Central Oregon’s largest beer festival, the Bend Brewfest, returns this week for three full days: Thursday through Saturday, the 14th through 16th. It runs from noon to 11pm each day (the first year it does that—previous years the first day started at 3pm or so), and takes place as always at the Les Schwab Amphitheater. Admission is free, though to drink beer you’ll need to buy the (one-time) mug and five tokens for $15 (which … Continue reading →
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Taking place in Bend today, yet another example of Bend’s great beer scene—the 3rd Annual Whole Foods Market Summer Brewfest! How many groceries/markets do you know hold their own brewfest? Today’s fest takes place from 1 to 6pm at east Bend specialty market, and has some 20 breweries on hand pouring beer. Pricing is some of the cheapest you’ll find at a fest these days: $5 entry which nets you a glass and 2 samples, and … Continue reading →
This weekend is a good one for Bend brewery anniversaries, as three of our locals are celebrating a collective 31 years in business. Deschutes Brewery celebrated their 26th anniversary yesterday, but you can still head down and enjoy their Black Butte XXVI (brewed with chocolate and cranberries this year) on tap today, as well as their new Foray Belgian IPA. I tried both last night, both are excellent. Today you’ll want to check out Crux … Continue reading →
It’s been a number of years since I’ve offered up any New Year’s beer predictions, but earlier this week my local newspaper the Bend Bulletin reached out to find out if I had any predictions for the Central Oregon beer scene for 2014—so I obliged and looked into my “sudsy crystal ball.” Some are “gimmes” and a couple are tongue-in-cheek fun. Though I do want to see someone brew an Imperial Kvass.
About two weeks ago I got a chance to meet the owner and sample the beers of Bend, Oregon’s brand-spanking-newest brewery, Bridge 99 Brewery—Central Oregon’s 22nd brewery. Beer writer Brian Yaeger was in town, doing a final sweep of breweries for his forthcoming guidebook, and we joined him to meet with owner/brewer Trever Hawman and his wife Angel at Wubba’s BBQ Shack for a couple of hours one evening. Their beers are currently only on … Continue reading →