Category Archives: Breweries

First look (and taste) of Bend’s Monkless Belgian Ales

Monday I had a chance to meet with Kirk Meckem and Todd Clement of Bend’s newest brewery, Monkless Belgian Ales, find out a bit about their plans, and taste a couple of their beers. I wrote a short introductory piece about them two weeks ago, which outlined the basics: one-barrel brew system, all Belgian-styled beers, to be on tap primarily at Humm Kombucha in Bend. Now I have more details to share. Monkless is located in the … Continue reading →

Monkless Belgian Ales: Bend’s newest brewery

Later this month, Bend’s newest brewery is set to start selling its beer: Monkless Belgian Ales. Founded by partners Kirk Meckem and Todd Clement, they just got their brewery licensed and plan to brew only Belgian-styled ales on a one-barrel system. Kirk Meckem reached out to me to let me know they are planning on launching on tap at Bend’s Humm Kombucha on November 28 with their first beer, a Dubbel named “Dubbel or Nothing.” Meckem … Continue reading →

On Anheuser-Busch buying 10 Barrel

I had been working on a long post on the buyout of Bend’s 10 Barrel Brewing by Anheuser-Busch but ultimately I think there’s been quite a lot written on all sides by people already that I feel like it would be redundant. However I’m the Bend Beer guy, and everyone wants to know what I think about it (it’s quite the topic of conversation in Bend these days, as you can imagine), so here’s my … Continue reading →

10 Barrel Brewing sold to Anheuser-Busch

Huge news to hit the craft beer world in Oregon today: Anheuser-Busch InBev is acquiring Bend’s own 10 Barrel Brewing! This news came as a big surprise to the craft beer community, local and otherwise, and the (predictable) backlash is already raging on social media. Here’s the video that the 10 Barrel founders posted this morning to announce the news: Shortly thereafter I first saw the story and press release hit the Brewbound site; here … Continue reading →

Fresh Hops Watch, 2014 edition

It’s that time of year again—hop harvest season, and the first fresh hop beers are hitting the taps. (I even homebrewed a fresh hop IPA last weekend, which will be ready in a few weeks.) With that in mind, I figured it was time to set up a running tally/list of fresh hop beers available in Central Oregon. I’ll continually update this post (and may keep it pinned on the homepage for a while). 10 … Continue reading →