The Beers Made By Walking program visited Bend three times this past summer, inspiring brewers from Worthy Brewing, Crux Fermentation Project, and Deschutes Brewery to create unique beers incorporating elements from Oregon’s High Desert. And coming up September 16, Broken Top Bottle Shop will be hosting the release party and the tapping of these three beers. Proceeds from the event will go to benefit the Oregon Natural Desert Association (ONDA), which led the hikes.
Here are the details from the press release:
ONDA experts led brewers from Crux Fermentation Project, Deschutes Brewery, and Worthy Brewing Co. through current and proposed wilderness areas and including the Oregon Badlands Wilderness, Scout Camp at the confluence of the Deschutes River and Whychus Creek, and Black Canyon at Sutton Mountain. The beers that come out of this collaboration are inspired by the surrounding high-desert.
For the event Worthy Brewing brewed “Walk on the Wild Side,” which was inspired by the Badlands, just east of the brewery. Their beer is with buckwheat, sage, local honey, and yarrow. After a hike at Scout Camp, Crux Fermentation Project brewed “Redbarn Farm,” a red Saison ale with rye, rosehips, and fermented with Brettanomyces, a wild yeast strain. Fresh off the hike at Black Mountain, Deschutes brewer, and BMBW veteran, Veronica Vega was leaning toward making an IPA with yarrow and black currant and is putting finishing touches on the recipe.
Entrance is free; beers may be purchased in sample or pint sizes.
All of these BMBW beers are such a distinctive expression of place that you’ll want to attend this event to taste them if you can. And I would say the High Desert in particular is such a unique environment compared to other BMBW locations that these beers could be particularly interesting—I was intrigued to see two of them incorporating yarrow, for instance.
The tapping event will be taking place from 6 to 9pm on that Wednesday the 16th, and you’ll be able to meet the brewers, pick their brains about their creations, and learn more about what ONDA does.