Drinks briefing

Published Apr 4, 2014 at 12:11AM

Professionals whiskey plans launch party April 11

The Summit Saloon & Stage will host a launch party for Bend-based Professionals Spiced Whisky on April 11.

The party will run from 8 p.m. till close and will feature live music by local Celtic-folk-rock band Five Pint Mary, plus prizes and, of course, whiskey.

The Summit is located at 125 N.W. Oregon Ave., in Bend.

The Professionals website — www .professionalswhisky.com — doesn’t have a lot of information, but a Facebook post from last August describes the company as “three professionals from Bend, Oregon (who) set out to create a whisky meant to be paired with epic experiences and great friends.” Another Facebook post, from earlier this week, describes the whiskey as having “hints of vanilla and other natural flavors.”

Professionals Spiced Whisky is available at the East Bend, Bend North, Westside Bend and South Redmond liquor stores. For more info, visit the website above or www.facebook.com/professionalswhisky.

Broken Top Bottle Shop to host Beer Geek Week

Late May might sound like a long way off, but it’ll be here before we know it.

Which means it’s never too early to start anticipating Beer Geek Week at Broken Top Bottle Shop & Ale Cafe in Bend.

Details are still relatively scarce, but a recent email from Broken Top promises nine days of tastings with Central Oregon breweries and free live music.

Beer Geek Week is planned for May 23-31. Keep an eye on the shop’s website, www.btbsbend.com, for more info as it gets closer.

Bend Brewfest announces 2014 festival lineup

Summer is slowly but surely approaching, and with it comes Central Oregon’s biggest beer event, the Bend Brewfest.

This year’s festival will be held Aug. 14-16 at Les Schwab Amphitheater in the Old Mill District.

Last week, event organizers released a list of breweries scheduled to participate in the 2014 festival. That list includes all the usual local suspects, plus local newcomers Juniper Brewing Company and Wild Ride Brewing out of Redmond, and North Rim in Bend.

Other highlights: Payette Brewing Co. from Boise, Idaho; Logsdon Farmhouse Ales and pFriem Family Brewers from Hood River and The Commons Brewery from Portland. See the whole list at www.bendbrewfest.com.

— Ben Salmon