Brewing) at this years Masters of IPA during Portland Beer Week
Culmination Brewing’s Condrad Andrus at SNACKDOWN! the closing party of Portland Beer Week
Erin Grey Kemplin and John Harris of Ecliptic Brewing at Portland Beer Week’s closing event Snackdown!
team Heater Allen Brewing at Portland Beer Week’s closing event Snackdown!
Hopworks brewers at Portland Beer Week’s closing event Snackdown!
Rob from Running Man Distribution with Joel and Erin of Ex Novo Brewing
the Baerlic Brewing team at SNACKDOWN, the closing event of Portland Beer Week.
beautiful setup at Wander Brewing in Bellingham, WA
Bachelorette party ladies at the Portland Fruit Beer Festival
Steve Jones, Nicole Kasten and I after the Portland Beer and Cheese Fest
Kerry Finsand, Maude Bowman Haney and Nicole Kasten work the booth at the Portland Beer Week kickoff party
Great Notion Brewing patio and beer
Migration Brewing patio
Lucky Labrador Brewpub’s patio in NW Portland
Wayfinder Beer patio
Our annual best beer/brewery summer patio series was another hit this year with more options than ever, a few of them highlighted in the photos above.
Lucky Labrador’s annual Barleywine Festival is always a fun lowkey affair
Amy Marvin, “SNOB” Ritch Marvin, Sean Mcmahon (Brewery Outfitters) and Ben Love (Gigantic Brewing) drainpouring a beer at the Oregon Brewers Festival
Erin Grey Kemplin of Ecliptic Brewing and Amity Worden of New Belgium Brewing
Jaime Rodriguez of Ninkasi Brewing and Christian Ettinger, owner of Hopworks Urban Brewery.
I visited the famed Anchor Brewing and here viewed their beautiful copper kettles mid-way through a brew of Anchor Christmas Ale.
a basement full of horizontal lager tanks at Anchor Brewing
when in Yakima you go to the Sports Center
me, Heather Egizio and Whitney Burnside at Level Beer
Skamania Lodge Celebration of Beer in Stevenson, WA
Skamania Lodge Celebration of Beer in Stevenson, WA
Hop harvest drying beds
Heather Egizio, Bolt Minister and Charles Culp at the 54-40 Brewing 2nd Anniversary Party
Goodlife Brewing wins a Gold at the 2017 Great American Beer Festival
Bend, Oregon’s Sunriver Brewing wins multiple medals at the 2017 Great American Beer Festival
Melvin Brewing celebrates 2017 GABF wins
Melvin Brewing, Sunriver Brewing, Breakside, Goodlife and many other brewers did well at the 2017 Great American Beer Festival as pictured above. Read our full recap of the fest and awards here.
Ratio Beerworks in Denver is one of the most colorful taprooms anywhere
Heather Egizio walks through the freshly harvested hop fields in Yakima, WA
Josh Grgas, Mike Wright and Steve Jones at the closing night of The Commons Brewery.
Charlie Van Meter (Allegory Brewing) and John Plutshack (Logsdon Farmhouse Ales) on the closing night of The Commons Brewery
Lompoc Brewing owner Jerry Fechter (front center), Assistant brewre Brendan Murphy (back left) and Head Brewer Bryan Kielty (back right)
Don Sch and Jeremy Herrig at the Holiday Ale Festival
Ryan Brentley and Jamie Floyd of Ninkasi Brewing at the Holiday Ale Festival
Paul Fiely, Wallace Charman and Clark Prather
Jeremie Landers, “SNOB” Ritch, and Amy Marvin at the Holiday Ale Festival
Whitney Burnside at the Rare Barrel in Berkeley, CA
Chuckanut Brewing in Bellingham, WA and owner/brewer Will Kemper
Bare Bottle Brewing taproom in San Francisco
Hopworks Vancouver opening party
Hopworks Christian Ettinger, Eric Steen and Trever Bass with their new cans
Matt Speckenbach at Hopworks Vancouver
miniature art at Modern Times Beer
Inrepid Sojourner Beer Project in Denver, CO
Bron Yr Aur Brewing in Yakima
Bron Yr Aur in the Yakima Valley has one of the best brewery patios and views ever. Photo above of the front of the brewery and the below photo from the side patio looking across the stret from the brewpub.
view from Bron Yr Aur Brewing patio
Nat West of Reverend Nat’s Cider celebrates the release of their first cans
if you get the chance to, attend the Feast Portland food festivals Night Market
pFriem’s brewpub in Hood River is excellent, one reason why they won our Oregon Brewer of 2017 award.
I love the simplicity but beauty and color of Wander Brewing in Bellingham’s tap handles. The beers are pretty darn good too.
Seapine Brewing is also a real underrated Seattle gem ever since they moved from a nano to full on production facility
Amy Marvin and “SNOB” Ritch Marvin at San Diego Beer Week kickoff party
Wander Brewing founders Chad and Colleen Kuehl