My book “Bend Beer” is out today!

Bend Beer: A History of Brewing in Central OregonIt’s finally come to fruition and is officially released today: my first book, Bend Beer: A History of Brewing in Central Oregon! Published by the History Press, it covers the history of Bend and Central Oregon from a beery perspective from the frontier era of the 1880 and ’90s through today. Here’s the blurb from the back of the book:

With more breweries per capita than any other Oregon city, Bend is a beer mecca. Prior to Prohibition, the state had a burgeoning brewing industry and plenty of saloons to cater to the needs of the hardy frontiersmen who settled Central Oregon. The teetotaling ’20s brought all that to a screeching halt. Fifty years later, the arrival of pioneers like Deschutes Brewery and Bend Brewing Company breathed new life into Bend’s beer and brought about the booming industry for which the area is known today. Author and “The Brew Site” creator Jon Abernathy traces Bend and Central Oregon’s hoppy history from early settlement to the present day, sharing the stories behind its most famous breweries and the communities that have fostered the industry.

It was definitely a busy year working on this book, and a lot of fun and enlightening as well. I hope it shows! The book is definitely about beer but I’ve tried to incorporate a good amount of Bend history as well, and hopefully appeals to that broader audience.

If you’re interested in buying the book (and I hope you are!), you should be able to find it at the following locations:

  • Barnes & Noble
  • Costco
  • Deschutes Brewery – tasting room and downtown pub
  • McMenamins Old St. Francis School
  • Visit Bend (downtown)
  • Des Chutes Historical Museum
  • The Brew Shop
  • Powell’s Books (Portland)
  • Central Oregon Locavore

And there will be more locations coming soon. If you’re interested in purchasing online, there are a number of options as well:

There are also signing and meet the author events lining up, all of which you can find on the book site as well as the Facebook page.

And, I want to give a big “thank you!” to all the breweries and folks I’ve talked to or who have helped out to bring this book to fruition. It simply would not have come together otherwise. Cheers!

Elysian Brewing’s Great Pumpkin Roadshow: This Thursday, Oct. 23

If you’re familiar at all with Seattle’s Elysian Brewing Company, then you probably know one of the types of beer they are well-known for are pumpkin ales. So much so, in fact, that every year they host their Great Pumpkin Beer Festival in Seattle—a terrific brewfest that I’ve been to twice now, and it’s one of my favorite beer festivals (of course I love pumpkin beer).

Elysian Brewing Great Pumpkin Beer Fest

If this sounds intriguing to you at all, then listen up: Elysian Brewing has their “Great Pumpkin Roadshow” (a much smaller, traveling version of this pumpkin beerfest) coming to Bend this Thursday, October 23, taking over the Platypus Pub from 6 to 8pm (or 9pm, I’m not entirely certain of the duration). Here’s the word from the Brewery:

Couldn’t make it up to Seattle for Elysian’s Great Pumpkin Beer Fest this year? Good news!! For the 1st time ever, Elysian is bringing their Great Pumpkin Roadshow to Bend!!

Known for being the nation’s most pumpkin obsessed Brewery, Elysian just held their 10th Annual Great Pumpkin Beer Festival in Seattle, where they featured over 80 pumpkin beers on tap for a crowd of 1800 people! For the Great Pumpkin Roadshow, Elysian chooses one location per city to bring the GPBF to you!

The Platypus Pub will feature 11 or more of Elysian’s limited release pumpkin beers on tap!! The majority of these beers are extremely limited and this will be the only place you’ll find them in Bend.

Orange attire and costumes encouraged!!

And here is the taplist they are featuring (plus there will be four others), of Elysian’s own 11 beers:

  • Night Owl Pumpkin Ale
  • Dark O’ the Moon Pumpkin Stout
  • Great Pumpkin Imperial
  • Punkuccino Coffee Pumpkin Ale
  • Lost Abbey Collaboration Sardonic Dark Pumpkin Wit
  • Gourdfather Pumpkin Barleywine
  • Hansel & Gretel Ginger Pumpkin Pilsner
  • Orange Is The New Black Chocolate & Orange Pumpkin Stout
  • Mr. Yuck Pumpkin Sour
  • P. Smoov Nitro Pumpkin Cream Ale
  • Gourdgia on mind Pecan Peach Pumpkin Amber

This will be a great event and these are all great pumpkin beers, so don’t miss out! I would love to see a big turnout for Bend so Elysian will bring it back here again next year, so come on out Thursday night if you can. You won’t regret it! (Unless you hate pumpkin beers or something crazy like that.)

Breast Fest with Cascade Lakes Brewing

As you probably know, October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and Cascade Lakes Brewing is helping to raise awareness and money by holding “Breast Fest” at their Lodge on the westside this Friday, October 24, in support of Sara’s Project here in Bend.

Breast Fest

This is a great project to support and you get to drink beer while doing so! $3 from every beer sold will benefit Sara’s Project, as will the proceeds from every T-shirt sold, all day long. There will be live music as well by Buck ‘n the Diggs from 4:30 to 7:30 that evening.

Friday would be a great day to have lunch and a beer at the Cascade Lakes Lodge, or happy hour, or dinner—you’re supporting charity! Plus with great seasonals on tap now like their Crystal Method Wet Hop Ale and Slippery Slope (their winter ale), you really should get in on the Breast Fest action.

Friday, all day! Be there!

Beers Made By Walking

There is a great and really unique beer event coming up this Wednesday, October 15 at Broken Top Bottle Shop—Beers Made By Walking. What makes this program unique is that the beers are inspired by plants found on the nature trail. (Deschutes Brewery’s award-winning Sagefight IPA, I believe, started with this program.)

Beers Made By Walking

Beers Made By Walking invites brewers to go on nature hikes and make new beer inspired by plants that are identified on the trail. Each hike is unique and each beer that is produced is a drinkable landscape portrait of the trail we hiked. On October 15th, from 6-9pm at Broken Top Bottle Shop, beer lovers will have the opportunity to try new beers inspired by hikes around the Bend Region.

These hike-inspired beers were produced through a collaboration between BMBW and the Oregon Natural Desert Association (ONDA) through a series of public hikes with brewers throughout the summer. Participating local brewers that joined in on the hikes include Crux Fermentation Project, Deschutes Brewery, and Worthy Brewing. Check out a recap of those hikes here.

Each brewer will serve their new beer on October 15th. Additionally, Laurelwood Brewing (Portland), and Seven Brides Brewing (Silverton) will also tap special beers based off hikes in their region.

Visitors will have the opportunity to meet the brewers, learn about the various hikes that inspired the beers, and learn about some of ONDA and BMBW’s recent work. Beers will be sold by the pint and in sample sizes until they run out. 100% of the proceeds from this event will benefit the Oregon Natural Desert Association.

The beer list for the event looks pretty fantastic too:

  • Crux Fermentation Project: River Trail Sour – A blend of our Saison and a barrel aged golden sour. Inspired by plants we saw on a hike at Alder Spring, we added chokecherry and mint and fermented with a culture from Crooked Stave Artisan Beer Project in Colorado. 9% ABV, 15 IBU
  • Worthy Brewing: Walk on the Wild Side (Badlands Indigenous Ale) – Beer brewed with Juniper tips, juniper berries, Indian Rice grass, Desert Sage, wheatgrass, and fescue. The beer is inspired by a hike in the Oregon Badlands. 6.5%, 14 IBU
  • Deschutes Brewery: Botanic Ale – A light and crisp beer with rye, wild sage, and meadowsweet, rose and Stella hops, inspired by a hike in May, at the height of wildflower season, along the Middle Deschutes River where it connects with Whychus Creek.
  • Laurelwood Pub and Brewery: Saison de Walkie – A slightly tart Saison with rose hips and elderberries, inspired by a late-summer hike on the Wildwood Trail in Forest Park, Portland, OR. 5.5% ABV, 12 IBU
  • Seven Brides Brewing: Pseudo Tsuga IPA – Light bodied IPA with a piney aroma and resiny flavor from the addition of Douglas Fir needle tea. The beer is inspired by the giants of the Silver Falls Canyon, where Douglas Fir forests veil pristine waterfalls, adding depth to the majesty of an area the brewery is glad to call home. 5.4%, 60 IBU

Don’t miss out the chance to try some truly unique (and botanical) beers!

First annual Columbia Distributing Charity Rummage Sale

Columbia DistributingThis coming Saturday, October 18, Columbia Distributing is holding the first of an annual series of charity rummage sales at their location in northeast Bend, with proceeds benefiting Brightside Animal Center and Mark Shatka, Jr.

Columbia Distributing is perhaps best known as a beer distributor but they also manage wine, spirits, and non-alcohol beverages. The rummage sale will run from 8am until 2pm at their office and warehouse at 20735 High Desert Lane (just off of Empire Avenue). Here are a few details from the flyer:

Plenty of cool beer items such as neons, mirrors, glassware, steins, and much much more.

We will also have the grill fired up and serving hot dogs and root beer floats for $2.00.

It’s for a great cause and sounds like there will be some great things for sale (particularly if you’re a beer drinker/enthusiast) so be sure to check it out this Saturday.

Want a chance to see “Love in the Time of Monsters” tonight? And meet the people behind it?

If you’re doing the BendFilm thing and/or are generally interested in indie films, tonight at the Volcanic Theater Pub, the film “Love in the Time of Monsters” is screening at 10:30pm—and if you’d be interested in a chance at a free pass to see it—AND meet the producer, director, and writer—read on!

Love in the Time of Monsters

You can show up tonight at the Smart Solutions office down in the Old Mill District at 9pm tonight, those principals (writer, director, producer) will be on hand to meet, greet, and mingle before heading over to Volcanic at 9:45. And there are six free passes to give away as well, so there’s a good chance you could get one of those passes. But even if you have tickets to the movie already, this is still a great chance to meet the folks behind the movie!

Smart Solutions is located at 450 SW Powerhouse Drive, Suite 420—on the second floor of the building next to REI, and right above the Motherhood Maternity and Gymboree stores. Come on by at 9pm tonight!

(Disclosure: Smart Solutions hosts the BendFilm website, and is my employer—which is how I heard about the film and free pass opportunity.)

Battledecks! And Vote for Ignite Bend 12 presentations

Ignite BendIgnite Bend 12 is coming up this month, and voting has opened today on submissions, where folks can vote on their top three favorite speaker proposals for what they would like to see on stage. Here are the list of submitted proposals, and you can go vote on them here.

And for all the Ignite details:

  • When: Thursday, October 23, at 7pm (doors open at 6:30)
  • Where: The Tower Theatre
  • Cost: Totally free! And the EventBrite tickets will go on “sale” this Friday, the 10th, at noon!

This Thursday, the 9th, the Battledecks event and Ignite voting party is taking place: Battledecks is a taste of what the Ignite experience is like where you can sign up to do an improv-like “slideshow karaoke” presentation to a bunch of totally random slides that you’ve never seen before. And you’ll get the chance to vote (again) on paper ballots for your top three favorite speakers for Ignite Bend 12.

Battledecks is loads of fun, and there might even be a couple of prizes to give away to the most popular presentations (based on audience applause). If you want to go (and you should):

  • When: This Thursday, October 9, starting at 6:30pm
  • Where: Silver Moon Brewing
  • Cost: Also free! Well, you get to buy your own beer and food, of course, but it doesn’t cost anything to attend or even sign up to do an improv, karaoke-style “Ignite” type presentation to a bunch of totally random slides!

Also, there is still a call out for businesses or individuals willing to sponsor Ignite Bend: the reason Ignite can be a totally free, volunteer-driven event is because of sponsorship dollars, 100% of which go to cover the costs needed to put it on. If you would be interesting in sponsor this Ignite—and perhaps future ones as well—check out the Sponsor page on the website and get in touch.

Disclosure: I’m on the volunteer committee that helps plan and put on Ignite Bend, so I would indeed like to see it be successful!