The Little Woody is this weekend – are you ready?

Have you recovered from last month’s Bend Brewfest yet? I hope so, because this weekend comes Bend’s next big beer festival, The Little Woody Barrel Aged Beer, Cider & Whiskey Fest, taking place Friday and Saturday at the Des Chutes Historical Museum as it does every year!

The Little Woody

This year is the 7th annual Little Woody, and one of the things I like as it has grown over the years is that it still takes place on the Museum grounds and is still very much local when it comes to participating breweries. Sure, there are a number of breweries (and cideries) from outside of Central Oregon, but it’s been very much a local affair since it started in 2009.

Here’s the media description:

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, and new this year, barrel-aged ciders, during the [seventh] annual festival September 4-5, 2015. The Little Woody takes place next to the Des Chutes Historical Museum, 129 Northwest Idaho Avenue in downtown Bend, Ore.

New on the Little Woody tasting lineup this year is cider. In celebration of the growth of the local and regional cider scene, there will be several barrel-aged cideries including Reverend Nat’s Hard Cider, Schilling & Co. Hard Cider, and Bend’s newest local cidery, Far Afield Cidery.

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 will once again feature small-batch beers aged in wood barrels by top Northwest breweries including Deschutes Brewery, Ninkasi Brewing, 10 Barrel Brewing, New Belgium Brewing, as well as pours that include for the first time Lompoc Brewing, Burnside Brewing Co., Fremont Brewing, Vagabond Brewing, and Fort George.

Pricing varies depending on the package ($5 to $35) and you can pay either at the gate or pre-purchase tickets online. Also keep in mind that unlike most other beer festivals, each beer at The Little Woody will actually cost between 2 and 5 tokens per taste instead of just one, depending on the beer.

Here is the full brewery and beer list they have online as of this writing:

  • 10 Barrel Brewing (Bend):
    • Huckleberry Hound, Uber Berliner Weiss base, aged in Pinot barrels for a year, and conditioned with Oregon Huckleberries
  • 21st Amendment Brewery (San Francisco):
    • Hop Crisis Imperial IPA, aged on oak
  • Bend Brewing Company (Bend):
    • Raven – Bourbon Barrel Aged Baltic Porter
    • Currant Volkssekt, Cabernet Barrel Aged Currant Berliner Weisse
  • Burnside Brewing (Portland):
    • Curious Funk, “sour blend of our Stout and Strong Ale aged in Four Roses barrels”
    • Couch Select Lager
  • Deschutes Brewery (Bend):
    • Sour Pumpkin Bier de Gourd, 19 months in oak barrels with Brux and Lambicus
    • Barrel Aged Trees of Doom Dunkel, new Rye Whiskey barrels from Oregon Spirit Distillers for three months
    • X-Tap The Abyss 2014
  • Far Afield Cider (Bend):
    • Scallywag Cider, aged six months in One-Eyed Jon Rum barrels from Oregon Spirit Distillers
    • Temptation, a sweet(ish) cider with vanilla and honey.
  • Fort George Brewery (Astoria):
    • 3-Way IPA
    • Barrel Aged Plazm Farmhouse Ale, ged in French Oak Pinot Noir barrels
  • Fremont Brewing (Seattle):
    • Bourbon Abominable: Kentucky to Scotland, aged in 15 year old American oak bourbon barrels, infused with cherry wood soaked in peat smoked Islay Scotch
    • Summer Ale
  • Hop Valley Brewing (Springfield):
    • Hop Valley Oakeroo, 2014 Winter seasonal aged in bourbon barrels from Heaven Hill distillery
    • Bohemian Dub Hop Pale Ale
  • Lagunitas Brewing (Petaluma, CA):
    • High West-ified Coffee Stout, “vintage-ize an West High Rye and Bourbon Barrel”
  • Lompoc Brewing (Portland):
    • Port Barrel Aged Cimmerian, dark Belgian style ale aged in Maryhill Winery Port barrels for five months
  • Mazama Brewing (Corvallis):
    • Ginger Quad, Barrel Aged Quadrupel Aged 9 months in ginger mead barrels from Nectar Creek Honeywine
    • Nightside Eclipse Bourbon aged Baltic Porter
  • McMenamins Old St. Francis School (Bend):
    • Isle of Unicorn Scotch Ale, conditioned for 4 months in McMenamins Whiskey barrels
    • Caped Crusader Robust Porter, Aged in a McMenamins Hogshead Whiskey barrel and then keg conditioned for 6 more months
  • New Belgium Brewing (Fort Collins, CO):
    • Love Peach Oscar, Soured Oscar base aged in Leopold Bros peach Whiskey barrels
    • Love Apple Felix, Soured Felix base aged in Leopold Brothers Apple Whiskey barrels
  • Ninkasi Brewing (Eugene):
    • Oak-Aged Sleigh’r, “aged it for 15 months in Heaven Hills bourbon barrels, adding in cocoa nibs, apricots, and wild strawberries during the aging process”
    • Wünderbier
  • Reverend Nat’s Hard Cider (Portland):
    • Whiskey Barrel-Aged Soured Pippin with Makrut
    • X-Tap Cider, bourbon cherry barrel aged lacto-fermented Sacrilege Sour Cherry
  • Schilling Cider (Seattle):
    • Oaked aged cider
    • Wild Aged Cider X-Tap, “This sour style wild fermentation cider is aged in Mischief Whiskey barrels and is just under 2 years old.”
    • Ginger Cider
  • Silver Moon Brewing (Bend):
    • One Eyed Elf, 2014 Elf Brew aged in OSD One Eyed Jon Spiced Rum Barrels
    • Bourbon Barrel Aged Dark Tranquility Stout
  • Stone Brewing (Escondido, CA):
    • Reason Be Damned, Belgian Style Abbey Ale aged in Red Wine Barrels
    • Barrel Aged Brown Ale W/ Balaton Sour Cherries, “Aged almost 3 years in wine barrels, followed by several months in our foudres”
  • Three Creeks Brewing (Sisters):
    • Whiskey a Cocoa, Rye Whiskey Barrel aged FivePine Chocolate Porter
    • Top Hat Belgian Tripel
  • Vagabond Brewing (Salem):
    • Fancy as Funk, classic Saison brewed with orange peel and rose hips, aged in Pinot Noir Barrels for a year
    • Belgian Pale in Pinot Barrels with Apricots, King Estate Pinot Noir Barrels
  • Wild Ride Brewing (Redmond, OR):
    • Bourbon Barrel Aged Brain Bucket Imperial IPA
    • X-Tap Saison, Fermented in Pinot Noir Barrels
  • Worthy Brewing (Bend):
    • Lyrical Genius Flemish Red, aged in oak Sangiovese barrels for 18 months with brettanomyces, lactobacillus, & pediococcus
    • Dream On, “We took our Farmhouse-style Saison, added a few pounds of raspberries, spiked it with lactobacillus and brettanomyces yeasts and then aged it in Pinot Noir barrels”

Don’t miss it!

Munch and Movies starts this Friday

Munch and MoviesWith Munch and Music now behind us, NorthWest Crossing’s Munch and Movies is starting back up this Friday, August 21st, bringing us free showings of family-friendly movies in Compass Park every Friday night through September 11th.

The event starts at 6pm each Friday, and offers food carts, live music for the first couple of hours, and then of course the movie itself, which begins at dusk (think roughly sunset around 8pm). And of course it’s all free, our favorite price!

Here’s the movie schedule:

  • August 21: Big Hero 6
  • August 28: Cinderella
  • September 4: Guardians of the Galaxy
  • September 11: Pitch Perfect

And if you’re not sure where Compass Park is, C3 Events has a map.

Mt. Bachelor’s first Volcanic Bike and Brew Festival

Volcanic Bike and Brew Festival

Coming up this weekend is an event that combines two of the region’s great attractions—biking and beer—for the inaugural Volcanic Bike and Brew Festival being held by Mt. Bachelor. It seems a natural extension to Mt. Bachelor’s summer bike park program:

In our second full summer of Bike Park operations, we felt the timing was right to start a new signature summer event here at the mountain. The motivation for the Volcanic Bike and Brew Festival originates in community and fun. Featuring the third stop of the Oregon Enduro Series, several Central Oregon Bike shops, numerous breweries from across the Northwest and many other vendors, this will be a great opportunity for local and visiting mountain bike enthusiasts to get away for a weekend.

From Friday, August 21st through Sunday the 23rd, they will be offering a number of activities, including:

  • Live music
  • Beer garden and sampling
  • Bike races
  • Bike clinics
  • Camping

You can pre-register for a number of different packages and levels; if you want the entire 3-day package, it’s $130 for instance, while a 1-day bike park pass is $20, and if you just want to do the beer festival part and sample that will cost $15 for a pint glass and 8 tokens.

Participating breweries include Deschutes, Sunriver, 10 Barrel, Worthy, GoodLife, RiverBend, Cascade Lakes, Red Tank Cider, Atlas Cider, 2 Towns Ciderhouse, North Rim, Base Camp, Ninkasi, Laurelwood, Pfriem, Full Sail, Three Creeks, and Volcano Vineyards. The beer garden will be open Friday and Saturday from 3 to 9pm.

For the Oregon Enduro Series portion of the weekend, the big race day is Sunday the 23rd, which has its own registration if you’re racing.

If this sort of of festival event is your cup of tea, go check out the full schedule and description here.

The Bend Brewfest returns this week for 4 days

The annual Bend Brewfest returns to the Les Schwab Amphitheater this week, adding a fourth day to the schedule for the first time: it starts Thursday, August 13th, and runs through Sunday, the 16th.

Bend Brewfest 2015

The first three days the hours are noon to 11pm, and Sunday is from noon to 8pm. Minors are allowed until 7pm after which it becomes 21-and-over only. And note this year, there will be no pets allowed (in past years they have allowed dogs).

There are 71 listed breweries, ciders, meaderies, and wineries pouring libations this weekend, with something like 170+ different drinks being poured between the regular taps and XTap! And speaking of that XTap—it’s a special station reserved for a rotating schedule of limited, specialty beers, and many will also have the brewers themselves on hand to talk about them. I wrote a guest blog post for The Old Mill’s website about it, go check it out to find out more!

Here’s the Fest pricing info:

A one-time purchase of a souvenir mug is required for tasting. Mugs are $15 and include 5 tasting tokens. Mugs from previous years will not be filled. Tasting tokens are required for beer purchase and cost $1 per (sold in packets of five). 1 token equals a four ounce taste.

What they don’t mention is four tokens will get you a full pour. There will be food vendors of course as well.

It’s going to be a great weekend for the Brewfest, so make sure to come on down and have a great time!

McMenamins’ new O’Kanes Garage Series beer tastings

McMenamins - O'Kanes

This Friday, July 31, the first of the new quarterly O’Kanes Garage Series beer tastings is taking place at McMenamins Old St. Francis School (at O’Kanes, appropriately enough). The idea behind this new series is pretty cool: the brewers (led by Mike “Curly” White) will be recreating popular and award-winning beers from other McMenamins breweries that have appeared over the past 30 years. That’s a lot of history and recipes to choose from!

The beer being showcased this week is Barn Owl Bitter, an easy-drinking 4.77% alcohol ale originally brewed at McMenamins’ Cornelius Pass Roadhouse:

A Cornelius Roadhouse classic, Barn Owl Bitter (aka “Bob”) is a creation of longtime Roadhouse brewer-turned-distiller Bart Hance. This ale is clean, crisp, and packed with Simcoe hop goodness. For a special release at OSF we have recreated this ever popular beer for all to enjoy and revel in here in Central Oregon! Enjoy a pint and see how other McMenamins Breweries create great beer too! Prost!

The tasting starts at 5pm and lasts through the evening. And if you don’t get a chance to sample the beer during the event Friday, never fear—it was brewed as a full six-barrel batch so it should show up on tap at the pub as well.

Watch a livestream of Phish concert today and tomorrow

Not able to score tickets to the Phish concerts at the Les Schwab Amphitheater tonight and tomorrow? Not to worry, the LSA’s got you covered:

Yep, go to the Live Phish site and you can sign up for the livestream(s). It’s not free: standard definition will cost $14.99 per show (or $26.99 for both shows), while HD is $19.99 per show (or $35.98 for both). But if you have no other options it’s one to check out!