Deschutes Historical Annual Chili Feed

Today from 10am until 4pm the Des Chutes Historical Museum is holding their Annual Chili Feed and Holiday Bazaar Fundraiser—an event that’s been going on every year for over 30 years(!). The chili feed itself runs from 11 until 2:30, provided by Millie’s Chili, and vendors will be on hand selling terrific gifts for the holidays—and I will be there myself from 10 to 1, with copies of my book Bend Beer available.

Des Chutes Historical Museum annual chili feed

Here’s the full blurb from the Museum’s website:

Have a bowl of Millie’s Chili and polish it off with a piece of pie, then stop by the Bake Sale for second dessert later on. Local craft and arts vendors will get your holiday shopping started, our raffle offers chances for great prizes and staycation getaways, and our book store offers local history and historical photographs for sale.

Bazaar hours are 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Raffle winners will be drawn following close of event on Saturday.

And they have a Facebook event page as well here, with some additional details on the vendors that will be there:

Special guest booth from the Fjeldheim Lodge :: Sons of Norway #2-47 and Polly’s Treasures collectibles sale. Our great vendors include Nomad Leather, Grandma’s Booty Vintage Jewelry, SLAVE, Robert Graydon Pottery, Rik’s Rubs, Rustic Images, Mailekai Creations, and more.

See you there!

10 years of McMenamins, and Wassailing this weekend

McMenamins Old St. Francis SchoolThere are a couple of fun beery and cidery happenings going on this weekend that you might want to brave the cold and snow to check out.

First, McMenamins Old St. Francis School is celebrating their 10 year anniversary tomorrow (Saturday) starting at 4pm, featuring live music, a special beer (their 2000th batch!), tours of the property, cake, and more. Here is the schedule and details on that specialty beer:

4 p.m. ’til 7 p.m.
starting every half hour

Property Tours with Tastings

4 p.m. ’til 7 p.m. in pub

5 p.m. ‘til 6 p.m., roaming

4 p.m. til 6:30 p.m.

7 p.m. til 10 p.m.
Freak Mountain Ramblers

The Old St. Francis School is in the mood to celebrate! It’s our 10-year Anniversary here in Bend and along with that we have brewed our 2,000th batch of beer here! To really celebrate these accomplishments, the brewery decided to create a style of beer that is not always celebrated as it should. The Belgian Dubbel is a beer with roots in the breweries of monks, along with Trappists and Flemish ales. We used an Abbey yeast strain that lends the deep ester (fruity) flavors that meld well with the malt sweetness. A rich and complex flavor makes this a must-have as a pint. A slight alcohol warmth delivers the finish of the drink due to its higher ABV. Definitely a drink to enjoy with a merry occasion as well with a plethora of friends and family! Cheers to 10 great years of Old St. Francis School McMenamins!

Broken Top Bottle ShopAnd over on the west side, Broken Top Bottle Shop is holding their 3rd annual Westside Wassail Song & Cider Festival all weekend long, starting today at 4pm. Tastings will be running from 4 to 9pm today, 2 to 9pm on Saturday, and 4 to 9pm on Sunday, with live music accompanying throughout.

2 Towns Ciderhouse, Nectar Creek Honeywine, Tieton Cider Works, Wandering Aengus Ciderworks, ATLAS Cider Company, Schilling Cider, Red Tank Cider, Reverend Nat’s Hard Cider, Fire Cirkl, & Far Afield Cider will be POURING FREE SAMPLES during the 3 days of cider tastings!

Just the thing to cozy up to during our early winter!

First Friday and a plug for my book event

It’s the first Friday of November which means tonight is the First Friday Art Walk taking place in downtown Bend, taking place from 5 to 9pm: dozens of businesses will be open the later hours, featuring special art exhibits, and many will have refreshments and live music. (Refreshments often include wine and beer to everyone’s delight.) It’s always a lot of fun with many people out to enjoy the evening, and you never know—you might see a piece of artwork that you can’t live without!

(At the very least you’ll probably see people you know and enjoy the free wine!)

And, a First Friday plug for my new book, Bend Beer:

Tonight is the official launch party for the book, taking place at the Des Chutes Historical Museum on the edge of downtown, starting at 6:30! I’ll be there signing books and giving an informal talk likely along with a Q&A session so if you wanted to find out more about the book, Bend’s beer history, or get a signed copy, come on down!

Even better, Deschutes Brewery will be on hand celebrating with us and pouring a keg of their pub specialty, Botanical Ale! I like the juxaposition of Bend’s first brewery paired with Bend’s history (the Museum). And Chef Rudy of Smokin’ Dan Brew & Q will be on hand providing food.

Afterwards (kicking off at 8 or 8:30) we’ll embark on a “historic” pub crawl through downtown Bend to visit several of the pubs where Bend’s beer got its start—tentatively I’m planning on McMenamins, JC’s Bar & Grill, Bend Brewing, and Deschutes Brewery.

Feel free to come on down and join us!

"Bend Beer" launch party

10 Barrel Brewing sold to Anheuser-Busch

Surprising news released this morning: 10 Barrel Brewing has been acquired by Anheuser-Busch!

The news was first released on a video from the founders on Vimeo:

And then I saw the full story/press release on Brewbound, which I’m reprinting here:

Anheuser-Busch today announced it has agreed to purchase 10 Barrel Brewing Company, located in Bend, Ore. One of the country’s fastest-growing and most innovative breweries, 10 Barrel was one of only four U.S. breweries to win three medals and tied for most medals won at this year’s Great American Beer Festival, the largest beer competition in the world.

“For the past eight years, we’ve been brewing beer, drinking beer and having fun doing it.” said co-founder Jeremy Cox, who will continue to lead 10 Barrel along with his partners, co-founder and brother Chris Cox, and Garrett Wales. “We are excited to stay focused on brewing cool beers, get our beers in more hands, and make the most of the operational and distribution expertise of Anheuser-Busch,” said Cox.

10 Barrel expects to sell approximately 40,000 barrels of beer in 2014. Apocalypse IPA, the brewer’s most popular beer, accounts for nearly half of the company’s total volume.

“10 Barrel, its brewers, and their high-quality beers are an exciting addition to our high-end portfolio,” said Andy Goeler, CEO, Craft, Anheuser-Busch. “The brewery is a major contender in the Northwest, an area with a large number of craft breweries. We see tremendous value in the brewery’s unique offerings and differentiated style, which 10 Barrel fans know and love.”

In addition to the Bend brewery, the acquisition will include the company’s existing brewpubs in Bend and Boise, Idaho; and a Portland brewpub scheduled to open in early 2015.

Anheuser-Busch’s purchase of 10 Barrel is expected to close by the end of 2014. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

First Beverage Group acted as financial adviser to 10 Barrel, and Spencer Fane Britt & Browne provided legal counsel.

And here’s the KTVZ story as well.

From a business perspective, very smart move by 10 Barrel. What does everyone else think?

Robotics Team Garage Sale Fundraiser

FIRST Team 753Local robotics team High Desert Droids will be holding a garage sale fundraiser on Saturday, November 8th, 9am-2:30pm, in the Cafeteria at Mountain View High School. The team’s annual garage sale is a major fundraiser that helps offset funds needed to participate in this challenging program. Currently the team plans to participate in tournaments in Oregon City & Wilsonville, OR and Cheney, WA. Please, come shop with us and help support us!

Donated Items Needed

In preparation for the sale, the team will accept community donations for the sale on Friday, November 7th, 6-9pm. Or, contact Erin Biskup ( to arrange for a student to pick up items on Thursday, 11/6 or Friday, 11/7 – in the afternoon or evening.

Bottles for Bots!

Bring your returnable bottles and cans on either day to donate to the team. Every nickel

Who Are We? Seven-Fifty-Three!

FIRST Team 753 (High Desert Droids) is a student–driven team of bright individuals drawn together by a passion for working as a team, building robots, and fostering excitement in science and technology through FIRST. Formed in 2002, the team is based out of Mountain View High School and is comprised of students from all three Bend high schools and several home schooled students.

The students are grateful for the support of teachers, mentors, parents, and sponsors: Bend Research, Les Schwab Tire Centers, G5 Search Marketing, Microsemi, Manzama, Bend Plating, SimB & Company, PCC Schlosser, and Advanced Energy.

Team 753 - Team photo


Halloween Weekend Happenings

By 663highland (663highland) [GFDL (, CC-BY-SA-3.0 ( or CC-BY-2.5 (], via Wikimedia CommonsHalloween lands on Friday this year, so with the weekend to recover that means there’s no excuse not to hit up one or more of these events, right? Here’s a rundown of the many activities going on (and if you’re looking for trick or treat activities for the kids, click here to jump to that section):

Power 94 Monster Ball:

This year is going to be the BIGGEST Monster Ball yet! The 2014 Power 94 Monster Ball will again be inside the “Midtown Ballroom” Downtown Bend. Get your tickets in advance Powder House Ski & Snowboard or at the Spirit Halloween SuperStore on 3rd between Franklin & Greenwood for $15 or at the door for $20. This event is 21 and over ONLY, must have ID! Cash only bars, but there will be an ATM if you run out of cash!

McMenamins Old St. Francis School — Get Your Costume & Funk On for Halloween:

[21 and over, Free] Come in costume to celebrate the spookiest of holidays. Our live music will pair well with the seasonal beers on tap! Boogie down to the sounds of Elektrapod, playing their signature brand that fuses soul, funk, disco, electronica and jamming, in the Theater from 9 p.m. ’til midnight. If it’s a DJ dance party you wanna rock out to while wearing your witch hat, join us in Father Luke’s as DJ 26E4U spins from 8 p.m. ’til 12 midnight.

Broken Top Bottle Shop, Crook & Sum’s Stupendous TAROT READINGS for HALLOWEEN!

Dr. Evelyn Crook and Mistress Quantum Sum present a night of insight and imagination for your Halloween pleasure.

Join them in their mysterious tent inside Broken Top Bottle Shop for mysterious insights into the mysteries of life!


Donations accepted to benefit the Humane Society of Central Oregon.

Movie and music at  Volcanic Theatre Pub:

This Friday, October 31st Volcanic Theatre Presents HALLOWEEN at VTP with screening of Bubba Ho-Tep starring Bruce Campbell at 7:30pm followed by [live music with] Mosley Wotta, Warm Gadget, Third Seven, and Marshall Law at 9:30pm. There is a $10 cover at the doors for both events ot $7 for each event. Volcanic Theatre Pub is located at 70 SW Century Drive (Next to GoodLife Brewing) and is open to all ages.

RiverBend Brewing, Mafioso Murder Mystery:

  • Interactive murdery mystery with 4-course dinner.
  • Prizes for best costume
  • Prizes for who solves the murder
  • Limited seating
  • Groups are encouraged
  • $45 per ticket, call RiverBend at 541-550-7550 for more info

2nd Street Theater, The Rocky Horror Picture Show:

$10 admission, starts at 11:45pm

Movie, with live actors. No Rice!
The Rocky Horror Picture Show is a 1975 musical comedy horror film directed by Jim Sharman. The screenplay was written by Sharman and Richard O’Brien based on the 1973 musical stage production, The Rocky Horror Show, also written by O’Brien. The production is a humorous tribute to the science fiction and horror B movies of the late 1930s through early 1970s.

Crow’s Feet Commons, Halloween Bike Bash:

Pumpkin Carving, Craft Crafting, Push Bike Racing, Caramel Apple-ing, Race-registering and drink drinking

In an effort to further enhance the Mirror Pond Plaza and build community (as if we aren’t doing enough), we want every little kid and adult in the greater Central Oregon area to bring your best Halloween game downtown!
JJ-Fad, our fine barista will be leading a craft-making, pumpkin carving and bike decorating event for the little ones. Bring them down in the best halloween dress and have some fun.
At 5:00pm, join us in the 2nd Annual Toy De Toystore.
A Strider/Push-bike race this “race” will weave around the shop, out in the courtyard and will rally down Wall Street ending at @Leaping Lizards.

Deschutes Brewery Jungle Cross Warehouse Party: In conjunction with the Halloween Cyclocross Crusade, this takes place Saturday the 1st starting at 8pm. Cost is $15.

Mark your calendars, get your costumes ready and join us during the Halloween Cross Crusades for the warehouse party of the year! Not only will you be able to watch the exciting Cyclocross Crusade races on our lawn in the Old Mill District Saturday and Sunday from 8:40am to 4pm, but from 8:00pm-3:00am on Saturday, enjoy the Jungle themed party we’re calling, “Jungle Cross”!

In addition to live music and stage performances by Chicago Afrobeat Project, DJ Professor Stone, DJ GlobalRuckus, BasssGhost, and Prom Jim there will also be other amazing live acts too! Come hang in the jungle, be entertained by jungle-like performers and drink some beer-inspired jungle juice while you get your jungle boogie on!

Trick or Treating / Kids

Halloween Party and Trick or Treating in the Old Mill District

4 to 7pm

Watch as Chelsea rallies the trick or treating troop of kids for a Halloween they won’t forget in Bend. The Old Mill District hosts a safe and FREE Halloween party with much more to do than just trick or treating from store to store.
Trick-or-Treating at our many shops and restaurants
Whole Foods Market providing healthy snacks
Art Station Creative Crafts a program of Arts Central (in former Orvis building)
Rippin Reptile 4-H Club & Central Oregon Herpetology (located in the former Orvis building)
Hay Rides by Cowboy Carriage Pickup location between Francesca’s and Ben & Jerry’s.
Pet Costume Contest with Humane Society
Sunriver Nature Center and a great horned owl
Performance by Peace Chords of Westside Village Magnet School
Ginger’s Kitchenware will be handing out Oregon Community Foundation Dental Kits for the kids
Bend Memorial Clinic will have information on their new Urgent Care location in the Old Mill District.

Trick or Treating at Cascade Village Shopping Center:

Halloween is creeping up on you… how will you celebrate? Cascade Village Shopping Center invites you to Trick or Treat HERE, where it’s safe, fun & warm! From 4-7 pm on Halloween… Just look for the BLACK & ORANGE balloons at participating Merchants!

Trick or Treating at Brookswood Meadow Plaza:

Join the participating businesses of Brookswood Meadow Plaza for Trick-Or-Treating from 4:00-6:00pm on Halloween! The community gathering center and popular destination in Southwest Bend invites all young ghouls and goblins in costume to join in the fun!