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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Former Ernesto's Spot to Reopen As Pub and Brew Shop

Owners of the Brew Shop have signed a lease to move into the former Ernesto's spot on Third Street.

Posted By on Wed, Mar 30, 2011 at 6:59 PM

The owners of The Brew Shop, aka the homebrew shop on Division, have signed a lease for the iconic Ernesto’s building on Third Street. Owner Tom Gilles said he and his partners signed a lease earlier this week that will allow them to open an expanded brew shop and basement pub in the Ernesto’s building by early summer, depending on how their city permitting process goes.

Gilles said the space needs some minor remodeling to suit their needs, but is largely ready to go. The building will allow the Brew Shop to add to its existing inventory, upping the shop’s supply of grains and other accessories that Bend’s growing homebrew community desires. The Brew Shop will also be bringing over its walk-in cooler and expansive collection of bottled microbrews that Bend beer lovers know is unrivaled among Central Oregon suds purveyors. Gilles said the additional space would only add to the dizzying array of ales and lagers at the Brew Shop.

Most interestingly, the new digs will allow Gilles and his partners, all of whom have retired from the Bend post office, to expand into the restaurant and pub business by reincarnating the former Ernesto’s lounge as a downstairs pub. Gilles said the partnership would likely expand the existing bar, a holdover from Ernesto’s, from six handles to something on the order of 15 beers.


While the menu has yet to be finalized, Gilles said he is planning to purchase a smoker and focus on a BBQ-based menu that features briskets, pork shoulders, ribs, as well as burgers and other deep-fried classics. Gilles said patrons could expect to find a few diversions in addition to the food and beer. The pub will include several dartboards and may incorporate a shuffleboard table, something that Gilles said is getting harder to find around town in other bars.

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Wednesday, February 23, 2011

New Belgium Brewing Comes to Bend on Friday

Hit up the Brew Shop in Bend for a tasting of New Belgium Brewing on Friday.

Posted By on Wed, Feb 23, 2011 at 10:26 PM

We just got word from The Brew Shop that New Belgium Brewing, the Colorado company best known as the author of Fat Tire, will have some folks in town on Friday to give us a taste of their beers.

The brewery's Ryan Stahel will be on hand to hand out samples and give some insight into New Belgium's beers.

The tasting takes place from 4-6pm on Friday.

And if you've never been to the Brew Shop, make sure you take some time to survey the store's massive wall of beer coolers and take a gander at all the beers you probably won't see anywhere else in Bend.


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Thursday, February 17, 2011

Download A Pint With New Bend Ale Trail App

Posted By on Thu, Feb 17, 2011 at 10:59 PM

The ever expanding Bend Ale Trail took a cyber leap forward this week when Visit Bend announced that the DIY beer drinking tour map and website is now available as an interactive iPhone app.

The program, which is downloadable, through the bendaletrail.com website and the iTunes store is free and includes a virtual version of the Ale Trail map that is available at Visit Bend and on the local Bend Discovery Map.

The program also includes information on current cultural events, lodging, guided ale tours, and of course contact information for a designated driver to get you home after a full day of touring. The app also includes a few just-for-fun diversions such as a photo album and an Ale Trail quiz.


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Monday, January 17, 2011

Bend Beats Portland Breweries in the Beer Olympics!

Posted By on Mon, Jan 17, 2011 at 5:37 PM

This past Saturday, I attended the Beer Olympics at the Old Mill Brew Werks. From what I can gather, it was the first of its kind to take place in Bend. I wrote about the event previously here, and even though I usually refrain from boozing until at 3:30 or 4 p.m., the event was too good of an excuse to drink in the middle of the afternoon to pass up. Plus, I like to think of myself as a really good judger.

The event maxed out at 40 people, but latecomers packed the small space even further. The owner, David Love, handed out ballots for rating each beer by taste, aroma, etc. There were over 20 Bend and Portland brews and the idea was that at the end of the day, a winning city would be crowned. Each person would receive a three-ounce taster (although I think most were more like six). Move over, Romanian judge, I remember thinking. I was ready to bring Bend beer glory.

I got through the first four beers before I got kind of drunk and forgot that there was a judging element involved. But most everyone else kept with it and at the end of the day, Bend won by one vote. I wish I could go on about the various brews and their qualities, but truthfully, the whole thing is a little fuzzy. OMBW says they’re planning a similar event for March Madness, with brackets determining a winner. But really, at an event like this, isn’t everyone a winner?


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Monday, January 10, 2011

Everything is better with beer, especially the Olympics

Posted By on Mon, Jan 10, 2011 at 6:38 PM

When the regular old Olympics roll around every two years, I think, You know, I really like these world-unifying games, like the decathalon and curling. But I just feel like there’s something missing.

I haven’t been able to quite put my finger on what exactly is missing until now. It’s beer! Instead of going through the exhausting process of adding “Beer” to the lineup of Olympic events, the folks behind Old Mill Brew Werks at 384 SW Upper Terrace Drive have taken it upon themselves to hold the first Beer Olympics in Bend this Saturday. The contenders, going head-to-head, will be Bend and Portland. Breweries participating include Laurelwood, Bridgeport, 10 Barrel, Silver Moon, Cascade Lakes, Hopworks and Three Creeks.

The games start at 2:00 p.m. and cost $15 per person. This includes 3 oz tasters of around 20 beers. People, that’s like half a gallon of beer. Plus, you get to fill out a scorecard and offset the shady Romanian judges. Let the games begin!


photo courtesy of beerolympics2010.yolasite.com


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Friday, December 17, 2010

Four Loko Watch: 73-Year-Old man arrested with an open can, and is it still in Oregon?

More news about Four Loko and its new non-caffeinated cousin.

Posted By on Fri, Dec 17, 2010 at 5:09 PM

Continuing our ongoing coverage of Four Loko -- the 23.5-ounce cans of caffeinated malt liquor that have since been banned in Oregon and many other states -- I wanted to pass on this story of a 73-year-old man arrested in Florida for driving with an open can of Four Loko.

Just so happens that the guy is Ron DiMenna, the founder of Ron Jon Surf Shops, and this is his third arrest for driving under the influence. And officers said he was stumbling and having trouble speaking when he was arrested around 4:15 in the afternoon. Surf's up, dude. Jeez...Louise.

Also, when purchasing some generic brand peanuts at a convenience store the other day, I noticed that Four Loko is back on the shelves here in Oregon. But those looking for the energy buzz that once came with the drink won't find it -- this is the decaffeinated version that just rolled out.


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