There are a number of special beer releases and events happening around the area this week that you’re going to want to check out.
Tomorrow (Wednesday) Crux Fermentation Project is teaming up with Blue Pine Bar to put on a special beer dinner featuring Crux beer pairings. It’s a five-course meal that looks pretty impressive (menu here) and the cost is $60, tickets for which you can purchase online here. There are still a handful of tickets left and the dinner starts at 6pm, so you have slightly less than 24 hours to get one!
On Thursday the 14th, Deschutes Brewery is officially releasing this year’s version of The Abyss, their hugely popular barrel-aged Imperial Stout, with an all day celebration (starting at 11am when they open) featuring The Abyss on tap, available in bottles, and a special vertical flight likely featuring four or five vintages to taste side-by-side. They’ll also be offering a special food menu to commemorate the day. If nothing else don’t miss out on the chance to try the vertical tasting.
Also on Thursday, Worthy Brewing is releasing their first seasonal winter beer: Powder Keg Winter Ale. It’s a red-hued IPA that’s 7.1% alcohol by volume and 65 IBUs, and it’s going to be released on draft and in a limited run of 22-ounce bottles.
Three Creeks Brewing over in Sisters has their annual winter/Christmas beer coming out this Friday, the 15th, their Rudolph’s Imperial Red, officially launching at 6pm in their bar. Rudolph’s is an 8.6% alcohol strong ale packed with well-balanced big malt and hops flavors. And, mark your calendars for Saturday, December 7th because that’s Three Creeks’ 3rd annual Rudolph’s Imperial Red Vertical Tasting! It’s $25 per person and you get appetizers along with four years of Rudolph’s: 2013, 2012, 2011 and a barrel-aged 2010. Details at the link.
Hard to believe it’s been nine years since McMenamins Old St. Francis School opened up in the, er, old St. Francis school property in downtown Bend, but there it is. I loved it when it first opened and I still love it today; I know McMenamins historically gets a bad rap sometimes for mediocre pub food and lackluster beers (undeservedly so, particularly in the past few years since Mike “Curly” White has been manning the brewing helm and has been cranking out great beers) but there’s simply no denying that the Old St. Francis School has had an integral impact on the Bend beer scene.
And today they are celebrating their 9th birthday, all day long, with a special “birthday beer flight” and free live music kicking off in the evening. Here are the details on the birthday flight:
- Parson’s Double Brown: Curly’s local winter seasonal creation, 7.9% alcohol by volume (abv)
- Sleepy Hollow Nut Brown: McMenamin’s classic fall/Halloween seasonal, 5.03% abv
- Black Widow Porter: McMenamins winter seasonal porter, 7.35% abv
- Rum Spun Black Widow: Curly’s local spin on the Black Widow, with “added oak spirals that were soaked in our Three Rocks Rum for 3 weeks” which “were then added to the Black Widow Firkin where another 4 weeks of conditioning.” Yum!
Tonight’s live music (free, of course!) is featuring:
- Sassparilla playing from 5 to 7:30pm
- McMenamins’ favorite, Freak Mountain Ramblers kicking off at 8pm
If you haven’t been down to the Old St. Francis School lately—or even if you have—make sure to stop by today, try the birthday beer flight and maybe another specialty beer or two, and check out some live music and enjoy the party!
Today starting at 4pm Bend’s newest brewery, RiverBend Brewing, is offering up a sneak peek to their (re)opening of the brewpub (in the former Rivals Sports Bar space, on Northeast Division):
Riverbend Brewery and Sports Pub would like to invite you and a guest to an exclusive sneak peek of Bend’s latest Brewery and sports pub this Wednesday November 6th beginning at 4pm till 11pm. Stop by any time and meet our award winning brewer Daniel Olsen and try some of his latest, delicious creations along with our tasty menu from Chef Gary Sobala
I don’t know what beers they will have on tap other than their IPA and Blonde Session Ale, but this is a great opportunity to check out Bend’s newest brewery and what they have to offer!
The Deschutes County website has the election results posted for the local measures in today’s election. As of right now they are (I’m rounding for simplicity):
- 9-96 Deschutes County Transient Room Tax: 62% Yes, 38% No
- 9-94 City of Bend Temporary Lodging Tax: 62% Yes, 38% No
- 9-95 Alfalfa Fire District Formation: 70% Yes, 30% No
- 16-69 Crooked River Ranch Fire 5-Year Levy: 76% Yes, 24% No
The room/lodging tax vote results aren’t that surprising (I don’t remember seeing much if any opposition to them) but I’m glad to see the Alfalfa Fire District get the nod: having grown up in Alfalfa I can attest that having an established fire district is definitely needed out there.
This Thursday, November 7, the Nature of Words kicks off its ninth annual Literary Festival with four days of writing workshops, guest author readings and signings, lectures, and more (finishing up on Sunday the 10th). It is to the literary arts what BendFilm is to independent cinema and they have a great slate of events lined up:
- Multicultural Lecture with guest author Lawson Inada (12:00 p.m.) – $25 at COCC Wille Hall
- Rising Star Creative Writing Competition Awards Ceremony (7:00 p.m.) – Free at COCC Hitchcock Auditorium
- Reading and Reception with Guest Author James Prosek at 3pm at the Confluence Fly Fishing Shop in the Old Mill – By invitation
- VIP Reception at Umpqua Bank downtown at 5:30pm – By invitation
- Guest Author Readings and Book Signings at the Tower Theatre (7:00 p.m.) featuring Lawson Inada (poetry), James Prosek (creative nonfiction), Karen Finneyfrock (slam poetry and young adult fiction) and Jim Lynch (fiction) – $30 at the Tower Theatre
- Guest Author Workshops and Lectures (9:00 a.m. through 3:00 p.m.) – variously priced at the OSU-Cascades Campus Cascades Hall
- Fireside Author Reception (7:00 p.m.) – $50 at Aspen Hall in Shevlin Park
- Second Sunday Author Reading with guest author Dr. Emily Carr, followed by an open mic from 11am to 1pm – Free at Bend Public Library’s Brooks Room
That’s a great lineup of things to attend, and you can buy tickets to all of them here, except for the Tower Theatre event which you can buy here.
This is definitely a great festival with some excellent events that I’d encourage everyone interested in writing—or even just an avid reader—to consider attending. You won’t be sorry you did!