Waucoma Bookstore is hosting author Lisa Morrison for an author reception on Friday, Aug. 5, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the bookstore (212 Oak St., Hood River).
Morrison will be discussing her book "Craft Beers of the Pacific Northwest: A Beer Lover's Guide to Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia."
The book features several breweries and pubs in the Columbia River Gorge: Full Sail, Double Mountain, Big Horse, The Thirsty Woman, Everybody's Brewing, and Walking Man Brewing.
In the 1970s a handful of brewers in Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia were tired of the traditional light and flavorless American beers and began exploring ways to make better beer brewed from local ingredients. The "microbrews" (as they were originally called) caught on, and the Northwest quickly became the center of the craft beer movement that is now flourishing and spreading across the United States, Canada, and the world.
"Craft Beers of the Pacific Northwest" is a suds-soaked adventure through the 115 key breweries and brew pubs in Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia. Morrison, a.k.a. The Beer Goddess, has included every brewery worth visiting, from pioneers like McMenamins, whose Hillsdale Brewery and Public House in southwest Portland was the first brewpub in Oregon, to a new generation of start ups like Upright Brewing, a production brewery that is creating French-Belgian inspired, open-fermented beers.
With 18 walkable pub-crawls, a beer primer and glossary, a list of the best bottle shops, "Craft Beers of the Pacific Northwest" has everything a beer lover needs to navigate the best of what the region has to offer.
Morrison is host and producer of Beer O'Clock!, the Pacific Northwest's only weekly, hour-long commercial radio show devoted to craft beer. She writes for nearly every beer-related magazine in the country and has been teaching beer-tasting classes for women in and around Portland, Ore., for more than a decade.