Jeff Alworth is a writer living in Portland, Oregon. He is currently working on Brewing the World's Classic Styles: Advice From the Pros for Storey Publishing. Beervana is where he writes a weekly column. He also co-hosts the Beervana Podcast, where he and Oregon State University economics professor Patrick Emerson discuss beer and the economics of beer.
The Oregon Beer Awards were handed out last night, and there were a few
surprises. The first came when Wolf Tree (Seal Rock) won the first gold medal.
Wait, who? That happened several times throughout the night, as obscure breweries took home medals: Freebridge (the Dalles), Back Pedal (Portland), Salem Ale Works, and Wild Ride (Redmond). Wolf Tree, incidentally, "is one of very few