Would you star in a reality show about Bend?

That seems to be the question prompted by this website which purports to be holding a casting call:

In the tradition of scripted shows like Picket Fences, Twin Peaks, Northern Exposure and Portlandia – the time has come to introduce the world to this nonfictional haven with the most unique individuals your city has to offer.

We are looking to create a unique -one of a kind- reality show, where the audience is just a fly on the wall.

We are casting real people, not actors.

Honestly this sounds a little bizarre—The Source points out a few oddities, such as Bend being the “Cascade Mountains’ most fascinating city” and being the beer epicenter of the mid-west—but the domain appears to be registered to Stander Productions which is real as far as I can tell.

But if you’re interested, their application is due by April 15. Let us know how it goes!

Bend Brewing celebrates 20 years this Friday

Bend Brewing CompanyBend’s second-oldest brewery, Bend Brewing Company, is enjoying two decades in business this year, and this Friday the 20th they are celebrating 20 years in style, with a block party, live music, 20 taps of beer, and more! The theme will be “20 beers for 20 years” and yes, there will be 10 taps inside, and 10 taps outside in the beer tent (they are closing Brooks Street in front of the brewery for the tent and block party).

With that in mind here’s a beer list that I put together, based on what head brewer Ian Larkin posted on Facebook the other day:

  1. High Desert Hefeweizen
  2. Metolius Golden Ale
  3. Elk Lake India Pale Ale
  4. Outback Old Ale
  5. Pinnacle Porter
  6. Big Eddy English Pale Ale (aka Bitter)
  7. “M.C.” Session IPA
  8. Doppelbock
  9. Pollen Oates Oatmeal Stout
  10. Scottish Heart Scotch Ale
  11. Volkksekt Berliner Weisse
  12. Raven Baltic Porter (Bourbon Barrel Aged)
  13. Wicked Medicine Belgian Strong Ale
  14. Outback X Strong Ale
  15. Ching Ching
  16. Moon Tang “Tree D.A”
  17. Big Bad Russian Imperial Stout
  18. Scarlet Imperial Red
  19. Salmonberry Sour
  20. Lovely Cherry Baltic Porter
  21. Tainted Love (soured Lovely)
  22. HopHead Imperial IPA
  23. 20th Anniversary Outback XX – Brett-fermented Pinot barrel aged Strong Ale

Yes, 20 taps and 23 beers, so expect them to rotate out throughout the evening. With that many beers available, you might as well consider this BBC’s own mini-brewfest!

The party runs from 5 to 10pm, and is free to attend (though you have to buy your beer and food, of course). As to music, the Bulletin reports, “Local bands Popcorn Trio and The Miners will perform, with Tone Red headlining.” And I will be there as well, enjoying beer and selling copies of my book—in fact, I even posted some excerpts from the book regarding BBC’s early history over on my beer blog.

Make sure to stop by and help celebrate 20 years!

Baldy’s BBQ celebrations 10 years with Customer Appreciation menu

Baldy’s BBQ is celebrating their tenth anniversary this week and today through Saturday (16th through the 21st) they are featuring a special Customer Appreciation menu as “Our way to say thank you for Getting Sauced with us for a Decade.”

Baldy's BBQ Customer Appreciation menu

So all this week stop in for $10 deals on ribs, brisket, chicken, pork, and more, along with happy hour drink prices all day long. And $10 off hoodies.

The menu is good at both of their locations, east and west, so if you’re craving barbecue this week make sure to head on over and help them celebrate 10 years!

Zwickelmania 2015!

Zwickelmania 2015

The statewide beer event Zwickelmania returns tomorrow, where breweries open their doors to visitors for special samplings (straight from the zwickel, the special tap on the side of the tanks to taste the fermenting beer), brewery tours, swag, specials, and more. The fun starts at 11am and lasts until 4pm.

Here in Central Oregon, 13 of our 26 overall breweries are participating (listed here on the Brewers Guild website), and I’ve got specific entries for each on the calendar page. You’ll find something special at each one.

And there are shuttles available, too—definitely something you should be using if you don’t have a designated driver! There are two routes in Bend and one in Redmond, and you can see the schedule on the PDF here.

Finally, if you like doing the Ale Trail thing then check out Zwickel Bingo—a bingo card generator I have over on my beer blog. Generate a bingo card and play along as you tour breweries! There are no actual prizes or anything, it’s strictly for fun, but as a bonus you could have the breweries stamp your bingo card with their Bend Ale Trail stamps!

Have fun and stay safe tomorrow!

Special collaboration beer tasting at Broken Top Bottle Shop

Broken Top Bottle ShopIt’s a bit last minute, but Broken Top Bottle Shop tonight from 5 to 8pm is hosting a special beer tasting and tap takeover with Portland’s Base Camp Brewing, who is bringing five beers that they had at their own “Collabofest” event a few weeks back. Here’s the Facebook event page. Base Camp had gotten five breweries together who paired up and brewed two collaboration beers each, and then held a mini-fest in Portland to drink them. Now they are variously available through the end of the month.

Broken Top will be hosting the Base Camp rep and will have five of these beers on tap:

  • Coalition Brewing Bridge Builder Bock
  • Breakside Brewery and Fat Head’s Brewery
  • Ecliptic Brewing and Stormbreaker Brewing Kreik
  • Gigantic Brewing Company and Ex Novo Brewing Quadtastic
  • Base Camp Rip City IPA

Some unique beers in the mix, so check them out.

WinterFest… without the winter

Oregon WinterFestThe Bend Oregon WinterFest is taking place this weekend, only there’s a snag: there’s no snow, and really not much winter to speak of! WinterFest is still going on, of course—taking place from Friday through Sunday, the 13th-15th—but the unseasonably warm weather has necessitated a shift in plans:

Due to the lack of snow available, the event’s ski and snowboard competition, The Playground Games, has been cancelled. In year’s past, it has taken 55 truckloads of snow from Mt. Bachelor to build the competition base, about 495 yards of snow. With area snow pack at a fraction of normal and a moderate amount of new snow in the forecast for the mountains, event producers say it is not possible to responsibly carry out the competition.

Replacing the ski and snowboard competition, Lay It Out Events has added two evening performances of Metal Mulisha. Lay It Out Events has also added to the music lineup for the weekend, bringing on Woebegone to open for March Fourth Marching Band on Friday night and The Autonomics to open for Filter on Saturday night.

Beyond this setback, there’s still a full schedule with ice carving, the Wine Walk, plenty of live music, the Polar Plunge, kids section, and more. It all takes place in the Old Mill District and you’ll need tickets or buttons to attend, which you can purchase for $6 at OnPoint Credit Union, or $8 at Newport Market and the Old Mill’s Ticket Mill.

Fortunately there’s still plenty to do even without the snow!

Beery anniversaries, starting today

Beginning today, there are several big beer anniversaries taking place this month.

Worthy Brewing CompanyFirst up is Worthy Brewing, who is celebrating their second anniversary today with a special beer and happy hour pricing:

To celebrate, we’re tapping our annual batch of GTX (Go Time Extra Pale), the first beer we ever brewed back in December 2013. This beer only comes out once per year!

Plus, we’ll have Hoppy Hour from 230p until close! That’s discounted snacks and beer specials all night.

Broken Top Bottle ShopAlso today, Broken Top Bottle Shop is kicking off their third anniversary which kicks off five days of celebration featuring live music along with (of course!) drink specials and beer tastings:

BTBS is 3 years old!
That means it’s time to CELEBRATE!
Join us for 5 DAYS OF FREE LIVE MUSIC &
beverage specials
February 4 – 8!

***MUSIC SCHEDULE***
All shows 7 – 9 pm, All Ages & Free!

Wed 2/4: Moon Room – Blues Jazz Indie
Thurs 2/5: Kinzel and Hyde – Traditional Roots Blues
Fri 2/6: Sink & Swim- Bluegrass Americana String Band
Sat 2/7: Blackflowers Blacksun – Roots Blues Punk
Sun 2/8: Rob Larkin & The Wayward Ones – Americana Roots Rock Soul

Bend Brewing CompanyAnd then coming up in a couple of weeks, on Friday, February 20, Bend Brewing Company is celebrating their 20th anniversary! Final details are yet to be determined, but I’m sure there will be some great stuff. From their website:

Visit us throughout the month for some amazing beer as well as some classic menu items. On Friday, February 20th we will celebrate with “20 beers for 20 years”, live music and a street party. Please join us as we are so thankful for your support.

It’s definitely a good month for beer; make sure to stop by all of these anniversary celebrations and congratulate them with a beer!