Taking "The Kids" Sightseeing in St. Louis

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“The Kids” have been in St. Louis for a while but have never had the opportunity to do any sightseeing. Since the Deschutes Brewery team was in town for Base Camp Week, we decided to put on the sunscreen and take the camera out on the town to learn about a few famous landmarks that makes St. Louis so special.

Deschutes River Recordings: Blitzen Trapper's Eric Earley

Blitzen Trapper’s Eric Earley

This week we released the second episode of Deschutes River Recordings, featuring Blitzen Trapper’s Eric Earley. Eric performed “Up on Cripple Creek” right along the Metolius River, a tributary of the Deschutes, located not far from our home base in Bend, Oregon.

Eric, a native Oregonian and Portland resident, has always had close ties to the river. Tucked away in Oregon’s southeast corner is the Donner und Blitzen River, the inspiration for his band’s name. German soldiers crossed the remote river during a thunderstorm and aptly named it Donner und Blitzen (thunder and lightning). Before his success, Eric bounced around different rehearsal spaces, staying with friends, and was, as he describes, “basically homeless.” Often, he found himself wandering along the banks of the Willamette River in Portland, which inspired the story for “Black River Killer” off the album Furr. The catchy ballad recounts a murderer’s journey from the Sunset Strip up to Oregon. In another song off the band’s latest album American Goldwing, Eric croons, “I’m weary from this river, it flows far, but never nearer to my home,” challenging the notion of the river as place of respite.



Deschutes Brewery Landmarks film, music by The Cave Singers

Deschutes Brewery just released this film that not only shows the great state of Oregon really well, it includes a soundtrack, Beach House, by The Cave Singers from their album Welcome Joy.

Keep the Mirror Pond Flowing

Flowing lazily through Bend thanks to a small dam, the otherwise wild and turbulent Deschutes River pools up to form the serene Mirror Pond. Sitting at the heart of downtown Bend, this beautifully reflective pond provides locals and visitors with the perfect summer stroll amid the massive Ponderosas along the bank. Kayaks and river floaters share the pond with the swans and ducks, and footpaths wind along the shoreline. Warm summer nights bring thousands along the shore to enjoy concerts every week.

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