Winter beer fest planned

GoodLife to host celebration of winter ales Dec. 14

With more than 20 breweries and counting, it seems a winter beer festival has been a long time coming in Central Oregon.

In December, we’re finally getting one.

On Dec. 14, GoodLife Brewing Co. will host the first Central Oregon Winter Beer Festival. The event will run from 2 to 8 p.m. and will feature winter ales from over 15 local breweries, including Silver Moon Brewing, Deschutes Brewery and Boneyard Beer, among others.

The festival will benefit the Central Oregon Brewer’s Guild, an organization that promotes local breweries outside the area.

“We’ve wanted to have a winter fest for a long time,” said Steve Denio, events and promotions director at GoodLife. “Our hope is that it will drive breweries to do something small for the guild.”

The winter beer festival will take place in the brewery’s Biergarten and will be sponsored by Growler Guys. It will operate the way most beer festivals do, with admission costing $10, which gets you a tasting glass and 5 tokens. Additional tokens will cost $1 each, which gets you a four-ounce taste.

Each brewery will offer its winter seasonal at the festival. In conjunction with the event, GoodLife will release its first-ever winter seasonal beer, a yet-to-be named porter.

There will also be artisan chocolates from Chocolate Element in downtown Bend. The chocolate is being specially made to pair with the winter beer flavors, Denio said.

And there’s no need to worry about braving the chilly December weather during the beer festival, as the entire event is being held under a heated tent.

Denio hopes to make the festival an annual event in the years to come.

“Hopefully this will become a big benefit for the guild in the future,” he said.

— Megan Kehoe