August is here which means Street Fare is near! (Yes, we’re poets and we know it) We can’t believe this is already our fourth year shutting down Davis Street in front of our Portland Pub for this amazing event, bringing together some of Portland’s finest food carts, brilliant local indie bands, and our favorite summer brews.
We couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful day for our first official Black Butte to Mirror Bike Ride and 25th Anniversary Party! This past Saturday hundreds of cyclists came together to ride the back roads of Central Oregon. The ride started at Black Butte Ranch, outside of Sisters and ended by crossing Mirror Pond at Drake Park in downtown Bend. We met folks who had come all the way from Arizona and Nevada to ride the race and see the landmarks that inspired our damn tasty beer.
Thanks so much to everyone who participated in our #BB2MP Instagram contest! Check out some of the entries below in our Storify. The Black Butte to Mirror Pond Bike Ride is next weekend, Saturday June 22nd. Sign up here.
To celebrate our 25th Anniversary and in honor of our two flagship beers, we’re hosting a Black Butte to Mirror Pond Bike Ride on Saturday, June 22nd, 2013. Honestly, this is one ride you shouldn’t miss! We’ll start at Black Butte Ranch and wind our way along the dirt roads behind Sisters until we reach Mirror Pond at Drake Park in downtown Bend. Register for the ride here.
Last Friday we had the privilege of watching the powerful and talented Laura Gibson perform at our pub in Bend. Laura’s performance was the last stop on our monthly First Friday Art Walk and she helped us kick off the release of our well-loved Twilight Summer Ale. Laura’s roots run deep in our own backyard: she spent this past February at Caldera in the mountains of Central Oregon, writing and reflecting on her work. Last summer we traveled with her out to Smith Rock to record the third installment of Deschutes River Recordings, a unique partnership between Northwest musicians and the Deschutes River Conservancy to create songs by the river, for the river. We were thrilled to welcome her back to Bend to perform the latest from her album La Grande (aptly named after a small town in Eastern Oregon).
The Cross Crusade Halloween shenanigans returned to Bend this year with two days of racing taking place literally in our backyard. And yes, that is a ferris wheel in the middle of the course, anchoring this year’s Cyclo Du Soleil theme.
Beers Made By Walking is a program that invites brewers to make beer inspired by nature hikes and urban walks. This year a handful of Oregon breweries, in different regions of the state, created unique beers that are specific to their region and are a portrait of their own local landscape. Deschutes Brewery brewed Sage Fight IPA, a beer loaded with Pacific NW hops and locally harvested juniper and sage. This big IPA swings a piney, citrusy punch with 85 IBUs and 7.4% ABV.