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Friday, February 9, 2018

Beer in the can? Yes!

Deschutes gets on board with the aluminum revolution

Posted By on Fri, Feb 9, 2018 at 10:41 AM

Let’s face it, 12 ounce bottled beers are an antiquated pain in the ass. Who wants to be 6 miles into an overnight cross-country ski trip and have your liquid rewards shift in your pack, stabbing you in the ribs for the next two hours?! And dropping one on the ground…good luck avoiding the laceration.

At the same time, old canned beer tasted like, well, crap. The first cans of beer were made from heavy gauge steel—go poke around in the old logging areas south of town and you may find one—and required a special tool to open. And what hit your lips tasted like licking the inside of a 50-gallon barrel, not the delicious—hoppy or not, depending on personal preference—nectar Benditos are accustomed to.

Many of our local breweries have canned their retail beers for years. Ironically, our very first brewery is now on board with the aluminum revolution. Starting later this month, Deschutes Brewery is piping its Mirror Pond, Pacific Wonderland and Fresh Squeezed IPA into lightweight cans.

“I think we may be the last brewery to put beer in cans, but hey, when you’re focus is all about making the beer damn tasty, new packaging may take a little longer,” said Michael LaLonde, president and CEO of Deschutes Brewery.

Some of the big players around Bend who currently can their products are: Silver Moon, GoodLife, Worthy, Crux, 10 Barrel and Three Creeks.

Deschutes is holding a can release celebration next weekend, if you're curious about how their beer tastes from a can.

Brew Bash 5000
Sat, Feb. 17, 5-9pm
Deschutes Brewery Bend Public House
1044 NW Bond Street, Bend

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Thursday, July 2, 2015

Drink Guide—Summer 2015

Posted By on Thu, Jul 2, 2015 at 3:39 PM

Yes, it is good to have routines, like James Bond always ordering the same drink, shaken, not stirred. But, we also think that it is a wide world of beverage choices out there and not worth limiting the horizons completely.

For this edition of the Drink Guide, we have shuffled the order a bit—and beefed up the content. For starters, this guide has a new name: The Drink Guide. Simple as that!

It is the same complete listings of Happy Hours around the region, but recognizing the importance—and interest in—the brewery industry here, we have moved the Beer Booklet to the front of this guide. For each listing, we try to provide some insights to that brewery and its sensibility— and to offer our recommendations for our favorite beers. But yes, we recognize you have your own taste palates and that we can lead a horse to the brewpub, but can only make him drink so many IPAs before he’s curious about the stouts and soissons.

Along with the Beer Booklet, we also are introducing a listing of growler fill stations. We understand that it is not just what you drink, but how you bring those drinks home. And, finally, yes, our Drink Guide also includes the Cocktail Compass, the same complete listings of Happy Hours and drinking establishments, from those serving well drinks to those offering fancy flutes of fizz.


View the PDF below or download the app for iPhone or Android.

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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Solstice Brewing Embraces Roots with Name Change to Ochoco Brewing

Posted By on Tue, May 19, 2015 at 10:14 AM

  • Source file photo

The Prineville-based brewery now formerly known as Solstice has never been shy about its roots. When it released its first beer back in 2012, the brewery reclaimed a not-uncommon slur for the city, calling it Prinetucky Pale. So it's only fitting that the new name—Ochoco Brewing Company—honors the operation's Crook County origins.

The name also harkens back to the first known brewery in Central Oregon. No, not Deschutes. According to local beer historian Jon Abernathy, the short-lived Ochoco Brewery, founded in Prineville in 1882, holds the honor of being first.

“My wife and I grew up in rural Eastern Oregon and we’ve made Prineville our permanent home, and we believe a name like Ochoco Brewing will cement us in the DNA of Crook County," owner and brewmaster Joseph Barker explains in a release.

But the brewery hasn't just been hanging out Prineville. Rather, it's been reaching out into larger Central Oregon community with regular showings at events like Bend Brewfest, Fermentation Celebration, SMASH Fest, High Gravity Extravaganza, and Winter Ale Festival.

“We’ve been blown away by the growth and reception of our pub here in Prineville,” Barker says.
In its first year, Ochoco Brewing Company brewed 370 kegs of beer, most of which were sold at the pub. By 2014 that rose to 425 kegs, as well as distribution at other local restaurants and pubs. Ochoco's brews can currently be found at pubs and growler stations in Bend, Sisters, Madras, La Pine, and Sunriver.

"Given our current growth, we'll outgrow our current brewery in the next twelve months. I definitely see the potential for other changes in the future as we look to grow our production and distribute beer beyond Crook County,” Barker explains. 

Ochoco Brewing formally kicks off the rebranding at a launch party Friday, May 22.
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Thursday, February 12, 2015

Cocktail Compass—Winter 2015

Posted By on Thu, Feb 12, 2015 at 9:00 AM

In our current edition of the Cocktail Compass, we have added a Beer Booklet; starting on page 19. In past issues, these guides have been more about a list of venues and happy hours. But we recognize your hunger (thirst?) for more—and we’re here to give you a double shot of information this time around. View the PDF below or download the app for iPhone or Android.

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Friday, January 23, 2015

Another One Bites the Dust: Anheuser-Busch InBev Acquires Seattle's Elysian Brewing

Posted By on Fri, Jan 23, 2015 at 10:46 AM

Big Beer is hungry. And it just gobbled up another Pacific Northwest craft brewery. According to New School Beer, Anheuser-Busch InBev has purchased Seattle's Elysian Brewing, as well as its brew pubs in Seattle. The international beverage company announced its acquisition of Bend-based 10 Barrel Brewing in November

Here's the official press release:

Anheuser-Busch today announced it has agreed to purchase Elysian Brewing Company, based in Seattle, Washington. For nearly 20 years, Elysian has brewed an award-winning portfolio of beers, including Immortal IPA and some of the industry’s most innovative and sophisticated brands.

“For two decades, we’ve welcomed guests into our brewpubs and served them creative and impeccably crafted beers,” said Joe Bisacca, Elysian ‎CEO and co-founder, who will continue with Elysian along with his partners, Dick Cantwell and David Buhler. “After a lot of hard work, we’ve grown from one Seattle brewpub to four pub locations and a production brewery. With the support of Anheuser-Busch, we will build on past successes and share our beers with more beer lovers moving forward.”

Dick Cantwell, Elysian co-founder and Head Brewer added, “Throughout our journey we’ve been focused on brewing a portfolio of both classic and groundbreaking beers and supporting innovation and camaraderie in the beer industry through collaboration and experimentation. By joining with Anheuser-Busch we’ll be able to take the next steps to bring that energy and commitment to a larger audience.”

Elysian sold more than 50,000 barrels of beer in 2014, with Immortal IPA accounting for more than a quarter of the company’s total volume.

“Elysian’s story includes everything we look for in a partner,” said Andy Goeler, CEO, Craft, Anheuser-Busch. “The team has spent their careers brewing distinctive beers in the thriving West Coast beer community and building unique venues that celebrate beer. As the fastest growing brewer in Washington, their recipe is working. Elysian’s brands are an important addition to our high-end beer portfolio, and we look forward to working together.”

In addition to the Seattle Airport Way brewery, the acquisition includes the company’s four Seattle brewpubs, Elysian Capitol Hill, Elysian Tangletown, Elysian Fields and Elysian BAR.

Anheuser-Busch’s purchase of Elysian is expected to close by the end of the first quarter of 2015. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

What's your take on the sale?
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Monday, December 22, 2014

Budweiser is Over: 7 Beers Americans Have Stopped Drinking

Posted By on Mon, Dec 22, 2014 at 12:41 PM

Beer sales are down. Sales of particular variety of beer, that is. According to KGW, the big name brands are those experiencing the biggest dip. It's no surprise, then, that Anheuser-Busch/InBev jumped at the opportunity to purchase 10 Barrel. Here are the top seven brands with plummeting sales. (Read the full analysis here.)

1. Budweiser Select

Sales loss: 61.1 percent

2. Miller Genuine Draft

Sales loss: 58.3 percent

3. Milwaukee's Best

Sales loss: 57 percent

4. Milwaukee's Best Light

Sales loss: 40.6 percent

5. Budweiser

Sales loss: 27.6 percent

6. Miller Lite

Sales loss: 22.6 percent

7. Miller High Life

Sales loss: 21.2 percent

What brews most often filled your pint glass this year?

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Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Anheuser-Busch Acquires 10 Barrel Brewing

Posted By on Wed, Nov 5, 2014 at 9:42 AM

  • Kurt Armstrong

Anheuser-Busch InBev, the largest beer manufacturer in the world, announced today that it will purchase Bend craft brewery 10 Barrel Brewing. It's the company's second craft brewery purchase this year, following the February sale of New York's Blue Point Brewing.

10 Barrel, which expects to sell 40,000 barrels of beer this year, found itself in the national spotlight when it tied with just three other breweries as the recipient of the most medals at this years Great American Beer Festival—essentially the Olympics of beer.

“For the past eight years, we’ve been brewing beer, drinking beer and having fun doing it.” 10 Barrel co-founder Jeremy Cox said in a release. "We are excited to stay focused on brewing cool beers, get our beers in more hands, and make the most of the operational and distribution expertise of Anheuser-Busch."

According to the release, which did not disclose the details of the sale, Cox will continue to lead the brewery along with his partners, co-founder and brother Chris Cox, and Garrett Wales.

“10 Barrel, its brewers, and their high-quality beers are an exciting addition to our high-end portfolio,” said Andy Goeler, CEO, Craft, Anheuser-Busch in the release. “The brewery is a major contender in the Northwest, an area with a large number of craft breweries. We see tremendous value in the brewery’s unique offerings and differentiated style, which 10 Barrel fans know and love.”

The purchase includes the 10 Barrel's existing and planned brewpubs in Bend, Boise and Portland. The deal is expected to close by the end of the year. 10 Barrel was voted Best Patio Dining, Best Brewery and Best Pub Menu in the Source's Best Of Central Oregon 2014.

Big News from 10 Barrel Brewing Co on Vimeo.

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Friday, October 17, 2014

Bend Beer Culture Reaches into the Midwest

Posted By on Fri, Oct 17, 2014 at 10:39 AM

  • Voyager Brewing
A new brewing company on the shore of Lake Superior is getting an infusion of beer talent from Bend. 

Following a nationwide search for brewers, Voyageur Brewing is bringing in Deschutes Brewery alum Anders Johansen, according to the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal. Marais will be joined by Portland organic beer expert and consultant Craig Nicholls.

According to the brewery:
Johansen hails from Deschutes Brewery in Oregon, a brewery most craft beer drinkers know by name. He is a superlative brewer and brewery designer who has developed beers at Deschutes, Pyramid and Ninkasi breweries, among others. From getting new breweries off the ground, designing brewery operations and working on small distillery legislation, Anders brings a tremendous amount of skill and expertise to the Voyageur Brewing team.
“We are absolutely thrilled with the experience, expertise and passion of this—our dream team,” Voyageur co-owner Cara Sporn said in a news release. “We couldn’t be more excited to have everyone on board. Now we can start brewing some signature beer that we know will attract those with a real taste for adventure.”

In other local beer news, Deschutes Brewery recently extended its reach into Michigan, with a series of events celebrating the new territory, Michigan Live reports.
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Monday, October 6, 2014

Bend Breweries Win Big at Great American Beer Festival

Posted By on Mon, Oct 6, 2014 at 1:28 PM

Local breweries took home two gold and three bronze medal at the 2014 Great American Beer Festival. More than 700 breweries, 49,000 people, and 222 beer experts were in attendance. Oregon did well overall, but Bend kicked ass, taking home five medals in all (the same number as that big city on the Columbia River). Big ups to Baker City, who took home four.

"We’re just trying to make rad beers and represent Central Oregon in the craft scene," 10 Barrel Partner Jeremy Cox said in a release. "It was a big day for us. GABF is the Super Bowl of beer awards and our brewers work extremely hard pushing the envelope so I'm glad they could get recognized for their hard work."

Here are the Bend breweries on the winners' podium:

10 Barrel Brewing Co.
Gold – Cucumber Crush (Field Beer)
Bronze – P2P (American-Style Stout)
Bronze – Amber Waves (American-Style Wheat Beer)

Bend Brewing Co.
Gold – Salmonberry Sour (Indigenous/Regional Beer)

Deschutes Brewery
Bronze – Sage Fight IPA (Indigenous/Regional Beer)

Congrats to all the local winners! Which brewery will you be hitting up for happy hour today?
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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Eye Witness Account: SWILL Beer Explosion!

Posted By on Wed, Jul 30, 2014 at 4:26 PM

While some of you haters may say that I had it coming—what, for liking 10 Barrel's Swill beer and all, a not terribly popular "radler" that is essentially a grapefruit juice watered-down summer drink. But here's the rub: I love the "beer." It is lighter and I can drink more in one sitting. I'd even call it refreshing. Sue me.  

But on Monday night, settling into the NBC's American Ninja Warrior (greatest show on TV), I opened a bottle of Swill and it "exploded." Now, I understand that "exploded" is a technical term. It was more like an elementary school experiment—you know the one where you mix baking soda and vinegar to create a homemade volcano.

Normally, I simply soldier forward and say: "Hey, it's safe. I bought it in a store." But the bottle kept bubbling, just pouring out foam. Something seemed amiss. Sort of like Russian roulette, I opened a second bottle. When nothing happened, I figured, oh well, what are the chances for E.Coli? Third bottle: Fine. Fourth bottle: Explosion. Fifth bottle: Fizzing, half-ass explosion. 

It was no surprise to find out today that 10 Barrel has recalled their Swill—and probably sent me in search of a new summer drink. 

Question #1:  Any suggestions for a new summer drink?
Question #2:  10 Barrel, do I get my money back? 

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Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Free Beer!

Posted By on Tue, May 27, 2014 at 10:28 AM


If you didn't spend your Memorial Day Weekend prepping your palate (and testing your tolerance) for Central Oregon's Third Annual Beer Week, you may want to start now. The Ale Apothecary gets the beer literally free-flowing tomorrow night at Crow's Feet Commons with samples of its hand-crafted, open fermentation brews including La Tache, Sahali and El Cuatro.

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Sunday, May 18, 2014

Look out Bend! Redmond on the rise!

Posted By on Sun, May 18, 2014 at 9:51 PM

Once again, the Source is proud to break the news that Redmond is on the rise! On my drive back from Portland, I stopped at Wild Ride, the newly opened brewery on the north reach of town.
In a word: Great.
The owners/staff were friendly. It was relatively lively, with a few dozen people (impressive for a Sunday evening). It was a young and lively group, a few couples at the bar, several tables filled with chattering parties and an outdoor fire pit with a laughing and good-natured 20-something set.
The space is wide open, 25 foot ceilings with a garage door opening to an outside patio and another garage door opening to the brewery. There are 12 styles on tap. I only had one pint—the 3 Sisters Red—but also sampled the Fly P.A. (an India Pale Ale). (Hey, I was driving. How much do you want me to drink?) Smooth and forgiving on the bitterness, the red is an easy-drinking beer.
I’m telling you: Redmond, next “it” town.

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