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A First for Bend

Lava Terrace Cellars brings Bend its first winery, sustainability and award-winning vintages
Duane and Dina Barker's long-standing love of wine and sustainable farming inspired them to plant their first wine grapes in the summer of 2012. Today, Lava Terrace Cellars—the first winery to grow its own grapes in Bend, according to its owners—boasts over 4,000 vines sprawled across 5.5 acres.

Black is Beautiful

Crux Fermentation Project joins 900+ breweries in making a brew that raises funds for police brutality reform
A new brew is making appearances nationwide, and it comes with a mission. According to blackisbeautiful.beer: "Black is Beautiful is a collaborative effort to raise awareness for injustices people of color face daily and raise funds for police brutality reform and legal defenses for those who have done wrong.

Tastes Like Summer

Local breweries GoodLife and RiverBend Brewing tap two favorite summertime fruits for their latest brews
Some things just hit different come summertime.

It's in the Water

Artesian Water
If you've ever been on the Deschutes Brewery Tour, then you've most certainly heard about how important water quality is in the brewing process. I asked Larry Johnson from Shade Tree Brewing, "How does water factor into making good beer?"

Bringing the N-A Game

Deschutes Brewery delivers a non-alcoholic dark beer
Non-alcoholic beer drinkers resigned to drinking lagers and light beers, check it out: Deschutes Brewery is going dark for you. On July 8, Bend's oldest craft brewery released a non-alcoholic Irish Stout—offering a style of N-A beer that, while not unique among the non-alcoholic beer options out there in the world, is not a style that has been widely adopted by other N-A beer makers elsewhere.

Home Away From Home

Vine-N-Tap is a one-stop shop for creative, locally sourced craft cocktails and "Redmond casual" cuisine
Opening a brand-new restaurant is no small task; opening a brand-new restaurant the day before statewide pandemic-fueled closures is a challenge no one was prepared for. David Fenech, co-owner of Vine-N-Tap on the outskirts of downtown Redmond, had already compiled a team of compassionate and skilled professionals with the combined potential to pull through any unexpected adversity.

Summer Strains

Local budtenders weigh in on what they're recommending for summer stoke, and also dealing with a pandemic
Amid the ongoing stress of a global pandemic, summer has arrived. Some days that might mean hitting it hard on the water or trails.

Cans-To-Go: Bubbles & Brunch Peach Lager

Celebrate Pride Month with a cold one from Deschutes Brewery
It's Pride Month, peeps! Even during the COVID-19 pandemic, there are still plenty of easy ways to support the LBTQIA+ community here in Oregon and around the country.

The In-Cider Scoop

The 9th Annual Oregon Cider Fest Goes Virtual, and one local cider queen details her love of the bubbly beverage
Oregon's 9th Annual Cider Week kicks off June 18, and allows Oregonians the opportunity to taste to their heart's content, meet the makers, sample special releases and celebrate everything cider. The Northwest Cider Association, host of the event, has been busy making adaptations to its regular programming in light of COVID-19 restrictions.

Backyards for Beer Geeks

Bummed about missing Bend Brewfest and other summer rituals, Silver Moon Brewing introduces the "Take-Home" Brewfest
When tasting rooms, pubs and large outdoor events were shut down in response to COVID-19, Central Oregonians did not have to go without their beloved beer for long. Some breweries began offering curbside pickup; others began delivering.

Cheers to You, Central Oregon

Local drink makers (and one butcher shop) get creative when it comes to giving back
In this strange and uncertain time, some local businesses are leading by example, with initiatives aimed at helping the community.

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