Author Archives: Jon Abernathy

Bend Brewfest: Beers to try

This year’s Bend Brewfest has at least 63 breweries pouring beers (starting tomorrow!), with each brewery (and cidery) bringing at least two beers and ciders, and a number of them also bringing a specialty beer for the X-Tap. The posted beer list looks pretty great this year, and as I’ve done for other brewfests, I’m putting together a list of “must-try” beers for this year’s Bend Brewfest. This will actually consist of two lists: a … Continue reading →

Bend Brewfest 2014 – this week!

Central Oregon’s largest beer festival, the Bend Brewfest, returns this week for three full days: Thursday through Saturday, the 14th through 16th. It runs from noon to 11pm each day (the first year it does that—previous years the first day started at 3pm or so), and takes place as always at the Les Schwab Amphitheater. Admission is free, though to drink beer you’ll need to buy the (one-time) mug and five tokens for $15 (which … Continue reading →

Crux Fermentation Project: Half Hitch and Better Off Red

Bend’s Crux Fermentation Project has sent me several beers, several of which have been put away for later consumption (Tough Love, Freakcake), a couple of which I have drank and enjoyed and written up notes for. Crux is one of my favorite Bend breweries right now, though sadly I don’t visit nearly as often as I’d like. (I was there this past Saturday, and enjoyed both the Parkway Pilsner and the French Connection Imperial IPA.) … Continue reading →

Happy #IPAday once again!

Today is IPA Day, the global toast and celebration to the staggeringly popular India Pale Ale style. It’s as much a social media movement as it is a celebration of beer, the purpose of which is “to unite the voices of craft beer enthusiasts, bloggers and brewers worldwide, using social media as the common arena for connecting the conversation.” To that end, participating is easy: drink an IPA today, and “share your photos, videos, blog … Continue reading →

Nosdunk Brewing: Walla Wheat, and Stout

Nosdunk Brewing is a small-scale production brewery located, in Walla Walla, Washington, and they are just over a year old. I don’t know about their fermentation capacity, but their brew system is a 55-gallon system from Blichmann Engineering (that’s about 1.75 barrels); they don’t offer a tasting room or are open to the public, but their rotation of bottled beers (Kolsch, Wheat, Stout) can be found at select establishments in downtown Walla Walla. Which is … Continue reading →