The Little Woody starts today!

The Little WoodyOne of Bend’s premier beer festivals, The Little Woody Barrel Aged Brew and Whiskey Fest, kicks off today at 5pm and continues tomorrow at noon (ending at 10pm both days)! It’s also one of my favorites, featuring beers aged on wood in some form, many brewed specifically for this event.

As always it’s taking place at the Des Chutes Historical Museum, and is featuring some 23 breweries pouring something like 38 beers (I posted a handy list here), not to mention the whiskey tasting that will be taking place inside the museum throughout the event.

If you can go, I’d highly recommend it. It will cost $10 for the basic entry fee, which gets you in plus a commemorative glass. $20 gets you that plus 10 tasting tokens, which are worth $1 apiece. Remember, though, that beers (and whiskeys) always cost multiple tokens—last year, they ranged from 2 to 6 tokens in price.

But it’s definitely worth it, you’ll be tasting some unique beers you won’t find anywhere else, and the Museum is a great setting. Don’t miss out!

Alpenglow and baked. Have Closed Their Doors

A couple of closures came to my attention recently…

I heard about baked. closing at The Night Light Show on Monday. (Have you been to The Night Light Show? It’s fantastic. But that’s a topic for a different post.) Confirmation on their FB page:

The rumors are true. Baked will be closing our doors for good after this week. Our last day of business will be this Saturday, August 23rd. If you’d like to stock up on bread or pastries, please call the bakery to place your orders at least a day ahead of time, as we will probably be selling out. Our number is 541.389.2390 . Thank you so much for supporting us over the past 4 years. We’ve had a great time baking goodies and getting to know you all.

Rumor has it that Foxtail Bakery and an independent bookshop (!!!) are planning to take over the space.

Also, I got a message from a friend that Alpenglow Cafe had their last day of serving delicious, from-scratch meals on Sunday 8/24. I haven’t been able to find any confirmation, and have not had a chance to stop by and peek in the doors to see what’s up. I’m curious if the owners were done, or if the landlords were raising rent or something like that.

It’s always disappointing to see locally owned and operated businesses go dark. Any others that folks should know about?

Join Bend’s new Maker’s District for a block party on August 30

Bend Maker's DistrictYou may have heard about the new “Maker’s District” that has formed recently, a group of local businesses located on First and Second streets loosely between Greenwood and Olney Avenues, just east of downtown.

They have a block party celebration coming up on August 30, with over 20 businesses participating and 19 of them offering up a “passport” that you can get stamped by them (think Bend Ale Trail) to be entered into a drawing to win prizes. You can pick up these passports at any of the Maker’s District businesses, and it just needs to be turned in by 8pm on August 30.

Here’s the blurb on the block party event:

August 30, 4-9pm businesses between Olney and Greenwood on 1st, 2nd, and 3rd street (and side streets) will be hosting music, food, drinks, bike events and other special events to cross promote the new district. Come check out our businesses ranging from kombucha to bikes, fitness, produce and a cafe. We will be holding a raffle as well! This a family friendly event!

And among the things they have listed going on that night:

Natural Edge Furniture will have the following, BBQ & freshmen’s, Daniel Paggi-One man band extraordinaire & The Cutmen-Southern style funk band

2nd Street Theatre will have improv!

humm kombucha will have 3 performances: singer songwriter Tyler Robson, singer/songwriters Jesc Miller, and members of Harley bourbon. Oregon Spirits Distillers will have a outside booth for cocktails, and beer from Bridge 99 is available as well as Volcano Vineyards Peach Sangria on tap.

Free Range Equipment & Sara Bella Upcycled will have the band Jigs & Reels free beer on tap. 1234 NE 1st

inMotion will have Cornhole, beer from North Rim Brewing chips and salsa, Giant Jenga, and music!

Hold Fast Kustoms will have Betty Ace Broads & Rods Magazine pin up models! Beer and Five Pint Mary!

Sierra Nevada Brewing tap takeover at the Platypus

Platypus PubThe Platypus Pub is holding two days of a special tap takeover featuring Sierra Nevada Brewing’s special “Beer Camp Across America” line of beers: 12 different collaboration beers that Sierra Nevada brewed with a host of craft brewers all around the country. All of these are beers that look pretty amazing (I’ve tried the Ninkasi collaboration beer, Double Latte Coffee Milk Stout, and it’s really good) and this Friday and Saturday, the 22nd and 23rd, the Platypus will have all 12 on tap all day long.

Don’t miss your chance to swing by and try out some (or all) of these beers. And if you like them, you might even be able to buy the half-case containing one of each in the Brew Shop upstairs.

The Source’s Best of Central Oregon 2014 is out (and Hack Bend got best blog again!)

The Source Weekly’s “Best of Central Oregon 2014” issue is out today, highlighting all of the Best-of-Every-Category that the Source readers have voted on—and once again, this Hack Bend blog has won the “Best Blog” award! The excellent Hyperbole and a Half was this year’s honorable mention.

The Source Best of Central Oregon 2014

And once again this blog only won because of all the readers out there who voted on the Source’s ballot for it—thank you all who voted! This blog is only as successful as it is because of all of you.

And this Friday at Crow’s Feet Commons, the Source is hosting their Best of Central Oregon Reader Appreciation Party starting at 7pm:

Join us in the Mirror Pond Plaza (just outside Crow’s Feet Commons) for a free party featuring music from Portland pop bands The Breaking and The Cabin Project. Mix and mingle with Best Of winners as well as your favorite The Source Weekly staffers.

Come on out Friday!