Thursday, December 23, 2010

Holiday travel...

Happy Holidays! Merry Christmas! Happy New Year!

I'm in Iowa until the New Year, then back to the land of Premium beers.


  1. You were lucky to catch a flight, then!

    Happy Holidays and a good New Year.

  2. Hah, funny that Heineken is their Premium beer... the most mass-produced beer in the Netherlands :)

    And how sad to see a menu where the only beers on tap are Miller Light and Bud Light. They'd go out of business in 5 minutes in Portland :)

    Happy Holidays and best wishes!

  3. "Killian's Red - Ireland"

    It must be some really stale beer as the Killian's brewery in Ireland went out of business more than 50 years ago.

    What they are selling is really Coors-brewed piss water that hasn't been anywhere near Ireland.

  4. I hear great things about Portland and beer! Will have to visit someday :)

    Killians is made in the U.S but owned by Coors which is owned by a Canadian company so I don't understand the "Ireland" reference either. Marketing. All marketing. I'm sticking the exotic holland premium beer, thanks.

  5. Sounds like a good idea.

    Perhaps you could start a Truth In Menu Descriptions campaign in Iowa...

  6. I'll have to second the shout-out to beer in Portland from Mr.

    This reminds me of what I saw in Las Vegas just yesterday: a restaurant had a list of "domestic" and "imported" beers. But they had beers from Sam Adams and Widmer Brothers listed under the "imported" heading. When I tried to explain that I wanted the "domestic" price on the domestically produced Widmer beer the server just stared at me...I don't think he got the joke.

    Las Vegas is also a weird place for bikes. How are the bike laws, infrastructure, and etc in Iowa? If it's as weird as Vegas maybe we can blame the problem with beer on not having more bikes around. Or maybe they don't have more bikes because they don't have better beer.

  7. Excellent point... I wonder if there is a good beer to bicycles correlation! More research is necessary! :)

  8. Well... The Netherlands, Denmark and Oregon all have high rates of biking (Oregon relatively so compared to the U.S. as a whole anyway), and they all have a thing for beer, too. Not to say all Oregon beer is fantastic, but it's pretty much all good, with some fantastic ones thrown in here and there. I think we officially have something like 35 breweries within Portland city limits. But one of the best parts, is that because people care about beer, you can buy all the trappist beers at your average grocery store :D

    If you do visit Portland ever, let me know. I'd be happy to show you around!

  9. I think you're spot-on with the number. I found a list of Oregon breweries which lists a total of 38 in Portland, with four of those listed as out of business. Not sure how accurate that list is, but it looks relatively up to date at first glance.

    I didn't take the time to count all the breweries in Portland suburbs, but there are a fair number of them. I did notice that the two closest breweries to my house aren't on there, so the list may be understating the numbers a bit.

  10. China has a lot of bikes but their beers smell and taste like piss.
    Heineken is one of the world's most mass produced beers.(Hotels all over the world seem to sell the stuff and it usually is produced/bottled on the continent the hotel is in.) And it's not a particularly good pilsener at that.
    Heineken's succes is mostly due to good marketing. Freddie Heineken himself said "I don't make beer I make adverts."