2nd Annual Platypus Pub Winter Beer Festival

Platypus PubThursday, February 20th, the Platypus Pub is teaming up once again with Columbia Distributing to present their second annual Winter Beer Festival. Last year’s event was a good showing so I expect it to be even better this year. From their newsletter:

This event will bring you face to face with many of the people responsible for the beers we know and love, from the brewers to the sales rep’s. The tasting starts at 6 PM with two brewery’s and rotating two others every 20 minutes or so.

This is a great opportunity to sample 15 great beers. Let’s call it a test drive before you buy. We will be raffling off some cool swag all night long.

Here’s the tap list they’ll be serving:

  • Deschutes Brewery: Pine Drops IPA
  • Deschutes Brewery: Winterweizen
  • Bend Brewing: Big Bad Russian Imperial Stout
  • Worthy Brewing: East Side Pale Ale
  • Cascade Lakes: 20th Anniversary IPA
  • BridgePort Brewing: Citra Hop Czar
  • Pyramid Brewing: Super Snow Cap
  • Full Sail Brewing: Vendell’s Veizen
  • Sierra Nevada Brewing: Ovila Quad
  • Sierra Nevada Brewing: Torpedo IPA
  • Lagunitas Brewing: Rye Barrel Cappuccino Stout
  • New Belgium Brewing: Yuzu Berlinerweisse
  • Georgetown Brewing: Lisa’s Chocolate Stout (NITRO)
  • Georgetown Brewing: Manny’s Pale
  • Reverend Nat’s Hard Cider: Hallelajuh Hopricot

It should be a fun night, kicking off at 6pm and running for about 3 hours or so (at least). Note, however, they haven’t posted the schedule of what beers will go on tap when, so if you’re hoping for a taste of a particular beer, your best bet might just be to get there early and wait it out.

Brother Jon’s is no longer serving breakfast

Brother Jon's Public HouseSad news for fans of Brother Jon’s Public House (on the westside, not to be confused with the Ale House downtown): they are no longer serving breakfast! Last Sunday was the final breakfast. As they explain on their post on Facebook:

Thank you customers!!! For allowing Brother Jon’s the privilege of serving you breakfast over the past three years. Sadly, however, we have made the difficult decision to discontinue breakfast service. Starting this weekend Brother Jon’s Public House will open at 11am. Once football season resumes we will open a bit earlier with breakfast specials on the blackboard.

For anyone looking for more of an explanation: Brother Jon’s takes great pride in serving the best food possible and creating the best experience we can for our guests. As breakfast has gotten more and more popular at Brother Jon’s, it has also gotten more and more difficult to produce given the limitations of our kitchen and restaurant. We hope you will understand our decision and we look forward to serving you for many years to come!

It’s too bad, but understandable. Hopefully they’ll be able to do breakfasts again at some point.

Zwickelmania is back this Saturday

This Saturday, February 15th (President’s Day weekend), the 6th annual Zwickelmania returns to provide a statewide “backstage pass” to Oregon’s breweries— offering “visitors a chance to tour Oregon breweries, meet the brewers and sample your favorite beers”—and of course in Central Oregon we have a large number that are participating.

Zwickelmania 2014

The event runs from 11am until 4pm and you’ll want to pace yourself and, if you can, get someone to be a designated driver for you: basically you’ll be tasting beer all day. It’s a great event, and one of my favorite beer events of the year.

Here’s who we have participating:

  • 10 Barrel Brewing: “For Zwickelmania we’re releasing award losing beers, serving cheap food and leading long winded brewery tours. Please show up early because our brewers like to hit the bottle hard and lose focus quickly.
  • Bend Brewing Company: “For Zwickelmania we will do a Meet the Brewer at the Brewery Open House with Rare Beer Tastings, experience a tour as well in our upstairs brewing facility
  • Boneyard Beer: “Does Zwickle tickle your pickle? Join us for our parking lot party, “Pickles and Zwickles”, as we pour full pints, zwickle samples, and grub on burgers from The Patty Wagon. We will be making beer in the brewery so the brewery won’t be open for tours, in case you were wondering.
  • Crux Fermentation Project: “For Zwickelmania we will be doing tours of the brewery every 20 minutes along with a full BBQ extravaganza and if we’re lucky…samplings from our Banished Series barrels.
  • Deschutes Brewery: “For Zwickelmania, enjoy a self-guided tour of the original Central Oregon brewery with complimentary samples. Taste beer fresh-off-the-tank, see the brew houses, smell the whole-cone hop cooler, talk with the brewers, and check out the fermentation cellar and bottling line
  • GoodLife Brewing: “For Zwickelmania GoodLife Brewing will be open for tours from 11am to 4pm Saturday, February 15th. Enjoy samples of our award winning beers including a selection of rare brews, tour our recent brewery expansion, and Play-to-Win in our Corn Hole Toss Challenge. Come tour one of Oregon’s fastest growing breweries!
  • McMenamins Old St. Francis School: “For Zwickelmania, we will have a special Zwicklemania Passport stamp at each of the participating McMenamins breweries, a GROWLER SPECIAL at all McMenamins OREGON LOCATIONS-$7 Growler fill of the beer of their choice, $9 fill for high gravity ales.  We will also have the Dry-hopped All Day ISA & Dry-hopped Red Riser IRA in the downstairs brewery plus a pub Special: (Special Firkin release) of Black Zombie Porter (Whiskey-soaked Medium American Oak)
  • Old Mill Brew Werks: “For Zwickelmania we are doing tastings with the brewer.
  • Rat Hole Brewpub: (No description)
  • RiverBend Brewing: “For Zwickelmania we are doing free Tastings & a guided tours by our head brewer every 20 minutes.
  • Silver Moon Brewing: “For Zwickelmania we are participating in Bend Brew Bus Shutlle, special rides from Bend Cycle Pub
  • Worthy Brewing: “For Zwickelmania we are doing free tours, tastings and special beer releases.

(I’ll keep this post updated if new information comes in.)

Also, the Bend Brew Bus will also be providing a special Zwickelmania shuttle service, with two 14-passenger vans running in two loops (north and south):

Both vans will begin at 11am in Downtown Bend at Deschutes Brewery’s original Bond St. location and complete their last loop at 5pm.

The North Loop shuttle will take approximately 1.5 hours from Bond st. back to Bond st. It will visit Rat Hole Brewing, Atlas Cider, Worthy Brewing, 10 Barrel’s Production Brewery and River Bend Brewing.

The South Loop shuttle will take approximately 1 hour from Bond st. back to Bond st. It will visit Boneyard Beer, Old Mill Brew Werks, GoodLife Brewing, Cascade Lakes Brewing, Deschutes Brewery Production Brewery and Crux Fermentation Project.

This is a free shuttle so if you don’t have a driver then you should definitely take advantage of this! (Note, it’s also first-come, first-served!) And though they have a stop at Atlas Cider on the north route, I haven’t seen particular information about what they’re doing for the day but if I get that I’ll list it.

Finally, if you want to add a bit of fun to your zwickel-ing, you can play Zwickelmania Bingo, a totally whimsical enhancement to the event that I created last year on my beer blog. You can generate a card (or many) to print out just for Central Oregon (or other regions, or the whole state) and play along as you visit the breweries and drink the beer. It’s strictly informal though, so there’s no prizes—just a way to have fun!

Crab Fest!

Deschutes Brewery's Crab FestDeschutes Brewery‘s annual Crab Fest is taking place tomorrow and Saturday! This is their all-you-can-eat crab extravaganza:

Crab Fest is back! Get your fill of crab and damn tasty Deschutes brews at our annual Crab Feed Beer Dinner. Since this event sells out every year, we’ve added a second date so you can enjoy all the crab you can eat for one or two nights: Friday, February 7th or Saturday, February 8th beginning at 6:00pm.

The menu is 4 courses including:
Passed apps:
A variety of nigiri-style crab rolls and succulent Dungeness crab on buttered slider buns

Table side service:
Crab wedge salad consisting of fresh lump crab, applewood smoked bacon, pink grapefruit, ripe avocado, red onion, iceberg lettuce, and a creamy tropical fruit vinaigrette

The Boil:
The crab boil will contain Dungeness crab, peel and eat prawns, knackwurst sausage, new potato, corn, drawn butter

Bananas foster cream tart

Deschutes Beers include:
Chainbreaker White IPA
Deschutes River Ale
Black Butte Porter

Tickets cost $80 and if you haven’t gotten yours yet, Saturday is sold out at the time of this writing, so you’d better jump on Friday!

Update: Well, that was quick—Friday is now sold out too.

Broken Top Bottle Shop’s 2nd anniversary

Broken Top Bottle Shop 2nd anniversaryIt was Tuesday, February 4, 2012 that Broken Top Bottle Shop opened their doors, transforming the previous Abbey Pub space into a new beer bar with a focus on community, good beer, and good, healthy and vegetarian food, and since that day two years ago they have become such an integral fixture on Bend’s west side that it’s hard to remember a time they weren’t there.

To celebrate two years of business, they are holding their two-day anniversary party this Friday and Saturday, the 31st and 1st respectively, offering up free shows of great live music to accompany great food and great beers.

Friday will feature Tone Red starting things off at 5pm, followed by The Sweatband at 7:30. On Saturday, DJ Byrne will be “spinning danceable melodies” at 5 and 8pm, and in between Upstate Trio will jam at 6pm.

Sunday the 2nd will of course be devoted to a Superbowl party, and then on their actual anniversary, Tuesday the 4th, they are promising “Super-Secret Special Deals” all day long. I wouldn’t be surprised to see some amazing, rare beers tapped that day (or this weekend, for that matter) to help celebrate the milestone.

These next few days are going to be great for BTBS, so make sure to stop by and celebrate with them and congratulate them on two great years!