McMenamins first-ever bottle shop opens this week

McMenamins 23rd Avenue Bottle Shop

For three decades McMenamins has become best known for their pubs and breweries and renovated historic properties, and while they do bottle their own beers, wines, and spirits for sale at their various locations, they’ve never had a dedicated bottle shop—until now.

Their new 23rd Avenue Bottle Shop, located across from their Tavern & Pool, is having its grand opening this Thursday, November 19th, and looks to be impressive from the start. From the press release:

Imagine Portland 38 years ago – before the craft beer explosion. That’s when Mike McMenamin purchased a local market in Raleigh Hills and began stocking the shelves with imported brews and fine wines. Dreaming of something more, he sold the Raleigh Hills Market, partnered with his brother Brian, and together they opened their first pub in 1983 – creating a community gathering space to enjoy a pint. Fast forward to present day and Portland looks a lot different, but the brothers are still at it – creating spaces in neighborhoods to enjoy beer, wine, spirits and ciders. Their newest venture is the 23rd Avenue Bottle Shop – featuring a combination of hand-crafted ales, cider, spirits and wine, and imported bottles from around the globe. It’s a new chapter for McMenamins and a valuable addition to the Northwest Portland community.

McMenamins 23rd Avenue Bottle Shop will be home to:

  • 800+ bottled craft beers, ciders, wines and spirits from McMenamins and around the world
  • A special section of more than thirty-nine sparkling wines, ranging from  $12.75 to $279 in price
  • Weekly cocktail specials
  • Monday and Thursday growler fill specials
  • Food from Tavern and Pool next door
  • 16 taps featuring McMenamins’ hand-crafted ales, hard ciders and rotating guest beers

Opening to the public on Nov. 19 – the 30th Birthday of McMenamins Terminator Stout – four variations of Terminator will be available on tap in the bottle shop, while supplies last. The variations include the original recipe, Billy Barrel Cherry Sour Terminator from Cornelius Pass Roadhouse Brewery, Spanish Coffee Terminator from Thompson Brewery and Black Rose Terminator from Edgefield Brewery. Wine, cider and spirits tastings will also be available throughout the weekend as part of the grand opening celebration.

Passport Stamps will be available at the bottle shop for McMenamins Passport holders, and on opening day guests can stop by for Terminator’s 30th Birthday Passport Discovery Hunt.

And because it’s also Terminator Stout’s birthday the same day, all pints of Terminator will be $3 and you can get a taster tray of those four Terminators for $6.

“Winter Beer Week” at Cascade West Alehouse in Bend

This week in Bend, from Monday the 16th through Friday the 20th, Cascade West Grub & Alehouse is going to be holding a special “Winter Beer Week” featuring $3 drafts all day and night long on a killer lineup of winter seasonal beers. Check it out:

Cascade West Winter Beer Week

  • Sunriver Shred Head
  • Full Sail Wassail
  • Sierra Nevada Celebration
  • 10 Barrel Pray for Snow
  • Cascade Lakes Slippery Slope
  • Worthy Powder Keg
  • HUB Abominable
  • Deschutes Jubelale NITRO
  • Pyramid Snow Cap
  • Hop Valley Festeroo

Cascade West is part of what I like to call the mini “empire” of Cascade Lakes Brewing, which also owns the Tumalo Tavern as well as their 7th Street Brew House in Redmond and the Lodge in Bend. They maintain an impressive 32 taps as well. You can’t pass up a deal like this all week long!

Received: McMenamins Kris Kringle (2015)

Just in time for the weekend, this year’s edition of McMenamins’ Christmas seasonal ale, Kris Kringle, arrived on Friday the 13th—coinciding neatly with the official release date.

McMenamins Kris Kringle (2015)

The bottled beers from McMenamins come from their Edgefield brewery, but on Saturday I also had the local version at the Old St. Francis School on their 11th birthday beer sampler; it’s a tasty beer and definitely a seasonal local favorite. Looking forward to drinking this bottle.

Bend Brewing Company is being sold

Bend Brewing CompanyBend, Oregon’s second-oldest brewery, Bend Brewing Company, is in the process of being sold! Longtime owner Wendi Day, daughter of co-founder Jerry Fox, confirmed that she is currently in the process of selling the brewpub business to another family here in Bend, and has provided the official press release about the sale and the new owners:

Bend Brewing Company

Bend Brewing Co. (BBC), established in 1995, and the second oldest brew pub in Bend, Oregon, is excited to share the news that a new family will take ownership beginning January 2016. For twenty years owner Wendi Day, along with husband Rob and father, Jerry Fox, established the brewery into a downtown Bend staple that has a rich tradition of serving award winning craft beer & exceptional, made to order, pub fare to families and friends alike.

“I am so proud of Bend Brewing Company, the people who I’ve worked with, the friends and families who have supported us over the years, and the recognition we have received in this amazing brewing community,” Wendi Day said.

The new owners, Packy and Leslie Deenihan, have been introduced to the BBC staff and both have been working closely with Wendi throughout the transition. “I am truly excited for this new opportunity and I would like to welcome Packy and Leslie to our BBC family,” added Day. Packy Deenihan is a graduate of Oregon State University and lived in Bend in 2008-09 before moving to Denver, Colorado, where he met his wife, Leslie. Leslie is a University of Colorado Boulder graduate and was also a member of their ski team. “We are thrilled to be taking over such a well respected & award winning brewery” said Packy Deenihan, and “we are especially impressed by the quality of staff at BBC and hope they all stay with us in this new chapter.”

Initially, Packy and Leslie will be focused on continuing to serve the loyal patrons of Bend Brewing Company. Going forward, they believe there is an opportunity to expand production & distribution of Bend Brewing Co.’s beer as well as having a stronger marketing and social media presence. Packy’s Dad, Ed, will also have a role at BBC, primarily focused on promoting the BBC brand and beer outside of Bend. Don’t expect too much change, though, the Deenihan’s are particularly focused on carrying on the tradition and culture that has made BBC so great 20 years later! See you at BBC!

The sale won’t be finalized until the first of the new year, and both Day and head brewer Ian Larkin assure me nothing will change with the brewpub with the exception of growth and needed improvements made to the building itself. And expanding the presence all around—online and off—is a great move considering the exceptional quality of the beer being brewed there—especially with their beers not being widely available outside of Central Oregon.

Bend Brewing opened in 1995, and Day was originally the assistant manager, hired by Fox and co-founder Dave Hill. She purchased Bend Brewing from Fox and Hill in 2000, with partner Terry Standly, the kitchen manager. (Standly retired in 2011.) Day hired brewer Tonya Cornett in 2002 who would be instrumental in putting BBC on a national stage with her award-winning beers. BBC celebrated their 20th anniversary earlier this year with a big block party and special release beers.

You can find more Bend Brewing Company history over on the site for my book, Bend Beer, here.

Bend Brewing Outback XX bottle

Oregon Beer News, 11/13/2015

Oregon BeerHappy Friday the 13th! It’s been a long week and a long Friday coming, and I for one am looking forward to enjoy a beer (or several) later today. Here’s the Oregon beer news for the weekend; as usual, I’ll be periodically updating this post throughout the day with the latest news, so check back often. And if you have news to share, please let me know and I can get that updated as well.

The McKenzie Cider and Craft Beer Festival kicks off today over in Springfield, from 5 to 11pm, and continues tomorrow, Saturday the 14th from noon to 11pm. This is the fourth annual year of the brewfest, with proceeds going to benefit “Bags of Love, a local agency that provides assistance to children in need ‘one bag of love at a time.'” Tickets cost $15 which you can purchase at the door, or in advance online here. The price covers your admission, souvenir glass, and two tasting tickets, with additional tasting tickets available for $1 each as per usual. And with over 70 breweries and cideries represented it’s going to be a good fest!

McMenamins Old Church (Wilsonville) is holding their 3rd Annual Boone’s Ferry Autumn Ale Fest Saturday the 14th all day long starting at 11am, with a terrific lineup of McMenamins and guest beers pouring. “We’re back with more than a dozen big, hearty beers that are perfect for the season. Vote for your favorites; Boone’s Best (a.k.a. the oar winner) will be decided by those at the fest! We’ll have McMenamins beers and beers brought to us by McMenamins’ alumni brewers from the breweries they now call home. Some of these brewers will be on hand to chat during the fest.” There will live music as well as a distillery tasting and a history talk—overall this looks like a fantastic fest and one you should not miss if you’re in the area.

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