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January 28th, 2020

KTVZ reported yesterday that Johnny Carino’s (the Italian restaurant chain on the north end of town at the Cascade Village shopping center) is closed. Another one down. Johnny Carino’s Italian Restaurant closed its doors after nearly 15 years, citing rising costs and falling sales. “After nearly 15 years, we ha

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January 27th, 2020

First things first: the 12th annual Zwickelmania returns this February! It’s one of my favorite beer events of the year (though to be fair, most of them are my “favorite”) and provides a fun glimpse behind the scenes of the Oregon beer industry. I’ll be working to update my Zwickelmania …

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Each month McMenamins Old St. Francis School hosts its History Pub, free presentations on the history of Oregon and the Pacific Northwest (and usually fairly local). The Deschutes Historical Museum co-sponsors the monthly event, and announced the kick off to its 2020 series taking place Tuesday, January 25, featuring 

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January 23rd, 2020

Double Mountain Brewery has a new experimental IPA series coming out this year, brewer creations intended to be outside of their comfort zones, and the first in the series arrived this week: Ol’ Greg IPA. Ol’ Greg is from head brewer Greg Balch, and is described as “a Pacific NW …

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This past Saturday, McMenamins Old St. Francis School hosted its 7th annual High Gravity Brewfest, celebrating strong, high gravity beers of all stripes. This continues to be one of my favorite Bend beer festivals, and this year proved to be another good one. Here are some notes about the fest …

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Roundabout Books in Northwest Crossing does a great job hosting various author events as well as book club meetings, storytimes, and more, and this Friday, January 24, the store’s annual Local Authors Night returns with an evening showcase of five local authors—myself being one of them for my book, Bend ̷

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January 22nd, 2020

I took a dive off that dock. Jumped off the rigid, stable pier Of the one true religion. Waited on it long enough, Sometimes dipping my toe… Read more "Leaving the shore behind"

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Brewery Xo is a new Oregon brewery in the works, being developed by Jen Kent, who is currently the head brewer at McMenamins Thompson Brewery in Salem. Kent is planning to locate the new brewery in Toledo, roughly seven miles east of Newport on the coast. This Saturday, January 25, …

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January 20th, 2020

For the past eight years the Humane Society of Central Oregon has been hosting its annual Pup Crawl fundraiser, partnering with local breweries to help raise money for the HSCO and its animal care. And the 9th annual Pup Crawl is coming up, starting on February 1 and running throughout …

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My latest article for The Bulletin was published yesterday, in which I begin to dig into the lifestyle beer segment with a look at Deschutes Brewery‘s WOWZA! Lo-cal Hazy Pale Ale. I also touch on Sufferfest Beer Company with a look at its Repeat Kolsch. Locally, Deschutes Brewery has been …

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January 18th, 2020

Last weekend I brewed my first batch of beer for the year, a porter, and I thought it would be interesting to document my brewing process and share the recipe. (Actually I brewed two batches on the same day, but this post focuses on the first.) The beer is Glass …

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January 17th, 2020

Astoria’s Buoy Beer Company continues to brew some of the best beer in the state, and today the brewery announced its 2020 beer lineup with details on its first seasonal of the year, Baltic Porter. What I like about this lineup is that while there are a couple of IPAs, …

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January 16th, 2020

This year marks the 100th anniversary of nationwide Prohibition, and to commemorate the start of Prohibition and the Roaring ’20s, the High Desert Museum is hosting a Prohibition Party on Friday, January 17. Which basically turns the Museum into a speakeasy for the night. This just looks like fun: The …

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The Bend City Council kicked off a new year of meetings this month, taking place the past two Wednesdays (Wednesday the 1st was a holiday so it had been pushed a week). Here are the notes from those meetings: Bend City Council meeting notes, 1/8/20 (MS Word doc) Bend City …

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The High Gravity Brewfest at Bend’s McMenamins Old St. Francis School takes place this Saturday, and when I wrote about the event previously, the beer list had not yet been finalized and posted. There are over two dozen beers and breweries represented, with ciders as well, which means plenty of …

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Bend’s Silver Moon Brewing released its 2020 beer schedule this week, as well as announcing its 20th anniversary this year. There are some new beers joining the line up, including a collaboration series for the vicennial. (In fact, “Vicennial” would be a great name for a 20th anniversary beer…) He

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January 15th, 2020

On Saturday, January 25, it’s Free Day at the High Desert Museum! From 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., everyone gets in free. The next Free Day will be on February 29. And if you purchase a membership to the Museum on the free day, you’ll get 10% off the fee. …

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On Saturday, January 25, it’s Free Day at the High Desert Museum! From 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., everyone gets in free. The next Free Day will be on February 29. And if you purchase a membership to the Museum on the free day, you’ll get 10% off the fee. …

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Are you familiar with candy cap mushrooms? These fungi are unique among edible mushrooms due to their intense aromatic quality of maple syrup. From a culinary standpoint, this makes them well-suited for use as a flavoring in desserts and sweet dishes. Candy caps are being used in a similar fashion …

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January 14th, 2020

What can I do to connect with God? This question has been asked by countless seekers throughout all of human history. I’ve asked it as well, since… Read more "What can I do to connect with God?"

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January 13th, 2020

It’s been some time since I’ve seen a poker event, but coming up on Thursday, January 23, Webfoot Painting is presenting a Texas Hold’em poker tournament to benefit the Deschutes Children’s Foundation. It’s set to take place at the Deschutes Brewery Mountain Room and promises cash and prizes

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It’s been some time since I’ve seen a poker event, but coming up on Thursday, January 23, Webfoot Painting is presenting a Texas Hold’em poker tournament to benefit the Deschutes Children’s Foundation. It’s set to take place at the Deschutes Brewery Mountain Room and promises cash and prizes

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The Suttle Lodge is a rustic resort on the shore of Suttle Lake in the mountains of the Deschutes National Forest near Sisters, Oregon, about 45 minutes northwest of Bend. At the end of this month, from Thursday, January 30 through Saturday, February 1, the Lodge will be hosting its …

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