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McMenamins Old St. Francis School: Signing and a special beer

Thursday, December 4 from 6 to 9pm, McMenamins Old St. Francis School is hosting a signing and meet the author event for the book, and even better—brewer Mike “Curly” White has brewed a special beer as tribute to the book, Homesteader’s Pre-Prohibition Lager!

McMenamins Old St. Francis School brewery

McMenamins is one of my favorite Bend breweries not only for the amazing location but also because White is brewing some great beer in the small six-barrel basement brewery. He has an amazing range of beers coming from the that brewery, and Homesteader’s is his first Pre-Prohibition-style of beer. Here’s the description of the beer:

The Homesteader is a tribute to those that came before us in the history of brewing. A popular lager made before Prohibition wiped out many small community breweries. The Homesteader’s Lager is mild in body and mouth feel. An easy malt flavor of chewy bread gives this a well-rounded experience. A slight hop bitterness and flavor reminds you of the time when a beer was smooth and refreshing. Using a Pilsen lager yeast for this concoction lets the beer finish with crisp and appealing roll on the palate. No wonder many breweries relied on this style of lager time and time again. Look back in your books (especially ones about Central Oregon Brewing) and you’ll see how this style was a stepping stone to the craft beer sensation!

Come down and get a special taste of this special beer, buy a copy of the book, and chat with me—I can share some stories and history surrounding the St. Francis School, McMenamins, and more! And really, there are few better places to pick up a book about Bend’s beer history than McMenamins, as the property is just oozing history everywhere you look (something that McMenamins does very, very well).

See you then!