With more breweries per capita than any other Oregon city, Bend is a beer mecca. Prior to Prohibition, the state had a burgeoning brewing industry and plenty of saloons to cater to the needs of the hardy frontiersmen who settled Central Oregon. The teetotaling '20s brought all that to a screeching halt. Fifty years later, the arrival of pioneers like Deschutes Brewery and Bend Brewing Company breathed new life into Bend's beer and brought about the booming industry for which the area is known today. Author and The Brew Site" creator Jon Abernathy traces Bend and Central Oregon's hoppy history from early settlement to the present day, sharing the stories behind its most famous breweries and the communities that have fostered the industry."
About the Author
Jon Abernathy has been blogging about craft beer for over a decade, and drinking and homebrewing it for far longer. Jon grew up in central Oregon, went to school in Spokane, Washington, graduated from Eastern Washington University with a BA in French and ultimately began working in the computer industry as a web developer after returning to Bend. Blogging was a natural outlet for a web developer with a love of writing (and beer), and in 2004 Jon launched the Brew Site, a blog dedicated to all things beer and brewing.
Table of Contents
Foreword Gary Fish 9
1 Beer on the Frontier: Saloons, Isolation and Homesteads on the High Desert 21
2 Prohibition on the High Desert 35
3 Timber Town: The Boom Years 51
4 Recreation and Tourism 59
5 Laying Foundations: Deschutes Brewery and Other Pioneers 69
6 The Second Wave 101
7 The Brewery Explosion and the Rise of Beer Tourism 125
8 Beer Town, USA 137
Appendix: Timeline 149
About the Author 173