Deschutes Brewery’s Burger Month

Burger lovers take note! Each day this May, Deschutes Brewery is celebrating National Burger Month by offering up a special burger menu that features a unique (and sometimes unusual) burger special of the day. Earlier this week I was invited along with several other local media folks to have dinner and preview what’s coming up for the month.

Deschutes Brewery Burger Month calendar

Quite a lineup! You can see they have a wide variety of burgers to offer, including a nice selection of vegan and vegetarian specials coming up late in the month. Mondays are “fan favorite burger” days where they will solicit suggestions on social media for the burger of the day, an idea they really liked as Mondays are also “locals night” at the Pub, with the standard Pub Burger on the menu costing $7.50 (instead of the regular $12).

In fact here was Monday’s burger, The Ludwicki, with “All natural Borlen Beef patty, Face Rock Creamery aged cheddar, apple wood bacon, mayonnaise, & stoned ground mustard on a house baked brioche bun.”

Deschutes Brewery burger

Aside from the burgers, the brewery is also getting ready to introduce a whole new Pub menu, right around the middle of the month. This menu too will include an expanded focus on vegetarian offerings, and to highlight this Chef Brian Kerr (who spoke with us about the burgers, the menu, and more) sent out their (new) vegetarian pizza to the table.

Deschutes Brewery vegetarian pizza

It was really good: they have been tweaking the crust recipe, and the topping themselves were delicious and seemed like they had been lightly stir-fried beforehand in some kind of soy-based sauce. Not what you would expect, but it really worked!

We had also sampled two appetizers, the calamari and a sausage board, both of which I would recommend.

Deschutes Brewery calamari

Deschutes Brewery sausage board

Another interesting highlight of the night was meeting and talking with Matt Borlen of Borlen Beef, who supplies all of the ground beef to the Pub and in turn Deschutes provides them with the Pub’s spent grain from brewing, used as cattle feed. Borlen Beef is located in Alfalfa, with approximately 300 head of cattle. They’ve been taking grain and providing beef to Deschutes since 1995, and have also expanded to collect spent grain from other local breweries—Silver Moon, Bend Brewing, McMenamins, Boneyard, and Cascade Lakes. In fact, they take in about 70,000 to 80,000 pounds of spent grain per week!

It’s going to be a good month at Deschutes if you love your burgers. Here’s their description for the month-long event:

Join us for beers & burgers through the month of May! We will feature one unique burger on our daily specials menu every day throughout the month. Stop by & enjoy a juicy burger made withBorlen Beef & locally sourced carefully prepared ingredients. Below are a few highlights of what we have planned. Cheers to yummy cheese burgers & beers!


Daily UNIQUE burger special everyday in May!

Featured FAN Burger on Locals Night

5/2 Meet & Greet Matt Borlen from Borlen Beef Company 5-7pm

5/28 National Burger Day! We’re going big on this day so stay tuned.

Get Your Burger Punch Card!
Get a stamp for every Special Burger.
5 Stamps = Free Prize & Entrance For Grand Prizes!

Weekly Burger Updates @

Have a favorite burger recipe? Enter on our Facebook page and get your burger featured!

Don’t miss out!

Bend Brewing’s 21st anniversary block party

Bend Brewing CompanyThis Friday, the 29th of April, Bend Brewing Company is celebrating their 21st anniversary with a block party in front of their brewpub (like they did last year), and it’s going to be good:

Bend Brewing Co. is throwing a block party to celebrate our 21st Anniversary!! Join us on Friday, April 29th as we shut down Brooks Street in front of our downtown brewpub for this epic party. There will be a huge tent outside with FREE live music featuring Elektrapod, Moon Mountain Ramblers & Broken Down Guitars Trio. We will be pouring 21 different styles of BBC beer to commemorate 21 years ! Come down and celebrate with us!!!

Event starts at 4:00PM. All Ages. FREE!

Broken Down Guitars Trio – 4:45-5:30PM
Moon Mountain Ramblers – 6:00-7:30PM
Elektrapod – 8:00-10:00PM

There will actually be 25 different beers pouring, so it’s definitely at least “21 for 21”! It’s going to be a good evening to come celebrate and drink some amazing beers.

And keep an eye out in this week’s Go! Magazine from The Bulletin on Friday—I wrote an article about the anniversary for it and got a sneak peek at this year’s new anniversary beer coming out, which I guarantee will be interesting (especially if you’re a sour/wild beer fan).

See you there!

Bend Brewing Block Party

Three Creeks IPApril starts today

Three Creeks BrewingThree Creeks Brewing‘s annual IPApril starts today (Friday, April 22) and runs through the weekend. It’s a hop-lovers favorite type of event, where you can get a great lineup of eight different IPAs:

It’s that time again. Eight fabulous Oregon IPAs on tap at Three Creeks for three fleeting days. Come in, order a taster tray and cast your vote for “Best in Show”. Don’t miss this never to be seen again line-up:
Three Creeks – Raptor
Three Creeks – Crowdpleaser
Three Creeks – Hoodoo Voodoo
Bend Brewing Co.- Hophead IPA
Buoy IPA
Ecliptic – Orbiter IPA
Mazama – Mosaic Eruption
Lompoc – Pamplemousse

Make sure to find your way out to Sisters to get some IPAs this weekend!

Va Piano Winery opening delayed by a month

Va Piano coming soon

A few months back I wrote about Walla Walla’s Va Piano Vineyards opening a tasting room in the Old Mill District; they were slated to have their grand opening weekend this upcoming April 22-24. Unfortunately, due to permit delays, they have to put off their grand opening for a month, most likely opening up sometime in the week of May 22-28.

The plan for the tasting room opening is the same:

Va Piano’s Grand Opening will take place in late May and will feature wine tasting (of course!) and hors d’oeuvres. Owners and winemaker Justin and Liz Wylie will be pouring and discussing their outlook on life which led them to create one of the most sought after wineries in the Walla Walla Valley.

Keep an eye out on the calendar for a final date (when it’s announced).

Free Play Week at the Pavilion (the new ice rink)

The Pavilion Free Play Week

The new Pavilion on the westside off Simpson Avenue that started out as the ice skating rink is transition into spring and summer activities—and this week, from Monday the 18th through Friday the 22nd, they are offering a “Free Play” week to serve as a showcase for the upcoming activities. From Bend Parks & Rec:

All ages are welcome to drop in and experience such activities as basketball, volleyball, pickleball, badminton and classic yard games. Skateboarders and scooter riders can try out new skatepark features. Skaters and riders need to bring their own board or scooter and helmet.

The “Free Play Week” schedule is:

  • 9:30 am – 1:30 pm: Pickleball, badminton, skatepark features and yard games
  • 4:00 – 8:30 pm: Basketball, volleyball, skatepark features and yard games

Topping off the free community fun is “The Pavilion Summer Preview” on Sunday, May 1, from noon to 3:00 pm. Highlighting the facility’s recreation activities, the event is open to all ages and will feature:

  • Court sports – basketball, volleyball, pickleball and more
  • Lawn games and cornhole
  • Skatepark features – bring your skateboard, scooter and helmet
  • Live music and facility tours
  • Summer program information and registration

There is no need to register and all activities are free. Food and refreshments will be available for purchase.

Les Schwab Amphitheater Free Summer Sundays schedule posted

BMC Free Summer Sundays Concerts

Every summer the Les Schwab Amphitheater offers free Sunday concerts (the Bend Memorial Clinic Free Summer Sunday Concert Series in its full name) which is a great way to spend the afternoon and is family-friendly besides. This year’s schedule has been posted, starting on Sunday, June 5.

Here’s this year’s concert lineup:

  • 6/5 – Tiempo Libre Afro-Caribbean Music
  • 6/19 – Bel Mizik French Creole Hip Hop
  • 6/26 – Five Pint Mary Irish Folk Punk
  • 7/10 – Kinzel & Hyde Roots & Blues
  • 7/17 – Summit Express Jazz Band Dixie Land Jazz
  • 7/24 – Kitchen Dwellers Montana Galaxy Grass

Gates open each Sunday at 1p.m. and the shows run from 2:30-4:30 p.m. Come on down to the Les Schwab Amphitheater and enjoy a beautiful afternoon of great music and healthy family fun. Live music will be rounded out by many other family-oriented activities, such as bouncy houses and delicious food vendors.

Mark your calendars!