Bend distillery offers Adopt-a-Barrel program

Oregon Spirit Distillers in Bend is offering “an opportunity for fans to own their own barrel housed at the distillery until released into bottles.”

Through the Adopt-a-Barrel program, participants who pay the $1,000 adoption fee can choose from Oregon Wheat Whiskey or Oregon Rye Whiskey that will release in 2015 after aging for three years.

Adoption includes:

• Two cases (24 bottles) of the small-batch whiskey.

• A one-year membership in the Distiller’s Choice Club.

• Your name and sentiment on a copper placard displayed on the endcap of your barrel.

• The barrel, after it is emptied.

• An invitation to help on bottling day as the whiskey is released for sale.

To reserve a barrel, visit Oregon Spirit Distillers (490 Butler Market Road, Bend), call 541-382-0002 or visit

WhiskeyFest NorthWest set for May in Portland

Speaking of whiskey, the second annual WhiskeyFest NorthWest is planned for May 9-10 at Northwest 11th Avenue and Northwest Overton Street in Portland’s Pearl District.

The event — newly expanded to two days, and open to folks 21 and older — “celebrates the culture of whiskey,” according to a news release, and will feature distillers sampling more than 120 whiskeys and scotches.

Also planned: educational seminars, vendors, cocktail competitions, craft beer, a VIP speakeasy, a cigar lounge and a mechanical bull. Yes, a mechanical bull! Live music will be provided by Robert Randolph & The Family Band, Poor Old Shine, the Stone Foxes and more, and several Portland eateries will offer whiskey-inspired food.

Festival hours are from 4-9 p.m. May 9 and noon-9 p.m. May 10. General admission tickets are on sale now for $25 per day or $40 for a two-day pass. The event is hosted by the nonprofit Luna Foundation and is designed to raise funds and awareness for the Oregon Active Foundation, which provides adventure therapy for people with disabilities and other life-challenging conditions.

Find lots more info at www.whiskey

Broken Top Bottle Shop sets 10 Barrel brewer’s dinner

Broken Top Bottle Shop & Ale Cafe (1740 N.W. Pence Lane, Bend) and Bend’s 10 Barrel Brewing Co. will host an April Fool’s Brewer’s Dinner April 3.

The dinner will feature five courses and five beers paired with the food, and organizers promise “surprising & unexpected beer pairings!”

Here’s the menu, edited for space:

• Sweet potato gnocchi, paired with pilsner.

• Flatiron shaved chard pork slider with a sriracha slaw, paired with Apricot Crush Apricot Sour.

• Grilled lamb, roasted garlic and mint sausage, paired with Violet Lavender Baltic Porter.

• Arugula, fennel and bacon salad, paired with a brewer’s surprise beer.

• Chocolate porter tart, paired with Night Ryed’r Rye Porter and served in a commemorative tulip glass.

(We left out tons of yummy details and side items. Visit to read the whole thing.)

Tickets cost $50 per person and space is limited. They’re on sale now at the bottle shop or by calling 541-728-0703.

Vegetarian options are available, just let the shop know when you buy your ticket.

Beer and wine tastings at Newport Market today

Newport Market (1121 N.W. Newport Ave., Bend) will host a couple of tastings today, with options for both beer and wine fans.

From 3:30-5:30 p.m., Bend Brewing Co. will be offering samples of its beers at the store. At the same time, Earl Cramer Brown will be on hand pouring some French wines.

In case you didn’t know, Newport Market regularly hosts tastings. Keep up with the schedule at www.newport

— Ben Salmon