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Cans-To-Go: The Beverages of May

Cans-To-Go: The Beverages of May

A look into this month's installment of our Cans-To-Go series, trying out new beers in the comfort of home
When things shut down during the pandemic, many people missed the atmosphere of going to a brewery or bar and getting a beer poured for you. I took this as an opportunity to go out and buy four- or six-packs of beers I had never tried before—something I usually enjoy doing when going out to a pub.

Cans-To-Go: Sippy Cup Hazy Pale Ale

A warm afternoon and a few hazy pales, right from Bend
Hazy beers are huge right now, and I'm just as guilty as the next hazy-lover in indulging the trend. There are plenty of good ones brewed right here in Bend and Central Oregon, so why not fully embrace it?

A New Way to Beer Fest

With beer fests—and all fests—only alive in the virtual world, attending events like Portland Beer Fest just got easier for locals
Is the virtual beer festival a way of the future, or a way of right now? Who knows, but the Portland Beer Fest Virtual Edition was way more fun than I was expecting.

Cans-To-Go: Box Car Rapids Red Ale

Better late than never!
Having lived in Bend for almost two years now, I discovered that I still hadn't tried Riverbend Brewing's Box Car Rapids, a year-round, award-winning fixture from the local brewery. I'm happy to announce that today, that all changed.

Cans-To-Go: Norwegian Cowboy Hazy IPA

Boss Rambler Beer Club dropped three new beers, so I tried the one with a cowboy on the can
Raise your hand if you miss going to breweries. Right now we have prime-time weather to kick back at a favorite watering hole—but with lockdown, that's still out of the question.

Getting Crafty

'Drink Local" now means making homemade cocktails, using locally sourced spirits and ingredients
With on-site consumption restricted, happy hour has moved to our respective homes and pre-dinner cocktails have gone DIY. It's still possible, however, to drink locally with a few of these curated cocktail recipes that use ingredients from local distillers, along with Central Oregon-based beverages.

From Drinks to Disinfectant

Liquor sales in March were at record levels—but local distilleries are still reserving part of their workload for hand sanitizer
Liquor sales are up at stores in the state, according to the Oregon Liquor Control Commission—but even with the liquor side of the business booming, local distilleries and breweries are all working to produce hand sanitizer to donate and make it available to the public. GoodLife Brewing and BackDrop Distilling are cooperating to make hand sanitizer, using waste products from beer to do so. Beer waste produced at GoodLife during the fermentation of yeast, hops, and barley—stuff the brewery normally disposes of—is then taken by BackDrop, where it's mixed with high-strength hydrochloride to produce hand sanitizer.

Beer Pickup and Delivery: Where to Get It

Drink good beer, support local business
Attention craft beer drinkers: you are being given a mission! In times like these, we need to support each other and our community.

The Key to Virtual Happy Hour: Simplicity

Easy cocktails, hand sanitizer... and liquor—which can now be delivered to your door
It's a strange world we're living in. We have a real-life pandemic calling for social distancing, and now all the bars are closed and our nation has called upon distilleries to make hand sanitizer.

Platypus Pub Extinct

Beer bar and homebrew shop's closing mark end of an era
On March 9, I joined a small group of regulars and beer industry folks gathered to pay their respects on the final night for one of Bend's original beer bars, The Platypus Pub. Open in the basement of the old Nazarene church-turned-fine-dining-restaurant-turned-homebrew shop since 2011, the Platypus Pub was a lived-in, homey basement bar focused on great beer and camaraderie.

She Can Brew It

10 Barrel's Brewmaster of Research and Development gives a look inside her relationship with beer
The craft beer industry has evolved over the years, and imagining it as a male-only trade would be silly. Plenty of women brew beer, and Central Oregon is lucky to host a lot of that talent right here.

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