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Don't Be Afraid of the Dark

Don't Be Afraid of the Dark

"Dark beer" doesn't always mean strong and sweet
"I don't like dark beer." Anyone who's ever spent enough time in a brewpub or taproom has heard those words.

My Northwest Beercation

A trip to the Inland Northwest to sip some new brews
You don't have to travel far to have a great beercation. Spokane is about a six-and-a-half hour drive from Bend, or a short plane ride out of Redmond, and it's worth it.

Bend Runs on Beer

18 local breweries strut their stuff
Bend may be a small city, but its cup certainly runneth over with a wide range of local craft brews. By last count, Bend is home to a whopping 22 breweries.

The Dark Abyss

Diving into The Abyss tasting tray
The spookier the fall nights get, the darker the beer gets! Once a year, Deschutes Brewery releases The Abyss, usually with a few varieties.

Casting Vermouth in the Lead Role

It's time to think about vermouth differently. A local sommelier offers his picks
At a recent tasting at Ardent, a celebrated restaurant in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, I asked for a boozy beverage to complement the sweet selection of the dessert course. The sommelier placed a delicate, stemmed shot glass in front of me and poured Dolin Blanc Vermouth de Chambér. I was surprised; I had expected a port, sherry or Madeira.

Malt of the Earth

"Malty" isn't a dirty word
With hop harvest season in the rearview mirror for another year and the outside temperature dropping, local taplists have begun to turn from lupulin-saturated fresh hop IPAs and pale ales to malt-driven red ales, brown ales and winter warmers. Though hops may be the most talked about ingredient in beer, malt is the most important. Without malt there is no beer and without beer, well, let's not even think about that.

Feels Like the Fresh Time

Boneyard's seasonal offering gives us one more reason to herald fresh hop beers
Boneyard's brew Feels Like the Fresh Time is a light and hoppy hit.

Local Kombucha Keeps Humming Along

The founders of Humm celebrate 10 years
Humm Kombucha: it's a local staple and becoming a nationwide favorite probiotic drink. This year, the company is celebrating 10 years.

The Taste of Progress

Mezcal goes mainstream
Have you ever enjoyed a cocktail and tried to order it again, but couldn't remember what was in it? A few years ago I was at a swanky cocktail bar in the Southwest when my partner fell in love with a cocktail that was so aggressively smoky and tobacco-infused it had to be made by a hipster bartender in a three-piece suit and a mustache so waxed you could hang your keys on it.

Bounty of the Hop Harvest

Fresh-hop beers arrive for a fleeting few weeks
September means many different things to many different people. For parents, it means back to school.

Oh Dear!

It's Sneaky Deer Beer!
Congratulations to Spider City for winning Best Local Beer at Bend Brewfest with its Sneaky Deer! It's well deserved, too.

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Groovasaur at Spoken Moto - Spoken Moto

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The Steel Wheels | Over The Trees Album Release Tour - Volcanic Theatre Pub

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