Today marks the two-year anniversary of the release of Bend Beer: A History of Brewing in Central Oregon!
It has been a terrific two years and Bend’s beer scene is as vibrant as ever. I wrote a post last year summarizing the changes that occurred in the one year since the book was published; of course there have been even more changes since then!
- Monkless Belgian Ales expanded into the 10-barrel brewery formerly occupied by Fresh Tracks Brewing (which started as Brew Werks Brewing, and this space was originally 10 Barrel’s).
- Immersion Brewing opened their brewpub and brew-on-premise location, in the Old Mill Marketplace complex next door to Atlas Cider.
- Kobold Brewing opened, a two-barrel production brewery headed up by former homebrewer Steve Anderson.
- Deschutes Brewery announced that Roanoke, Virginia will be the location of their east coast brewery.
- New breweries for the region are in the works, including Good Earth Brewing (Terrebonne), Crooked River Brewing (Prineville), and possibly Crooked Jay Brewing (Bend) and White Mare Brewing (Bend) — these last two are still in the rumored stage.
- New cideries, the growth of hop farming, and even more beer-related businesses and services have punctuated the past two years as well.
But don’t let that deter you from the book itself! If you haven’t read it yet, you can still pick it up at Amazon and a number of places around Bend and Central Oregon (see sidebar).
And of course I greatly appreciate all the support of those who have bought Bend Beer over the past two years! That definitely makes it all worthwhile.
Have you read the book? Have a favorite period in our beer history that stands out to you? (I’m partial to the frontier days and Prohibition, myself—such interesting stories from those days.) Let me know, and always feel free to send any questions my way!