The Little Woody Festival Guide | The Source Weekly - Bend, Oregon

The Little Woody Festival Guide

The 9th Annual Barrel-Aged Beer, Cider & Whiskey Festival has music and a Saturday speakers series

The Little Woody Barrel-Aged Beer, Cider & Whiskey Festival will celebrate barrel-aged beers and ciders from across the Northwest during the 8th annual festival. Come taste the velvety, deep,and intense flavors and enjoy the intimacy of small batch brewing from 25 local and regional brewers.

Located on the lawn at the Deschutes Historical Museum, in beautiful downtown Bend. Check out amazing regional bands as they blend folk, rock, bluegrass and classic country in their acoustic performances.

Need tickets? Get them ahead of time at Bend Ticket here.


Friday, September 1st
VIP Hour 4pm-5pm

Saturday, September 2nd
All ages welcome from 12pm-6pm.


—— Friday, September 1 ——

Leadbetter and Young Duo: 6:30pm

Leadbetter and Young Duo are a two-man semi-acoustic jam band based out of Bend, Oregon, featuring Eric Leadbetter on vocals and guitars and Mark Young on bass. They travel all over Oregon and the northwest to play their energetic blend of classic rock, funk, and blues, and when they're not performing as Leadbetter & Young they can be found onstage with Jive Coulis - one of Oregon's premier rock bands.

Hutch and Gentry: 8:30pm

The ever talented and old timey virtuoso's, Hutch & Gentry (David Hutchins, Jason Chinchen, and Darin Gentry). The trio is led by musician David Hutchins who has focused on learning, performing and exploring America's traditional roots music over the last 15 years.

—— Saturday, September 2 ——

Boxcar String Band Double Set: 6:30pm

Boxcar Stringband is an three man rock and roll blues machine that plays an eclectic mix of old rock and roll, blues, hillbilly rock and rockabilly music. While the band is based out of Bend, Oregon, it's members bring influence from the greater pacific northwest and far beyond.


—— Saturday, September 2: 3pm - 5:30pm

Location: Deschutes Historical Society Library

The origin of The Little Woody 9 years ago was the desire of beer visionaries to share the beers they were creating, innovative and based on their extensive knowledge of traditional barrel aging.

This year's theme for the Series is "Founded in Tradition, Innovation Leads." Grab your favorite rare brew, settle into the cool of the library and prepare be entertained and enlightened by three highly creative owners from beer and cider world, on how this informs their individual creative process.


3:00pm Reverend Nat from Reverend Nat's Hard Cider

Nat West is a single-minded cider evangelist and die-hard craft beer revolutionary who started Reverend Nat's Hard Cider in his basement in 2011 and continues to dedicate his time there as Cidermaker and President. Known for his unusual American ciders and love of experimentation, Nat has created some of the most unusual ciders than no one else will make including unique products like the multiple-fermented Revival, dry-hopped Hallelujah Hopricot, quinine-bittered Deliverance Ginger Tonic and many barrel-aged and one-off ciders. In the past five years, Nat has grown the business from 1 employee operating out of his basement to 18 employees with distribution up and down the West Coast and all the way to Japan.

In addition to winning dozens of cider awards, Reverend Nat's has appeared in many national publications including Saveur, Men's Health, Men's Journal, Imbibe, Women's Health, and three major books. Nat regularly teaches cider classes around the country with a strong emphasis on merging the history of cider with new directions of the industry.

4:00pm Roger Worthington from Worthy Brewing

Roger Worthington: the New Directions in Aroma Hop Breeding
in Oregon

Roger Worthington, the founder of Worthy Brewing, is also the co-founder of Indie Hops along with his childhood friend, Jim Solberg. They partnered up in 2009 and rebooted Oregon State University's hop-breeding program with a $1 million donation. Under the leadership of Shaun Townsend, Ph.D, they have developed over 50 new aroma-centric genotypes that thrive in the Willamette Valley terroir.

Strata is the first hop creation to emerge from the OSU-IH aroma hop breeding program. "I felt like a proud daddy whose baby girl just won the state title in the 100-meter dash, shot put and mile," said Roger Worthington. This was all part of our utopian vision to revive hop farming in Oregon and bring worthy flavors to the craft market. "

5:00pm Sean Kelly of Wildcraft Cider Works

Join Sean Kelly of Wildcraft Cider Works, as he explores the truly ancient traditions that are leading him to innovations of practice. Sean Kelly, founder and operator at Wildcraft Cider Works helps forgotten or wasted resource become a high quality local product with a traditional profile and historic nostalgia.

Sean, 33, is a Eugene, Oregon native who grew up between Oregon and New Jersey with sporadic long travel periods abroad before coming back to Eugene in 2005 to raise a family with his partner Brianna.

WildCraft Cider Works founded in 2014 is a combination of professional urban salvage utilization, resource management and a longtime passion for traditional wild fermentation of fruits, grains and plants. In addition to the fermentation of cider, fruit wine and botanicals, WildCraft also combines Sean's culinary passions and community involvement to provide a farm to table restaurant and a platform of community sourced fruit to benefit our conservation groups.

In 2017, Sean will be expanding the cider business into the districts first planning mill as
an apple mill, fermentation and packaging facility as well as expanded tasting room.

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