Last night, John Harris addressed a packed house at Ecliptic to comment on his 30 years as an Oregon brewer. I mentioned briefly why those 30 years are going to be hard to beat (he is, to use a metaphor from a different field, a first-ballot hall of famer), but I wanted to relay something Sally told John and I yesterday. She was talking to her business partner and mentioned John’s anniversary. “Wow,” he told her. “He taught me how to drink good beer.” When Devan came to Oregon, he like so many found Deschutes Mirror Pond and was ushered into beer. There are tens of thousands like him.
Here’s John speaking last night. If you don’t know John, this is a pretty perfect introduction to his personality. (I’m pretty sure the young woman to his left is his daughter.)
And, to close out impromptu Pilsner week with a trip to the Czech Republic on this week’s podcast. Patrick and I survey Czech beer and what makes it tick. As I have said a number of times, and which I repeated on the podcast, I think the Czech Republic is my favorite beer country, and it’s partly because the beer there is far more varied and interesting than Americans know. With clips from Budvar’s Adam Brož, we walk through the reasons it’s so fantastic. Give it a listen on Soundcloud our iTunes (we’ve submitted it to Google Play, so look for it on android, too.)
Have a good weekend–