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2017: The Year in Photos

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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


Reach Break Brewing opened in Astoria, Oregon making for a new destination spot.


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


the crowd cheers for Breakside Brewery as they win Large Brewery of the Year at the 2017 Oregon Beer Awards


Lompoc owner Jerry Fechter accepts the lifetime achievement award for the late Don Younger at the 2017 Oregon Beer Awards


Widmer Brewing’s innovation team, left to right: Corey Blodgett, Thomas Bleigh and Dan Munch


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


Sasquatch Brewing opened a second location in NW Portland pictured here


Charles Porter debuts his Little Beast Brewing beers Fera and Bes


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


We previewed the upcoming Ruse Brewing facility with owners Devin Benware and Shaun Kalis (pictured)



Schilling Cider opened a Portland taproom with the more hard ciders on draft than anywhere else in the world.




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 announced they were opening a larger 2nd location in NW Portland


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


Level Beer was one of the most anticipated new breweries that opened this year. Pictured are brewers Shane Watterson and Jason Barbey.


Sean Hiatt opened perhaps the years best new beer bar in the Proper Pint Taproom.


Allegory Brewing was one of our favorite new breweries to open this year from Charlie Van Meter and David Sanguinetti (pictured)


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.


Dave Mclean (pictured) sold his Magnolia Brewing to Dick Cantwell and others this year. Read our full story and interview with them here.


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


Gayle Goschie leads a tour at her Oregon hop farm and processing facility for our report on the 2017 hop harvest.


when in Yakima you go to the Sports Center



me, Heather Egizio and Whitney Burnside at Level Beer


Ian Mcguinness opens his first taproom for Natian Brewing earlier this year.


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


We made the trek to Alesong Brewing & Blending’s new tasting room in the oregon countryside


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


David Fuller and Jarek Szymanski will open Threshold Brewing in the Montavilla neighborhod of Portland in 2018. More info and a preview here.



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

Founder of The New School and most frequent contributor Ezra Johnson-Greenough has worked in the craft beer industry for almost 10 years, doing everything from illustrating beer labels to bartending at renowned beer bars and breweries like Belmont Station, Apex, Laurelwood and Upright Brewing. He has also had a hand in creating events like the Portland Fruit Beer Festival, Portland Beer Week, and the Brewing up Cocktails series. He is available for freelance consultation in marketing, events, graphic design and branding. Contact:

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