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

EventsZwickelmania 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

BreweriesKobold Brewing: Bend, Oregon’s latest brewery

Bend, Oregon’s newest brewery is one that slipped in under the radar, selling their first keg of beer to the Platypus Pub right at the end of 2015: Kobold Brewing. Owner and brewer Steve Anderson started out homebrewing (he’s a member of the Central Oregon Homebrewers Organization) and he’s starting out … Continue reading

BreweriesBend’s Oblivion Pub to close, Brewery continues

As reported in today’s Bend Bulletin, the Oblivion Brewing brewpub in Bend, Oregon, will be closing after only seven months. However the brewing company itself will remain unaffected. Excerpted from the newspaper: The partnership that created the pub — owner Jon Sargent and brewers Darin Butschy and Meghann Butschy — … Continue reading

Events“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: Sunriver Shred Head Full … Continue reading

EventsBend’s Pine Tavern PT80 Beerfest Challenge

The Pine Tavern restaurant in Bend is one of the city’s oldest continually-operating establishments, having been founded in 1936, and it has long been something of an iconic fixture of downtown Bend both for its longevity and also for the giant ponderosa pine tree growing up through the middle of … Continue reading

EventsThe 7th annual Little Woody returns to Bend Labor Day weekend

What started in 2009 as a small, local beer festival with a unique angle—all wood-aged beers—is back for its seventh year, taking place in Bend September 4th and 5th—The Little Woody Barrel Aged Beer, Cider & Whiskey Fest. The name has expanded along with the festival; when it originally started, it … Continue reading