Category Archives: History

30 years of McMenamins beer

This Sunday, October 25th, is the 30th anniversary of the first brew that took place at McMenamins’ Hillsdale Public House—not just the first beer brewed by McMenamins, in fact it was the first beer brewed at the first modern, post-Prohibition brewpub in Oregon. That original beer had humble—very humble—beginnings, brewed with liquid malt extract (which McMenamins purchased in 50-gallon barrels from California) on a small, cobbled-together system stuffed into the back of the Hillsdale kitchen. … Continue reading →

Celebrate 30 years of the Brewpub Bill today with McMenamins

This year Oregon celebrates 30 years of the Brewpub Bill, the law that legalized the on-premise serving of beer by breweries which paved the way for the brewpub. That little one line sentence doesn’t really do justice to the history behind the bill, which was passed on June 17, 1985 and signed by governer Vic Atiyeh on July 13, but you can read the full story in Pete Dunlop’s book, Portland Beer, as well as a … Continue reading →

The Session #100: Resurrecting Lost Beer Styles

This first Friday of June 2015 marks the 100th edition of The Session. 100! That’s quite a milestone for having a group of bloggers (many of which have changed over the years, naturally) collaborate each month with their own take on a particular topic. And for number 100 we have a neat theme. Reuben Gray of The Tale of the Ale has the honor of hosting this month, and he’s wanting us to think about … Continue reading →

Bend’s High Desert Museum exhibit: Brewing Culture: The Craft of Beer

Chalk up another mark as to why Bend and Central Oregon’s beer culture is great: the High Desert Museum has a new exhibit opening this weekend—Brewing Culture: The Craft of Beer, which will be open for 19 weeks through Memorial Day. Oregonians love their stouts, ales and IPAs, and no Oregon town has more brewpubs per capita than Bend. So it’s only natural that Bend’s landmark museum would create a popular exhibit about the craft of … Continue reading →

“Bend Beer” book cover and release date!

First of all, there’s this: That is the front cover to my forthcoming book, Bend Beer: A History of Brewing in Central Oregon, the one I’ve spent the first half of the year researching and writing. It looks great, due in no small part to the beautiful photo taken by my friend Gina Schauland (who also works at Deschutes Brewery). And there is an official release date! October 21, 2014 is the day! You should … Continue reading →