About once a week, we speak with a beer fan who is concerned about the "floaties," flakes, or sediment they've found in their craft beer. "Is it bad?" "Will this make me sick?" and "this looks gross" are a few of the comments we read or hear.
In recent news, we've heard that craft beer fans want a beer to fuss over. Not only do you want a beer that is delicious, but you are interested in high quality ingredients, a wonderful aroma, and a beer with a beautiful look and color. As you pour your beer into the perfect glass, you see white flakes that you weren't expecting and some not so positive thoughts come to mind unless you've done some previous research about the subject.
This creative outlet is where our brewers are able to dream. It is where we are given the free reign to try something we've never done before, fail, learn, and present to you, in rare, barrel-aged, small-batch offerings, our pickled brewer hearts in the form of a waxed-dipped 22 oz bottle. They are a thank you to our pub patrons for making our pubs a part of their lives, and for believing in our crazy ideas. The Pub Reserve Series is the only one of its kind where we are not bound by pesky deadlines outside of what we place on ourselves. Where we truly hand select the best of our efforts, and let the beer either take its time or shout “IT’S TIME”!
If only I could easily impart to you the significance of this word to my time spent brewing at the Bend Public House.
If you are a regular to our pub, you have probably tasted or at least heard of Bachelor Bitter. It’s the local’s favorite. It’s the staff favorite. It’s the beer that must always be on tap or else coasters will be thrown at you if you dare walk through the bar. It’s heavenly on cask. It means something so significant to us yet so difficult to translate to others. I guess this isn’t too much of a surprise. Afterall, it is named after a single dude, followed by a term which most people find off-putting.
Bitter? Why would I want to drink something bitter?
Did you know that we give back a dollar for every barrel of beer we sell? That means the more you drink the more money we give to the community. In 2014, our community involvement program was able to reach more deserving nonprofits than ever before with a total donation of more than $285,000. This year we are looking forward to increasing our impact not only with our growing funds for giving, which will be $335,000, but also with the enhanced partnerships we are creating to help these organizations gain exposure in their communities.
We've definitely got some super fans out there and love it when they take the time to write in with a story, song or poem about their favorite beer. Whether you are a fan of dark beers, lighter beers, wheat beers, imperial beers, or something in between; then we've got a beer for you.
Sheila Kelly's favorite beer is Cinder Cone Red and she was very excited when we brought it back in 22 oz bottles earlier this year. She was so excited, in fact, that she wrote this "Ode to Cinder Cone Red"
This week we’re recognizing our friend and super fan, Jimmy Barr, creator of the Unofficial Black Butte Porter fan page. Although he lives in North Eastern Pennsylvania where he can’t even buy a six-pack of what he calls “pure awesome in a bottle”, he has helped spread the good word for the past 5 years on Facebook. So, to show our appreciation, we’ve turned our Facebook page into the “Unofficial Jimmy Barr Fan Page” and have "promoted" him to be our Official Director Of Unofficial Social Media.
Last but certainly not least, we'd like to announce our fifth custom beer brewed for Oregon Manifest's Bike Design Project, an Amber Ale. Brewed to pair with Huge Design x 4130 Cycle Works’ yet-to-be-revealed bike design and the historical west-coast city that inspired it.
You never know who may walk into the pub and change the direction of a beer.
Some nothing special weekday in Bend, I was asked to come out to meet some enthusiastic fans of our beer, who also happened to be home brewers. When I got to their table, they were happily enjoying a couple classic pub burgers and frosty pints (I was somewhat jealous). It was evident that the enthusiastic one was the son of the father/son pair, Joe Bussmann: a beginning homebrewer and lover of craft beer. As he proclaimed his love for the beers, how they like stopping in on their trips to Bend, and how he is starting to homebrew, his no bullshit father, George Bussmann, was giving him the old “yaaa…yaaaa” look. I asked what brought them over and they said they were cranberry farmers from Sixes, Oregon and they were out here on business.
Being named “World’s Best Beer” at the World Beer Awards in London, England for the 2nd time in the last 4 years, I thought it was time to do some world traveling of my own. Most of the time when someone accomplishes something Big, they usually go to the happiest place on Earth…for me, being a NW Pale Ale and all, I needed to chill, so I ventured to the land down under-- Australia!
Before the Jubelale season comes to an end, we want to share the slideshow that this year's artist, Avlis Leumas, put together. It's always interesting to see how the artist brings their concept to life and to know what inspired them along the way. We hope you enjoyed this year's amazing artwork as much as you enjoyed the beer. Long live Ollie. Cheers!