Weekend in review: 2 anniversaries plus cider

Actually, this is more of a review of this past Saturday rather than the entire weekend, and is mostly in photos.

Both Deschutes Brewery and Crux Fermentation Project celebrated anniversaries on Saturday, Deschutes their 27th and Crux their 3rd. Since Crux was starting their party earlier with their annual Cruxapalooza, we headed there first for lunch, arriving shortly before they officially opened at 11:30. We had to beat the heat, considering it was supposed to be 100+ degrees that day.

Cruxapalooza kicks off at Crux Fermentation Project today!

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Cruxapalooza tickets

Cheers to 3 great years Crux! @cruxfermentationproject

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I enjoyed the Parkway Pilsner (one of my go-to beers there) and a Banished Peaches and Pears Saison.¬†One of the food vendors present was Lardo Sandwiches, right out of Portland—one I’d never seen in Bend before, so that was a treat! By the time we left (around 2pm) it was getting busy, despite the heat.

Portland-based Lardo Sandwiches is at @cruxfermentationproject today for Cruxapalooza

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Cruxapalooza getting busy

Deschutes Brewery was celebrating their “Golden Birthday”—that’s where your age (in this case, 27) falls on the same numerical day of the month (27th). So there was a gold theme throughout, along with the 27 beers on tap, the Black Butte XXVII, and so on. Of course I enjoyed a flight of four Black Butte XX* Imperial Porters that also came with a regular Black Butte Porter and a bacon-wrapped date. And there was live music and the usual back-alley party—with cake even.

Golden taps at Deschutes' 27th

Golden growlers at Deschutes' 27th

Happy Golden Birthday @deschutesbeer ! 27 beers for 27 years!

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Deschutes' 27th back alley bash
From their Facebook page, photo by Gina Schauland
Deschutes 27th Birthday Cake
Cake! From their Facebook page, photo by Gina Schauland

In between was a surprising and fun bonus—after we left Crux we stopped just down the road (about a quarter of a mile) to check out Atlas Cider’s brand-new tap room. Really impressive—not only have they build out a stylish, comfortable space (complete with pool table and classic arcade games) but they have a great selection of their ciders, cider blends, and beers on tap, as well as a cooler full of the widest selection of bottled and canned cider that I’ve seen in Central Oregon. Well worth a stop!

Atlas Cider bar taps

Atlas Cider tap room couches

Pints of Atlas Ciders

Atlas tap room games

Great selection of ciders

Hopefully everyone had as good a weekend!