Author Archives: Jon Abernathy

The Oregon Trail, Rural Brewers, and more

There are a few events taking place around the state of Oregon today (Saturday, July 23) that you might be interested in. The Oregon Trail Brew Fest: This inaugural festival taking place in downtown Oregon City from 11 to 9pm is clever and probably a first, featuring breweries along the historic Oregon Trail. The Trail began in Independence, Missouri and ended in Oregon City, and the festival organizers have brought in beers from the likes of Boulevard Brewing … Continue reading →

Oregon Brewers Festival 2016 – What you need to know

You probably don’t need me to tell you the Oregon Brewers Festival is taking place next week in Portland. This year marks the 29th annual iteration of this event, one of the oldest and largest in the country, and it’s pretty well known so I’ll dispense with the usual event details; you can find what you need on the website. So how about some things about the OBF that you may not know? Fortunately I’ve … Continue reading →

Bend Brewing Company purchases adjacent lot

For many years, the lot adjacent to Bend Brewing Company sat vacant and fenced, an unsightly eyesore next to the brewpub. It was purposefully left that way, as I understand it, because the owner also wanted to buy the land BBC sat on to develop (into condos, retail, whatever), but since BBC would not sell, he refused to do anything but leave the lot empty and ugly. Not anymore! Bend Brewing announced today the purchase of that … Continue reading →

Beer Bloggers Conference thoughts

We’re a bit more than a week past the 2016 Beer Bloggers & Writers Conference that took place in Tampa, Florida, and while I’m still digesting a lot of it, I do have some thoughts, and questions, to share. Perhaps fellow attendees will read this and contribute, and perhaps if there are any bloggers and writers on the fence about attending a BBC in the future, this will help them to make a decision. Thought #1 … Continue reading →