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Summer Drinking: How to Keep Your Beer Fresh

Jun 19, 2017
Summer Drinking: How to Keep Your Beer Fresh

 Photo Provided by: HagePhoto    Here in Oregon we spend a lot of time dreaming of sunny weather. And the rolling from spring to summer means that it’s finally time to sip on Maiden the Shade in the backyard, dust off the charcoal grill and start enjoying the outdoors to its fullest. While the sun provides us with Vitamin…

Celebrate Portland Pride at the Ultimate Dance Party: Gaylabration!

Jun 15, 2017
Celebrate Portland Pride at the Ultimate Dance Party: Gaylabration!

  This year, we have the honor of being the beer sponsor for Portland’s Pride event – Gaylabration Presents: Make America Gay Again. This late night dance party celebrates Pride and we are excited to have our Helles Belles Helles Lager there to serve the crowd! We wanted to hear more about Gaylabration so we reached…

Drink Beer, Raise Money for the McKenzie River

Jun 07, 2017
Drink Beer, Raise Money for the McKenzie River

  It’s no secret that you can’t have great beer without great water. This is one of the many reasons our founders decided to base Ninkasi in Oregon’s Willamette Valley (Eugene, specifically) with access to fantastic resources like regional malt and hops and yes, access to one of the most pristine water sources in the United States: the McKenzie River. Announcing Kegs for…

Why We Cheers to Pride Month

Jun 01, 2017
Why We Cheers to Pride Month

  We believe beer unites and builds community. That’s why in 2012 we started our Beer is Love Donation Program, offering beer donations to nonprofit organizations throughout each state where our beer is sold. Beer is Love focuses on five non-profit categories (known as our Beer is Love DNA): arts and music, the environment, equality, recreation…

Introducing The Ninkasi Thirst Responder

May 10, 2017
Introducing The Ninkasi Thirst Responder

It took about 2 years but I finally found my dream “car.” It wasn’t close to anything I had been searching for. I had no clue how to drive stick; It was a manual transmission. I was looking for a 4-wheel drive, it was rear wheel drive with duallys. I wanted something newer; It was made in 1988. I was looking at 4-door options, it had 9 doors total. I was hoping for something common…

From Our Kitchen: Tricerahops Double IPA Ceviche

May 05, 2017
From Our Kitchen: Tricerahops Double IPA Ceviche

  When it starts getting warm and sunny out, I switch cooking gears over to things that are simple, fresh and can be made with as little time over a hot stove as possible. Ceviche—fresh shrimp or fish tossed with fresh veggies and lime juice—is probably my favorite of this type of cooking. It’s surprisingly easy to make and happens to pair really nicely with beer (especially a Ninkasi beer).…

Pacific Rain Northwest Pale: Brewed with Lava-Filtered Water

Apr 17, 2017
Pacific Rain Northwest Pale: Brewed with Lava-Filtered Water

  Breweries need good water to make good beer; in fact, 95% of beer is water. Every brewer will tell you that water is an essential part of making beer. We are fortunate to have fresh and clean water sourced straight from the McKenzie River Watershed, originating atop the High Cascades and continuing its journey to our brewery. The…

Lessons Learned: Why Beer and Easter Candy Don't Pair

Apr 14, 2017
Lessons Learned: Why Beer and Easter Candy Dont Pair

  Easter candy can be super weird. Have you ever experienced a Peep? I’m usually a big optimist about being able to solve beer pairing issues, and around here we are usually willing to try beer with almost anything. We know that chocolate can go really well with some of our beers. With Easter coming up we thought we would get a bunch of Easter candy and let our customers try their hand at…

Organizational Updates From the Ninkasi Mothership

Mar 29, 2017
Organizational Updates From the Ninkasi Mothership

  We’ve come a long way in 10 years. Starting with bringing to life the dream Jamie and I both had, to a company now employing over 100. Even if I tried, I could not have predicted where we would be today. That’s why I’m excited to announce some key promotions here at the mothership that will helps us continue to grow and lead our teams through the next 10 years (and beyond!).  We…

Demystifying Hops and Bitterness

Mar 27, 2017
Demystifying Hops and Bitterness

  I used to be a bartender in a suburban area new to “craft brewing” and many of our patrons were just realizing that there was more flavor to beer than the barley pops from our parents’ fridge. Some of the most frequently uttered phrases upon ordering were, “oh I don’t like hoppy beer” or “give me whatever IPA has the most IBUs.” Depending on the customer, sometimes I’d just pick one of…