Central Oregon Beer Week is just around the corner, and one of the big Monday events is the opening Kick-Off Celebration (FB event page) being held at Worthy Brewing: it’s a limited, ticketed event that is taking place from 5:30 to 7:30pm and will be featuring a number of cool things to help start the Beer Week off right:
- Souvenir COBW glass
- Special beers pouring, featuring the official “SMaSH” style beer from several breweries (see more below)
- Tours/talks about Worthy Brewing from the brewers
- A raffle featuring some awesome prized donated by a number of sponsors
- Food provided by Worthy
Tickets cost $15 and can be purchased online here.
About that SMaSH beer: “SMaSH” stands for Single Malt and Single Hop and is a method of brewing by which, yes, a single malt and a single hop are used. Brewer Brett Thomas from Silver Moon Brewing suggested this when discussions were underway about the possibility of an official COBW beer, and that became the one; each brewery participating has their own twist on the beer, and Worthy is working on lining up as many of those breweries at Worthy Monday night as they can to pour their respective interpretations.
Of course be sure to keep up to date on the website for current information.
Disclosure: I’m a co-founder and planner for Central Oregon Beer Week.
Wubba’s BBQ Shack is a Klamath Falls-based restaurant that has just opened up a new location on Bend’s northside, at the corner of Empire and Layton in the space formerly occupied by Beach Side and La Costa Azul. In fact, today is their first opening day!
I don’t know (yet) if they’ll be offering the exact same menu as their Klamath Falls restaurant, but I’m definitely curious to try them out. It’s a decent enough location to serve the neighborhood behind it and some of the neighboring businesses around Empire, if the right kind of restaurant goes in. BBQ could be it—and having another place to get BBQ in Bend isn’t a bad thing.
This year’s second annual Central Oregon Beer Week is taking place May 20 – 27 (Monday through Monday, Memorial Day) and so far this year is lining up to be great with a lot of fantastic events and sponsors.
(Full disclosure: I’m a co-founder and one of the main organizers for COBW.)
Sunriver Resort is the title sponsor this year and one of the big events taking place on Sunday the 26th is their first annual Brewfest celebrating the opening of their new beer garden. There will be breweries pouring beer (of course!) as well as food, live music, and more, all taking place from 4 to 9pm that night.
The big opening event for the Week is also the only ticketed event, the Kick-Off Celebration being held at Worthy Brewing on Monday the 20th. The $15 ticket will get you a commemorative official COBW beer glass, tastes of beer from some of our local breweries who have brewed up a special official beer for the Week, food, and a chance to win some fantastic raffle items. The space is limited (hence the tickets!) and if you want in on this you can buy tickets online here.
There are lots of other fantastic events throughout the Week too, like Deschutes Brewery’s Beer-lesque show on Wednesday the 22nd—this is one of their off-the-hook events that’s taking place at the Summit Saloon downtown from 7 to 9pm, and is free. A one-line description: “An evening full of craft beer & comedy coupled with the lovely ladies from Seattle-based Shanghai Pearl’s Burlesque Revue, who will feature a Deschutes Brewery beer in each of their burlesque & variety stage acts.” Do not miss this!
And there are many, many more things going on all Week, plenty to choose from. Such as:
And way too many more to list here individually! Events are, of course, subject to change (it’s the nature of the beast), so keep fully up to date at the website Events page!
Hope to see everybody out enjoying beer all Week long!
I’m pleased to announce that Hack Bend is adding another contributor, Caitlin Richmond! She is fairly new to Bend (just over a year) with a degree in journalism and writes for the Oregon Legal Journal as well as having articles in several local publications. All of which I think will make for an interesting point of view and a great “voice” to have here on the blog.
Look for some upcoming posts about the Drake and La Magie’s expansion, both of which I haven’t had a chance to cover myself yet. And many more good things to come I’m sure!
I just saw that Deschutes Brewery will be celebrating Sausagefest 3 during American Craft Brew Week (which happens to be the week before Central Oregon Beer Week) so… this seems to fit right in!
Interested in learning how to prepare and can your own mustard? Only a very few recipes are safe to can. Summer sausage also has food safety risks. Learn how to safely prepare and can mustard and prepare and store summer sausage at a “hands-on” workshop taught by Glenda Hyde, OSU Extension Family and Community Health Instructor. The class will be on Thursday, May 16, at the OSU Deschutes County Extension office at the Fairgrounds in Redmond, 9:00 AM to Noon. Cost of the workshop is $15.00. The registration fee includes products made in the lab and OSU publications and recipes. Class size is limited. The deadline for registration is May 14th. Call to register at the OSU Deschutes County Extension office at 548-6088 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Not all mustard recipes can be canned safely. OSU Extension recommends only using tested recipes for canning. Food preservation booklets with tested recipes can be purchased at your local county Extension office, or ordered or downloaded for free on-line at http://extension.oregonstate.edu/fch/food-preservation.