Bend Brewfest 2014 – this week!

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 … Continue reading

In Bend: 3rd Annual Whole Foods Market Summer Brewfest

Taking place in Bend today, yet another example of Bend’s great beer scene—theĀ 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 … Continue reading

Celebrate some Bend beer anniversaries today

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 … Continue reading

Local beer predictions for 2014

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 … Continue reading

Bridge 99 Brewery, Bend’s newest

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 … Continue reading

Details on RiverBend Brewing, opening soon in Bend

2013 is seeing the same flurry of new breweries and announcements in Central Oregon that we saw a few years ago when the last wave (GoodLife, Brew Werks, Below Grade, Phat Matt’s) was established. This time around it’s been Rate Hole (early on), Oblivion Brewing, North Rim, Juniper, Bridge 99, … Continue reading

Day 1 of Little Woody is in the bag

Yesterday’s foray down to the opening of Bend’s Little Woody was quite a lot of fun and successful; I missed last year’s event (I was in Florida looking for beer in between the family vacation moments) so my sense of scale might be off, but this year’s event (their fifth … Continue reading

Even more new breweries for Bend

You may notice in the sidebar on this blog I’ve got a list of Central Oregon breweries and a section marked “Planned / proposed / rumored / in development” where I try to keep track of the various up-and-coming breweries I’ve heard about. Well, this list needs to be updated … Continue reading

Whole Foods Market Brewfest in Bend today

Today’s best beer bet if you’re in Central Oregon is at the Whole Foods Market over on Bend’s east side: it’s their 3rd annual Brewfest taking place from 1 to 6pm. $5 cost gets (first 125 people free pint glass) entry and two tasting tokens (other tokens 50 cents) All … Continue reading