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A New Way to Beer Fest

A New Way to Beer Fest

With beer fests—and all fests—only alive in the virtual world, attending events like Portland Beer Fest just got easier for locals
Is the virtual beer festival a way of the future, or a way of right now? Who knows, but the Portland Beer Fest Virtual Edition was way more fun than I was expecting.

Beer & Drink

 

Cans-To-Go: Sippy Cup Hazy Pale Ale

A warm afternoon and a few hazy pales, right from Bend
Hazy beers are huge right now, and I'm just as guilty as the next hazy-lover in indulging the trend. There are plenty of good ones brewed right here in Bend and Central Oregon, so why not fully embrace it?

Beer & Drink

The Summer of the Sidewalk

Downtown Bend restauranteurs advocate for a car-free summer
Downtown Bend restaurants and retailers are lobbying in favor of a car-free summer, hoping that proposed street closures will make social distancing guidelines easier to implement. The majority of local eateries have had to cut the number of dining room tables in half.

Chow

Too Soon?

While many local businesses celebrate Phase One reopening, others are taking the slow route to a safe reopening
As of May 15, much of Oregon was officially able to begin Phase One reopening under Gov. Kate Brown's guidelines. Over the past two months, some local restaurants shut their doors entirely, others shifted to takeout and delivery.

Chow

Cans-To-Go: Box Car Rapids Red Ale

Better late than never!
Having lived in Bend for almost two years now, I discovered that I still hadn't tried Riverbend Brewing's Box Car Rapids, a year-round, award-winning fixture from the local brewery. I'm happy to announce that today, that all changed.

Beer & Drink

No Morels? Mushroom Hunt.

Tips to finding delicious fungi this morel season
Eight morels found last year. It was lackluster; I worried my hunting spots were drying up.

Chow

Cans-To-Go: Norwegian Cowboy Hazy IPA

Boss Rambler Beer Club dropped three new beers, so I tried the one with a cowboy on the can
Raise your hand if you miss going to breweries. Right now we have prime-time weather to kick back at a favorite watering hole—but with lockdown, that's still out of the question.

Beer & Drink

John Prine's Weed Pesto

New project: Foraging for foods (some from your backyard) that can recharge you this spring
If he didn’t already know what a Spring Tonic is, John Prine was the kind of person who would have been disappointed to learn it isn’t an alcoholic drink. But I bet he knew.

Chow

Getting Crafty

'Drink Local" now means making homemade cocktails, using locally sourced spirits and ingredients
With on-site consumption restricted, happy hour has moved to our respective homes and pre-dinner cocktails have gone DIY. It's still possible, however, to drink locally with a few of these curated cocktail recipes that use ingredients from local distillers, along with Central Oregon-based beverages.

Beer & Drink

New Restaurants, New Hurdles

A few local food spots had only just launched before being hit with the executive order banning dine-in. Here's what it's like for them.
Alejandro Cantu dreamt for several years of opening up his own food truck. But with no seed money, it remained a dream—that is, until last summer when he found an investor.

Chow

From Drinks to Disinfectant

Liquor sales in March were at record levels—but local distilleries are still reserving part of their workload for hand sanitizer
Liquor sales are up at stores in the state, according to the Oregon Liquor Control Commission—but even with the liquor side of the business booming, local distilleries and breweries are all working to produce hand sanitizer to donate and make it available to the public. GoodLife Brewing and BackDrop Distilling are cooperating to make hand sanitizer, using waste products from beer to do so. Beer waste produced at GoodLife during the fermentation of yeast, hops, and barley—stuff the brewery normally disposes of—is then taken by BackDrop, where it's mixed with high-strength hydrochloride to produce hand sanitizer.

Beer & Drink

2020 Takeout: A Central Oregon Guide to Pickup and Delivery

Who's open for takeout and delivery during these times. NEW: Edit your own business info!
It's here people: Our much-awaited, constantly updated directory of places open for delivery or takeout during this weird spring of 2020. ⇓⇓ Click the image to see all the updated takeout/delivery listings. ⇓⇓

Chow

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Recent Comments

  • Re: Too Soon?

    • Mr. Nichols should remember that this is NOT 1918. We do NOT have two million…

    • on May 22, 2020
  • Re: No Morels? Mushroom Hunt.

    • Nice article, Lisa! I definitely don't have eyes for morels yet. Hopefully someday soon!

    • on May 14, 2020
  • Re: No Morels? Mushroom Hunt.

    • Lianayada - Thanks for the heads up. We've updated the story.

    • on May 11, 2020
  • Re: No Morels? Mushroom Hunt.

    • Incorrect information: No permit for mushrooms needed this May, due to Coronavirus restrictions. So you…

    • on May 11, 2020
  • Re: Beer Pickup and Delivery: Where to Get It

    • Bridge 99 pick up!

    • on April 19, 2020
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