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The Spirit of the Season: Local Drinky Gifts

The Spirit of the Season: Local Drinky Gifts

Get comfy with these locally produced spirits and accoutrements
Some wish for lavish bath and body products or new tech under the tree. Others, in this pandemic year, are just wishing for the days when someone else could mix up the cocktails.

Even Amid Closures, New Drink Spots Open

More Oregon wine, whiskey offerings for Bend
While the current two-week freeze is putting mingling on pause for the moment, several places in Bend have opened—or soon will—for lovers of wine and whiskey.

Tough Love, 2020

Crux Fermentation Project releases a bottle ideal for sharing
Tough Love 2020, from Crux's [BANISHED] series is set to be released Thursday, Nov. 12. Don't be jealous, but I was given the opportunity to snag a pre-release bottle!

Party on with the Next Take-Home Brewfest

The curated multi-pack is a Covid-era trend
Sure, you could head over to one of Central Oregon's fine beer-cooler establishments and put together your own 24 pack of brews from sites around the state—but in the era of near-endless opportunities to get exactly what you want, whenever you want it, there's something retro-cool about having someone else choose the selection. Silver Moon's Take-Home Brewfest was one of the entities that kicked off a COVID-era trend of curating packs of brews and serving up a host of other "extras," intended to offer some of the vibes one might get by attending a full-blown brew fest—something none of us, now more than seven months into this pandemic, have had enough of lately.

Crater Lake Enters the Tequila(ish) Game

A focus on rare or unique spirits for Bend distillery turns to an agave-based spirit
Crater Lake Spirits is adding an entirely new flavor profile to its lineup of spirits—but don't call it tequila. The Bend-based spirits maker is rolling out the next in its Rare Spirits Collection, this time featuring a product made from agave.

Beer Pack to Benefit Fire Victims

Deschutes Brewery spearheads a collaboration 12-pack that raises funds for fire relief
The skies may have largely cleared of smoke in Central Oregon—but elsewhere in the state, the damage and the effects of the recent (and ongoing) wildfires around the state will be felt for quite some time. To help out, many of Central Oregon's beer people are looking for ways to help.

"Strongest" Spirit

New Basin Distillery whiskey
My favorite festival of every year is the Little Woody festival. This year it was a walkabout.

Fresh Hopes, Fresh Hops

Local beers to take home, celebrating the hop harvest
It's that time of year—summer turning to fall, the leaves changing, and in beer-land, time to enjoy the fresh-hop beers found in abundance right now. Instead of relying only on hops that have been dried and pressed into pellet form, during this time of year, brewers include hops that come right from the hop "bine."

New Brews

The brews must go on
If you're like me, you love it when breweries have new beer releases. While it's slowed down a bit, there are still plenty of new brews and beer releases happening in Central Oregon.

Barrel-Aged Brew Fest Goes Walkabout

A pandemic-era version of the Little Woody puts people on a downtown Bend scavenger hunt for beer
As fall approaches, many of the rituals that come with the season have gone by the wayside: No massive Labor Day picnics; no snapping photos in front of the school on the first day. But one Central Oregon fall tradition is actually coming to fruition this season: The Little Woody, a barrel-aged beer and cider fest usually housed outside the Deschutes Historical Museum, is moving forward and adapting to the times.

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.

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