Specifically of note was the Deschutes/Harpoon collaboration beer; EHOP, an amber ale brewed with thyme and sage. Both Harpoon and Deschutes are set to release individual interpretations of the style, with the Deschutes version gaining west coast distribution. The beer is an interesting take on the fall seasonal style with a culinary twist. EHOP is almost reminiscent of a pumpkin ale, with baking spices replaced by cooking herbs.
The EHOP designation is derived from the employee stock ownership program or ESOP, which both Deschutes and more recently Harpoon has adopted for their employees. Both Gary Fish of Deschutes and Dan Kenary of Harpoon were in attendance discussing the importance of employee owned corporations. A notable topic in an environment where brewery buy outs are becoming regular news.
One of Brewpublic's more recent contributors, Ryan Spencer is also a bartender at Bailey’s Taproom and The Upper Lip. He was born and raised in Portland, Oregon and aside from leaving to attend the University of Oregon has lived here ever since. Upon graduation Ryan has worked in various breweries holding several positions throughout the Portland area including Gigantic Brewing, Hopworks Urban Brewery and Deschutes PDX Pub. He is a Certified Cicerone and Certified BJCP judge, and recently passed the Advanced Cicerone Exam.