Crux Fermentation Project: Half Hitch and Better Off Red

Bend’s Crux Fermentation Project has sent me several beers, several of which have been put away for later consumption (Tough Love, Freakcake), a couple of which I have drank and enjoyed and written up notes for. Crux is one of my favorite Bend breweries right now, though sadly I don’t … 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

Received: Crux [Banished] Better Off Red

I received a package from Crux Fermentation Project over the weekend, containing the latest in their “Banished” series of (barrel-aged) beers: Better Off Red. This is a Flanders-style red ale, 7% abv, described as: Flanders Reds may be called the Burgundies of Belgium, but we age our take on this … Continue reading

Received: Crux Banished Series bottles

This impressive package came today, courtesy of Crux Fermentation Project: Three of the just-released bottles that were released last weekend, two of them being their new “Banished” series of beers (barrel-aged specialties). The beers are (left to right): Freakcake: Oud Bruin aged in bourbon barrels with Brett and dried fruits Doublecross: … Continue reading

Cruxapalooza – Crux’s 1st anniversary

Hard to believe it’s been a year already that Crux Fermentation Project has opened its doors here in Bend, but it really has and in that time they’ve risen to be one of the best (if not the best) new brewpubs in Central Oregon with an amazing lineup of beers, … Continue reading

McMenamins Old St. Francis School Traveling Brewers’ Dinner Party

There’s a cool event in Bend this Saturday the 20th that’s put together/hosted by McMenamins Old St. Francis School: a Traveling Brewers’ Dinner Party that’s essentially a progressive beer dinner around the OSF property and, in addition to featuring McMenamins’ own beers, they’ve invited three other Bend breweries to join … Continue reading

Sampling the current Crux lineup

I haven’t been in to Crux Fermentation Project nearly enough since they opened, when I was able to sample their very first beer (Just in Time Northwest Pale Ale), and in that time they’ve brewed some five or six beers—including the most recent, a Bavarian Hefeweissen that was the first … Continue reading

Crux Fermentation Project soft opening (and first brew)

Bend’s new Crux Fermentation Project is celebrating their official grand opening this Saturday, the 30th, but for the past week or so they’ve been in “soft opening” mode, pouring guest beers and serving up fare from their kitchen during their regular hours (4 to 11pm Tuesday through Friday, 11 to … Continue reading

Checking in on Crux Fermentation Project

This weekend as we were out and about I decided to stop in at Crux Fermentation Project to (at least) check out the building’s new paint job (chronicled this past week here) and maybe get a picture or two. As luck would have it, two of the new brewery’s partners, … Continue reading

“Yet To Be Named Brewery” is… Crux Fermentation Project

There’s been a series of temporary names attached to former Deschutes Brewmaster Larry Sidor’s new brewery project—856 Brewing, Yet To Be Named Brewery, and now I see on Facebook “Soon to be named Brewery”—and this morning the official name is out: Crux Fermentation Project. Sidor sent me the press release … Continue reading