The mother ship of Hood River’s craft brewing scene, Full Sail Brewing has earned a spot — 55th spot, actually – on Outside magazine’s list of the 100 Best Places to Work. Brewers from Full Sail have moved on to start a bunch of smaller (but thriving) craft breweries in Hood River and nearby communities. Matt Swihart helped found Double Mountain Brewing. Doug Ellenberger founded Everybody’s Brewing. And Josh Pfriem has recently opened Pfriem Family Brewers. Some reports suggest that Hood River has more breweries per capita (add in Big Horse Brew Pub) than any city in the country. We’ll sip to that.
As the Hood River Chamber of Commerce winds up its two-month Winter Getaway promotion, you still have a chance to win.
If you entered previously, you’re already in the running for this week’s prize – two nights at the Gorge B&B, and tastings for two at the Full Sail Brew Pub and Springhouse Cellar.
Interested? Just go to the Chamber web site to sign up. FYI, prize packages need not be taken in the winter.
Around the Hood River Hotel, we’re nothing if not fixated on the local beer scene. So, if you’re looking for a great Christmas gift idea, and know someone who loves beer, we might suggest you check out the insulated six-pack holder from Full Sail. Pretty … cool.
Congrats to our buddies at Full Sail Brewing, for coming home from the Great American Beer Festival with a silver medal for their Session Black American-style dark lager. It was the only medal for the Full Sail crew.
Overall, Oregon beers did pretty well. Deschutes Brewing in Bend captured three medals — a gold and two bronzes — and Rogue Ales captured a couple of golds. Silver Moon Brewing of Bend got a gold and a bronze, and Barley Brown’s Brew Pub of Baker City got a silver and a bronze.
Want to see the full list of Oregon winners? Follow this link and use the search tool to select 2011 and Oregon winners. Bottom line? We’ve got a whole load of great beers anywhere you turn in the Northwest, including ground zero (us).
Oh, did we mention that the Full Sail tasting room is just a short six-block walk from the front door of the Hood River Hotel? You can taste it now, can’t you?