Central Oregon Beer Week starts today

Central Oregon Beer Week 2016Today is the first day of the 10-day beer extravaganza known as Central Oregon Beer Week, which runs through Sunday, May 29 and promises a “week” packed with beer specials, and events you’re not going to want to miss.

Here’s the official press release:

Central Oregon Beer Week (COBW) Now in its fifth year Central Oregon Beer Week celebrates the craft beer industry in a terrific week long event. With 28 active breweries, locals and visitors alike can plan on a solid ten days of craft beer bliss in Central Oregon. The Kick Off Celebration will be held at Crow’s Feet Commons, Friday May 20th. This will be the first opportunity for craft beer aficionados to try the Official Beer Week Beer, COBW IWA, brewed by the folks that won last years SMaSH Fest People’s Choice award, and who have most recently been awarded a World Beer Cup Gold, Sunriver Brewing. This year Central Oregon Beer Week will once again feature unique SMaSH (Single Malt and Single Hop) beers prepared by a growing list of Oregon breweries, including Bend Brewing Co, Deschutes Brewery, McMenamins Old St. Francis, Three Creeks Brewing, Sunriver Brewing, Wild Ride Brewing, Worthy Brewing, Ecliptic Brewing, and Fort George Brewing. To view all participating breweries visit: http://centraloregonbeerweek.com/2016­central­oregon­beer­week­smash­fest/ These beers will be available for all to taste, May 28th at our SMaSH Fest, held once again at McMenamins Old St. Francis School O’Kanes Gallery. The festivities continue with numerous events during the week including daily brewery events at our official Brew Hub – Broken Top Bottle Shop , live music at select venues, special food and craft beer pairings, tastings, presentations featuring Paul Arney (The Ale Apothecary), a special Central Oregon Brewer’s Guild benefit at Crux Fermentation Project, the 6th Annual Mt Bachelor Brewski, and more! Our Epic Brewery Tour Giveaway is back, with prizes from Drink Tanks, The Bend Ale Trail, and Mt. Bachelor. It’s going to be a good time once again! Cheers!

Keep up to date on all the events taking place over the Week here. And prepare your livers!

The Brown Owl’s new location is open

The Brown Owl's new brick and mortar space

The Brown Owl started out as a food truck that had a spot over at The Lot, and over the past year they built out a brick-and-mortar space in the Box Factory (the former Old Mill Marketplace). Good news—last week they officially opened!

I was walking by yesterday and poked my head in and snapped this picture. I wasn’t aware that they were putting in a full bar, so along with the craft beer on tap they’ve helped to turn the Box Factory into a bit of a drinking destination, along with Atlas Cider and the soon-to-open Immersion Brewing.

The space looks great, and they posted their regular hours will be Tuesday through Sunday, 11am to 11pm, and it looks as though they’ll be doing live music on Sundays from 2 to 5pm. Worth checking out.

I imagine I’ll be checking them out for lunch pretty soon, as well as for drinks—could be a fun little industrial neighborhood bar!

The Brown Owl
550 SW Industrial Way, Suite 120
Bend, OR 97701

The first High Fiber Arts Symposium begins today

Today, Friday the 13th, is the first day of the High Fiber Arts Symposium taking place in the Old Mill District, which continues through Saturday. It promises to be “one the most comprehensive events for fiber artists throughout the Pacific Northwest.” From the release:

The Symposium will explore the cutting edge of traditional craft, how the handmade has been influenced by technology, and explore how the expressive needs of the artist have caused the use of fiber to transcend its humble origins. The Symposium includes hands-on workshops, art talks and demonstrations, exhibits, an all-day Marketplace Pop-Up featuring local fiber artists and a Fashion Runway finale.

If you’re interested you can still register here.

MOD Pizza Grand Opening is today!

MOD PizzaThe new MOD Pizza that has been under construction on Colorado by the new Market of Choice is opening today, with a Grand Opening celebration taking place all day.

Bend, are you MOD? We’re bringing super fast artisan-style pizzas to your town!

We’re opening the doors of our newest location at 12:00 noon on Friday, 5/6. We’ll have free pizza for the first 52 fans in line, a drawing for free pizza for a year, and other awesome MOD giveaways!

100% of pizza sales all day will be donated to Family Access Network!

Invite your friends, get ready to MOD, and be sure to share your photos and stories from the opening here! See ya soon!

They’re located at 110 NW Sisemore Street, right there off Colorado (or Arizona) on the western edge of the Old Mill District.

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.

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Don’t miss out!