The Great American Beer Festival was held this past weekend in Denver, Colorado. This year 15 Oregon Brewers brought home Medals including three from Bend. Silver Moon Brewing won a gold medal for their Dark Side Stout in the Foreign Style Stout category. They also won a Bronze Medal for their Legacy Lager in the American or International Style Pislner category. Deschutes Brewery took home three medals; a gold for their Bourbon Murder a barrel-aged strong stout, a bronze for their Down ‘n Dirty IPA and a bronze for their Pinot Jubel barrel-aged beer. The third brewery from Bend to take home a medal was Bend Brewing Company. They were awarded a bronze medal for their Ching-Ching which is an American style sour ale. Sadly, the only winning beer that I have sampled is the Legacy Lager from Silver Moon. Perhaps I need to branch out a little more from my usual ale or wheat beers.
Winning a medal at the Great American Beer Festival is quite an accomplishment. In its 30 years of existence the festival has grown from 24 breweries and 47 beers to 466 breweries and 2400 beers. One of the more surprising winners to me this year was Pabst Brewing Company in the Large Brewing Company Brewer of the Year category. I suppose these large brewing companies deserve to be represented at a competition such as this but I would have never guessed that Pabst would win an award.
Believe it or not, Becky actually has a connection with the Pabst family. A few years ago she listed the Sunriver vacation home of one of the Pabst heirs. Yes, the house did sell and no, we didn’t get any free beer. If you want to list your home for sale with us you don’t have to be famous or the decendant of someone famous and your home doesn’t have to be in Sunriver. All you need to do is give us a call.
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