My Oregon Brewers Festival beer picks (2011)

Looking over the expanded list of beers I published last week for the Oregon Brewers Festival, there are always a bunch that stand out and make it onto my “must try” list. I don’t know how good they will be, but I guarantee they will be interesting; I don’t know … Continue reading

GoodLife Brewing

We’ve been to GoodLife Brewing a number of times now, so I feel like I’m past due to write up a review (and missed being the first: the Bend Oregon Beer blog beat me to it with a short post a couple of weeks ago). GoodLife is Bend’s newest brewery … Continue reading

Deschutes/Boulevard collaboration release parties

This week Deschutes Brewery and Boulevard Brewing are introducing their collaboration ale—dubbed by Deschutes as Conflux No. 2—in a pair of release parties this week in Bend and Portland at their respective pubs. Tomorrow, the 26th, in fact, both running from 5 until 9pm. You might remember this beer as … Continue reading

Announcing: The Session for August: Sour Beer

For the upcoming August edition of The Session I once again have the honor of hosting duties—something I haven’t done since way back in February of 2008 when I selected the topic of Barleywines to write about. And this is a bit of a late announcement, I know; for this … Continue reading

Oregon Brewfest list of beers

The list of beers for the Oregon Brewers Festival is published, and this year the Fest is pouring 85 different beers throughout the four-day event. (That’s not even counting the Buzz Tent beers!) The list was also sent out with details and descriptions (written by Gary Corbin) in a media … Continue reading

Below Grade Brewing, first look

Two Saturdays ago it was announced that Below Grade Brewing announced that they would be pouring their beer for the first time in Bend at the Saturday farmers market in NorthWest Crossing (the Bend neighborhood in which they’re based); so, we made plans to hit up the farmers market and … Continue reading

Two Bend beer events today

There are two really good-looking beer events going on in Bend today, one over at Deschutes Brewery (their production brewery) and one at Brother Jon’s Public House. At Deschutes: Central Oregon Kickoff for Oregon Craft Beer Month. Date: Tuesday, July 12, 2011 Time: 4-7pm Cost: Free entry, $5.00 for a … Continue reading

Hop Valley Brewing

On our way back from Bandon a couple of weekends ago we were passing through Eugene and Springfield and through sheer chance found ourselves literally across the street from Hop Valley Brewing Company. (We had stopped for cheaper gas and were ostensibly planning to swing into Eugene proper to check … Continue reading

Oregon beer calendar for July

I almost forgot about rounding up July’s events for Oregon—and there are a lot! In addition to being Oregon Craft Beer Month, with it’s own giant list of statewide happenings, the month is concluded with the Oregon Brewers Festival, one of the beer fests of the year anywhere. As for … Continue reading

Chad Kennedy and Bend’s east side brewery

Thanks to an article in my local paper, we can connect the dots on Chad Kennedy’s brewery project here in Bend—and they connect up to Roger Worthington’s proposed east side brewery and beer garden. The article is (again) behind a paywall, but I can give you some choice quotes: Plans … Continue reading