Pin It
Favorite

Hop-Knobbing 

Alert: Fresh Hops Ahead!If you've never been to the Deschutes Brewery Mountain Room, an event space with a stunning view of the Cascades on the

click to enlarge Alert: Fresh Hops Ahead!
  • Alert: Fresh Hops Ahead!
Alert: Fresh Hops Ahead!If you've never been to the Deschutes Brewery Mountain Room, an event space with a stunning view of the Cascades on the top floor of the brewing facility, it's worth a visit.

Several times a year, the Brewery puts on dinners that are open to the public, often high-end, sit-down meals including beer pairings with a steep price tag to match the fare. But there are some more reasonably priced events, like the recent Fresh Hop Tasting dinner, featuring seven Deschutes brews made with fresh hops straight from the farm- a $35 all-you-can-eat-and-drink affair for those who care about both quality and quantity. The room, a little corporate in the details but warm enough, was configured like a bar with tall standing tables, a party atmosphere, and beer stations for each of the specialty ales. Hop Trip, the most celebrated of the bunch made with seven pounds of hops per barrel, and the fresh hop version of Mirror Pond Pale Ale lived up to their reputations. Another standout was the Mt. Angel Fresh Hop Stock Ale, a lighter option, and much more sustainable if you're going for volume. And there was volume to be had. Because the star of the show was clearly the beer, the regularly replenished assortment of breads, cheeses, and crudités might have sufficed as the buffet dinner, but that was just the beginning.

The menu-albeit a somewhat predictable tribute to the fall harvest-was well executed and matched the beers nicely: scalloped sweet potatoes with ham, roasted root vegetables, braised beef short ribs with pumpkin puree, and pumpkin cheesecake for dessert. So keep an eye out for the next tasting. Gorge on a top-notch spread and drink a truckload of limited edition beers with Bend's finest scenery as a backdrop, all for a price that won't break your budget. - Alice Finer


Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Latest in Dining

More by Alice Finer

  • Repeat Offender: Central Oregon's bad-boy Top Chef defends his title

    Kokanee Cafe's Roscoe Roberson takes home the top honors again at this Bite of Bend
    • Jun 30, 2010
  • Repeat Offender: Central Oregon's bad-boy Top Chef defends his title

    Another Top Chef Competition at Bite of Bend has come and gone, leaving delicious memories in its wake (and for us judges the residual heartburn and sunburn that go along with them!).
    • Jun 30, 2010
  • Après Ski Pub Crawl! - Eat and drink your way down the mountain for a song

    There are pros and cons to situating a ski resort on National Forest land, but one of the biggest cons for Mt. Bachelor - that last call for food and alcohol coincides with the last chair at around 4 p.m. - can also be a huge pro. Since après ski up top lasts only a few minutes, local businesses all the way down the mountain and into town roll out some excellent happy hour options to lure in passers-by looking for post-play refreshments. Whether you're a vacationer or a local, a hungry winter sportsman or simply a bargain hunting day-drinker looking for a deal, there's après ski merriment to be found around every corner. Set yourself up with an appetite and a designated driver and embark on your very own après pub-crawl down the hill - a must for any winter in Bend. Here's one possible route, in geographical order:
    • Dec 30, 2009
  • More »

© 2016 LAY IT OUT INC | 704 NW GEORGIA, BEND, OREGON 97703  |   Privacy Policy

Website powered by Foundation