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!
New Years Eve, 1988; it seems like a month ago this week started. The busiest week in the brief history of the brewpub, far busier than any that preceded it. Everyone’s tired. But everyone’s still game for what is to come. I’m tired, really tired, but relieved that people still want to come out and see us. I’m tired because my Christmas day was largely spent with a hot water hose held on the cone of one fermenter we are still trying to get started. Fortunately, I have a great wife and great parents that kept me company for a large part of that day. Even more fortunately, it seems like we might survive this week, and this first year (6-months really) and, although we’re battered, we’re still here, still in business. I’m excited for our new bookkeeper who is starting in a week. It’ll be the third we’ve had in the first 6 months and I don’t need to be hiring another one. So many things to do and all I can think about is getting some rest. Oh well, no one asked me to be here. I guess I’ll keep going and look for things to improve. We got our beer to the Mountain (Bachelor) and they seem to be happy. I haven’t skied yet, but, then again, don’t think I’ll have time this winter. We have a city league team that I’m on and I think I can get to the race, then come right back to the pub, if I time it right. It’ll be nice to ski, but I’d sure like a warm up run, or two….
For the 8th release of The Abyss, we interviewed Deschutes Brewery founder, Gary Fish, and assistant brewmaster, Ryan Schmiege, and had them talk about the history, ingredients and motivation surrounding our beloved imperial stout. We hope you learn something new and that it helps you enjoy The Abyss even more whether this is your first year trying it or if you are an old pro and have conducted your fair share of vertical tastings. Cheers!
A couple of weeks ago our team made the annual trek out to Denver, Colorado for the granddaddy of beer fests, the Great American Beer Festival, otherwise known simply as GABF. We joined over 600 breweries on the Colorado Convention Center floor, pouring 20 of our damn tasty beers for around 49,000 craft beer fanatics. The Brewers Association folks who put on the festival say over 3,100 different beers were poured, one ounce at a time, for thirsty festival goers. But that’s not all…