A roundup of some of the recent news and happenings in the Central Oregon beer scene:
Three Creeks Brewing, hot on the heels of their gold medal GABF win, announced “the release on draft and in 22 oz bottles of pub favorite Firestorm Red Ale along with the latest beer in our coveted Desperado Series, Frontier Justice Coffee Stout.” Frontier Justice is their coffee stout brewed in collaboration with Sisters Coffee Roasters, an 8% abv imperial stout brewed with eight different malts, Cascade hops, and “4 lbs per barrel of cold pressed Sumatra roast.”
I love the name “Frontier Justice” — though you might remember this same beer when it was introduced two years ago under the name “Bulletproof.” Unfortunately, legal reasons necessitated the name change. I like the new one better, as it draws more upon the “Desperado” theme of this line of beers (and if you’ve ever been to Sisters, Oregon, you’ll immediately see why they’ve embraced this Wild West imagery).
Silver Moon Brewing has a beer pairing dinner today (Thursday, October 27) in downtown Bend, teaming up with Revolvr Meanswear: Pairing for a Purpose. This five-course beer pairing dinner costs $50 with all net proceeds benefiting Cascade Youth & Family Center. Tickets still look to be available online here.
Bend’s GoodLife Brewing announced recently the return of their Mountain Rescue Pale Ale, this time in the form of their latest “Sustainable Session Series” release: Mountain Rescue Session Ale. This version looks to be 4.9% abv, and as part of this Series 1% of the sales from Mountain Rescue will go to benefit Deschutes County Search and Rescue.
They also recently bottled up their Comatose Imperial IPA for the first time ever, expect to see those on shelves soon.
Deschutes Brewery is on a beer release roll right now, with Collage #2 released last week, Jubelale out now, and The Dissident and The Abyss set to drop next month. Collage #2 was their second collaboration brew/blend with Portland’s Hair of the Dog Brewing, and features a doozy of a blending recipe: The Abyss 100% aged in Pinot barrels, The Stoic 100% aged in Pinot barrels, HOTD’s Fred aged in American oak and rye whiskey barrels, and HOTD’s Doggie Claws 100% aged in cognac barrels.
Boneyard Beer just announced the year-round availability of their Incredible Pulp Blood Orange Pale Ale: “The beer first debuted May, but was such a hit with employees, Boneyard decided to keep it around for the long haul. This beer gets a huge punch from Blood Orange Puree. This citrus-forward Extra Pale will slap you in the tastebuds with flavors of Northwest hops and Blood Orange. Incredible Pulp is 6% ABV and 35 IBU’s. Boneyard’s Incredible Pulp will be available on draft year round.”
(Jesse) Toomey said he expects to open in winter; he’s begun work turning the building at 420 N. Main St., current home of The Wild Angel Art & Antiques, into a brewpub. The Crooked River Brewing application for a liquor license is pending with the Oregon Liquor Control Commission.
Toomey said he plans to experiment with a four-barrel brew system he purchased in Colorado. He’s partial to IPAs but expects to produce a variety of beer styles. He foresees eight to 10 rotating taps once the place is up an running.
Worthy Brewing has finished up (at least a phase of) their expansion, announcing the opening of their new banquet space, the “Hop Mahal.” I believe this space is on a second level above the main dining of the restaurant.