Beer Birthday: Jamie Floyd

Ninkasi-white
Today is the 45th birthday of Jamie Floyd, co-owner/brewer of Ninkasi Brewing in Eugene, Oregon. Jamie has been a fixture in the Oregon brewing scene for many years, having brewed at Steelhead Brewing, also in Eugene, before opening Ninkasi with Nikos Ridge in 2006. Join me in wishing Jamie a very happy birthday.

P1030025
Jamie at Magnolia for SF Beer Week in 2011.

obf06-04
At the Oregon Brewers Festival in 2006.

saquatch-fest07-4
Jamie, with John Maier, from Rogue Brewing, and Nikos Ridge, also from Ninkasi, at the Sasquatch Brew Fest in 2007.

Jamie Floyd, from Ninkasi Brewing
Jamie at GABF in 2011.

Justin Crossley (Brewing Network) & Jamie Floyd (Ninkasi)
Justin Crossley, of the Brewing Network, with Jamie at the Opening Gala for the 2010 SF Beer Week.

Beer Birthday: Jeff Alworth

beervana
Today is the 49th birthday of Jeff Alworth, blogger extraordinaire at Beervana. Despite annual trips to Portland, two years ago was the first time Jeff and I met, although we’d been corresponding with one another for many years. We sat down for a pint or three at one of my favorite Portland watering holes, Hair of the Dog. Jeff is one of the most thoughtful, engaging beer writers, and his new book, The Beer Bible was published last year. Join me in wishing Jeff a very happy birthday.

DSCN2375
Jeff and Alan Sprints at Hair of the Dog Brewery.

SAM_0390
Jeff and Stan Hieronymus at CBC in Portland last year.

Jeff-Alworth-and-me
Me and Jeff last August when he was in Marin County on his the first leg of his book tour for the Beer Bible.

jeff-alworth-and-harris
Jeff and John Harris at Don Younger’s wake (photo by Lisa Morrison).

Beer Birthday: Jamie Emmerson

full-sail-blue-circle
Today is the 54th birthday of Jamie Emmerson, one of the founders, and the original brewmaster, of Full Sail Brewing. Now the Executive Brewmaster, Jamie steers the ship of Full Sail along with his wife and co-founder Irene. Jamie is a terrific person and active promoter of craft beer and the local beer community everywhere, but especially in Oregon. Join me in wishing Jamie a very happy birthday.

Jamie Emmerson & Art Larrance
Jamie with Art Larrance at the OBF Parade in 2009.

P1000071
Barney Brennan, me Jamie and Irene Fermat at SAVOR in Washington, DC a few years ago.

obf08-15
With the ceremonial hammer at the opening of OBF in 2008.

Beer Birthday: Kurt Widmer

widmer
Today is Kurt Widmer’s 65th birthday. Kurt is, of course, one of the bros in Widmer Brothers. He and his brother Rob helped found the Oregon Brewers Festival, created the style American Hefeweizen and are one of the few small brewers that have managed to retain their spirit and reputation as they’ve grown much larger. Last year, Kurt announced that he would be retiring at the end of the year. Join me in wishing Kurt a very happy birthday.

widmers
Kurt (at left) and Rob Widmer with their wives at the Oregon Brewers Festival several years ago.

widmer-bros
Kurt and Rob after their win for Mid-Size Brewing Company of the Year at GABF in 2002.

IMG_4085
Gary Fish, Kurt and beer writer Fred Eckhardt at Don Younger’s memorial (photo by Tom Dalldorf).

obf07-15
Rob and Kurt Widmer accepting the gavel in July 2007 from Jack Joyce and John Maier from Rogue, for 2008 when that next year they hosted OBF.

Beer Birthday: Jack Joyce

rogue
The original rogue, Jack Joyce, who founded Oregon Brewing — better known today as Rogue — would have celebrated his 73rd birthday today. Sadly, he passed away in late May of 2014. Join me in drinking a toast to Jack’s memory today.

obf06-01
Jack (on right) at the Oregon Brewers Festival with Fred Bowman, co-founder of Portland Brewing and Tom Dalldorf, Celebrator publisher.

obf07-03
At the OBF Parade in 2007, Jack Joyce with festival organizer Chris Crabb await the arrival of the mayor.

brett-and-jack-joyce
Brett and Jack Joyce from an interview by World Class Beverages in 2010.

jack-joyce
One of the best photos of Jack I’ve seen. This was taken by Leah Nash for a New York Times article entitled Food and Fuel Compete for Land.

Beer Birthday: Christian DeBenedetti

wolves-people
Today is the 43rd birthday of fellow beer writer and aspiring brewery owner Christian DeBenedetti. In 2011, he wrote The Great American Ale Trail and you can check out a lot of his other work online. His latest project is building a brewery on his family’s property, Springbrook Farm, and it’s called the Wolves & People Farmhouse Brewery. It’s now been open a short time, and just added food, too. Join me in wishing Christian a very happy birthday.

DSCN3592
Christian with Stephen Beaumont at the Denver Rare Beer Tasting in 2013.

DeBenedetti-6
With Vinnie Cilurzo in the barrel room during a visit to Russian River Brewing.

DeBenedetti-4
With Charlie Papazian at GABF.

DeBenedetti-7
With Jim Koch at Ale House at Amato’s for the book release party for the Great American Ale Trail, during GABF in 2011.

DeBenedetti-10
In front of the brewhouse at Wolves & People Farmhouse Brewery, his brewery under construction.

Beer Birthday: Darron Welch

pelican-pub
Today is the 49th birthday of Darron Welch, brewmaster at Pelican Pub & Brewery in Pacific City, Oregon. Darron has something like a gazillion awards for his beers, including “Brewer of the Year” seven times (at GABF in 2000 and 2005 for small brewpub and in 2006 and 2014 for large brewpub; and at the World Beer Cup in 2008, 2012 and 2014 for large brewpub or small brewery). In addition to being a great brewer, Darron is also a terrific person, as well. Join me in wishing him a very happy birthday.

pelican-din-4
At a beer dinner at the Cathedral Hill Hotel in San Francisco several Januarys back, Pelican Pub brewmaster Darron Welch with the Beer Chef Bruce Paton.

gabf06-awards-10
Darron and the gang (including Ben Love at far left) from Pelican Pub & Brewery winning Gold for their Kiwanda Cream Ale at GABF in 2006.

Darron Welch (2nd from Left) with the Pelican Brewpub Team
Darron, again with the Pelican Crew, this time at GABF in 2009.

DSCN9004
On stage accepting one of his awards at the World Beer Cup in 2014.

Beer Birthday: Brett Joyce

rogue
Today is the 44th birthday of Brett Joyce, President of Rogue. Joyce grew up in the brewery, which his father Jack founded when Brett was sixteen. Having gone off to college and made a name for himself working with Adidas, building their international golf shoe business from the ground up, he returned to work for the brewery a number of years ago, and has been Rogue’s president since 2006. I’ve gotten to know Brett much better since his return, beginning with when I interviewed him a number of years ago for a Beer Advocate magazine article profiling him. Join me in wishing Brett a very happy birthday.

obf08-58
Brett at the Full Sail Smoker during OBF, after a quick interview I did with him for Beer Advocate magazine.

The wedding party: Vinnie, Dave, Jennifer, Natalie, minister Brett Joyce and me, who gave the bride away
At Dave & Jen’s wedding during GABF a few years ago: Vinnie, Dave, Jennifer, Natalie, minister Brett Joyce and me.

P1000103
Brett, me and Brian Dunn, from Great Divide, at SAVOR a few years ago in Washington, DC.

P1060241
Me, Brett and Rogue’s maltster at their floor malting facility in Portland.

Beer Birthday: Karl Ockert

deschutes
Today is the 57th birthday of Karl Ockert, who is the Director of Brewery Operations at Deschutes Brewing. But Karl spent many years as the BridgePort Brewing Co. in Portland, Oregon, nearly thirty years, from 1983 to late 2010. That’s when I first met Karl, who was responsible for one of the first IPAs in the modern era, BridgePort IPA. For the last few years he was the Technical Director of the MBAA and also did some brewery consulting, before joining Deschutes last summer. Join me wishing Karl a very happy birthday.

karl-ockert-mbaa
Karl when he was with the MBAA.

karllaugh
Debuting Stumptown Tart.

karl-ockert-bridgeport-opening
“Co-founders Dick and Nancy Ponzi, pose with BridgePort’s first brewmaster, Karl Ockert, at the brewery’s grand opening in 1984 when it was known by its original name “Columbia River Brewery.” At the time, patrons could taste beer at the brewery, but not legally purchase it onsite. The Ponzis, along with other local brewers, successfully lobbied on behalf of the Brewpub Bill, which made it possible for local brewers to sell their products directly to the public.” [From the Multnomah County Library.]

bridgeport-crew-1986
“BridgePort’s crew in 1986 included Karl Ockert (at left), the brewery’s first brewmaster, and Ron Gansberg (center), who later became brewmaster at Cascade Brewing. Ockert was just 23 years old and a recent graduate of the brewing program at the University of California at Davis when Richard and Nancy Ponzi hired him.” [From the Multnomah County Library.]

karl-ockert-bridgeport
“Karl Ockert, BridgePort’s original brewmaster, is seen in the center of this photograph from 1985 when BridgePort was still known as Columbia River Brewery. Flanking him are other figures from Portland’s craft brewery vanguard. From left, Steve Harrison, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.; Fred Eckhardt, beer columnist; Fred Bowman, Portland Brewing Co.; Paul Shipman, Independent Brewing Co.; Karl Ockert, Columbia River Brewery; Tom Baune, Hart Brewing Co.; Jim Temple, General Brewing Co.; Mike McMenamin, McMenamins; and Kurt Widmer, Widmer Brewing Co.” [From the Multnomah County Library.]

Beer Birthday: Gary Fish

deschutes
Today is the 60th birthday of Gary Fish, founder of Deschutes Brewing in Bend, Oregon. Gary grew up in Northern California wine country, but relocated to Bend to start the brewery in 1987, opening the original brewpub the following year. Since then, they built a production brewery and have gone on to open two additional brewpub locations, one in Bend and one in Portland. As of last year, they were the 5th largest craft brewery and the 11th largest brewery in America. Not bad for a brewery with a Porter as its flagship. Plus, Gary is a great person to discuss politics with, preferably over a beer. Join me in wishing Gary a very happy birthday.

P1070414
Larry Sidor, former brewmaster at Deschutes (and now at his Crux Fermentation Project), with Alan Sprints (from Hair of the Dog) and Gary at their downtown Bend brewpub when we visited there last summer on a family vacation.

IMG_4085
Gary Fish, Kurt Widmer (from Widmer Brothers) and beer writer Fred Eckhardt at Don Younger’s memorial (photo by Tom Dalldorf).

Deschutes Accepting the Hammer
Gary accepting the OBF hammer after the parade in 2009.

SAM_3518
Presenting a World Beer Award for “World’s Best Stout” last week in Bend to Gary and his crew at Deschutes.

sm-brew-caucus-fish
U.S. Representative Peter DeFazio, Gary, and Representative Greg Walden — all from Oregon — enjoying craft beer at a Capitol Hill reception when the Small Brewers Conference held their first meeting.