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Friday, December 30, 2011

More Beers in Bend!

The new westside brewery, captained by Larry Sidor, will focus on high-gravity, complex brews.

Posted By on Fri, Dec 30, 2011 at 10:00 PM

Bend, rejoice. Come June, we’ll have another brewery in our midst.

Craft brewer extraordinaire Larry Sidor, who for years has been the mastermind behind many of Deschutes’ most popular beers, is teaming up with Dave Wilson of San Francisco-based 21st Amendment Brewery and Paul Evers of tbd advertising, a local creative agency with a rich history in beer marketing. The local firm has worked with Deschutes in the past and counts 21st Amendment among its current clientele.

The yet-to-be-named artisanal brewery (their website, yettobenamedbrewery.com, should go live in the coming days) will focus on richer, bolder beers and will include sours and other such niche brews.

“We’re talking about small-volumes of high gravity, complex beers that are often aged in barrels and/or fermented with wild yeast strains to create crazy, unique aromas and flavors,” Wilson said in a press release. “We want our brews available to beer enthusiasts who are seeking bigger and bolder experiences,” he added.

The 1,000 square-foot tasting room (the former AAMCO building) which will serve pints and snifters and small plates will be located on Aune Rd., just off of SW Division St, near the Parkway and just south of NW Arizona (think Strictly Organic Coffee, The Horned Hand, Parkway underpass, etc.).  The tasting room, however is only a small part of the operation. Renovations to the 6000 square-foot building begin in early January with a ceremonial “wall breaking”, scheduled for 2pm today. The brewery will have the potential for 10,000 barrels with year-one expected capacity of 700 barrels.

Can Bend have too many breweries? Maybe, but haven’t yet hit that threshold. Next time you’re out, don’t forget to Cheers! the new brewery and those with vision.

We’re anxiously awaiting more from this all-star crew and looking forward to the grand opening, slated for early this summer. Check next week’s issue for more on this breaking news.

In other new-business news, we’ve been told that the vacant lot between NW Colorado Ave. and NW Arizona Ave (just east of NW Lava Rd.) has been bought by high-end grocer Market of Choice, a Eugene-based natural health-food store that has plans to build on the property that is immediately off the Parkway.


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