The Suttle Lodge Winter Beer Fest Returns in 2023

The Suttle Lodge & Boathouse Winter Beer Fest is back for its fourth year, on February 24-26.  This year, over three dozen craft breweries will join the celebration, including several Central Oregon brewers. The Suttle Lodge Beer Winter Beer Festival will transform its outdoors into a Bavarian-themed oasis featuring tap pours, yummy food, live music, and fun things to do. Get informed on why the Suttle Lodge Beer Fest is the must-visit event this February.

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Photo: Chew & Taste Photography

About The Suttle Lodge Winter Beer Festival

The festival is taking place from Friday, February 24th through Sunday, February 26th at The Suttle Lodge and Boathouse near Sisters, OR. Running from 12 PM to 5 PM each day, there will be great food, drinks, and beer fest activities to enjoy.

The event takes place at a beautiful lodge village on the shores of Suttle Lake in the Deschutes National Forest. Here, you’ll find roaring fires, secret lodges, and a VIP bar with specialty cocktails and goodies. Meanwhile, the house band will be rocking the venue to create an unforgettable atmosphere. And, with the cancellation of the 2023 Bend Brew Fest, the Suttle Lodge beer fest is sure to draw an extensive crowd.

Participating Breweries

With more breweries still to be announced, the Suttle Lodge Winter Beer Festival will feature the following confirmed breweries:

  • ALE APOTHECARY 
  • BALE BREAKER BREWING COMPANY
  • BAUMAN’S CENTURY FARM CIDER
  • BEND CIDER CO.
  • BEND BREWING COMPANY
  • BLOCK15 BREWING COMPANY
  • BONEYARD BREWING
  • BOSS RAMBLER BEER CLUB
  • BREAKSIDE BREWERY
  • BULL RUN CIDER
  • BUOY BEER CO.
  • CRUX FERMENTATION PROJECT
  • DESCHUTES BREWERY
  • DOUBLE MOUNTAIN BREWERY & CIDERY
  • EVERYBODY’S BREWING
  • EX NOVO BREWING CO.
  • FORT GEORGE
  • GOODLIFE BREWING COMPANY
  • GREAT NOTION
hand holds a bottle of English style dark ale at suttle lodge winter beer fest
  • HEATER ALLEN BREWING
  • HETTY ALICE
  • HOPWORKS URBAN BREWERY
  • LAURELWOOD BREWING
  • LEVEL BEER
  • LITTLE BEAST BREWING
  • MIGRATION
  • MONKLESS BELGIAN ALES
  • NINKASI BREWING COMPANY
  • PFRIEM FAMILY BREWERS
  • PONO BREWING
  • RUSE BREWING
  • STICKMEN BREWING COMPANY
  • SUNRIVER BREWING COMPANY 
  • VIA BEER
  • VON EBERT BREWING
  • WAYFINDER BEER
  • WILD RIDE BREWING
  • WOLVES & PEOPLE FARMHOUSE BREWERY
  • WORKING HANDS FERMENTATION
  • XICHA BREWING CO.

Fun for Everyone

The festival isn’t just for drinkers—there’s plenty of fun for the whole family. Suttle Lodge will offer hot cocoa, hot cider, and plenty of yummy bites to eat. Additionally, Suttle Lodge is also happy to welcome your well-behaved four-legged friends. With roaring fires and live music, there’s plenty to enjoy at this weekend-long event.

Photo: Chew & Taste Photography

Non-Drinkers

Not drinking? Designated driver? Get a special wristband that allows you plenty of tasty, warm, non-alcoholic drinks to sip on while you enjoy the event. Kids can enjoy hot cocoa and warm cider.

Volunteers

If you’d like to attend Suttle Lodge Winter Beer Fest but want to help out, consider volunteering! Suttle Lodge Beer Fest contributes a portion of its proceeds to a non-profit, so it relies on volunteers to help make this event happen.

VIP Lodge

Exclusive perks await VIP ticket holders! Tucked away in the den of Suttle’s main lodge, VIP access offers special wintry cocktails as a respite from the outdoors. Plus, one “secret” Rustic Cabin will be decked out just for VIP access and stocked with limited edition brews.

Supporting the Community

The beer festival isn’t just about having a good time; it’s about helping the community. The Suttle Lodge and Boathouse is contributing a portion of the profits to CASA of Central Oregon, a children’s charity that does amazing work in the area.

Hand in a green mitten holds a Miir mug with suttle lodge logo at the suttle lodge beer fest
Photo: Chew & Taste Photography

Get Your Tickets to Suttle Lodge Winter Beer Festival

The Suttle Lodge Beer Festival is sure to go down as one of the best seasonal beer fests in Oregon. If you want to get in on the fun, you can enjoy day tickets or weekend passes as you prefer. Whatever you choose, it’s a great way to make new friends and immerse yourself in the local community.

Tickets start from $50 per person, which includes beer tasting and a commemorative Miir Cup. Best of all, there’s free entry for kids and designated drivers.

Bend Brewfest 2023 Postponed, Hopes to Return in 2024

Nancy Patterson, owner and creative director of Eat Drink Bend, sitting at a restaurant table with food.
By Nancy Patterson

This week, the Old Mill District announced that it would postpone the 2023 Bend Brewfest. The second-largest craft beer festival in the Pacific Northwest has been put on pause until it can return to the Hayden Homes Amphitheater. 

Bend Brewfest, held annually at the amphitheater before the COVID-19 pandemic, returned last spring on the east side of the Deschutes River in the Old Mill District as portions of the music venue were under construction. Still, the festival was successful in its new location and raised more than $15,000 for organizations such as Latino Community Association, Northwest Youth Discovery, Bend Fire Community Assistance Program, and Out Central Oregon.

Bend Brewfest event-goers celebrate the return of the beer festival in 2022 after a three-year hiatus. Photo courtesy Old Mill District.

Bend Brewfest 2023 Postponed

Its organizers have opted to pause the event until it can return to Hayden Homes Amphitheater, which is set for a third phase of upgrades this winter and spring. 

“We loved the turnout last year and are so thankful we could all get back together again,” said Bend Brewfest marketing director Beau Eastes. “But to be able to put on the kind of brew festival guests want, we need to wait until it can return to the amphitheater.” 

Resuming after a three-year hiatus, the 2022 Bend Brewfest was held May 13-14 on the east side of the Deschutes River in the Old Mill District. More than 65 breweries and cideries poured approximately 100 different craft beers and ciders at the 2022 festival, which drew more than 10,000 beer lovers from across the Pacific Northwest. The 2022 Bend Brewfest was the first year the festival was staged in May after nearly two decades of being held in late August at the amphitheater.

Bend Brewfest 2022 was hosted along the Old Mill District riverwalk for the first time since its inception in 2002. Photo courtesy Old Mill District.

Bend’s Spider City Brewing and its Deer Garden Hazy IPA won Best Local Beer at the 2022 Bend Brewfest. Great Notion Brewing, based out of Portland, took home top honors for a brewery outside of Central Oregon with its Bicycle Day fruited sour. And Eugene’s Cyderish and its B.O.M.B. Cider – Boring Old Mango Brew – won the top prize for best cider. 

Since its inception in 2002, the Bend Brewfest has given more than $100,000 to local non-profit organizations. While disappointing, we’re looking forward to the revival of Bend Brewfest when it can be hosted at Hayden Homes Amphitheater. The 2022 Bend Brewfest, while exciting, seemed to lack its usual vibe and flow. Last year’s attendees likely recall the event feeling overcrowded as Pole Pedal Paddle participants shared the riverwalk with Bend Brewfest.

About Bend Brewfest

Founded in 2002, the Bend Brewfest annually showcases the most creative and innovative craft breweries in the Pacific Northwest in a gorgeous setting along the banks of the Deschutes River in the Old Mill District. The Bend Brewfest has become known as an event where brewers can highlight their specialty, hard-to-find brews on the festival’s X-Taps. Find more information at BendBrewfest.com.

Silver Moon Brewing Releases First Cold IPA

The wait is over. Silver Moon Brewing announces the release of their first 2022 limited release Lunar Series. As the brewery’s first cold IPA, Cosmic Chill is about to create a ton of buzz.

 

Cold IPA

Cosmic Chill is Silver Moon’s first-of-its-kind IPA, with an ABV of 7.2% and 70 IBU. The new release also showcases components from Bravo, Lotus, Simcoe, and El Dorado hops. Using a Lager strain of yeast, the beer is fermented at slightly warmer temperatures than a typer Lager. Additionally, using a dry hopping method ensures a bright and crisp IPA.

Tap pours a cold IPA into a pint glass with silver moon brewing label

“The unique element is that this Cold IPA uses enzymes in order to make it extra dry and very crushable like a Lager should be,” says Silver Moon’s head brewer, Jeff Haskins. And we can attest to that one.

 

Cosmic Chill has elements of citrus and fruit without tasting “fruity.” This Cold IPA is light, refreshing, and extremely approachable. Even “not beer people” may just find themselves ordering a pint of Cosmic Chill on a sunny 75º afternoon.

 

“The evolution of the Cosmic Chill Cold IPA is a fusion of two beer styles,” says Haskins. “The familiar IPA with the classic Lager to make something completely unique and different from any other beer Silver Moon Brewing has created to date.”

 

Lunar Series Release Party

In celebration of Silver Moon’s new Lunar Series release, the brewery is hosting a release party on Friday, February 18th from 6-10 pm. Pub goers will have the chance to be the first to taste Cosmic Chill, along with other perks and prizes. Patrons who arrive before 8 pm are entered to win Silver Moon Brewing swag, gift cards, a unique VIP Zwickelmania Brewer Experience, and other prizes.

 

Live music kicks off from 6-8 pm, followed by an ticketed indoor 80’s themed cosmic dance party. All ages are welcome to enjoy live music on their outdoor stage and resident food carts. Lunar members can get a sneak peek (taste) of Cosmic Chill at 5 pm, along with 4-pack pick-ups. Get release party details from the Cosmic Chill Release event page

Two tall beer cans of silver moon cosmic chill feature spray painted bright colored art including a man in space suit

So, why should you try Comsic Chill Cold IPA? “It’s unique, it’s fun and it’s innovative,” Haskins explains. “At Silver Moon Brewing we wake up each day wanting to lead the way with our brewing styles and techniques.”

 

Join the Silver Moon Lunar Club

For those who can’t get enough good craft beer, there’s Silver Moon’s Lunar Club. For $49, get Lunar Beer 4-Packs at each release (5 times per year). Receive a complimentary birthday beer, 25% off all beer purchased at Silver Moon Brewing, 25% off all Silver Moon Brewing concert tickets, 15% off Silver Moon Brewing Merch, and a special Lunar Club Black Card. Memberships run through 12/31/22.

 

Silver Moon’s next Lunar Release, Pilot Brutte Brut Lager, releases in April.

8 Locals Nights in Bend and Redmond

Locals who support locals are a special kind of rockstar. Whether you’re looking to cozy up around a fire pit in the winter, or enjoy the evening warmth in the summer, these specials will have you making plans early in the week. Check out these Locals Nights in Bend and Redmond!

Monday Nights

1. Crater Lake Spirits – Free Tastings

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Choose from Crater Lake’s craft spirits for complimentary tastings every Monday at the Downtown tasting room. Add the Hatch Chili Vodka to your tasting sheet for a distinguished vodka with a kick. They roast and infuse their own hatch chilis in the distillation process!

Crater Lake Spirits
1024 Bond st., Bend
Happening: Mondays from noon til close
(541) 480-3483

2. Silver Moon Brewing – $3 Pints

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Courtesy Silver Moon Brewing

Just off of Bend’s Downtown beaten path, Silver Moon Brewing hosts all-day local specials every Monday. Get a pint of your favorite pour for three bucks from 11:30 am until 10 pm. Pub fare and hoppy, fruity ales are their specialties.

Silver Moon Brewing
24 Greenwood Ave, Bend
Happening: Monday 11:30 am til close
(541) 388-8331

3. On Tap Food Truck Lot -$4 pints and $6 wines

Row of pint beers including dark stout, golden ale, and light colored lager, line a bar top with keg taps in the background.
Courtesy On Tap

What’s great about On Tap’s already amazing happy hour specials? They run all day long! Grab a bite, like the Chef’s Special noodle dishes from Himalayan Bites or a Summer Salad with your choice of smoked meats from CurbBQ, and enjoy live music on the lawn from 6-8 pm! Plenty of room for distancing.

 
1424 Cushing Dr, Bend
Happening: Mondays 11 am til close

Tuesdays Nights

4. Bend Brewing Co. -$4 Pints

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Courtesy Bend Brewing Co.

Get any beer on tap at BBC for $4 from 4 pm until closing. Just picture it: BBC’s sprawling lawn, a Majestic Spread IPA, and a plate of their crispy fish tacos. Its premiere waterfront location consistently beats cooking at home in the heat. Taps are open until 10 pm.

 
1019 Brooks St, Bend
Happening: Tuesdays 4 pm til close

5. Wild Ride Brewing – $3 Select Beers

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Courtesy Wild Ride Brewing

Wild Ride offers a great outdoor setting with an airy indoor taproom just off of Redmond’s Downtown strip. Choose from a select 6 beers for $3 each and get your growler fills for $9! There are plenty of food options, like Red Road Pizza Co. and Wild Catch English-Style Fish & Chips.

 
332 5th St, Redmond
Happening: Tuesdays 11 am til close

6. Kobold Brewing – $1 Off Pints

Several wooden keg taps are labeled Kobold
Courtesy Kobold Brewing

Kobold Fans will love this one! Every Kobold brew is $1 off all day long every Tuesday. That means lunch hour, happy hour, dinner hour, you name it! That includes their Bohemian Pilsner, Screeching Blonde Ale, and Hazelnut Porter. Happening noon until 10 pm!

 
245 6th St, Redmond
Happening: Tuesdays from noon til close

7. Bevel Beer – $4 pints

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Two fire pits, five food carts. The 9th Street Village anchor brewery is offering $4 pints every Tuesday. Bevel’s Sky-Styler, a Farmhouse-style IPA, goes great with anything from Asada tacos from Taqueria el Nava, to Poke Nachos from Aina Hawaiian to the VooDoo salad from Southern Accent.

 
911 Armour dr., Bend
Happening: Tuesdays all day

Wednesday Nights

8. Worthy Brewing Company – $4 Pints

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Courtesy Worthy Brewing Company

The Eastside pub also features a brat, fries & beer special for 10 bucks. Snag a Secret Spot Pacific Pale Ale for a summer evening with tunes and taps. We promise you won’t want to miss this one.

 
495 Bellevue Dr, Bend
Happening: Wednesdays 11:30 am til close
 

Locals Night in Bend

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