The Session is a group beer blogging effort that’s been going on for several years now: the first Friday of each month, bloggers collaborate on a theme suggested by the host for that month. This month’s host was our own Beer Babe, Carla Companion, and this month she selected the theme of “Welcoming the New Kids”:
With the astounding growth of the number of craft breweries this year, chances are there’s a new one in development, or has just started out in your area. My challenge to you is to seek out a new brewery and think about ways in which they could be welcomed into the existing beer community. How does their beer compare to the craft beer scene in your area? Are they doing anything in a new/exciting way? What advice, as a beer consumer, would you give to these new breweries?
Central Oregon’s eighth brewery, Boneyard has been welcomed easily and with open arms into the beer community. But hey—this is Oregon; frankly, anything less here is almost unheard of. They have already amassed something of a cult-like following, and are active and available at all the local festivals.
Of the two beers I’ve tried so far, the Black 13 and the Girl Beer (a Porterlike Brown Ale, and a Cherry Wheat, respectively), are competently-brewed ales but I’d be hard-pressed to say they’re doing anything new or outstanding with them. (Although this weekend’s Little Woody barrel-aged beer festival in Bend is featuring these two beers aged on wood which could be something really nice.)
Who’s the new kid on the block in your area?
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