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Winter Beer Fest Ahead

Suttle Lodge Virtual Beer Festival offers a variety of beers and fun—all to support independent restaurants in Oregon
It's been a rough 12 months for us beer lovers. So many missed beer festivals; enter virtual beer festivals.

More Locations Offering To-Go Cocktails

Where to get those drinks to go, before they go away
Several weeks ago, as to-go cocktails began to be a thing in Oregon, we published a very brief list of some of the places starting to offer to-go cocktails.

Whiskeyed Away

News and trends in local whiskey
If there was any time better than the middle of winter to revel in the craft of whiskey, we don't know when it is.

Get Your Drinks and Run

A sampling of offerings from local bars, now offering drinks to go
It’s official, and available for only a limited time: Oregon now allows restaurants and bars to sell mixed drinks to customers buying takeout or delivery—so long as those drinks come with a “substantial food item.” On Dec. 23, Gov. Kate Brown signed into law SB 1801, also known as the Restaurant Relief Act of 2020, which allowed establishments to sell and deliver cocktails that come in a sealed container.

To-Go Cocktails Coming Soon to Oregon

Oregon legislature passes Restaurant Relief bill, allowing for takeaway cocktails during the pandemic
Is it a game-changer or a survival strategy? Whether you're a restaurant owner or just an Oregonian who likes to grab takeout, it could be both.

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.

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