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New Spirits Company Slings Batched and Bottled Cocktails

Forth Distilled Goods is the second to offer canned RTDs made in Bend
I discovered Forth Distilled Goods the way most Bendites who are already hip to them have: at the Northwest Crossing Farmers Market. That market is now closed for the season but fear not, if you're looking for that tasty, canned Bourbon Smash, co-founder Joey Pleich offered you a sample of, you can soon find it at their own tasting room opening soon in midtown Bend.

Three Central Oregon Breweries Earn GABF Medals

The Great American Beer Festival is the stiffest, hoppiest beer competition
Congratulations are in order for Three Creeks Brewing in Sisters and Bend's own Deschutes and Worthy breweries for bringing home a gold medal and two silvers, respectively, at this year's version of the Beer Olympic Games, the Great American Beer Festival Competition. In this era of cancel culture, where anything and anyone is in danger of being canceled (except for student loan debt), we are sadly on our second year of living in a world without the Great American Beer Festival, the craft beer industry's swankiest soiree that, pre-pandemic, was held annually in Denver.

Inaugural Oregon Whiskey Fest Celebrates Beaver State Spirits

New-fashioned Oregon whiskeys make great old-fashioneds
Are you a whiskey lover who can't make that pilgrimage to Kentucky or Scotland anytime soon? Instead of a flight to Louisville or Edinburgh, enjoy a flight of Oregon single-malt whiskeys.

Overflowing with Beer and Drink Events

From whiskey fests to Oktoberfest, here's what's on for local happenings
Mid to late September is always a gold rush when it comes to beer. Normally the domain of many an Oktoberfest-inspired event, this year, as last year, remains an outlier in which some events are going on as scheduled; others are falling by the Delta-variant wayside.

Go Globetrotting at Spider City Brewing

The women behind the brewery bring a passion for travel to local beers
A Belgian grisette, a Polish wheat beer, a Germanic gose and a Baltic porter are all available to slake your thirst without so much as a passport. Of course, if your thirst preferences lie closer to home, there's also no shortage of tasty American IPAs at Spider City Brewing.

High-Ranking Beers

A few select beers took home titles in our Best of Central Oregon readers' poll. These are some of the others that readers voted for in big numbers
If you've read the rest of this issue, then you've likely already seen the winners that took home titles in categories such as food and drinks—which of course includes beer categories. "Down list," however, are some other brews that got a lot of votes... just not enough to make the podium.

Because Tasting is Believing

La Pine's Badlands Artisan Distillery opens its tasting room
Having the opportunity to taste Trevor Mayfield's unique spirits is just part of the reason to stop into a new distillery in La Pine. Mayfield and his partner McKenzie Nokes have created a modern, rustic hangout spot in the middle of town.

The Bend Ale Trail Relaunches, with More than Just Breweries

After more than a decade, Visit Bend incentivizes getting your drink on
It seems difficult to fathom nowadays, what with nearly 30 breweries in Central Oregon today, but when the Bend Ale Trail launched in 2010, it would've required the six-fingered man to count all the stops on the nascent hop-hike. That was an era without Sunriver or GoodLife or Crux; an era when almost everyone offered an amber ale and brewers would've been aghast if their IPAs came out hazy.

If You're New Here: Redmond Breweries

The Hub City lost one during the pandemic, but is still pouring plenty of locally made beer
In other regions of the country, locals might boast about the lone brewery that bears the town's name. Not so much in this part of Oregon, where craft breweries are as numerous as roundabouts and awesome mountain views.

Mecca Grade Estate Malt and Brewing Tastes Like Madras

Making malt matter to hop heads
If you're looking for Mecca Grade Brewing but find yourself driving over a cattle grate on your way down a dangerous, narrow dirt road, you've gone too far. You do have to drive down a gravelly dirt road to get to Mecca Grade Estate Malt, with a nanobrewery as its side hustle, but that steep road is itself the grade down to what used to be Mecca.

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