Saturday was The Little Woody, the barrel-aged beer festival I’d been touting for awhile, and I was able to make it down there from 12:30 until 3. (The event lasted until 10.) I’ve written a more detailed review over at my beer blog, including notes on the beers themselves, but here are some general notes about the fest from a more Bend-centric angle, along with the pictures I took.
- The grounds of the Deschutes Historical Museum turned out to be a nice venue, I think, though it was apparently very packed by the time evening rolled around. In the early part of the day it worked out pretty well. The weather was perfect and you could find shade in the grass when you needed it.
- It would have been nice to see more food vendors there; the four they had were Ben and Jerry’s, Cafe Yumm, Pisano’s Pizza, and Los Jalapenos. I’m a little surprised they didn’t have the mobile pizza cart there—you know, wood-fired pizza.
- The “no kids, no dogs” policy is going to be a controversial topic. They were turning away people with kids, and the guy out front checking IDs said they were actually having more trouble with people trying to bring their dogs in. As busy as they were, though, it apparently didn’t hurt them any.
- Really cool to see all of our local breweries getting together for an event like this. I was also impressed with the commemorative glasses—I expected a smaller, four-ounce (or so) taster glass, not the full (shaker) pint glass they were handing out.
- I didn’t participate in it, but there was a drawing for a Breedlove guitar going on too; anyone who bought a ticket for the drawing was able to play “gnome games”: basically they had a few different kinds of plastic gnomes and you could, er, play carnival-style games with them. No prizes to win; I guess the real amusement would be later in the day watching people who had too much to drink trying to play.
- Kudos to the Museum as well for opening up their doors to the festival-goers. Besides being able to use the restrooms (yes, there were porta-potties also), they had the OPB documentary “Beervana” on hand for anyone who wanted to watch it.