Monday, September 15, 2014

11th Annual Hood River Hop Festival

One of our favorite beer festivals returns again for its eleventh year. The 11th Annual Hood River Hops Fest will be on Saturday, September 27th and will feature 65 or more fresh hop beers. See info below:

Logo & info from Hood River hops Fest website

11th Annual Hood River Hops Fest

Saturday, September 27, 2014


VIP Admission @11am

(541) 386-2000

Coming from the Portland area?
Click here for BREWVANA’s Hood River Hops Festival Package!
Tickets are now on sale through Brown Paper Tickets 


$20 VIP Admission*

*includes commemorative mug and 8 (3oz.) taste tokens

$10 GA Admission**

**includes commemorative mug and 4 (3oz.) taste tokens

$4 Wine Drinkers & Designated Drivers

20 and under are FREE

1 Token = $1 = 1 3 oz. Taste

Between 5th & 7th Streets and Cascade and Columbia Streets in downtown Hood River

***Admissions has been moved to Columbia Street across from Full Sail Brewing
****Parking in downtown Hood River will be FREE on Saturday, September 27th
It’s a beer-lover’s dream when fresh-hopped brews from more than three dozen, Northwest craft brewers are on tap at the Hood River Hops Fest. The event showcases Hood River County’s very own microbreweries as well as some of the best of the Northwest brewers. Fun for the whole family, this festival includes great local cuisine, regional arts and crafts vendors, and a day-long lineup of live music. The annual Hood River Hops Fest attracts thousands of thirsty visitors. Come taste the best of Hood River County at Hops Fest.
20 and Under allowed until 5pm
Kidz Zone sponsored by Mt. Hood Meadows
This year’s activities include the Mt. Hood Meadows Riglet, face painting by Shining Faces, and a bouncy house from Party Masters.
We have also added a new tent in the under 21/food court area for dining.
2014 Music Line-up (New lighting for the stage and sound in the beer garden too!!)
• Bearwater Band • Tess Barr Blues Band • Sidestreet Reny • Tony Smiley • Manimal House
No Pets!
2014 Brewery Line-Up:
10 Barrel Brewing Co.Amnesia BrewingBackwoods Brewing Co.Barley Brown’s BeerBase Camp Brewing CompanyBig Horse Brew PubBridgeport Brewing CompanyBurnside Brewing CompanyCoalition BrewingCrux Fermentation ProjectDeschutes BreweryDouble Mountain Brewery & TaproomElysian Brewing CompanyEverybody’s BrewingEx Novo Brewing Co.Fort George BreweryFull Sail Brewing CompanyGigantic BrewingGoodLife BrewingHop Valley Brewing CompanyHopworks Urban BreweryHumble BrewingIce Harbor Brewing Co.Laurelwood Brewing Co.Logsdon Organic Farm BreweryMigration BrewingNinkasi BrewingOakshire BrewingpFriem Family BrewersSasquatch BrewerySeven Brides BrewingSilver Moon BrewingSolera BreweryStormBreaker BrewingTerminal Gravity Brewing Co.The Commons BreweryThunder Island BrewingUpright BrewingVertigo BrewingWalking Man BrewingWild Ride Brewing
2014 Vendors:
Arts/Crafts/Merchandise/Informational Columbia Center for the ArtsLyon CraftOregon Beer GrowlersOregon Hops CommissionPoloka JewelryScrumptious SudsSecret Dragon CollectiblesThe Old TrunkX-Communicated Mormon Drinking Team, Vintage Journals, Bob Stone SubaruHood River Commission on Children & FamiliesMount Hood MeadowsVolcanic Bottle Shoppe
Amalie’s PretzelsApple Valley BBQBoda’s KitchenHR Fire Dept. featuring Painted Hills Natural BeefLeah’s LunchSolstice Woodfire Mobile CafĂ©Taqueria El RinconcitoThe Local Grind
Hard Cider/Wine
Columbia Gorge CidermastersNaked Winery

Thundercone Fresh Hop releasing September 19th

Fresh Hop season is in full swing now and fresh hop beers are now starting to arrive via draught and some bottled as well, at locations everywhere. McMenamins Thundercone Fresh Hop Ale will be released at all locations In Oregon and Washington on September 19th. On Friday I was invited out to McMenamins Edgefield to check out the production brewery and sample some beers. One of the samples was Thundercone Fresh Hop Ale (and given a growler to take home). This year McMenamins Fresh Hop Ale is using fresh Brewer's Gold hops at all 22 locationsin Oregon and Washington. I enjoyed the slightly spicy-herbal hoppiness aroma and the citrusy, herbal, spicy and earthy taste. So check out the McMenamins announcement below and get some Thundercone Fresh Hop Ale starting September 19th.

Autumn is arriving and, with it, McMenamins Fall Seasonal, Thundercone Fresh Hop Ale, is back for another year. To celebrate the hop harvest in the Pacific Northwest, McMenamins brewers have decided to create a seasonal beer utilizing fresh, or undried, hops straight from the hop fields. Throwing caution to the wind and using seven different vehicles, over 1,000 pounds of fresh Brewer's Gold hops are frantically delivered from Sodbuster Farms just north of Salem, Oregon, to 22 McMenamins Breweries all over Washington and Oregon, henceforth known as “The Running of the Brewers.” Each batch of Thundercone Fresh Hop Ale is brewed within hours of the hops being picked off of the vine. This is a daunting task but one that the McMenamins Brewers feel is well worth the monumental coordination involved. The resulting beer is an absolute fresh hop showcase.

Check out this cool video they made from the 2012 fresh hop harvest and making of  Thundercone.

This beer is so refreshing and hop-filled that you may think you are dreaming but, like Shakespeare's play, Thundercone Fresh Hop Ale is in reality a short lived dream come true.
Malts: Canada Malting Superior Pilsen Malt, Franco Belges Caramel Munich 40
Hops: Chinook (Bittering), Fresh Brewer's Gold hops (Flavor & Aroma)
OG: 1.061  TG: 1.013  ABV: 6.19%  IBU: 56  SRM: 7

Disclosure: I was given this growler of Thundercone Freshhop Pale Ale.


Thursday, September 11, 2014

Beer At The Door.

Ninkasi Brewing beer mail showed up the other day, Thanks Ninkasi! We hope to gather some friends to share the samples. Then post a Beer Mail segment/review. For Information on the Oktoberfest and Venn, see the stats below.

Oktoberfest Stats
Style: Festbier Lager
Series: Seasonal Release Series
Available: Sept.-Oct. 2014
ABV: 5.9
IBU: 25
Starting Gravity: 1058
Malt: Pilsner, Carahell, Cara Munich
Hops: Sterling, Willamette, Tettnang
Packaging: 22-ounce bottles, 12-ounce bottles, draft
Distribution: Oregon; Washington; Idaho; Montana; California; Alaska; Nevada; and Vancouver, British Columbia

Description: To celebrate the harvest, we decided to brew a beer dedicated to the tradition of Oktoberfest. Using Pilsner malt and hops grown in the Northwest, this beer is our way of toasting to the great bounty that our area brings us. Cheers!

Tasting Notes: Our Oktoberfest has a slightly higher ABV than most Bavarian-style lagers, followed by a more prolific aromatic hop profile. With a deep copper color, this lager has a toasty malt flavor and a dry finish with earthy, grassy hop notes.

Food Pairings: Chicken, Duck, Rabbit, Pork, Potatoes, Spaetzle, Salads, Caramel Sweets and Cookies
Venn Stats
Style: Dortmund-Style Lager
Series: Prismatic Lager Series
Available: Sept.-Dec. 2014
ABV: 5.1
IBU: 25
Starting Gravity: 1050
Malt: Pilsner, Vienna, Carahell, Acidulated
Hops: German Magnum, German Hersbrucker
Packaging: 12-ounce bottles, draft
Distribution: Oregon; Washington; Idaho; Montana; California; Alaska; Nevada; and Vancouver, British Columbia
Description: Venn is the definition of balance, where American craft meets European tradition. First brewed in 19th century Dortmund, Germany, the hallmark of the style is its sophisticated symmetry. Brilliantly marrying a perceptible Noble Hop bitterness with a rounded, sweet malt flavor, Venn is golden in color, clean and harmonious.
Tasting Notes: The hallmark of this Dortmund-style lager is the balance between perceptible Noble Hop bitterness and rounded malt flavor; making it deliciously easy to drink.

Food Pairings: Sausages, Spaetzles, Trout, Fondue, Potato Salad

Friday, September 5, 2014

Ninkasi Space Program (NSP)

Below is an update from the Ninkasi folks on the Ninkasi Space Program (NSP). Here is the press release that I posted on July 2, about the Ninkasi Space program. Watch the documentary on the  Mission One Launch its really cool.

In July we launched the Ninkasi Space Program (NSP), where we sent 16 strains of brewer’s yeast high into the atmosphere with the hope that the yeast would return safely to Earth and we’d brew a very special batch of space beer with it.

On July 14th, our yeast launched into space aboard an amateur rocket, achieving the highest altitude for any amateur rocket, ever and capturing the first images from an amateur rocket in space. Due to numerous tracking devices shutting down, planes and helicopters were called in to retrieve the payload. It wasn’t until 27 days later that the payload was retrieved in the Black Rock Desert.

In the end, our yeast proved not viable for brewing, but our mission doesn’t stop there! Check out this documentary of the Mission One launch and our announcement of Mission Two!

Stay up to date as we release more information about Mission Two, here:

Fremont Brewing Partners with Pink Boots Society to Offer Apprentice Scholarship

Fremont Brewing is joining up with the Pink Boots Society to offer a 5-week Apprenticeship in Brewing and Beer Production to a qualified female in the brewing industry. The application is live today on the Pink Boots Society website through September. See Press Release.

Press Release:               
Fremont Brewing Partners with Pink Boots Society to Offer Apprentice Scholarship
5-Week Hands-On Experience Plus $2,500 Stipend

SEATTLE -- Fremont Brewing Company is partnering with Pink Boots Society to offer a 5-week Apprenticeship in Brewing and Beer Production to a qualified female in the brewing industry. The apprenticeship will take place at Fremont Brewing in Seattle, WA from February 1st through March 8th, 2015 and will focus on cellar work, the brew house, beer production, lab work, yeast work, QA/QC, sensory analysis, packaging, and an overview of sales and marketing.

In addition to the hands-on, behind the scenes experience, the selected candidate will receive a $2,500 travel and living expense stipend. Half of the stipend will be awarded after the recipient is selected in order to facilitate travel to Seattle, and the second half will be awarded upon successful graduation. The “Final Exam” will take place on International Women’s Collaboration Brew Day and will consist of the scholarship recipient leading the brew at Fremont Brewing.

"Craft brewing is about making the best beer everyday, and that means having the best team brewing the beer. We can't really fulfill that promise until we have the best applicants across all gender lines, and this scholarship is designed to open the door to brewing a little wider to the largest segment of our population, women. Quality beer is the standard and quality applicants for brewing is the goal,” said Matt Lincecum, Founder/Owner of Fremont Brewing Company.

“We also want to offer a friendly challenge to other breweries to pick up the banner and encourage more female applicants for brewing jobs. The Pink Boots Society is leading the call and we have heard the future calling. Have you?"

Candidates must be registered Pink Boots Society members (women anywhere in the world that earn part of their income from beer qualify), employed in the beer industry, and have brewing experience. The application will be open to all qualified candidates from September 5th-30th, and the scholarship recipient will be notified in early November with a public announcement on November 15th.

For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship page of the Pink Boots Society website.

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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Wild Ride Brewing

After a great Labor Day weekend in Bend hanging with our awesome friends Corey and Heather, imbibing at The Little Woody , and visiting some of our favorite breweries and pubs, we decided to hit one last stop on our way back home: the brand new Redmond,OR Wild Ride Brewing which has only been open since May 10, 2014.

Getting to Wild Ride Brewing is very easy if you're in the Bend/Redmond area, since it's a quick jaunt right off US-97.  As you drive through Redmond, you can't miss Wild Ride's aggressive facade which just pops and pulls you in.

There's plenty of patio seating and a couple food trucks parked outside. When sitting outside, be careful setting your beers down on the tables - there are a few holes in the tabletops that (we found out the hard way) are the exact same size as their taster glasses.  Oops!

Walking inside through huge open garage doors you'll find inside seating either looking towards the bar or towards the 20 barrel brewery.

I've see quite a few breweries and I must say Wild Ride Brewing is impressive. They did it right from the start, rehabbing an old Parr Lumber building with plenty of room to grow, spending the money to buy a good-size 20-barrel brewhouse & 40-barrel fermenters.  They also made the good choice to bring on an experienced, professional brewer ( Paul Bergeman brewed for Kona & Laurelwood).

We opted to get three taster trays so we could try all the beers, minus the Bourbon Barrel Aged Bitch Stout which wasn't available for taster trays.  Since we already tried that (on nitro) at the Little Woody Brewfest, we weren't too sad.  (It was excellent.)

Trying to sort through 12 large samples of beer is a challenge but the four of us made it happen, so we got a good introduction to what Wild Ride is doing currently with their beer. Current Beer Styles run the gamut from Cole's Trickle Lager all the way to the Stand Up Stout.  We were impressed with all the beers, especially since they've only been open 4 months - there don't seem to be many kinks that need to be worked out, and typically there are at this phase of operations.

Standouts for the four of us were, Lager (clean & easy drinker), Float On Saison (addition of the Kaffir Limes was excellent), Hopper Head IPA, Fly P.A., and the Big Booty Golden Ale with the addition of Huckelberries. But all beers were solid and clean and with 12 beers on tap Wild Ride has a beer style for everyone to drink. 

Wild Ride did a great job bringing a quality brewery to Redmond. I'm sure they will have great success. Make sure to visit them if you get the chance.

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Monday, September 1, 2014

Tales from the Trip: Beer Bloggers Conference 2014 - Part 2

We love San Diego

As promised, we're sharing more of our epic beer adventure to San Diego with you all. Last time we told you about the crazy fun pre-conference tour of the up-and-coming LA beer scene; this time we'll tell you about what we learned at the conference proper.

Yes, we actually learned stuff while consuming unfathomably large quantities of excellent craft beer.  We swear that we actually remember (most of) what we learned in conference sessions.

No, we won't bore you senseless (or at least we'll try not to.)  But we figure some of you might be beer bloggers yourselves or might have interest in beer blogging.  And we're nice people, we believe in sharing, so here you go:

Lesson 1: BYOB

While you will be served seemingly never-ending streams of awesome beer, there will be unfortunately-timed beer gaps you'll need to cover.  Bring some of your own favorites and enough to share.  The "dry" periods are during the educational sessions, which we'll talk about below.  Don't get a good buzz going at lunch only to find yourself unprepared and stranded in a 2-hour lecture block with nary a beer in sight.  This is a recipe for disaster.  We're endlessly thankful for our buddy BrewDad who learned this important lesson long ago, and like a Good Samaritan, offered us liquid-aid at our most dire moments.  Bless you BrewDad!
Someone else planned ahead and filled this growler at Societe

Adam and I divided and conquered the sessions, so here are the highlights:

Lesson 2: Ethics for Bloggers are Highly Subjective

Have some.  Ethics, that is.  The guy next to you might have a wildly different take on what's ok and not ok, but that's to be expected. Those differences fueled some fun discussion.

One of the most discussed topics was disclosure of compensation. There's a consideration for norms and scale that plays in here.  For example: Want to accept a paid beer-trip across America from some purveyor of mass-produced American adjunct lager?  Fine, just please disclose it so everyone who's reading your posts can be appropriately skeptical of your claims of quality.  Do you accept free beer-mail from a local craft brewer, or free admission to a brewer's dinner?  Most folks seem cool with this, and agree you don't need to explicitly disclose that you got a freebie because that's kinda the norm.  This is because everyone assumes you got free beer, much like movie critics get free movie admission. 

But bloggers have various policies on this - some do a blanket disclosure, others handle case by case, and others go the assumptive route of "everyone knows I get this stuff free" and don't disclose at all.  We're fans of disclosure, so you'll see us note when we get goodies for free.

We got this delicious beer free from the good folks at Ninkasi - see, disclosure!
The hottest debate centered around whether bloggers should be critically journalistic, or whether it's ok to be nice and "cheerleaders" of the industry.  We heard from experts who said, essentially, don't post if you aren't bettering the beverage with your commentary, with the implication that criticism should be constructive and informed. We heard from others who said they only post about stuff they really like and want to promote, and if they don't like a particular producer they won't give them the free publicity a blog post provides.   Where do we stand? We're all about supporting the craft.  So pretty much, we write about what we like and promote what we love. But we respect that other people have a different approach to their blogging, no worries.

Conclusion: if you're blogging, have some kind of an ethical policy and hold yourself accountable. Do your best to be forthright and transparent, and most of the time you'll be ok.

The ethics panel in progress... where's the beer?
Lesson 3: No Crappy Photography or Blair-Witchy Videography

In today's world, there's no excuse for crappy cell-phone pictures.  With all the tools, equipment, and even apps out there to help improve your image quality, pasting a crap picture is unforgivable and lazy.  We were feeling a little sheepish about this because hey, let's face it, we're not the Ansel Adams of beer.  But, they educated us on what is and isn't good use of images, how to actually take good photos, and even what equipment we might want to (eventually) invest in.  We got some ideas for how we could step it up a notch and post more compelling images with the wordy stuff.  So hopefully you all notice some changes as we get better at this whole photography thing.

This is a crappy photo, and we are ashamed we took it
(but tasting Sour in the Rye from the barrel
was an unparalleled experience) 

This is not a crappy photo (and the beer was amazing)
Lesson 4: Keep the Blog Theme Updated Please

The nice folks giving this talk were from Automattic, the peeps who bring us Wordpress.  We don't use Wordpress (evidently most of the internet does, placing us solidly in the minority) but we still took away some good tidbits.

Most importantly, bloggers need a modern theme so if it hasn't been updated in a couple of years, it might need a replacement.  Sprucing up should include eliminating annoying things like content carousels which almost everyone hates, or including cool plugins that run your twitter feed or a calendar of events, etc.  Our theme's a couple of years old so we may take their advice and do some remodeling soon.  Thanks for the tips, Automattic guys!

Lesson 5: Take Social Media, SEO, and Marketing More Seriously

Evidently, we have a lot to learn to figure out SEO, and click through behaviors, and the importance of links.  We write this blog because we really love drinking beer.  And we were driving our friends nutty group-texting them pictures and descriptions of endless taster trays.  But yes, we would love it if we could reach more people to spread the gospel of delicious craft beer, so there are some technical things we need to learn to do.  On the plus side, we're not hopelessly unprepared.  One of us has an MBA with a marketing focus (though social media didn't exist back when we earned it - damn we're getting old) - so we have a ton to learn on this but figure we can put those marketing smarts to some use here!

This photo's a little crappy, but here we are learning about
brewing industry marketing, with Aubrey Cole from Warsteiner USA and Ben Weiss from The Bruery

So yeah, we learned a lot and think our blog will be shinier and more awesome after we implement some of the tips and tricks we picked up.  We certainly hope you guys will like the upcoming changes!

Next post will be way more beer-y, we promise.

Cheers all!

Gratuitous beer porn from our trip to The Yard House

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Friday, August 29, 2014


Fresh Hop season is my favorite time of the year. Fresh hop beers will be hitting the shelves and taps soon, and fresh hop Festival's will be taking place. Here is one announced from Sierra Nevada, happening on October 18th.
Press Release:
Chico, CA—August 28, 2014—Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. will host its second annual Single, Fresh, Wet & Wild® Harvest Festival on Saturday, October 18, at its brewery in Chico, Calif. The acclaim from hop heads after the inaugural 2013 event inspired the beer festival’s return as a yearly fixture. Single, Fresh, Wet & Wild celebrates the fall US hop harvest, and Sierra Nevada anticipates more than 50 breweries from across the country will together provide a beer lineup that showcases:
  • Single hop beers: Features only one hop variety
  • Fresh hop beers: Uses dried hops that are picked, shipped and added to the brew kettle within weeks of hop harvest
  • Wet hop beers: Uses un-dried hops that are picked, shipped and added to the brew kettle within days of hop harvest
  • Wild hop beers: Features hops found untamed in nature. At the inaugural Single, Fresh, Wet & Wild, Sierra Nevada poured a beer made using wild hops from nearby Whitmore.  

“Our excitement for this beer festival starts right now,” said Ken Grossman, Sierra Nevada’s founder. “We’re watching our estate hops reach their peak, and we head to the Yakima Valley in a few short weeks to get our hands on the first hops of the season. We’ll run into our brewing friends there, and we’ll have fun imagining the great beers to come, some of them folks will be able to try at Single, Fresh, Wet & Wild.”

With great anticipation American craft brewers await hop harvest season, with their hauls from the fields helping them design and plan beers for the year ahead. The more than 3,000 US craft breweries are an inspired bunch, using more hops in more ways than ever before—an ambition that helps steer the exciting evolution of beer ingredients. Single, Fresh, Wet & Wild is a snapshot of and a salute to the brewer ingenuity that’s shaping the tastes of drinkers nationwide.

Ticket sales for Single, Fresh, Wet & Wild begin Tuesday, September 2, at 10 a.m. PDT and are exclusively online at A general admission ticket includes a 6-ounce commemorative taster glass and unlimited samples, a one-time stroll through tasty pub fare prepared by the Sierra Nevada Taproom and Restaurant, and an energetic performance from the San Francisco-based band Monophonics who blend psychedelic soul and heavy funk. All ticket proceeds benefit the California Craft Brewers Association, which champions the success of the more than 450 craft breweries in the state.  
Sierra Nevada is currently finalizing its featured breweries and aims to share the list in late-September at where festivalgoers can find all of the event details.

Single, Fresh, Wet & Wild Harvest Festival overview: 
  • WHEN: Saturday, October 18, from 1–6 p.m.
  • WHERE: Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., 1075 E. 20th St., Chico, CA 95928
  • TICKETS: $75 general admission (includes commemorative glass, unlimited samples, and food prepared by the Sierra Nevada Taproom). $30 designated driver. On sale Tuesday, September 2, at 10 a.m. online at Must be 21 years or older to attend.

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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Final Beer In Bridgeport's Trilogy Series Ships This Week.

 Trilogy 3 Brewers’ Class, a Collaboration with Oregon State University, Premieres this week

Press Release:
PORTLAND, Ore.August 28, 2014 — The third and final beer in BridgePort’s anniversary series, Trilogy 3 Brewers’ Class, starts shipping this week in all markets where BridgePort is sold.

Designed as a collaboration with students enrolled in the Fermentation Science Program at Oregon State University, Trilogy 3 Brewers’ Class looks to the future of craft brewing in Oregon and nationwide. Conceptualizing the liquid started over three months ago when the students, alongside program director Thomas Shellhammer, joined brewmaster Jeff Edgerton at the brewpub for a beer and some great conversation.

“We weren’t given many parameters, aside from that it needed to be a beer that the students would want to drink,” commented Shellhammer. “Knowing that BridgePort’s end goal was to sell this beer in all of their markets, we also tried to avoid anything too ‘out there’ that wouldn’t scale well.”

After a productive brainstorming session and review of Bridgeport’s current lineup, the Oregon State students dreamt up an easy-to-drink brown ale with a blend of dry hops that lend a unique aroma. Over the following months, there were multiple rounds of test brews at the OSU lab before landing on the final product: a sessionable dry-hopped Brown ale with an ABV below 5-percent.

“We used several classic Willamette and Yakima Valley hop varieties for this one” commented Edgerton. “Centennial, Sterling, Cascade. The unique hop flavors present themselves on the finish of this smooth, mellow beer and blend very well with the delicious flavors from the dark Caramel and Chocolate malt.”

It is now up to BridgePort fans to determine which Trilogy release will return as a year-round beer in 2015. Fans can compare each of the Trilogy beers, all available in the upcoming Voter’s Box Variety Pack, and then cast their vote on, on Instagram, or on Twitter.  The BridgePort Voter’s Box will start to hit shelves in early September.

About Trilogy 3 Dry-Hopped Session Brown Ale or Brewers’ Class
IBUs:      30            ABV:        5.0%       OG:          13.0        Color:  Brown
Ingredients: Centennial, Sterling, and Cascade hops, dark caramel malt
Description: Easy-to-drink brown ale with a blend of dry hops give this beer a unique aroma character. Dark caramel malt is used to give this beer a decidedly brown color. Low alcohol but still retains a malty backbone.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

6th Annual Little Woody this weekend in Bend.

One of our favorite brew festivals, The Little Woody Barrel-Aged Beer & Whiskey Festival starts this Friday. Is you are into barrel or wood aged beers this is the festival you should be attending....and don't forget you also have the bourbon/whiskey to taste as well.

Note:The Little Woody is a 21 and over event.

The Little Woody Celebrates Barrel-Aged Brews During 6th Annual Bend Festival August 29-30
2014 event features craft breweries from across the Northwest, whiskey tastings and brewer’s invitational golf tournament

Photo Credit Brian Becker

Press Release:
The Little Woody Barrel Aged Beer and Whiskey Festival will celebrate craft wood-aged beers from across the Northwest, along with small-batch American rye whiskeys and bourbons, during the sixth annual festival August 29 and 30, 2014. The Little Woody takes place next to the Des Chutes Historical Museum, 129 Northwest Idaho Avenue in downtown Bend, Ore.

To commemorate one of Central Oregon’s hallmarks—craft beer—and lend a nod to the historic techniques used by brewers with oaken casks, The Little Woody features small-batch beers aged in wood barrels by top Northwest breweries including Deschutes Brewery, Ninkasi Brewing, GoodLife Brewing, 10 Barrel Brewing, New Belgium Brewing and more. For a full line-up of featured brews visit

Ben Shirley, brewer at 10 Barrel Brewing in Bend, said, “The Little Woody has the
most rare and exclusive barrel-aged beers under one umbrella.”

Photo Credit Brian Becker

The 2014 Little Woody will also feature a tasting of small-batch American ryewhiskeys and bourbons, live music, local food vendors and the Little Woody Brewer’s
Invitational golf tournament on Sunday, August 31.

Entry to the festival is $8 with a commemorative tasting glass. A tasting package is $16
and includes a glass and ten tasting tokens. When purchased individually, tokens are $1 each and tastes cost 2-5 tokens each. To purchase tickets, visit

 The Little Woody is a 21 and over event.

Photo Credit Brian Becker

The Little Woody Brewer's Invitational
Don't miss out on the second Little Woody Brewer's Invitational golf tournament celebrating Bend's love of golf and beer! After a demanding two days at the Little Woody Barrel-Aged Brew and Whiskey Festival, brewmasters, beer-industry professionals and the public will relax on the links at Widgi Creek Golf Course with a light-hearted format, unique prizes and, of course, beer. Mixing business with pleasure is a perfect way to end this Labor Day weekend event.

All proceeds from the invitational benefit the Deschutes Historical Society. Be part of
the fun on Sunday, August 31! Complete information about the tourney can be
found at Individuals and foursomes welcome.

Photo Credit Brian Becker