New to Me: Spring Beer & Wine Fest
18 hours ago
|Now that's a field of dreams.|
|They're Cascades, in case you were wondering.|
|The professionals know how to grow 'em big.|
|No finer table garland. The lunch was excellent, too.|
|Easily the most impressive part of the tour is the hop kiln. |
Two feet deep, the size of a football field--can you
imagine the aroma?
Lucky Lab Hop Harvest
Tonight, August 27, 4pm onward
915 SE Hawthorne (on the back patio)
|A tight fit for brewer Charlie Van Meter. (Source)|
They say it takes three to five years in the BEST of times. It hasn't been so, something having to do with an economic downturn or some such thing. There were dark moments in the first three years when I just wanted to chuck it. Cash flow was poor in this diminutive and isolated mountain town. Then slowly in the fourth year we started to get caught up on the back bills and got the Oregon Department of Revenue and the IRS off our backs. In the fifth year we made some needed improvements and repairs to the kitchen, cellar and walk-in cooler and started staffing up a bit to cover the increased traffic. This is the first year that I've brought in brewery assistance and had double help in the front of the house during the peak hours on the weekends. While it cuts into the cash in a big way, it improves the customer experience and allows me a little time away. To plan. To scheme. To have a pint or two in someone else's pub.I'm so glad you made it, Ted. Oregon is much the richer for having Brewers Union in our midst. (Fans should go read that whole post, because there's some heartening news for Portland-area fans of his beer.)
So, these additions put Bend and Central Oregon at 25 breweries by year’s end (assuming all goes as planned and paperwork is signed, etc.), though even then there’s still potentially on the horizon: three off the top of my head which have been mentioned are the Brew Shop/Platypus Pub‘s (small) brewpub, the “Old Mill Marketplace” brewpub, and a possible rumored brewery at Brasada Ranch Resort out by Powell Butte (between Bend and Prineville). Plus there’s a bunch of other potential names I’ve been discovering lately that I will be following up on (but may only be names and nothing else).
But 25! That puts Central Oregon at nearly half of the number of breweries in Portland (51 at last count) and who knows where the current rate of growth will put the region by the end of next year.Let's do a little math. As you probably know, there are a number of people who are already spooked about the number of breweries nationwide which, for the sake of round numbers, we'll put at 2,500. That works out to a per capita total of one brewery for every 120,000 men, women, and children in this great land. (They're obviously not distributed evenly, but that's a statistical quirk itself: the places with the greatest density are generally those with the healthiest craft beer markets.) By comparison:
Country ... per capitaNow, if we're being extremely generous and including the entire tri-county region in our population total (Deschutes, Crook, Jefferson), we come up with 150,000 souls. That works out to a per capita brewery total of one in 6,000. Considering what happened to real estate just a few years back, I'm beginning to think there's a bit of a gold-rush mentality in that old frontier town. Surely that's not sustainable.
Belgium - 91,000
Czech Rep. - 81,000
UK - 63,000
Germany - 61,000
Austria - 50,000
The Mighty Mites
Sunday, August 18, 11am - 7pm, $10, all ages welcome
Hawthorne Street Fair
SE 32nd Place and Hawthorne (in front of Bazi Bierbrasserie)
Entrance to The Mighty Mites is $10 and includes a cup and 4 tickets. Each ticket is good for a half pour of any session beer and dditional tickets cost $2. Full pours just two tickets.
@TheBeerWench Don't call them lambics if they're made in the US. Lambic is specific to Payottenland.
— Jeff Alworth (@Beervana) August 9, 2013
@Beervana @TheBeerWench pity we aren't as strict with "pilsner". If it isn't from Plzen then it isn't pilsner. Words have meaning.
— Alistair Reece (@Fuggled) August 9, 2013
@Fuggled @Beervana The IPA is English, so we should stop using it in the U.S. And god forbid anyone call an RIS an RIS outside of Russia.
— Ashley V Routson (@TheBeerWench) August 9, 2013
|Working to keep lam|
Young adult drinkers' alcoholic beverage preferences have changed dramatically over the past two decades. In the early 1990s, 71% of adults under age 30 said they drank beer most often; now it is 41% among that age group. There has been a much smaller decline in the percentage of 30- to 49-year-olds who say they drink beer the most, from 48% to 43%, with essentially no change in older drinkers' beer preference.Why Are American Drinkers Turning Against Beer? Writer Derek Thompson lasers in on the youth trend and tries to get to the bottom of things by talking to unnamed beverages analysts for the poop. (You can follow the link to see how fresh the theories are.) Ah, but I have an advantage Thompson lacks: I am old and have been writing about beer for a long time. This Gallup thing is fun, and long-term trends are valuable, but you shouldn't look at one year, compare it to a year in the distant past, and extrapolate. (I know because three years ago I trumpeted the finding that young women were flocking to beer and that turned out to be ... statistical noise.)
|The smuggler and his chicha.|
|Midway through a glass of beer, Mike Wright|
had to grab a wrench and go fix something.
The life of a brewer.
On Tuesday, the Brewers Association opened brewery registration for The Great American Beer Festival. Each year, the registration list fills up within days. Last year, it only took two days for 580 breweries to sign up. This year, however, it only took less than two hours for 600 breweries.When you have a first-come system, you end up with things like multiple branches of the Californian Pizza Port chain getting in while stand-alones from around the country stood with their noses on the glass looking in. No one thinks that's a great idea. Now the Fest has a new plan. From event director Nancy Johnson:
Complicating this year’s registration were server issues, something that has become quite common with limited events.
Tickets to the 2013 Great American Beer Festival that were available to the general public were snatched up in a record-breaking 20 minutes Wednesday, causing many fans to vent frustration about scalpers suspected of crashing craft beer's biggest party and prompting more questions about whether the event needs a makeover.This is going to be a lot harder to fix, though the folks from Denver could look north for some solutions. The GABF gets 49,000 attendees in three days, and there's no way to fold space to get more people in the convention center. But they could, like the Oregon Brewers Fest, add more days. That seemed to work out pretty well.