I recently attended the MBAA NW meeting in Portland, OR where the focus topic was on Cascadian Dark Ale/Black IPA/American-Style India Black Ale.  Whatever you want to call this beer style they all have one thing in common, they all have a nice play between the dark malts and hops!  It was another great MBAA turnout with attendance at 165 people.  I was able to give a presentation on Malt Options for Coloring Beer which I’m sure was hard to see on the screen from the back of the room.  If you would like a copy of it please email me at david.richter@briess.com.  Hopworks Urban Brewery hosted a great gathering later that evening were we were able to sample their fine organic beers and geek out on their brewhouse.  Great job Christian, Ben and the whole HUB crew!