Pine Tavern PT81 Beerfest Challenge

Pine Tavern PT81 Beerfest ChallengeThe Pine Tavern restaurant hosted their inaugural PT80 Beerfest last year, and IPA challenge with many of the local breweries, and this fest returns again for their PT81 taking place next week, Tuesday, September 27!

This year the style focus is on Pale Ales, and the event will run from 4 to 8pm. It’s a beer fest, and for $15 you’ll get a pint glass and eight tasting tokens (you can purchase more). Once again, people will be able to vote on their favorite for the People’s Choice award, and also there will be “official” judging (of which I am one) for the main prize.

Last year’s event was a lot of fun, and I expect this one to be moreso (as well as bigger). Come on out!

The details are in the press release below:

The Pine Tavern Restaurant and Bar in Bend will host their second annual PT81 Beerfest Challenge on September 27, 2016 from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. The event includes a beer garden, food, and judging for a signature Pale Ale for the Pine Tavern. Sixteen Central Oregon breweries will be competing for the best Pale Ale and judged by local celebrities and the public. The aim of the competition is to select a winning beer and brewery, and celebrate and recognize the craft beer industry in Bend. In addition the Pine Tavern Restaurant and Bar will serve the award winning beer known as PT81, as its signature Pale Ale for the year of 2017.

The coveted PT80 award in 2016 was given to Silver Moon Brewing for the best IPA and Wild Ride Brewing took home the People’s Choice award. “The staff of Silver Moon was ecstatic to take top honors at last year’s PT80,” said James Watts, Owner of Silver Moon Brewing. “The timing was absolutely perfect for the community to try our new IPA 97, which has quickly become one of the fastest growing IPA’s in the Northwest. Being associated with the recognition and tradition of the Pine Tavern over the past year has been incredible exposure for the Silver Moon brand. We hope to defend our title at the PT81 this month.”

The competition will highlight the submitted beers in a blind tasting and a panel of judges will deliver an independent, neutral and expert verdict on the craft beers. This bestows a high level of recognition upon the participation in the competition thereby giving recognition to the craft brew industry in Bend, the prize winning product, and their producers.

There will be signature food items from the Pine Tavern menu and a beer garden on the patio where the participating breweries will serve their samples to the public. Event proceeds will benefit The Humane Society of Central Oregon. For more information and a list of participating breweries visit or

Bend Oktoberfest is this weekend

Bend OktoberfestThe annual Bend Oktoberfest returns to downtown Bend this weekend, Friday the 16th and Saturday the 17th. You know about Oktoberfest—the German-inspired beer and folk festival offering up beer, German food, oompah music, and all sorts of “absurd” games (their word) and fun.

This year everything takes place on Oregon Avenue, music, games, wiener dog races, beer, bouncy houses, etc. Times are 5pm to 10pm Friday, and noon to 10pm Saturday. Prices on beer and wine are here, and overall it is free to attend.

The wiener dog races take place on Saturday from 4 to 5pm (the rest of the schedule is here). Have a wiener dog? Get them registered starting at 3. Oompah music, beer, and wine is throughout.


The Little Woody is back this Labor Day weekend

The Little Woody Beer, Cider & Whiskey Festival

Bend’s niche-est and possibly coolest beer festival, The Little Woody, returns this Labor Day weekend, taking place Friday the 2nd and Saturday the 3rd. This year promises 26 breweries and cider makers pouring their wood-aged specialties, all taking place at the Deschutes Historical Museum!

My latest article for the Bulletin is about The Little Woody and was published today in their GO! Magazine. (Be sure to pick one up!) Basic entry to the Fest (which includes a glass but no tokens) is $15, while the tasting package includes eight tokens for $20.

In addition to the beers and ciders, there are also whiskeys available (which are aged in barrels, of course). You can get to the list of breweries and the whiskeys here.

This is always a great brewfest, and even though the weather is promising to be cooler, you should still plan to come out! The hours are 5pm to 10pm Friday, and noon to 10pm Saturday.

Riverside Market… to French Market

French Market (formerly Riverside Market)

The Riverside Market is now known as… the French Market! (Still under renovation.)

All part of an ownership change and renovation detailed earlier in the month here:

Riverside Market Bistro , formerly known as Riverside Market & Pub , 285 NW Riverside Blvd., Bend, filed an application July 26 with the Oregon Liquor Control Commission under a change of ownership and a change of tradename for an off-premises sales license, which allows the sale of malt beverages, wine and cider in factory sealed containers for consumption off the licensed premises. Riverside Market Bistro also filed an application for a full on-premises sales license at a commercial establishment, which allows the sale and service of distilled spirits, malt beverages, wine and cider for consumption on the licensed premises.

How about them apples?

Downtown apple trees

I was walking around the Old Town part of downtown today during my lunch break, and was struck not for the first time by the number of apple trees there are. This time of year they are all bearing fruit, and on my walk most of them were dropping their fruit as well—bunches of apples on the sidewalk, on the street, in lots, etc.

I saw three trees alone on Staats Street between Colorado and Georgia. (The picture above is an apple tree on the corner of Staats and Delaware.)

Seeing so many trees, and so much fruit that looks like it’s going to waste, got me to wondering. Are all of these trees on private property? Does the City own or have jurisdiction over them? If nobody is picking or claiming the apples, can anyone pick them?

My assumption is that these are on private property, of course, so you’d need permission of the owner (or resident, if renting) to pick any fruit. But what about the apples that fall on the streets and sidewalks? Who’s responsible for those?

And since Old Town is technically an historic district does that change any of how the apples and trees are managed?

The Top 10 dog names


Today is National Dog Day, so Deschutes County released the top 10  dog names, as licensed in the county:

2016 (Jan 1 – present)

  1. Lucy
  2. Sadie
  3. Bella
  4. Max
  5. Buddy
  6. Maggie
  7. Charlie
  8. Daisy
  9. Molly
  10. Bailey

And for 2015:

  1. Lucy
  2. Buddy
  3. Bella
  4. Maggie
  5. Sadie
  6. Max
  7. Charlie
  8. Molly
  9. Daisy
  10. Bailey