EventsBend Brewfest 2017 dates announced

Last week the Bend Brewfest announced the dates for this year’s festival, along with the call for participant brewery applications. This year marks the 15th annual Bend Brewfest, which has been taking place each year since 2004. (Except for 2009 that is—the Brewfest had been cancelled that year due to … Continue reading

EventsLatest print article: Zwickelmania! Oregon’s beer holiday returns

My latest print column for the Bend Bulletin is out, and naturally it’s a focus on Zwickelmania—albeit the Central Oregon version that’s taking place next Saturday, February 25. I do like the sub-title they gave the article: “Oregon’s beer holiday returns Feb. 25.” Indeed! Of course if you’re in the … Continue reading

StylesFebruary is Stout Month

Is there a better month for drinking stouts than February, when we are deep in the heart of winter? Fort George Brewery doesn’t think so, and for years now they have been celebrating Stout Month for the entire month of February, filling their taps with new stouts every week and featuring … Continue reading

ReviewsMcMenamins High Gravity Extravaganza, in a few pictures

This past Saturday McMenamins Old St. Francis School in Bend celebrated their fourth annual High Gravity Extravaganza beer festival, featuring 25 breweries pouring strong, high gravity beers. It’s a great “mini” fest, featuring a mix of McMenamins and Central Oregon breweries (ten and 15, respectively), with many of the brewers … Continue reading

NewsAmerican Hop Convention in Bend, January 17-20

On Tuesday, January 17, the 61st annual American Hop Convention comes to Bend, Oregon for the first time. The convention takes place at the Riverhouse on the Deschutes hotel and convention center and runs through Friday, January 20. Join us for the 2017 American Hop Convention as we journey across … Continue reading

EventsChanges to Zwickelmania for 2017 — now two weekends

Apparently Oregon’s annual Zwickelmania event which takes place every February during President’s Day weekend has grown big enough that the Oregon Brewers Guild has split it into two weekends for 2017: for the Portland Metro area, it takes place on February 18, and for the rest of the state it … Continue reading

Events4th annual High Gravity Extravaganza Brewfest at McMenamins Old St. Francis School

This Saturday, January 14, the fourth annual High Gravity Extravaganza Brewfest returns to McMenamins Old St. Francis School in Bend. This is a terrific, low-key event that features winter-appropriate strong beers from ten different McMenamins breweries and 15 Central Oregon breweries. Pouring stations are spread out around the property—from the main courtyard … Continue reading

BreweriesZwanzig Fest: Lompoc Brewing’s 20th anniversary

Portland, Oregon-based Lompoc Brewing celebrates their 20th anniversary this month, and accordingly they are kicking off their Zwanzig Fest this week. This fest (“Zwanzig” meaning “twenty” in German) takes place starting Tuesday, December 13 and concludes four days later on Friday, December 16. Each Lompoc location will host food and beer … Continue reading

EventsVolunteer to pour beer at the Central Oregon Winter Beer Fest

The Central Oregon Winter Beer Festival this Saturday at GoodLife Brewing is still in need of volunteers to pour beer. Volunteers will get free entry (the glass plus tasting tickets) and will get a chance to sample specialty winter beers. I don’t believe an OLCC permit is necessary as temporary … Continue reading