Received: Not Your Father’s Vanilla Cream Ale

This came yesterday:

Received: Not Your Father's Vanilla Cream Ale

From Small Town Brewery, who has been on fire lately with their “Not Your Father’s” products. I will say I’ve had their Root Beer and couldn’t finish a bottle—too sweet and cloying. But I will definitely try this and report on it.

Received: 2 Towns Made Marion – in cans

Corvallis’ 2 Towns Ciderhouse has been on a roll lately, releasing a number of seasonals (for which I have some reviews coming up), rolling out a new package design, and adding to their can line-up. The latest to hit cans is their Made Marion cider, a six-pack of which arrived yesterday from the cidery:

Received: Cans of Made Marion cider

“Ripe and juicy, Made Marion unites fresh-pressed 100% Northwest apples with whole, locally grown Marion blackberries.” It’s part of their year-round line so you’ll be seeing it on shelves soon if not already.

I’ve sampled Made Marion before but I’ve never written about it; stay tuned.

June is anniversary month in Bend

Deschutes' 27th back alley bashFrom Facebook

Here in Bend, June is to be the big month for brewery anniversaries, with Deschutes Brewery, GoodLife Brewing, and Crux Fermentation Project all celebrating beer birthdays. Here’s a rundown of this month’s anniversary events, starting tomorrow with GoodLife:

GoodLife Brewing 5th anniversary – Saturday, June 18 (event page)

They’ll be celebrating from 2 to 8pm “with food trucks on-site, 8 taps flowing, and firkins all day!” They will also have lawn games in their beer garden and all ages are welcome.

Crux Fermentation Project 4th anniversary Cruxapalooza – Saturday, June 25

Crux’s fifth Cruxapalooza (the first one was on opening day) takes place from 11:30am to 10:30pm, with a total of 60 taps of beer (24 inside, 20 outside at the outdoor station, and 16 more in an extra refrigerated car), live music, and two special release beers in their Banished series: Bretted Farmhouse and Apricot Wild Farmhouse (Sour).

Deschutes Brewery 28th anniversary – Monday, June 27 (event page)


Join us as we celebrate 28 years of brewing! We will be featuring our anniversary beer, Black Butte XXVIII with vertical flights, culinary specials, back alley bash and more! Celebration is All day, kid friendly, with live music beginning at 5pm in our back alley. Wear an old Black Butte Porter shirt and receive free swag or a complimentary drink!


Pretty good start to the summer overall!

The Oregon Garden Brewfest returns for Father’s Day weekend

Oregon Garden Brewfest

The 12th annual Oregon Garden Brewfest returns this Father’s Day weekend, taking place in Silverton at the Oregon Garden from Friday, June 17 through Sunday, June 19. This year they’ve changed things up for the first time:

The Brewfest is relocating from its traditional indoor setting out into the forest, where breweries will be set up in booths dotted throughout the woods underneath the warm glow of bistro lights. The move will allow guests to take better advantage of the summer weather while exploring the 80-acres of botanical gardens with beer in hand.

For the first time ever, minors will be welcome on Saturday from Noon to 5pm as well as all day on Sunday; on Father’s Day, there will be a kid’s craft area and root beer. The new location is closer to the Children’s Garden, allowing families to be near the festivities as well as close to entertainment for kids.

This has been one of my favorite Brewfests in recent years, in large part because of the setting: the Oregon Garden is spectacular, and I think this year’s new open-garden layout could be amazing. Unfortunately, this will be the first year in quite a few that I won’t be able to attend, which is too bad, I’d really like to see how it works. They are featuring 60 different breweries, cideries, and meaderies which could offer pretty substantial coverage throughout much of the Garden.

If you get the chance, go! It’s kid-friendly this year which is exactly how a Brewfest on Father’s Day should be. In fact, take your father!

Additional details from the press release are continued below the fold.

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Bend: Meet Rob Widmer and drink Hefeweizen June 16

Widmer Hefeweizen

As part of the 30th anniversary of Widmer Hefeweizen, Widmer Brothers is touring Oregon with a Hefe camper, hosting pub crawls to celebrate the anniversary, and will be giving away the camper this summer. This Thursday, June 16, they are coming to Bend, and founder/owner Rob Widmer will be here too—so this is a great chance to come out and drink one of Oregon’s original craft beers and meet one of the folks who helped start it all.

Come join Widmer Brothers Brewing is we celebrate the 30th Anniversary of Widmer Brothers Hefeweizen (Hefe). On May 15, 1986, brothers Kurt and Rob Widmer made their very first delivery of Hefe to the Dublin Pub in Portland. Three decades later, Hefe is still the best-selling craft beer in the state, and the brewery just released the beer in cans in Oregon only. Please join Widmer Brothers and Rob Widmer himself for a Bend pub crawl. Prost!

The pub crawl will run from 5 to (roughly) 9pm, with three stops planned in downtown Bend:

  • Sidelines Sports Bar, from 5 to 6:30
  • The Summit Saloon, from 6:30 to 7:30
  • Wall Street Grill, from 8 to 9

Astute local beer geeks (or nerds) will correctly note that those are three bars that are not normally known as “beer bars” though they certainly have decent taplists. I suspect these are probably the three largest Hefeweizen accounts in town. And they are all located downtown, within a few blocks of each other, so it works out to a good pub crawl route.

I’m planning to go crawling, it should be fun; readers will know I’ve been a long time fan of Hefeweizen and Widmer, and a chance to meet Rob Widmer (again) is too good to pass up. Come out and join us!