Posts Tagged ‘Seven Brides’

Seven Brides In Bottles

Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010

I haven’t heard much blog talk about Seven Brides these days, and I’m wondering how often their beers see taps in the Portland area. That’s neither here nor there though. On my way to work today I swung by Roth’s and saw that Seven Brides finally has their main line up in bottles. Roth’s in North Salem had the LPA, Oatmeal Ellie, Lils Pills, Emily’s Ember, and Black Cat Porter. The bottles labels are simple with the same photo used for each bottle with a different color. This though seems to make the bottles more beautiful.

I know in the past I’ve had a love hate relationship with Seven Brides. My first experience involved Lil’s Pills out of a picnic setup at the Cherry City Music Fest. The beer I tried tasted horrible and I swore off Seven Brides forever I thought. Then, somewhere about May, I began training for a group home opening in Salem. The company opening it was located in Mt Angel, and during my trainings there I heard several people rave about Seven Brides beers. Thinking they deserved a second chance I swung by the brewery one day after work. Jeff was friendly and between him and their Ember he won me over as a fan. Over the year I’ve had a few interactions with Jeff DeSantis, and have grown fond of Lil’s Pills, Ellies Ember, and if I’m in the mood the Black Cat Porter. I have however found other beers they make no bueno

Anyway if you can’t find ’em on tap give a bottle a try.

A Great Brewers Dinner

Sunday, October 18th, 2009

from theweeklybrew

Sadly I couldn’t make the Fort George Brewers Dinner at Venti’s, but I’ll see if I can get a review of it from Conrad (who helped out) or Jack (who hopefully got to go).

Instead I went to the Capitol Brewers “Brewers Dinner” where we honor the clubs best homebrewers and invite the local brewers to enjoy a meal with us. It ended up being a great night despite the foreboding weather. When I pulled up to Annette’s the sky had turned dark with clouds and the wind had picked up. But it’s Oregon, and rain is a fact of life. At least we were indoors and the rain decided not to pour like it did during that mornings schoolyard football game. Anyway the beer was awesome, and that’s the point of this post.

In total there were 6 or 7 kegs I believe, not to mention the sheer variety of bottles. There were several bottles of cider, Dick Blankenship brought his peach lambic that won him AHA Homebrewer of the Year this year (most amazing peach lambic I’ve had… Heck my favorite lambic yet for that matter), not to mention a keg or two and even an 8 year old Old Ale that we cracked open. Josh brought a keg of his stout, someone brought a blond, and I think there were two IPA’s and a pilsner as well. Jesse brought his chocolate stout, and these are just the beers I tried. There were many more that were probably note worthy though.

The professionals that showed up were Dennis (Brewer at Pale Horse) with a case or two of his new IPA Hop Dog. Jeff from Seven Brides and Hops2You was there. Also Mike from RAM brought several growlers including ZZHop and their oktoberfest, and Jen from Thompsons brought the winter warmer “Wookie” that she brewed with Scott, who also was a runner up for best homebrewer in the club award thing. The beer was enough to last several days, but everyone helped attempt to finish it all. Also another note is that there were a garbage bag each of tettenanger and perle hops for anyone to take what they wanted. Nothing better then hops, good beer, and some great conversations about beer.

Overall it was an awesome dinner and it showed that even if Salems brewers aren’t considered the worlds best that they are generous and love a good time.

Salem Beer Festival?

Wednesday, May 20th, 2009


As I’ve hinted at in another post there may be a new beer festival coming to Oregon, and it will be located right in our capitol. Mission Mill Museum, Capitol Brewers, and others are all in the process of trying to make this thing happen. If it gets off the ground then they’re aiming for September at the Mission Mill Museum. So far I know Seven Brides has been officially approached, and others probably have also. It will be great to finally have a beer festival in our own backyard. From my research I think I’m the first one to break this online, so it’s hard finding details. As they become available though I’ll post updates. If anyone has any information send me an email at

The Seven Brides Brewery

Saturday, May 16th, 2009
Sorry for the quality, my camera stopped working and I had to use my camera phone.

Sorry for the quality, my camera stopped working and I had to use my camera phone.

As I said earlier, I’ve been in Mt Angel all week training. Every afternoon on the ride home I would reach Bethany, and then an internal debate would begin. Should I go east and visit Seven Brides Brewing? Or should I go west and head home. Without fail I chose west every time. Then Friday came and the weather became beautiful. The sun was shining, the wind had died down, and the stars alligned. Friday I went east.

First a bit about my experience with Seven Brides. The first time I’d heard of Seven Brides was when their stout (Ellie Oatmeal) ended up at Ventis. Curious about the new beer I decided that I needed to get out and try it, the idea never got off the ground until after the stout had been depleated though. The next time I had a chance to sample a beer from Seven Brides was at the Cherry City Music festival. The beer was their Lil’s Pils, and wether the beer wasn’t stored well or whatever the reason It wasn’t the greatest beer, or at least that’s what I thought at the time. Later in April I finally managed to try their Ellie Oatmeal. Ellie wasn’t a bad beer, but not what I expected of an oatmeal. Turns out it was in the style of an Irish stout. No wonder it didn’t taste like a typical oatmeal, it wasn’t bad.

Anyway, So Friday I went east. Turns out though that Seven Brides is hard to find. After looking around for it I finally stopped for directions and found out they’d moved. Once I got the new address, 303 S James st (If you have no idea where that is then good luck finding it) I passed it at least 5 times before I stopped at the photography studio at 301. Turns out the brewery was right behind it.

Walking in to the brewery you immediatly realize that when people call it a small local brewery that they aren’t kidding. This place really is small. In fact Jeff told me that if they pushed their equipment they might be able to do 20 bbl. I happened to come on the right day though since they were brewing a batch of Lil’s Pils, and three of the five guys were there. Jeff poured me a beer (their Ember) and we started chatting about beer, homebrew, and how their business got going. One thing that stood out is that these guys are just normal guys who happen to brew good beer.  They aren’t the rock stars that seem to be cropping up much more nowadays. Their Ember was awesome, and they made sure I also tried their porter (Black Cat). Both beers were rockin’. Even if they didn’t make good beer Jeff would have made me an instant fan. The guys were friendly, and who can say no to an oppurtunity to have a pint with brewers.

Inspired by the beers I’d tried, and with a greater fondness of Seven Brides I decided to give Lil’s a second chance. Turns out when the keg is stored and poured right the beer is pretty darn good. Heck it took second place in the peoples choice for Oregon Gardens Brewfest, and who am I to dissagree with the people? If you haven’t tried Seven Brides then I recomend you do. Their website has an on tap list for local places, and you’ll be able to find them at the Mission Mill beer festival if it gets off the ground.

Seven Brides, Three Dad’s, And Two Uncles

Friday, May 15th, 2009

seven_brides_logo_smI’ve spent all evening agonizing over how to start this post. After all how do you describe an experience like the one I had today at Seven Brides Brewery? Well how about we start at the beginning? Not the beginning of my adventure though, at the beginning of theirs. Tomorrow I’ll speak of my adventures, and if it doesn’t convince you to try a Seven Brides beer then…. Well hopefully you will, because if anyone deserves to get credit where it’s due it’s Seven Brides.

Seven brides is proudly founded by three dads and two uncles with a history rooted in beer, and not just any beer, but homebrew. The brewery started in a garage around home made beer, not in a pub,  it was founded by a family, It supports the local brewing community in Oregon, and perhaps most heartwarming of all it was named after the seven girls belonging to three of the breweries owners. These are the five men behind Seven Brides.

Josiah Kelley – President and so much more
Phill Knoll – Head Brewer
Karl Knoll – Assistant Brewer and Plant Manager
Ken DeSantis – Head of Accounting
Jeff DeSantis – Sales and Marketing Director

Also here is a list of their signature brews, most named after one of their daughters.

Lauren’s Pale Ale
Emily’s Ember
Oatmeal Ellie
Maggie’s Marzen
Abbey’s Apple Ale
Lil’s Pils

As a side note Jeff is also co-founder of Hops2You. Together him and John Annen supply the hops that make it into your local beers including ones from Seven Brides, Calapooia, Lauralwood, and others. Also Hops2You supplies hops to homebrewing stores in Oregon, so next time you pick up a bag of Fuggles from Doug you can thank Jeff. In fact I’m thinking about brewing an all Fuggle hopped beer now thanks to Jeff.

Remember this picture? Turns out the hops in this field belong to Annen, and may just end up in a local beer near you

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