Boneyard, Widmer unveil Blacklight IPA

Widmer Brothers in Portland is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year with a series of collaborative beers, starting with Blacklight IPA, created with Bend’s own Boneyard Beer.

Blacklight, the first of six beers in the series, is a “bold, hop-forward session style black ale,” according to a news release. It’s made with a “heavy dose of five different hop varieties, stained black with cold-steeped dark malts” and focuses on big hop flavor and aroma without harsh bitterness.

The collaboration is rooted in the relationship between Widmer’s innovation brewer, Ben Dobler, and Boneyard brewmaster Tony Lawrence, who’ve known each other for more than 17 years.

Blacklight also marks the first time a Boneyard beer has been bottled and available outside the Pacific Northwest, according to Lawrence.

The beer is available in 22-ounce bottles and on draft. You’ll find it in grocery stores, markets, restaurants and bars in Bend, Redmond, Sisters and Prineville.

Sign up for public hikes with brewers

Beers Made By Walking is coming to Central Oregon.

According to the program’s website, BMBW “invites brewers to go on nature hikes, and urban walks, and make new beer inspired by the edible and medicinal plants from the trail.” The program started in Colorado in 2011 and since has created more than 55 beers with more than 45 breweries.

Now it’s Bend’s turn. At www.beersmadeby, you can sign up for public hikes with brewers and the Oregon Natural Desert Association, which will provide info about the hiking area. Scheduled hikes and their associated breweries are:

• Tuesday — Whychus Creek with Crux Fermentation Project.

• Thursday — Scout Camp with Deschutes Brewery.

• June 9 — Badlands with Worthy Brewing.

Hikes are free and open to the public, but space is limited. Contact:

— Ben Salmon

Bend Beer Camp open for registration

Registration for the first ever Bend Beer Camp, planned for June 19-22, is now open.

Bend Beer Camp “brings the best of Central Oregon’s beer offerings, and combines it with the best of outdoor adventure offerings,” according to

Costs range from $595 for day campers to $845 for double occupancy to $1,095 for single occupancy, and include three nights and four days of accommodations, including meals, activities, beverages and swag. Always with the swag.

“Bend Beer Camp is summer camp for big kids,” said organizer James Watts. “We’re looking forward to filling the gap that exists between the traditional beer festival that provides a variety of beer tastings in a short period of time, and the formal educational offerings that are largely aimed at those who want to make a career out of brewing beer.”

There’s a tentative schedule of events at the website, which includes brewery tours, outdoor trips, a beer pong tournament and more.

Contact:, or 541-286-5317.