Category Archives: Breweries

Cam O’Connor joins Crux Fermentation Project

I first heard about this a few weeks ago, but did not know when the official news was coming out: Cam O’Connor, formerly brewmaster at Deschutes Brewery, joins Bend’s Crux Fermentation Project. Pretty interesting news for Bend! Here’s the official press release from Crux: Crux Fermentation Project announced this week that Cam O’Connor joined the team as its Head Brewer. Bringing with him more than a decade of high-end craft brewing experience, Cam significantly expands … Continue reading →

“Oregon Breweries” is out now!

The newest book in the Stackpole “Breweries” series is out now—Oregon Breweries, by beer writer and friend Brian Yaeger, containing listings and info on the 190+ brewing establishments in the state that is as up-to-date as you will find anywhere right now. Brian has been working on this book for a lot longer than I’d been working on Bend Beer, and I have no doubt that this will be a defining directory/guidebook for Oregon for a … Continue reading →

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 →