Rat 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

Platypus 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

Bend’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

GoodLife will be canning soon, too

Just the other day I reported on the expansion of Bend’s GoodLife Brewing, and in today’s Bend Bulletin (behind the paywall unfortunately) comes the word that they’ll be canning too: GoodLife Brewing Co. has expanded its production capacity as part of a plan to increase sales of bottled beer in … Continue reading

Worthy Brewing progress, late October

It’s been a long while since I posted any updates to the progress of Worthy Brewing Company over on the east side of Bend, and based on the last update the progress is amazing. Here was the brewery site in May: And here is how it’s looking now, as of … Continue reading

The Little Woody 2012 beer list

Here’s the current beer list for this year’s Little Woody taking place in Bend this weekend. This is just the beer, stats, and brief description by brewery; go read the full descriptions (yes, they’re worth it) over on the main page. 10 Barrel Imperial Pray For Snow aged in Brandy … Continue reading

The 4th Annual Little Woody

Bend’s premier specialty beer event is coming up next week for Labor Day weekend: The Little Woody Barrel Aged Brew and Whiskey Fest! It’s taking place Friday, August 31st (from 5 to 10pm) and Saturday, September 1st (from noon to 10pm), located as always in the parking lot of the … Continue reading

Notes and images from the Bend Brewfest

I was able to get down to the Bend Brewfest for a couple of hours last night, and snapped a number of pictures and have a few thoughts as well: As with many fests, the earlier the better: there weren’t many people there when I first got there which makes … Continue reading

Bend Brewfest starts this week!

This week the ninth annual Bend Brewfest is taking place, running from Thursday through Saturday and this year it’s bigger than ever—51 breweries pouring over 125 different beers which include a number of specialties on the X-Taps! It’s all taking place at the Les Schwab Amphitheater right in the heart … Continue reading

Another Bend brewery potentially in the works

A little over a week ago the Bend Bulletin newspaper ran the story of another possible Bend brewery (unfortunately behind their paywall) in the making. No name as yet, but Dan Leach, a resident of nearby Deschutes River Woods, met with city planners to discuss the possibilities. From the article: In … Continue reading