New and brew ready
Slideshow: A look into the operations of Oblivion Brewing Co.
Darin Butschy checks on a batch of beer at Oblivion Brewing Co. in northeast Bend. Years ago, Butschy made beer for a California brewery before moving to Bend in 1994. (Andy Tullis / The Bulletin)
Darin Butschy inspects crystal barley malt while brewing beer at Oblivion Brewing Co. in northeast Bend. (Andy Tullis / The Bulletin)
Darin Butschy looks over whole-cone centennial hops. Oblivion’s brewmaster takes pride in what goes into his beer. “I moved up here in search of the good, clean water we have,” he said. “We’re right in the middle of where our ingredients are grown. There’s hop farms just over the mountains.” One of the hoppy beers he makes is Backside IPA, named for the back side of Mt. Bachelor. (Andy Tullis / The Bulletin)
Darin Butschy looks inside a fermentation tank to check out its quality. It’s one of the new pieces of equipment they’ve bought in anticipation of an expansion. (Andy Tullis / The Bulletin)
Oblivion Brewing Co. Owners Meg and Darin Butschy work in a northeast Bend warehouse. Meg takes care of the business side of the couple’s upstart brewery, and husband Darin does the brewing. (Andy Tullis / The Bulletin)
Darin Butschy checks the progress of a batch of his beer. Broken Top Bottle Shop & Ale Cafe in Bend has the exclusive Oblivion tap handle showcasing the variety of seasonal craft brews from this small outfit in Bend. (Andy Tullis / The Bulletin)
Darin Butschy uses hot water to sterilize a glass carboy. He uses this container along with other equipment to brew tasty craft beers in small batches at Oblivion Brewing Co. (Andy Tullis / The Bulletin)
Darin Butschy carries a five-gallon keg of his freshly brewed beer out of the Oblivion Brewing Co. warehouse for a local delivery in Bend. (Andy Tullis / The Bulletin)
Work doesn’t stop for Butschy, who not only owns and brews, but also delivers. Here, he delivers two five-gallon kegs of freshly crafted beer to stock Oblivion’s exclusive tap handle at the Broken Top Bottle Shop & Ale Cafe on Pence Lane in Bend. (Andy Tullis / The Bulletin)
Restocking the supply, Darin Butschy places two five-gallon kegs of his craft beer into the cooler at Broken Top Bottle Shop & Ale Cafe. (Andy Tullis / The Bulletin)
Oblivion Brewing Co. Owners Meg and Darin Butschy sample their Winter Warmer robust dark ale, during a tasting session at Broken Top Bottle Shop & Ale Cafe, the first place in Bend to offer their hand-crafted beer. (Andy Tullis / The Bulletin)
Oblivion Brewing Co. Owner and Brewmaster Darin Butschy is one half of a small husband-wife production brewery — or nanobrewery. Among the newest and smallest operations in a region of two dozen breweries, Oblivion brews ales as well as darker and seasonal brews, all in small batches. Here’s how the Butschys do what they do.