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February 24th, 2017

The ninth annual Zwickelmania, the statewide “brewery open house” that has turned into an Oregon beer holiday, returns to Central Oregon this Saturday, February 25. It used to take place during President’s Day weekend but this year the popularity grew to the point where the Oregon Brewers Guild split it

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February 23rd, 2017

Oregon Beer News for Thursday, February 23, 2017. News in beer and brewing from all around Oregon, including events, tastings, festivals, and more. If you have news to share, let me know! The post Oregon Beer News, 02/23/2017 appear

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This Saturday, February 25, the 24th annual Hillsdale Brewfest returns to McMenamins Hillsdale Brewery & Public House in Portland. This is McMenamins Battle of the Brews—special one-off beers from 22 of their breweries face off for a people’s choice with the winner earning the coveted championship belt. T

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This Saturday, February 25, the 24th annual Hillsdale Brewfest returns to McMenamins Hillsdale Brewery & Public House in Portland. This is McMenamins Battle of the Brews—special one-off beers from 22 of their breweries face off for a people’s choice with the winner earning the coveted championship belt. T

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February 22nd, 2017

Here is a great event that just showed up on my radar today: a benefit for Saving Grace, Smiles of Hope & Healing. It’s taking place Thursday, February 23 at Healthy Bend Dental Implant Center down in the Old Mill District, and it’s free. Here’s the post and details from the event page: Before he

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Oregon Beer News for Wednesday, February 22, 2017. News in beer and brewing from all around Oregon, including events, tastings, festivals, and more. If you have news to share, let me know! The post Oregon Beer News, 02/22/2017 appea

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February 21st, 2017

Just a friendly reminder that the next Session, all about Bock, is coming up in a week and a half! Friday, March 3 is the date, but I’ll have it open all weekend. And if you are planning to attend BockFest that weekend, a Session post about that would be worth …

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Oregon Beer News for Tuesday, February 21, 2017. News in beer and brewing from all around Oregon, including events, tastings, festivals, and more. If you have news to share, let me know! The post Oregon Beer News, 02/21/2017 appeare

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Bend, Oregon’s GoodLife Brewing has been seeing some interesting changes for 2017. Earlier in the month they announced a distribution change in southwest Washington, transferring distribution rights from Craig Stein Beverages to Kendall’s Pioneer / Corwin Beverages. Roughly concurrent with that, news came

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February 20th, 2017

Oregon Beer News for Monday, February 20, 2017. News in beer and brewing from all around Oregon, including events, tastings, festivals, and more. If you have news to share, let me know! The post Oregon Beer News, 02/20/2017 appeared

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This Wednesday, February 22, Cascade Brewing‘s sixth annual Sour Fruit Fest returns to both the Cascade Barrel House and the Raccoon Lodge. It’s a nearly-week-long event as it will run through Sunday the 26th, from open to close. If you’ve wanted to sample a wide swath of the brewery’s offerings,

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February 19th, 2017

Last week the Bend Brewfest announced the dates for this year’s festival, along with the call for participant brewery applications. This year marks the 15th annual Bend Brewfest, which has been taking place each year since 2004. (Except for 2009 that is—the Brewfest had been cancelled that year due to …

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February 17th, 2017

Oregon Beer News for Friday, February 17, 2017. News in beer and brewing from all around Oregon, including events, tastings, festivals, and more. If you have news to share, let me know! The post Oregon Beer News, 02/17/2017 appeared

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My latest print column for the Bend Bulletin is out, and naturally it’s a focus on Zwickelmania—albeit the Central Oregon version that’s taking place next Saturday, February 25. I do like the sub-title they gave the article: “Oregon’s beer holiday returns Feb. 25.” Indeed! Of course if you

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February 16th, 2017

The latest Bend City Council meeting took place last night, Wednesday, February 15, and the minutes of the meeting were sent out this morning. You can download those minutes here (MS Word document). Some highlights: A number of residents spoke about trees and the city becoming a “Tree City USA” again; All sev

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Oregon Beer News for Thursday, February 16, 2017. News in beer and brewing from all around Oregon, including events, tastings, festivals, and more. If you have news to share, let me know! The post Oregon Beer News, 02/16/2017 appear

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Beer and activism! With everything going on in politics and the volatility of the current political atmosphere, a group of people in Portland have been meeting to organize and mobilize the Portland beer community to help “protect and promote basic civil rights, including voter access, freedom of speech, and equal

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February 15th, 2017

Oregon Beer News for Wednesday, February 15, 2017. News in beer and brewing from all around Oregon, including events, tastings, festivals, and more. If you have news to share, let me know! The post Oregon Beer News, 02/15/2017 appea

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February 14th, 2017

Oregon Beer News for Tuesday, February 14, 2017. News in beer and brewing from all around Oregon, including events, tastings, festivals, and more. If you have news to share, let me know! The post Oregon Beer News, 02/14/2017 appeare

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February 13th, 2017

Oregon Beer News for Monday, February 13, 2017. News in beer and brewing from all around Oregon, including events, tastings, festivals, and more. If you have news to share, let me know! The post Oregon Beer News, 02/13/2017 appeared

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A few weeks back the American Hop Convention came to Bend, and as befitting the host city and to help commemorate the occasion, a number of Central Oregon Brewers Guild breweries came together to collaborate on a special IPA for the conference: The Oregon Tr’Ale IPA. The participating breweries were …

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February 12th, 2017

Sad news from Ashland, Oregon, as Swing Tree Brewing announced recently on Facebook that they were closing their doors: Hey there Swing Tree fans. It is with a very heavy heart that I must let everyone know that tonight is our last night of operations. On November 14, 2013 we …

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February 11th, 2017

We are right the middle of the Humane Society of Central Oregon‘s annual Pup Crawl fundraiser for homeless animals, with participating breweries hosting a stop on the crawl a different night through the 24th. Come out for one – or all – evenings of HSCO’s 6th annual Pup Crawl! This fun event raises critical f

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February 10th, 2017

Oregon Beer News for Friday, February 10, 2017. News in beer and brewing from all around Oregon, including events, tastings, festivals, and more. If you have news to share, let me know! The post Oregon Beer News, 02/10/2017 appeared

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February 9th, 2017

Oregon Beer News for Thursday, February 9, 2017. News in beer and brewing from all around Oregon, including events, tastings, festivals, and more. If you have news to share, let me know! The post Oregon Beer News, 02/09/2017 appeare

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I received brand-new cans of PCT Porter from Crux Fermentation Project, the newest beer to be added to their canned lineup: The “PCT” in the name stands for Pacific Crest Trail, the 2,659 mile long hiking trail from the border of Mexico to the border of Canada. The beer itself is …

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February 8th, 2017

I posted the other day about the Bend City Council meeting minutes and following along with the City government business. Well, Deschutes County also posts the schedules and agenda of the Board of County Commissioners online on a public portal. The meetings are open to the public and are also live streamed on video (whi

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