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About- Doug Stepina

Doug Stepina

Doug Stepina

Doug moved to Portland, OR from Chicago, IL in 2010, partly due to his growing obsession with the Portland craft brewery scene. His refrigerator is trapped in an endless cycle of depletion and replenishment of NW beers picked up in growlers on trips around the Pacific Northwest or from one of the 50+ local Portland breweries. These beers are purchased to be enjoyed and shared with friends in the recording studio downstairs, the backyard porch, or around the dining room table. Doug and his wife and fellow beer enthusiast, Angela, can often be found with their daughter, Elvira, in tow, enjoying a beer at their favorite brewery, Double Mountain, in Hood River, OR after a hike in the Columbia River Gorge.

Posts By Doug Stepina

Ecliptic Brewing Showcase

December 10, 2013 |

A few months ago, North Portland rejoiced as Ecliptic Brewing opened its doors and its taps.  Adjacent to the ultra-hip and well-travelled Mississippi neighborhood in an remodeled old warehouse that … Read More

Coronado Brewing Company

November 25, 2013 |

I happened to be in San Diego during San Diego Beer Week at the beginning of November 2013 and had the pleasure of checking out some fantastic San Diego Breweries. … Read More

Figueroa Mountain Brewing Company Showcase

November 18, 2013 |


Buellton, California’s Figueroa Mountain Brewing Company opened in 2010, and it’s reach was extended this past Labor Day weekend, when they opened a brew pub 50 miles south down … Read More

Portland Fresh Hop Festival Review

October 25, 2013 |

Few things get me more excited than fresh hop season in Oregon.  When I moved to Portland in 2010, I went to many of the medium to large-size summer … Read More

Fort George Fresh Hop Takeover at Portland Imperial Bottle Shop

September 25, 2013 |

The Imperial Bottle Shop in the Richmond neighborhood of southeast Portland opened two months ago, and they already are making a big name for themselves amongst the well established bottle shops in the city.

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Hair of The Dog Brewing’s Blue Dot Double IPA

September 13, 2013 |

ABV: 7%
IBU: 80

Hair of the Dog is a legend in the Portland craft brewing scene. Founded by homebrewer Alan Sprints in 1993, Hair of the Dog has been barrel aging beer since the early 90s and has been regarded as a notable pioneer of many distinct styles for decades.

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Flat Tail Brewing’s Little Green Dry Hop Saison

September 3, 2013 | 1

ABV 4.20%

Corvallis, Oregon’s Flat Tail Brewing has recently expanded distribution within the Pacific Northwest with some very memorable beers bottled in 22oz bombers. Earlier this year, they released a … Read More

Smallwares Saison: Breakside Brewery Portland/Milwaukie, OR

July 25, 2013 |

6.0% ABV, 23 IBU

  Breakside Brewery has only been in operation for just over 3 years, and it already has become a staple among the Portland craft breweries.  In May of 2010, Scott Lawrence opened Breakside in North Portland’s Woodlawn neighborhood, an area actually lacking a brewery at the time. In September of that year, Lawrence had the good fortune of meeting and hiring Siebel-trained brewmaster Ben Edmunds, and the rest (as they say) is history. The neighborhood fully embraced the new addition and Breakside has since become the neighborhood meeting place.

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Fort George Brewery – Sunrise Oatmeal Pale Ale

July 19, 2013 |

ABV: 5.2%
IBU: 49

Ninety-seven miles Northwest of Portland, where the Columbia river meets the Pacific Ocean, is the gritty fishing town of Astoria, Oregon. This former center of thriving fishing and canning industries is a recognizable locale to anyone who has seen The Goonies (1985), Short Circuit (1986) or Kindergarten Cop (1990), all of which were filmed in this hilly, oceanside town. Coastal tourists, Oregonians and Washingtonians alike flock to Astoria for the charming downtown area, Columbia River Maritime Museum, Sunday market, playful harbor seals, Goonies house and, especially since 2007, the beer.

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