This is surprising news: Prineville, Oregon’s Solstice Brewing, which opened its doors in downtown Prineville in 2011 and brewed its first batch of beer in 2012, is changing its name to Ochoco Brewing. This according to our weekly alt-newspaper, The Source:
The Prineville-based brewery now formerly known as Solstice has never been shy about its roots. When it released its first beer back in 2012, the brewery reclaimed a not-uncommon slur for the city, calling it Prinetucky Pale. So it’s only fitting that the new name—Ochoco Brewing Company—honors the operation’s Crook County origins.
The name also harkens back to the first known brewery in Central Oregon. No, not Deschutes. According to local beer historian Jon Abernathy, the short-lived Ochoco Brewery, founded in Prineville in 1882, holds the honor of being first.
“My wife and I grew up in rural Eastern Oregon and we’ve made Prineville our permanent home, and we believe a name like Ochoco Brewing will cement us in the DNA of Crook County,” owner and brewmaster Joseph Barker explains in a release.
Yep, I got name checked, which is always fun. And it’s true: the original Ochoco Brewery—the first in Central Oregon—was established in Prineville in 1882 and lasted until 1890 (it even burned down once). That original brewery was located at Fourth and Main Street, in fact only about a block and a half from Solstice’s current location. So it’s an interesting and apt pivot on the name, though I wonder a bit about branding and having had the “Solstice” name established for the past four years or so, if that will cause any confusion. Time will tell, but it is a good name.
And this Friday, May 22, they are holding a “logo release party” starting at 5:30pm at their brewery:
This Friday we’ll be celebrating a new logo/brand launch. The Chamber of commerce will be here at 5:30pm to do a ribbon cutting and we’ll have Road Altars here playing some live music. We’ll also be releasing a new Dry Hopped Golden Ale to commemorate the occasion. We hope you can all join us!
Here’s the news in Oregon beer from around the web for Tuesday, the 19th of May. As usual, I’ll be periodically updating this post throughout the day, so check back often for the latest news. If you have news to share, please contact me and I can get that updated as well.
The Bier Stein (Eugene) is hosting a book signing and tasting for homebrewer Denny Conn and his new book, Experimental Homebrewing, tonight from 6 to 8pm: “Ever wondered how brewers infuse some of those interesting ingredients? Why would they even want to? Local beer educator and newly minted author Denny Conn will be doing a reading from the book Experimental Homebrewing, co-authored by Conn and California homebrew-star Drew Beechum. If you have burning questions, or a burning sensation in your mouth after drinking a beer, Denny can probably solve the mystery. He’ll have the book for sale– a great gift idea (for yourself or a friend, of course). Reading and Q&A will be at the Back Bar, tasting to follow.”
Bailey’s Taproom (Portland) is helping The Tin Bucket to celebrate their 2nd anniversary today with the “Tin Lip: The Upper Bucket Tap Takeover” at The Upper Lip today from 7 to 10pm: “Draft List: Arch Rock Gold Beach Lager, Barley Brown’s 3-Headed Hop Monster, Epic Big Bad Baptist, Finnriver Honey Meadow, Jolly Pumpkin/Anchorage Calabaza Boreal, Off Color Apex Predator, and a couple surprises…” Cheers to beer bars working together!
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A bottle of this year’s batch of Foray IPA from Deschutes Brewery arrived today, freshly minted for the summer season:
It’s available now through September, and I’ll have notes to post soon.
I got a package of swag from 10 Barrel Brewing today, promoting their new “Locals Only IPA” which is apparently a specialty IPA that will only be available on tap at selected venues here in Bend (Oregon).
It’s a shirt, “Locals Only” badge, and a growler. According to the flyer included, “In order to get your hands on this beer you’ll need to prove you’re a local (and 21+ of course) by showing a valid ID.” And it lists eight locations to find the beer (I assume their own pub will be included, though it’s not listed).
Rather scavenger hunt-y, which is an interesting way to spread the word.
Return of the Monday! Here’s the news in Oregon beer for Monday, May 18. As usual, I’ll be periodically updating this post throughout the day with the latest news as I find it, so check back often. And if you have news to share, please contact me and I can get that posted as well.
Central Oregon Beer Week kicks off this Friday, May 22, with the signature SMaSH Fest taking place at McMenamins Old St. Francis School from 1 to 9pm. SMaSH Fest admission is $25 which gets you the glass and 12 tasters (good for a four-ounce taste) and you can sample 19 (at current count) different single malt and single hop beers. It all takes place at O’Kane’s Square at the back of the McMenamins property, and is sure to be a lively time. I’ll be on hand early on selling and signing books too, so make sure you don’t miss out!
Also that Friday Deschutes Brewery is celebrating the release of The Stoic, their Reserve Series barrel-aged Quad last available in 2011. “Not to be confused with “Not The Stoic” (a slightly different recipe), this beer will make its way smoothly into your hearts and bellies with flavors of vanilla, oak, toasted caramel from barrel-aging and hints of sweetness from Pomegranate Molasses. Be sure to grab 2 bottles: one to age and one for now. Bottles and snifters of this beer will be available at our pubs and tasting room on May 22nd.” Look for specials all day at the Bend and Portland Pubs.
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