From: The Not So Professional Beer Blog, http://www.notsoprofessionalbeer.com/2011/10/book-review-oregon-brew-tour.html
Last fall, I received an e-mail from Debra Ledford, who told me she and her husband were writing a book about beer in Oregon. She stumbled on my blog and liked one of the pictures, and asked for permission to use it in the book. I agreed, and pretty much forgot about it.
A few months ago, I received another e-mail from Debra. Their self-published book “Oregon Brew Tour” was complete and she wondered if I’d be interested in profiling it on my blog. I’m a fairly agreeable guy, so I told her I’d be happy to review it. A few days later, a 500-page book arrived in the mail—and I had some reading to do…
To be fair, I have not read any other books dedicated to Oregon beer, so I can’t compare it others. However, I can tell you what “Oregon Brew Tour” offers—and let me start by saying it’s very comprehensive.
In researching the book, Bob & Debra went on the mother of all Oregon brew tours and drove across the entire state visiting breweries and brewpubs. Oddly enough Debra doesn’t like beer—actually, in the introduction, she states she “really” doesn’t like beer. However, since Bob enjoys it, she decided to join in the adventure playing the most important role—designated driver. He’s a lucky man, that Bob! Before you even think about drinking and driving, be sure to read the overview of Oregon’s drunk driving laws in the beginning of the book.
Then it gets into the breweries. There’s a write-up (1-9 pages) on each brewery, listed in alphabetical order. I don’t know the number of breweries in Oregon, but it appears to be complete. Heck, they even profile the one-hit-wonder maker of Panty Dropper Ale (which won a GABF medal in 2009)!
After the breweries are covered, The Ledfords provide a listing of Oregon Beer Festivals. I have not seen a more comprehensive listing in one place. Then it moves into homebrewing with a statewide listing of homebrew supply stores and homebrew clubs. Other goodies include beer judging forms, suggested brew tours by region, tasting note forms, and a beer glossary.
Oregon Brew Tour is an excellent reference guide—and an interesting read. My favorite part of the book was the in-depth brewery profiles. The back stories are always fascinating and often inspiring. I learned something new about each brewery—even the ones I thought I knew well. With Debra’s permission, I’m publishing her writeup on 10-Barrrel Brewing in its entirety (at the bottom on this post). My hope is to provide a flavor for what this book is about.
It’s a fairly thick book, but it should fit in the glove compartment in your car. Keep it in there, and you’ll always have brew tour information at your fingertips as you travel across Oregon. To order, or learn more about the book, please visit http://www.brewtourbooks.com/.
In full disclosure, I received an evaluation copy of the book. I did not receive any form of compensation for this review, nor will I receive commissions for subsequent purchases that may arise from this review.