Thirty years of beer, community, and a whole lot of fun

Thirty years of beer, community, and a whole lot of fun

Three decades ago, a brewery in Deschutes opened its doors. Since then, the local business has brought together community and specialty craft beer.  This year, Deschutes Brewery is celebrating its 30th Anniversary. The weeklong celebration (June 25-30) includes a week full of fun events and, of course, brews.

Deschutes Brewery, the original craft brewery in Bend, will not be celebrating alone. The week serves as not only a celebration for the brewery, but as a thank you to the community members for supporting the company over the last 30 years.

The week kicks off on Monday, June 25 at the Bend Public House, and is themed, “Super Locals’ Night.” From 4:30-10 p.m., the Public House will “throwback” to 1988, when the brewery went live. All are encouraged to wear vintage Deschutes gear as they indulge in featured 1988 beers on tap.

On Wednesday the Bend Public House hosted its anniversary party, “Back Alley Bash,” featuring live music and newly released brews. From 5-10 p.m., anyone could try the new reserve beers: Black Butte XXX, the anniversary imperial porter, and Black Butte3.

Thursday night, June 28, features a tasting of Black Butte Whiskey, crafted in collaboration with Bendistillery. This whiskey is not for sale and is only available for tasting at the Bend Public House from 4-10 p.m.

The celebration finale, “Party in the Park,” will take place in Drake Park near Mirror Pond on Saturday, June 30. The event will feature Robert Randolph and The Family Band, hot air balloon rides, food, and kids’ activities.  Also making an appearance is the Street Pub – Deschutes Brewery’s 400-foot-long mobile bar – designed to bring the brewery anywhere, to anyone.  The event will last from 12-9:30 p.m. and admission is free.

Several alumni from the brewery are joining in the celebration all week, and especially at “Party in the Park.” Many have collaborated with current Deschutes Brewery staff to craft specialty beers that will be showcased Saturday in the park.

A recent award reaffirms that this celebration is worth attending. Popular Mechanics awarded Deschutes Brewery’s Twilight Summer Ale an honorable mention for the Best Summertime Brew from Oregon. The ale is “an easy-drinking summer ale” with bright, crisp and citrus flavors.

More information about the week-long celebration can be found on Deschutes Brewery’s website.

By Morgan Grunow, Communications Intern

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