Bend: Tetherow’s 3rd annual Brewery Smackdown

Tetherow 3rd annual Brewery Smackdown

For the third year in a row, Bend’s Tetherow Resort is hosting their Brewery Smackdown beer and food pairing competitions, featuring two Bend breweries going head to head against two Portland breweries. It’s a people’s choice type competition, where attendees pick the best beers to pair with each dish in a blind tasting. And the 3rd annual Brewery Smackdown takes place on Wednesday, January 31.

The champion breweries for Bend are Crux Fermentation Project and Silver Moon Brewing. From Portland, they are taking on Ancestry Brewing and Ecliptic Brewing. I don’t know what the beers will be, but there will be at least 10 beers served across five courses, and the menu looks pretty great.

Here is the press release which includes the menu:

At the end of January, Central Oregon’s premier resort, Tetherow, will host its third annual Brewery Smackdown, where Portland breweries will challenge Bend’s finest to an ultimate pairing competition.

The Jan. 31 event is the first in a series of beer showdowns at Tetherow. The inaugural Brewery Smackdown will take place from 5:30 p.m. through 10 p.m. at the Tetherow Event Pavilion. It will pit reigning Central Oregon champions Crux Fermentation Project and Silvermoon against the Rose City’s Ancestry Brewing and Ecliptic Brewing.

Prior to the Brewery Smackdown, Tetherow chefs meet with brewers to sample the menu and select which beer pair best with each dish. Over the course of five rounds, it’s up to guests, brewers and distributors to crown a winner. Each guest receives a dish prepared by Tetherow’s culinary team and two blind beer tasters. After each course, they select the beer that paired best with the dish.

The Tetherow Smackdown menu includes:

  • Round 1: “Oregon War” Wonton Soup Oregon lamb and mushroom dumpling with herb slaw in tangy bonito broth
  • Round 2: Chicken Cacciatore “Hunters Chicken” Chicken drum prepared with spicy tomato sauce and olives over Israeli couscous
  • Round 3: Pickled Grape Tartare with arugula, pine nuts, cotija and San Francisco sourdough crostini
  • Round 4: Kurobuta Pork Shank with manchego polenta, fried garbanzo, Oregon hazelnuts and smoked tomato salad
  • Round 5: Cardamom Cordial Tartlet with Oregon cherries and whipped ganache

The winners of the Jan. 31 Brewery Battles will go head to head against a new set of breweries at the next event in late March.

Learn more about the lineup and events here. Tickets are $69 per person and can be purchased at

This should be a fun event, and Tetherow recommend purchasing tickets sooner rather than later if you’re interested as it has sold out for past events. It’s also going to be a long night, starting at 5:30pm and lasting until 10pm, so bring an appetite.