Lisa Morrison

Drink to Your Health?

Lisa Morrison, The Beer Goddess, brought this item to our attention (thanks, Lisa!). Four years ago, researchers at the University of Texas at Austin reported a study showing that drinkers had a lower rate of premature death than those who abstain.

The Texas researchers monitored a sample of more than 1,800 people between ages 55 and 65 who had undergone outpatient care in the previous three years. Just over 69 percent of the abstainers died during the 20 years, compared to 60 percent of the heavy drinkers died and only 41 percent of moderate drinkers.

One major factor leading to drinkers’ lower rate of premature death is that alcohol lubricates so many social interactions, which are vital for maintaining mental and physical health as one gets older.

The Official Beer of the Rapture is…

Actually, there isn’t one. However, Lisa Morrison of The Hop Press has compiled a list of beers that pair well with the End of Days. Heading the list is Damnation, by Russian River Brewing Company. If that beer isn’t your style, or isn’t available where you live, she has other recommendations, including this one: keep a sixer of BudMillerCoors handy because craft beers “are too good to cry in if things go south real quick.”

The “Beer Goddess” Talks About Writing

There are plenty of good beer writers out there, and one of the our favorites is Lisa Morrison, The Beer Goddess. Earlier this year, her book, Craft Beers of the Pacific Northwest hit the shelves. It’s described as “a suds-soaked adventure through the 115 key breweries and brew pubs in Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia.”

Lisa sat down with to talk about the process of writing her book. One challenge–and every author has gone through this–was getting the publisher on the same proverbial page as she was. The publisher, Timber Press, wanted each chapter to begin with a “distribution map,” with little dots representing each place beer was brewed. She said she had a better idea: “I managed to talk them out of that idea and into my idea of very simple, hyper-local maps featuring favorite pub crawls instead. I don’t know about others, but when I am traveling, I want to know how to string together some great beer places without having to drive.”

Pesky adjectives were another challenge. About those, the author said, “They can kill ya or save ya….When you’re describing a huge number of beers for a book, you start feeling like you’re getting repetitive because you’ve used every damn adjective you can think of. I mean, how many ways can you describe ‘roasty’ without using ‘roasty?’”

Needless to say, she won the Battle of the Dots and fended off adjective fatigue. Her Craft Beers of the Pacific Northwest is now available at, (as well as Powell’s City of Books itself), and better bookstores in the Cascadia region.

“The Bus Came By and I Got On”

Beer and oysters make for a classic pairing, and 50 lucky people from the Portland, Oregon, area rode the Oyster Bus to the Hama Hama Oyster Company in Lilliwap, Washington. The three-hour ride to and from Lilliwap was made bearable by music, an offbeat version of “Let’s Make a Deal,” and plenty of local microbrewed beer. (Did we mention that the trip started at 9 am? Lisa Morrison, who went on the trip and lived to write about it, was careful to point that out.) By the way, she lifted the headline quote from a Grateful Dead song.

Super Beers from Pennsylvania and Wisconsin

Super Bowl XLV is not only a match-up between two storied NFL franchises, but it’s also a chance for two top brewing states to go head to head. Whose beer reigns supreme?

Writing in Lisa Morrison, the Beer Goddess, profiles Pennsylvania’s craft beers while Mario Rubio tells us what’s brewing in Wisconsin–and “sings” the Packers’ fight song.

A Beer Style Comes Out of Its Shell

Stout and oysters are a classic pairing; and recently, Lisa (The Beer Goddess) Morrison got up close and personal with both at the Upright Brewing Company in her hometown of Portland, Oregon. She and her friends were served oysters–Blue Pools from Washington State–while the brewing staff made Upright’s second annual batch of its Oyster Stout.

Another Oregon brewery, Astoria-based Fort George Brewery + Public House, also brews an oyster stout, called The Murky Pearl. to make its version, Fort George loads up the hopback with Willapa Bay oysters instead of hops.

Time out for trivia: The original oyster stouts–Marston’s was the first–didn’t have oysters in them; they were made to be consumed with oysters. The first known use of oysters being incorporated into the brewing process was probably in New Zealand in 1929.

Beer on Your Thanksgiving Table

Beer. It’s what’s for Thanksgiving dinner.

Randy Mosher, who knows a thing or two about pairing food and beer, has some suggestions for the Thanksgiving table.

Another Chicagoan, Josh Noel, talked to the experts and got their suggestions for Turkey Day beer pairings.

Do your friends insist on wine with dinner? Lisa Morrison, the Beer Goddess, suggests how to win them over to beer.

Mark Bona of the Cleveland Plain Dealer asked beer guru Andy Tveekrem and bartender Pat Daniels for their beer and food pairings.

Jay Brooks of the Brookston Beer Bulletin declares that “beer is for the bird”, even if the bird is extra spicy.

Finally, Monk’s Kettle’s Sayre Piotrkowski, who’s a certified Cicerone, chooses the seven best Thanksgiving beers.

Oregon Liquor Regulators Target Homebrewers

This is something you’d expect in a state like Louisiana, where homebrewing is still against the law. But certainly not in beer-friendly Oregon. The Oregon Liquor Control Commission is interpreting a state statute so strictly that this year’s State Fair homebrew competition is in jeopardy. In fact, it might even be illegal to bring a keg of homebrew to a friend’s Fourth of July picnic.

Lisa Morrison, a veteran beer writer who lives in Oregon, warns that the OLCC’s ruling could have significant unintended consequences:

t’s a short-sighted response to an outdated law. But the implications could be catastrophic to the state’s thriving beer culture. After all, it’s the home brewers that spawned the craft beer culture, and many a home brewer has “gone pro” after honing his or her skills at the homebrew level.

She urges homebrewers and craft beer lovers to let state lawmakers know they’re not pleased with the commission’s decision.

For the Love of Beer

“For the Love of Beer” is the name of the film being produced by Oregon-based documentarian Allison Grayson. It focuses on the women in the beer community, including writer Lisa Morrison; Sarah Pederson, the owner of Saraveza; and Tonya Cornett, the brewmaster at Bend Brewing.

Take a look for yourself. . If you like what you see, you might want to send Grayson a few dollars to enable her to complete the documentary:

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