Events4th annual High Gravity Extravaganza Brewfest at McMenamins Old St. Francis School

This Saturday, January 14, the fourth annual High Gravity Extravaganza Brewfest returns to McMenamins Old St. Francis School in Bend. This is a terrific, low-key event that features winter-appropriate strong beers from ten different McMenamins breweries and 15 Central Oregon breweries. Pouring stations are spread out around the property—from the main courtyard … Continue reading

Beer Industry2016 – The Year in Beer

I haven’t written up a year-end retrospective post in awhile but this past 12 months felt like the year for it. There have been some interesting things going on in beer for 2016, on both the national and the local level, that are worth revisiting. No big revelations here, other … Continue reading

EventsReturn of the Central Oregon Winter Beer Fest

The fourth annual Central Oregon Winter Beer Festival is returning to GoodLife Brewing on Saturday, December 10. This fest is a showcase for Central Oregon’s breweries (and cider makers) and as such is held as a fundraiser for the Central Oregon Brewers Guild. As the name suggests, the participating breweries will … Continue reading

Central Oregon beer news, late October edition

A roundup of some of the recent news and happenings in the Central Oregon beer scene: Three Creeks Brewing, hot on the heels of their gold medal GABF win, announced “the release on draft and in 22 oz bottles of pub favorite Firestorm Red Ale along with the latest beer … Continue reading

Zwickelmania 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

Prineville’s Solstice Brewing changing name to Ochoco Brewing

This is surprising news: Prineville, Oregon’s Solstice Brewing, which opened its doors in downtown Prineville in 2011 and brewed its first batch of beer in 2012, is changing its name to Ochoco Brewing. This according to our weekly alt-newspaper, The Source: The Prineville-based brewery now formerly known as Solstice has never … Continue reading

Central Oregon Beer Week returns, kicking off May 22

The fourth annual Central Oregon Beer Week is coming up, with 10 days of events highlighting once again just how great our local beer scene is. From May 22nd through the 31st, there will be something going on every day (usually multiple somethings) for a jam-packed schedule of brews. Here’s the list … Continue reading

CBC Events: Central Oregon Brewers Guild Brews & Beats

Since I already posted about Deschutes Brewery’s Beer Machines event during the Craft Brewers Conference next week, I figured I’d also highlight some of the other events going on next week in Portland. Not all of them, obviously—I mean, look at how big this list is!—but a few that are … 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