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A Brewing Timeline

How beer became Bend's beverage of choice



Twenty-seven breweries.

Yep that's right, 27—all in Central Oregon, with Bend playing host to 18 beer-making and beer-pouring facilities. Consider your pint filled.

When did this all happen? The fun began in 1988 with Fish Brewing, AKA Deschutes Brewery. But others were slow to join—by 2005 there were still only five breweries in Central Oregon. In 2010, however, that number had nearly doubled and three more breweries opened in 2011 alone. Since then, the Central Oregon pint glass has runneth over. Let there be beer!

2500 B.C.

Mesopotamian culture (Syria) priestesses brew beer for religious and daily diet purposes

2100 B.C.

Babylonian King Manmmurabi includes tavern regulations in his governing laws.

450 B.C.

Greek writer Sophocles writes what can best be described as a self-help dieting guide, recommending moderation of beer consumption.


First mention of hops in beer recipes, by a Carolignian Abbot.


An abbey opens first known commercial brewery, Weihestephan (Bavaria); still in operation!

13th Century

German towns introduce standardized barrel sizes to trade.


Heinrich Knaust writes first extensive beer book guide, describing about 150 different beers, calling the "noble Hamburg beer the queen of all other wheat beers."


Fraunces Tavern opens in Manhattan, becomes a popular gathering place for the Sons of Liberty and merchant meetings for the post-1763 tax protests.


Recognizing that his largely German work force was drinking beer with their lunches, Portland developer Simon Benson installs 20 "water bubblers" to give them a sober alternative.


Volstead Act bans the production and consumption of beer, wine, liquor.


Cascade hops are first planted in Corvallis but not released to brewers until 1972, when they revolutionize the taste and aroma of craft beer.


McMenamin brothers open Produce Row Cafe in Portland, the first post-Prohibition brewpub in Oregon. (Currently, McMenamins has 65 brewpubs, hotels and theaters.)


Deschutes Brewery est., Bend


Bend Brewing Co. est., Bend


Cascade Lakes Brewing est., Redmond


Dale's Pale Ale, first American microbrew released in a can. (See page 19)


Silver Moon Brewing est., Bend

McMenamins Old St Francis School ext., Bend


10 Barrel Brewing est., Bend


Three Creeks Brewing est., Sisters


Boneyard Beer est., Bend


Below Grade Brewing est., Bend


Old Mill Brew Wërks est., Bend

GoodLife Brewing est., Bend

Phat Matt's Brewing est., Redmond


The Ale Apothecary est., Bend

Crux Fermentation est., Bend

Solstice Brewing Company est., Prineville

Sunriver Brewing est., Sunriver

Smith Rock Brewing est., Redmond

Shade Tree Brewing est., Redmond


Rat Hole Brewing est., Bend

Worthy Brewing est., Bend

Oblivion Brewing est., Bend

Bridge 99 Brewing est., Bend

Platypus Pub est., Bend

RiverBend Brewing est., Bend

Juniper Brewing Co est., Redmond

Wild Ride Brewing est., Redmond


North Rim Brewing est., Bend

Carlos A Perez operates Beer me Bend! a website dedicated to keeping the most up-to-date tally on Central Oregon breweries. Learn more about C.O.'s brewing past and present at beermebend.com, on Twitter @BeermeBend and on Facebook at Facebook.com/BeermeBend

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