BloggingLocal 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

BreweriesBridge 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

BreweriesDetails 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

EventsDay 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

BreweriesEven 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

EventsWhole 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

BreweriesRat Hole Brewing (Bend’s newest brewery) is LIVE (or nearly so)

We first heard about potential new Bend brewery Rat Hole Brewing way back in September 2011—and then almost nothing since. (I blogged about it, after the Bend Bulletin ran an article.) I was wondering if it was fated to be one of those announced-but-never-got-off-the-ground businesses, particularly for a small rural brewery … Continue reading

EventsPlatypus Pub Brewfest

The first annual Platypus Pub Brewfest is taking place tomorrow (Thursday, January 31), kicking off at 5pm at the Bend, Oregon craft beer pub, in partnership with Columbia Distributing. Here’s the blurb from the Platypus: This event is to showcase some of the many breweries that we have access to in Central Oregon. There … Continue reading

PackagingBend’s growing growler boom

Updated: added a growler station in Redmond, per Tammy’s comment below. It’s no secret that Bend, Oregon has an amazingly vibrant beer culture and is in the midst of amazing growth in the brewing industry, boasting one of the highest per-capita numbers of breweries in the country (12 in Bend … Continue reading