EventsBend’s biggest beer event returns

The 15th annual Bend Brewfest returns to Bend, Oregon’s Les Schwab Amphitheater this week, running from Thursday the 10th through Saturday the 12th. Normally taking place the third week of August, this year the eclipse prompted the organizers to move it a week earlier. This is the region’s largest beer … Continue reading

EventsBend Brewfest 2017 dates announced

Last week the Bend Brewfest announced the dates for this year’s festival, along with the call for participant brewery applications. This year marks the 15th annual Bend Brewfest, which has been taking place each year since 2004. (Except for 2009 that is—the Brewfest had been cancelled that year due to … Continue reading

NewsAmerican Hop Convention in Bend, January 17-20

On Tuesday, January 17, the 61st annual American Hop Convention comes to Bend, Oregon for the first time. The convention takes place at the Riverhouse on the Deschutes hotel and convention center and runs through Friday, January 20. Join us for the 2017 American Hop Convention as we journey across … Continue reading

Events4th annual High Gravity Extravaganza Brewfest at McMenamins Old St. Francis School

This Saturday, January 14, the fourth annual High Gravity Extravaganza Brewfest returns to McMenamins Old St. Francis School in Bend. This is a terrific, low-key event that features winter-appropriate strong beers from ten different McMenamins breweries and 15 Central Oregon breweries. Pouring stations are spread out around the property—from the main courtyard … Continue reading

Beer Industry2016 – The Year in Beer

I haven’t written up a year-end retrospective post in awhile but this past 12 months felt like the year for it. There have been some interesting things going on in beer for 2016, on both the national and the local level, that are worth revisiting. No big revelations here, other … Continue reading

EventsThe first Bend Ale Festival this Saturday

If you’re looking for something beer-y to do this weekend in Central Oregon, on Saturday, November 12 the first Bend Ale Festival is taking place in Bend’s Northwest Crossing neighborhood. It’s presented in conjunction with Bend Ale Run half-marathon taking place that morning, which itself is very “Bend,” running and … Continue reading

EventsBend’s Pine Tavern PT81 Beerfest Challenge (the return)

The Pine Tavern‘s annual Beerfest Challenge returns again this year, the PT81 (last year was PT80, celebrating the 2016 80th anniversary of the restaurant), taking place on Tuesday, September 27th. Like last year, I am returning as head judge to help pick the winning beer that the Pine Tavern will … Continue reading

BreweriesBend beer packaging news

Cans! Two more Bend, Oregon-based breweries are canning their beers now (joining GoodLife, Worthy, 10 Barrel, and Three Creeks): Crux Fermentation Project and Silver Moon Brewing. As long-time readers know I am a fan of the can so I’m happy to see these new offerings. Silver Moon Brewing has released … Continue reading

Zwickelmania 2016 – Bend pictures and roundup

Did you make the rounds for Zwickelmania this past Saturday? We did, of course, here in Central Oregon, and I thought I’d share a picture or two from each stop, along with some notes. Three Creeks Brewing Pre-funk Zwickelmania breakfast @threecreeksbrewing amongst a wall of cans. Pretty impressive #inSisters #inbend … Continue reading

It’s official: Sunriver Brewing will take over former Oblivion Brewpub space

Two weeks ago I reported on Bend’s Oblivion Brewpub closing (the brewery itself remaining unaffected), and while there were rumors circulating as to who would take over the westside brewpub space, nothing was officially acknowledged—until now. Sunriver Brewing has issued their official press release revealing that they will be taking … Continue reading