Three Creeks Brewing celebrating 7 years this weekend

Sisters, Oregon’s Three Creeks Brewing is celebrating their seven years brewing beer this weekend, from Friday, July 17th through Sunday the 19th, with a weekend full of special beers, birthday cake, raffles and more:

Special Brews on tap all weekend long, including Rudolph Imperial Red, Belgian Trippel, and Vanilla Night Ski Stout. (all pair perfect with birthday cake.)

Around the World Photo Contest! Post a picture of your favorite activity in your favorite TCBC gear. You just might be a winner of a $100 Gift Card!

Jul 17: Friday, 6pm – Birthday Cake.
Jul 18: Saturday – All Day Raffle
Jul 19: Sunday – Winners of Photo Contest Announced

Three Creeks Brewing 7 year anniversary

Also at the brewpub they have the following seasonals on now you’ll want to check out while you’re there this weekend:

Vaquero 9.1% ABV 70 IBU (Desperado Series, available 22oz bottles and draft)
This beefy Northwest style strong ale is built on a base of German Munich and British Maris Otter malt then heavily hopped with Columbus, Cascade and Cluster hops. Crystal, Special B and Carabohemian malts along with a 3 hour boil contribute loads of plumlike dark fruit flavor.

Golden Stitches Hoppy Wheat 5% ABV 22 IBU (available 22 oz bottles and draft)
The official beer of the Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show. A modern twist on the classic Belgian witbier spiced with fresh orange zest and coriander then dry hopped with lemony Sorachi Ace hops.

Crowdpleaser IPA 7.3% ABV 84 IBU
Our rotating IPA uses the same simple malt bill each time in order to showcase the newest and trendiest hop varieties in a new wave IPA. Version 7.0: Sorachi Ace and Comet steal the show, creating notes of tropical fruit and lemon zest, while Amarillo, and Chinook round out the hop bill.

Top Hat Belgian Trippel 9% ABV
A unique take on the traditional Belgian style. Brewed with a fruity balance in mind you will find dried apricot along with a variety of other fruit flavors in this big beer. Full bodied and full flavor to end your summer day.

Even though it’s located near the western edge of Central Oregon out of the Bend spotlight, Three Creeks has remained a solid fixture in the local beer scene with great beer, good food at the pub, and even anchoring the annual Sisters Fresh Hop Festival every year. They recently also expanded, opening a production brewery in May and releasing their beers in cans.

Were you around seven years ago when they opened? I was and wrote about it; and of course they made it into my book. To help commemorate the anniversary, here are the first two paragraphs I wrote about them in Bend Beer:

Ground was broken on January 7, 2008, with an official name: Three Creeks Brewing Company. It would consist of a ten-barrel brewery, brewpub and restaurant, with a rustic, Old West livery stable theme (much like the touristy Old West theme of the rest of the town of Sisters) and a planned summer opening. Underwood had contacted and hired brewer Dave Fleming, who had helped to launch the brewery at the McMenamins Old St. Francis School in Bend and who had been working at the Lucky Lab Brewpub in Portland since leaving McMenamins in 2006. The brewpub officially opened on July 21, 2008, with three beers initially: Knotty Blonde, Old Prospector Pale Ale and 8 Second India Black Ale. (Those first three beers were brewed by Wildfire Brewing under contract with Three Creeks, as its new brewery equipment hadn’t yet been installed.) Additional beers to join the lineup in the coming weeks included Firestorm Red, Anvil Amber and Stonefly Rye.

The timing was fortuitous: the flush economic boom years of the first half of the decade had been unsustainable, and the slowdown of the economy and onset of the Great Recession at the end of 2007 heralded a crash that would settle into Central Oregon—and Bend in particular—by the middle of 2008. Three Creeks had opened just in time; Underwood asked his banker six months later what the result would have been had he tried to get funding for the brewpub at that time (the end of 2008). The answer: “You would never get through the door with that business plan! We wouldn’t finance it; there’s no way we would finance it!”

It’s been a great seven years for Three Creeks, and here’s to another seven—and more! Congratulations!

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