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It Was Beer Before Liquor

It Was Beer Before Liquor

Bendistillery and Deschutes Brewery Collaborate on cask-strength Black Butte Whiskey
While whiskey is essentially a distillate of beer, the primary difference in the contents of your last glass of beer and what goes into whiskey is hops. You have to search high and low to find a hopped whiskey—but otherwise, the mash used for each is quite similar.

Cascade Lakes Brewing Becomes Not-for-Profit

Profits will go towards positive values
When Cascade Lakes Brewing opened in 1994 it was the second most profitable brewery in Central Oregon. The Redmond-based brewery was the area's second brewery, and the Rhine Family became the brewery's third set of owners in 2018.

Drink a Beer, Prep for Ski Season

River's Place offers affordable ski waxing with a beer to boot
With skyrocketing lift ticket prices and ski-bus fares that don’t much offset the cost of driving yourself, it’s tough for a ski (or snowboard) bum out there. But this weekend, a Bend local is lending his expertise to help riders have a little fun and get their gear ready for the season. 

Home Brewers Square Off

Local beer enthusiasts team up with pro brewers in a people's choice competition
With so many breweries to choose from in Central Oregon—let alone the rest of the state—one might imagine that the art of brewing your own could be less attractive or just plain unnecessary for the lover of all things hops and barley. But nope—a vibrant home-brewing scene operates in the Beervana of Central Oregon, and this week, some of those home brewers are even bringing their creations out for the public to enjoy.

Beers That Pair Perfectly with Halloween

And a harvest beer, too!
Recently I went on a search for some great Halloween beers. I was looking for cool label art, complex flavors and NOT just pumpkin beers, of which there are many to contend with.

Fresh Hop Beers Are Now Easy to Pick Up, Hard to Pin Down

For hopheads, it's the most wonderful time for a beer
Mercurial. That may be the most defining aspect of fresh hop beers that are not one specific beer or flavor but are a shapeshifting target.

The Confusing Case of Cold IPAs

No one argues they're not cold. But are they IPAs?
If you're the type of craft beer drinker who casually peruses tap lists but really, you're just searching for the IPAs, you've possibly come across something called a cold IPA. Instead of that being something darker and maltier in the vein of a Winter IPA, it's actually lighter and drier.

Forget Pumpkin Spice. It's Fresh-Hop Season, Ya'll!

Sisters Fresh Hop Festival brings the goodness of the harvest to your glass
Some people call this time "pumpkin spice season," or maybe "smoke season," but those who live for that cold, frosty beverage at the end of the day know the end of summer instead as "fresh hop season." Harvest time is a glorious season for brewers and hop farmers alike, as they both get to revel in the making of a special seasonal beer featuring the freshest hops, right off the bine.

Beer Issue: Best of Beer

A recap of our beer-centric winners from the Best of Central Oregon 2022, in honor of our Beer Issue
In honor of the Beer Issue, a recap of this year's beer-related Best of Central Oregon winners When you live in Beer Town, USA, with dozens of breweries populating a small city of only around 100,000 people, competition can be fierce.

Beer Issue: Hot Taps - The Cellar

Bend’s underground English-style pub has claimed its niche in a packed craft beer scene
Walking into The Cellar in downtown Bend always brings a nostalgia for winter. The cozy basement location is an English-style pub that literally feels like putting on a cozy sweater when you walk inside to escape the blistering cold after a long ski day.

Beer Issue: Hot Taps - Brother Jon’s Alehouse

Come for the beer selection; stay for the mac n’ cheese
For the beer lover visiting Bend for the first time, the natural place to go first would be to the Deschutes Pub, located on Bond Street in the heart of downtown. First brewery in Bend, check.


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