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Collectively Built Spirits

Through connection, The Walter Collective finds art in distilling
I remember The Walter Collective vodka. That's notable, because I can't say I've sampled another vodka that left an impression.

Emerging Cocktail & Spirit Trends

Keep An Eye on Five Fads
Scanning the sea of glass bottles shelved in the liquor section of Newport Market, I looked for new local spirits. Not having luck, I posed the question to the attendant.

Defining Beer

What's beer, and what's just beer-flavored beer?
Before early microbreweries extolled the virtues of Cascade hops and two-row barley malt, there was a time when most people hadn't the haziest idea what beer actually is. People knew beer came in a bottle or a can, their dads reached for one after a hard day at work and that beer is what you chugged in college—but most people didn't think about it beyond that. Early "microbrewers" fought an uphill battle educating customers about the process and ingredients of traditional beer styles.

Chill Axe

Drinking in the New Year at Three Creeks Brewing
This year, I resolve to broaden my search for review-worthy beers. I'll be striving to bring more regional beer reviews from outside of Bend.

Cereal-ously Adult Cocktails

Milk punch for your inner child
Are cereal milk cocktails a thing?

Do Not Buy!

A guide for what not to buy for beer lovers this season, and what to consider instead
Holiday gift guides are so ubiquitous this time of year the last thing you need is another listicle screaming at you to spend your hard-earned cash on the latest, greatest beer gadget. With only a few shopping days left in the holiday season, I thought it would be better to provide a DO NOT BUY guide for the beer lover in your life.

Are You Experienced?

Bend-based Ablis CBD opens a CBD lounge in the Rose City
Fans of Bend-based Ablis CBD Infusions have a new space to sample the goods—in Portland. Ablis, founded by Bendistillery owner Jim Bendis and sons Max and Duke Bendis, was a pioneer in the CBD beverage industry, bringing its first product to market in 2014—the first beverage of its kind on the market.

A Tour of Monkless Brasserie

Brewery celebrates its grand opening and embarks upon a collaboration with The Ale Apothecary
Early last month, I enjoyed an awesome meal at The Brasserie by Monkless Belgian Ales. I've always enjoyed Monkless beer and had high hopes for the new space adjacent to the Deschutes River.

Absinthe: Mysterious & Misunderstood

From the green fairy to opium, there's more to absinthe than the rumors and fake news
Absinthe is illegal. It's made with opium.

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.

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“So You Want to Talk About Race” Book Conversations - Central Oregon Community College

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Democracy - We've Got Issues - Downtown Bend Public Library

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History Pub Encore - From Frontier Newspapering to the Digital Age - East Bend Public Library

Wed., Jan. 29, 12-1 p.m.
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  • Re: Chill Axe

    • You could always have two! :). Or.... The barrel Aged Rudolph was FANTASTIC as well!…

    • on January 9, 2020
  • Re: Chill Axe

    • That sounds scrumptious! Some of us lushes might prefer a more elevated ABV though. Ahem…

    • on January 9, 2020

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