The Year in Pictures

An annual tradition I think only I appreciate—the year in pictures. At the very least, it allows me to remind myself of the year’s highlights. There are also some nice pics here, so enjoy.

Started my year off by turning 50. (😬) I celebrated by visiting the Big Island, where I went to pubs like this one with no walls. (😀)

Started my year off by turning 50. (😬) I celebrated by visiting the Big Island, where I went to pubs like this one with no walls. (😀)

 
Rob Widmer with an original piece of Widmer Brothers equipment. (I completed the manuscript for The Widmer Way in January.)

Rob Widmer with an original piece of Widmer Brothers equipment. (I completed the manuscript for The Widmer Way in January.)

 
Modern Times slipped into the space vacated by The Commons.

Modern Times slipped into the space vacated by The Commons.

 
Glitter beer entered and brightened my life in late winter.

Glitter beer entered and brightened my life in late winter.

 
pFriem’s tour includes this extraordinary display of what happens inside a barrel when wild yeast are involved.

pFriem’s tour includes this extraordinary display of what happens inside a barrel when wild yeast are involved.

 
My visit to Baltimore took me to Union Craft Brewery, where I met owner Jon Zerivitz (left) and brewer Kevin Blodger.

My visit to Baltimore took me to Union Craft Brewery, where I met owner Jon Zerivitz (left) and brewer Kevin Blodger.

 
Von Ebert took over the space formerly known as Fathead’s in the spring.

Von Ebert took over the space formerly known as Fathead’s in the spring.

 
A sunny spring morning when Huck Bales and I did a collab brew at Old Town Brewing.

A sunny spring morning when Huck Bales and I did a collab brew at Old Town Brewing.

 
The Deschutes barrel room, which includes hundreds of wine casks in addition to these foeders, is known around the brewery as “Oakland” or “Wood World.”

The Deschutes barrel room, which includes hundreds of wine casks in addition to these foeders, is known around the brewery as “Oakland” or “Wood World.”

 
The original glitter beer—a pilsner. This beauty was served to me at Chuckanut in Bellingham as the illustrious John Holl spoke about his new (and then-unreleased) book  Think Beer, Drink Beer .

The original glitter beer—a pilsner. This beauty was served to me at Chuckanut in Bellingham as the illustrious John Holl spoke about his new (and then-unreleased) book Think Beer, Drink Beer.

 
Tracey Hensley, one of the homebrewers I interviewed for Homebrew Con, in front of her kölsch.

Tracey Hensley, one of the homebrewers I interviewed for Homebrew Con, in front of her kölsch.

 
Homebrew Con came to Portland for its 40th year and I managed to catch the biggest celebrity (Charlie Papazian) signing books.

Homebrew Con came to Portland for its 40th year and I managed to catch the biggest celebrity (Charlie Papazian) signing books.

 
Haystack Rock. Nothing to do with beer, everything to do with Beervana in the summer.

Haystack Rock. Nothing to do with beer, everything to do with Beervana in the summer.

 
The new-era Fitger’s in the 19th-century Fitger’s brewery building in Duluth.

The new-era Fitger’s in the 19th-century Fitger’s brewery building in Duluth.

 
I visited Ommegang in August for the Belgium Comes to Cooperstown fest, and got my personal fave pic of the year on a brewery tour. That’s brewer Phil Leinhart on the left and Good Beer Hunting’s Michael Kiser on the right. What lofty thoughts lifted their gaze?

I visited Ommegang in August for the Belgium Comes to Cooperstown fest, and got my personal fave pic of the year on a brewery tour. That’s brewer Phil Leinhart on the left and Good Beer Hunting’s Michael Kiser on the right. What lofty thoughts lifted their gaze?

 
students look through the recipe log book at the fermentation sciences program at Oregon State University (brewery behind them).

students look through the recipe log book at the fermentation sciences program at Oregon State University (brewery behind them).

 
West Coast Grocery opened in late summer and had one of the best beers of the year, a pilsner—that’s it there on the left. (Their Oregon Beer Award-winning fresh-hopped saison is on the right.)

West Coast Grocery opened in late summer and had one of the best beers of the year, a pilsner—that’s it there on the left. (Their Oregon Beer Award-winning fresh-hopped saison is on the right.)

 
in Portland, we take care to preserve our dive bars.

in Portland, we take care to preserve our dive bars.

 
Forest fire smoke capped a long, long scorching summer in Portland.

Forest fire smoke capped a long, long scorching summer in Portland.

 
After a short five years, Father Martin and Benedictine Brewery get up and running in Mt Angel, Oregon.

After a short five years, Father Martin and Benedictine Brewery get up and running in Mt Angel, Oregon.

 
Visitkng Benedictine Brewery for the first time with (l-r) Stan Hieronymus, Father Martin, Gayle Goachie, and Alex Ganum.

Visitkng Benedictine Brewery for the first time with (l-r) Stan Hieronymus, Father Martin, Gayle Goachie, and Alex Ganum.

 
The last fresh-hop beer of the season.

The last fresh-hop beer of the season.

 
Cask ale at the cider and ale fest at Cider Riot in November.

Cask ale at the cider and ale fest at Cider Riot in November.

 
Maine Beer Co.

Maine Beer Co.

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