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Craft Beers of the Pacific Northwest: A Beer Lover's Guide to Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia [Kindle Edition]

Lisa M. Morrison
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Book Description

In the 1970s a handful of brewers in Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia were tired of the traditional light and flavorless American beers and began exploring ways to make better beer brewed from local ingredients. The “microbrews” (as they were originally called) caught on, and the Northwest quickly became the center of the craft beer movement that is now flourishing and spreading across the United States, Canada, and the world.

Craft Beers of the Pacific Northwest is a suds-soaked adventure through the 115 key breweries and brew pubs in Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia. Lisa Morrison, aka The Beer Goddess, has included every brewery worth visiting, from pioneers like McMenamins, whose Hillsdale Brewery & Public House in southwest Portland was the first brewpub in Oregon, to a new generation of start ups like Upright Brewing, a production brewery that is creating French-Belgian inspired, open-fermented beers.

With 18 walkable pub-crawls, a beer primer and glossary, a list of the best bottle shops, Craft Beers of the Pacific Northwest has everything a beer lover needs to navigate the best of what the region has to offer.



Editorial Reviews

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“Gives very valuable information to the prospective beer connoisseur. I’ve found my new drinking buddy, and it’s only 200 pages long.”
(PortlandBeer.org)

Experience the city's beer-loving spirit first-hand.
(U.S. News & World Report)

If you don't live or regularly travel to the Pacific Northwest, watch out. You'll be itching to toss this book into a bag and board a flight.
(Serious Eats)

With interesting facts and insider tips.
(Seattle Weekly)

This comprehensive coverage of our ever-expanding corner of Beervana focuses on all the best of the best.
(Brewpublic)

Morrison employs an entertaining, readable style that imparts a lot of information to the reader without becoming repetitive or stale.
(The Vancouver Sun)

A well-written and entertaining travel guide to the best breweries and pubs in this region.
(ItsPubNight.com)

Will pique your beery interest for years to come, yet is slim enough to slip into your travel bag.
(Antsaint.com)

I will need to buy several copies as I am going to wear them out as I use them as my new “where do we go next?” guide in the Pacific Northwest.
(Brewdad.com)

A real winner.
(Beervana.com)

“This book offers 18 pubcrawls … grab it, get to Portland, or Seattle, or Vancouver and start wandering.”
(Portland Book Review)

“This book is the ultimate guide for locals looking to have a perfect time enjoying the craft beers of the Pacific Northwest.”

About the Author

Lisa Morrison, also known as The Beer Goddess, is host and producer of “Beer O’Clock!,” the Pacific Northwest’s only weekly, hour-long commercial radio show devoted to craft beer. Lisa is a regular columnist for the nationally distributed publications Beer Advocate and Celebrator Beer News and is the first and only female contributor to “Beer Talk” in the national magazine, All About Beer.

Lisa was chosen as one of the three original recipients — and the first female recipient — of the national Beer Journalism Awards, presented by the Brewers Association, for a column she wrote about the benefits and traditions of serving beer instead of wine at the Thanksgiving table.

When she is not writing or talking about beer, Lisa and her husband, Mark, enjoy traveling with their Samoyed dog, Yeti — if for no other reason than to be reminded that there's "no better beer than here."

Product Details

  • File Size: 5443 KB
  • Print Length: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Timber Press (August 29, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005JJ4D5U
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #591,120 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for even an Oregonian! August 14, 2011
Format:Paperback
Do not expect a simple list of breweries to visit. Any local magazine, brochure or website can do that. What separates this book is the style and format. The book reads out like a story in a periodical. The venues are mentioned and some of the history and important facts are given. Since it is laid out in a reader friendly style, one can actually sit down and read this book. For example: I didn't know the Ponzi family co-founded Bridgeport Brewing (despite being a long time wine industry guy). I also didn't know that Upright brewing was named so because the building formerly used to have a jazz club where upright basses were played. These are the neat tidbits that one finds out and only helps to add to the appreciation of the venues.

Morrison never really spends a lot of time focusing on the beers each place produces. Partly I believe this is so that the reader is not pre-disposed to any of the beers at one particular venue. She might mention a few to try or to look for, but it is never stated in a: Go to Brewery A, drink Beer B, play song C on jukebox, go to next brewery.

She also includes some local bars with a variety of taps or bottled beers. Since she mentioned both APEX and Beer Mongers, she has gained my trust. I did find it odd that there was no mention of John's Market (biggest beer selection in Oregon - but purely retail so maybe that is why...).

There are many fun pictures, all black and white, but they show some of the venues, signs, or other fun photographic subjects. There are several maps included as well. I also smiled at some of the 'off the radar' venues listed, such as Beircafe in Tualatin (right down the road from me!) and some of the spots in Seaside/Canon Beach (the one in the outlet mall amuses and intrigues me!).
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Craft Beer Tour Guide June 1, 2011
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This book is such an easy read for any beer lover interested in the Pacific NW! Packed with info and fun facts, this book is such a help when traveling around Oregon, Washington or British Columbia. On a recent trip, I stuffed it in my backpack and used it like a Lonely Planet. Stopping at the breweries and suggested restaurants along the way. The maps were super helpful! How nice to be able to take a pit stop in Bend, OR and realize that you can walk to four breweries within blocks of each other. Without this book, it would have taken a lot of googling and of research to plan such an efficient route. This book laid it all out for me!

Loved it. I left it in my backpack for next weekend!!!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beer Lovers Dream April 13, 2011
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If you live in the Northwest or are thinking of visiting the Northwest, this book is a must for even the occasional beer drinker. Every page is brimming with interesting facts, and the maps and suggested places to visit are invaluable. Morrison obviously knows her stuff-- her expertise shows at every turn, and yet it's not "preachy." On the contrary, it's a fun read and her advice is peppered with humor and interesting trivia. We hope to see an encore presentation covering another area of the US.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great regional guide for lovers of craft beer May 21, 2011
Format:Paperback
Lisa Morrison's book is a resource that any craft beer drinker would want to own. Ms. Morrison knows her beer. In her book, she explains basic brewing and terminology of the craft beer world. And then she takes you on a delightful journey of the breweries and brewpubs of the Pacific Northwest, including recommended pub crawls in Portland, Seattle, Vancouver and Victoria, B.C.

For visitors to the Pacific Northwest as well as locals, I recommend that you get a copy of this book and keep it in your car. Next time you want a really good Northwest craft beer, you will know in which direction to head.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Northwest Beer Lovers Rejoice! April 14, 2011
Format:Paperback
Love this book. Being born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, my love of beer has been a part of my culture. Priding myself on knowing where to go an when, this book has shown even me some great suggested places, and some interesting facts I didn't know about. Great book for ANY beer lover!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Provided Guidence for One of The Best Trips EVER! June 11, 2013
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I purchased this book in anticipation of an upcoming trip that my wife and I had talked about to experience craft beer in the pacific northwest. Needless to say we booked the trip and used this book as a guide. We flew to San Fransisco and flew out of Seattle. We rented a car and drove the coast of the pacific northwest. We experienced some of the best craft beer, freshest food, and most beautiful scenery in the country. The great thing about this book is that the breweries and brew pubs mentioned had awesome craft beer AND excellent food to go with it. Throw in the beautiful scenery that surrounded these locations and you had a complete winner! This was by far one of the best trips my wife and I had ever taken. Europe has NOTHING on this trip. I would highly recommend this book!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Drinking with the beer goddess September 11, 2012
By Jamie
Format:Paperback
Although I grew up drinking northwest beers, it was mostly watery lagers. It wasn't until much later that I discovered craft brews. Now it's easy to find good beer in Oregon (especially Portland or "Beervana") and Washington, but finding them all and getting some idea about what and where you want to drink is a whole lot easier with Lisa Morrison's book. This is great for the occasional visitor looking for something to eat and drink, and the native on a beer safari. Its readable as a book and referenceable as a guide, filled with stories and details that will help you find and appreciate great places, great beers and great people who put them together.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars beers
My wife bought this for a party we were having and it had some ideas in that we did use
Published 7 months ago by Denny
4.0 out of 5 stars Good for a while
We discovered a few brewpubs we hadn't known of before and carry the book in the car. Not every brew pub in the region is listed by far. Read more
Published 21 months ago by T. J. Karasek
5.0 out of 5 stars Explores full range of PNW beer - highly recommended
Craft Beers of the Pacific Northwest covers all types of venues, from the leading breweries and brewpubs, as well as bistros, taverns and best retail stores for beer. Read more
Published on August 23, 2011 by lucybeercook
5.0 out of 5 stars Beer Lovers Guide
I've visited Oregon twice in the last few years and was aware of Lisa Morrison through her writings for various beer publications such as Celebrator magazine so when i saw this... Read more
Published on June 16, 2011 by Alan Clements
5.0 out of 5 stars This book is a must for all beer connoisseurs!
Lisa Morrison - The Beer Goddess - has authored a thoroughly researched, fact filled and well written delightful book, Craft Beers of the Pacific Northwest. Read more
Published on May 2, 2011 by Greg Bronson
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it. Love it.
I live in Portland and have been doing research on the breweries in this area, and I still didn't know most of the information provided in this book about the breweries in town. Read more
Published on April 26, 2011 by A.Rose
5.0 out of 5 stars A Required Text
This is the perfect book for any beer fan new to the Northwest! I couldn't have asked for a better guide to Portland Breweries. Read more
Published on April 19, 2011 by Rachael
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Lisa Morrison, also known as The Beer Goddess, is host and producer of "Beer O'Clock!," the Pacific Northwest's only weekly, hour-long commercial radio show devoted to craft beer.

Lisa is a regular columnist for nationally distributed publications including Beer Advocate, Beer Connoisseur and Celebrator Beer News. She is the first and only female contributor to "Beer Talk" in the national magazine, All About Beer. She also writes for regional publications and has many articles about beer featured in non-beer-related publications as well. In 2004, she was chosen as one of the three original recipients -- and the first female recipient -- of the national Beer Journalism Awards, presented by the Brewers Association.

Lisa also is the executive director of Barley's Angels, a nonprofit organization focused on helping women learn more about craft beer and brewing so they can chart their own course of beer discovery.

When she is not writing or talking about beer, Lisa and her husband, Mark, enjoy beer exploring in the Northwest and other regions with their Samoyed dog, Yeti.

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