Meet Beckie

Beer Bestie, Beckie with #DannerBrasston and Jenna with #BulletTheDog at Gigantic

Meet Beckie.  She is my best friend, dog-auntie to #Bulletthedog, bad ass Athletic Trainer, professional beer drinker.  I first wrote about Beckie on this blog back in 2011, “I don’t have a sister, but I’m lucky enough to have an amazing best friend who is like a sister to me.”  Since then our friendship has only grown stronger.  She has been drinking beer with me for years, in two different countries, and two different states.  She also does some beer drinking on her own and I’d like to highlight that as well.  So look forward to seeing more blog post from her on this blog.  In her own words:

I’m an Athletic Trainer by trade, but also consider myself an exert beer taster. Member of the “Frommates” friend-family and been Jenna’s best friend for 10 years. My opinions can sometimes be seen on here, especially if I’m able to finish my beer before Jenna steals it to take a sip (that doesn’t happen often).  

[Jenna’s Note: This only happens when she gets strawberry beer!]

Previous articles mentioning Beckie include:

Siem Reap Brewpub – Siem Reap, Cambodia

Himawari Microbrewery – Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Dead Lizard Brewing Company – Orlando, FL

Cascade Brewing Sour Fruit Fest 2016

Great Notion Brewing – Portland, Oregon

Oregon Brew Fest 2014

Biketobeer 2013

Fruit Beer Festival 2013

First Annual Portland Fruit Beer Festival

 

GUEST POSTS:

 

Arch Rock Brewing Company, Gold Beach, OR [Guest Post]

 

Leave a comment and say “hi” to Beckie.  You’ll be seeing her and hearing from her more on BiteSize Brews!

Siem Reap Brewpub – Siem Reap, Cambodia

Siem Reap, Cambodia

A few months ago, my best friend and fellow beer buddy, Beckie and I, traveled to Siem Reap to check out Angkor Wat.  This was mostly a thank you present for watching Bullet for three months and a little bit of a birthday present and a professional congrats to her being kick ass at her job celebration.  Like all best friend trips, I googled breweries in Siem Reap and stumbled across the only brewery in the area.  Siem Reap Brewpub is a microbrewery with own restaurant and bar in the heart of Siem Reap.  You can walk to it from the Night Market / Pub Street.  The restaurant provide relaxing atmosphere for you to enjoy fresh beers. All their beers are produced in this microbrewery using the finest Malt from Germany, Hops from Australia, Craft Yeast from New Zealand and Clean Local Water.  (I thought it was interesting that they openly advertised this last fact.  Since most tourists are nervous about the local drinking water.  However, beer brewers know that most impurities are killed in the process of making beer).

Their Brewmaster, Neo Say Wee, was a hobbyist turned professional brewer.  Neo has been brewing crowd favorites and award-winning ales and lagers for both locals and foreigners alike for the last 10 years, satisfying hundreds of thirsty customers daily. Neo setup Singapore’s first Homebrew store in 2004 becoming the go-to source of all brewing ingredients and equipment to help local hobbyist develop their home brewing craft. Being a brewer and owning Singapore’s first Homebrew store didn’t stop Neo from setting up the first Homebrew Club where he conducts beer tasting and brewing sessions, beer related discussions and even regional microbrewery tours for members. Always the market leader in the local beer industry Neo continued to fine-tune his skill and became Singapore’s first and only accredited beer judge certified under the Beer Judge Certification Program in 2010.

Siem Reap Brewpub

Here is what we tried:

  • Blonde Ale – Light and delicate maltiness. Low level of bitterness. Floral hops aroma.
  • Golden Ale – Malty with a touch of toastiness. Medium level of bitterness. Piney hops aroma.
  • India Pale Ale – Rich and rounded flavor of malt. High level of bitterness. Fruity hops aroma.
  • Dark Ale – Complex malt body. Low level of bitterness. Intense dark chocolate aroma & flavor. Brewed with 100% local organic Palm Sugar for the unique Cambodian taste.  While it was a little too hot to be drinking a dark beer.  I really enjoyed this beer, the story about the palm sugar and the taste.
  • Honey Weiss – A naturally cloudy Hefeweizen (Wheat Beer).Low level of bitterness. Rich honey aroma and flavor. Brewed with 100% local organic Wild Honey from Mondulkiri for the unique Cambodian taste.  This beer was a close favorite of mine.  I loved the taste of the local honey, which is definitely something to taste when you come to Cambodia.
  • Saison Ale – A touch of Rye malt. Medium level of bitterness. Delicate lemongrass aroma with pepper corn aftertaste. Brewed with 100% local organic Lemongrass and Pepper Corn for the unique Cambodian taste.  This was both Beckie and my favorite beer.  The gentle spice from the pepper corn gave it an impressive saison feel without being overwhelming.

Have you been to Siem Reap?  What was your favorite beer there?

Cerevisia Craft Beer – Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Cerevisia CRAFT Brewhouse originated in Phnom Penh when the founding brewer made his exodus from the cradle of civilization, and into the heart of Cambodia.  I recently met with the founder, Erich, who has introduced me the the Cambodian homebrewing community!  I’m super thankful for his insights – looking forward to homebrewing here in Cambodia soon.

Cerevisia Craft Beer offerings.

In 2013, a few more like minded imbibers joined their brew-master in a common goal.  They roamed Phnom Penh in search of a craft beer, microbrewery, or libation reminiscent of home.  Due to the limited options, they took matters into their own hands and began crafting full bodied beers with iconic aromatics and a pleasing finish.  They don’t cut corners.  You will not find them in every tap room in Phnom Penh, only the finest.

Checking out Botanico for the first time – and not the last!

Beer is the cause for civilized society, technological innovation, and manages to keep them going.  Just like Kermit’s plan for the show was to share jokes and put a smile on everyone’s face, their plan for Craft beer is to share a good ale, and help you find joy in the bottom of your glass.

I’ve been to Botanico a few times, here is what I’ve tried:

  • Irish Red Ale “Priteni” – Malt forward, full bodied, gentle bitterness, and velvety finish.
  • American Amber Ale “Road Trip” – Dark copper color with amber hues.  Aromatic nose of melon, malt, and sweet caramel.  Balanced malt and hops palate on a toasted biscuit backdrop.  Slightly bitter finish that comes away cleanly.
  • IPA “Apollo C” – An ale for a true “hop head.”  This beer has a hop forward bitterness, medium body, and a citrusy nature.  I never thought I would miss IPAs but being in Cambodia has definitely made me appreciate hops more than ever.
  • Honey Pale Ale “Rattanak” – With a fragrance of Cambodian honeysuckle, this medium bodied ale balances even bitterness with hits of caramel malt and honey.  A strong, clean finish closing with a “taste of honey.”  This is definitely my favorite beer from Cerevisia.
  • Porter “Dark Star” – The silky feel of this medium bodied brew is layered with roasted coffee and chocolate flavors.  Hops balance the sweetness with a finish that begs for more.  We don’t get many “dark days, dark beers” here in Cambodia.  But if you are every a little homesick – this is definitely the beer to warm you up.

Botanico is a wine and beer garden restaurant/bar. They serve great food, wine, and the much-loved “Cerevisia CRAFT beer”, which is brew locally. They also host community events.  They serve lunch and dinner and have live music on Friday and Saturday evenings.  Also, their space is pet friendly, so even Bullet has been there!

Entrance to Botanico.

Evening: Their services focus on the bar offerings of wine and CRAFT beer! They also serve mixed drinks and cocktails. Their menu includes a well-rounded selection of food that pairs well with our drinks. Several vegetarian offerings are included.

Perfect evening in Phnom Penh, with craft beer in hand.

Daytime: They are open all day for coffee, lunch, dinner, snacks, and drinks. Their lush garden space also offers private Workspace offices and their full menu right in the heart of Phnom Penh. Combining the best elements of a home office and a café, their workspaces offer the ideal solution for the professional freelancer.

Workspaces include:
– Turnkey private, air-conditioned offices.
– Shared common areas for socializing, meetings, and events.
– Service staff.
– Color printer.
– WI-FI access.
– Coffee & refreshments menu.
– 24/7 security.

Have you been to Cambodia?  What had been your favorite craft beer there?

Himawari Microbrewery – Phnom Penh, Cambodia

What is a girl to do when her best friend, Beckie, comes to visit her in Cambodia?  Check out the local breweries of course!  Himawari Microbrewery is the 1st and only microbrewery launched by it’s 5-star hotel in Cambodia. Made from the finest malt and hops, the beers crafted here are unique in flavor and of the highest quality.  You can also enjoy an idyllic experience outdoors, at the Garden Terrace overlooks the Mekong Delta with stunning views and a fresh breeze.

Himawari Microbrewery’s brewmaster, Neo, has had many years of brewing experience and has designed five exclusive brews, two of which have won international awards. There’s definitely a craft beer for every palate.

Jetlag and beers – great combination.

Here is what we tried:

Apsara Gold – An Australasian-style pale ale brewed using a blend of Nelson Sauvin and Cascade hops.  Light and delicate in malt flavor with a distinct hops aroma.  This beer is the winner of the International Beer Competition 2013 for the category of Australasian / International Style Pale Ale.

Gem & Jade – A golden ale that showcases the balance of malt and hops flavor.  The combination of Pacific Gem and Pacific Jade hops together with five different malts gives this beer its unique profile.  This beer is the winner of the Asia Beer Awards 2013 for the category of Pale / Amber Ale.  This is hands down my favorite beer at the Himawari Microbrewery.

OatS – A sweet stout that is low in bitterness but robust in oatmeal flavor.

CentenniALE – An American style IPA that highlights Centennial Hops.  High in bitterness with residual malt sweetness.

Have you ever been to Cambodia?  What was your favorite beer?

2017 Oregon Brewers Festival Generates $23.9 Million for Local Economy

A recently completed study estimates the economic impact of the 2017 Oregon Brewers Festival (OBF) at $23.9 million.

:: Fun Fact – I recently moved to Cambodia!  You can follow my adventures here.  ::

Beckie, Bailey, and I at #OBF2017

Jeff Dense, professor of political science and craft beer studies at Eastern Oregon University, and a team of students administered 908 on-site interviews between July 26 and July 29, 2017.

The study utilized IMPLAN (IMpact Analysis for PLANning) data and software package to estimate the economic impact of the Oregon Brewers Festival on Multnomah County. The 2017 OBF generated an estimated $15.3 million in direct, $4.4 million in indirect (additional input purchases made by local businesses) and $4.1 million in induced (expenditures by employees from wages paid by companies in direct contact with tourists) economic impact. The $23.9 million economic impact for the 2017 Oregon Brewers Festival constituted a 18% decrease from the 2016 edition of the event which can be attributed to a 15% decrease in total attendance.

Respondents were queried on a range of demographic factors, along with estimates of expenditures in tourism-related categories, including transportation, lodging, meals, gasoline purchases, non-beer related recreation, beer purchased to take home, expenditures at the festival grounds and retail purchases.

Two of the most significant findings unearthed by the study are the number of women (44.2%) attending the 2017 Oregon Brewers Festival, along with a precipitous decline (38%) in lodging expenditures by OBF attendees, despite a 6% increase in the percentage of out-of-town visitors.

“Women are the key to the future of the craft beer industry,” Dense said, adding “The lodging industry should take heed to the increasing number of cost conscious visitors who are availing themselves of the vacation rental lodging market and staying with family and friends while attending craft beer festivals and other community events in Portland.”

Other findings of the study include:

  • Visiting OBF patrons spent an average of $532.
  • Nearly half (48.7%) of attendees were out-of-town visitors.
  • Visitors from Washington (9.9%) and California (9.7%) were highly prevalent at OBF.
  • Food and drink ($6.9 million) accounted for the largest share of OBF patron expenditures, followed by the lodging industry ($5.9 million).
  • Half (47.2%) of patrons were attending OBF for either the first or second time.
  • OBF generated $1.3 million in indirect business taxes for state and local government.

Beckie, Bailey, and I at #OBF2017 but like seriously having fun.

ABOUT THE OREGON BREWERS FESTIVAL
Founded in 1988, the Oregon Brewers Festival is one of the longest running beer festivals in the country. The event annually draws tens of thousands to Waterfront Park in downtown Portland to celebrate independent craft beer. The Oregon Brewers Festival always includes the last full weekend of  July; next year’s dates are July 26 to July 29, 2018. Learn more at OregonBrewFest.com or follow @OregonBrewfest on social media.