I know it’s been a while since I’ve written, and it’s too long of a story about why. In short- work, holidays, brewing, side-projects, etc. I haven’t written off the blog, but other things have been eating away at my time. One of those side projects is about to be complete, and I thought it was appropriate to let people know about it.
Good friends of mine own The Blacksmith restaurant here in Bend, Oregon. They shut down the restaurant about six weeks ago to do a major remodel of the inside. One of the new directions of the space is to bring the bar front and center. You still get great food and an excellent dinner experience if that’s what you’re into, but there’s a new focus on small plates, excellent liquor choices, a wide variety of beers, and a beautifully designed bar and lounge area.
I had the pleasure of helping create the beer list, and I’m really curious to hear honest opinions about it. The thing about Central Oregon is we are in the back yard of the NW Craft Beer scene. This year alone, two local breweries brought home four GABF medals. I love that I’m a 5 minute drive to several pubs where Craft Beer is so well represented, and I take advantage of that fact rather frequently. Still, I miss diversity in all the beer bars here in town.
With The Blacksmith’s beer list, we did our best to provide the widest breadth of choice among the highest quality beers available in Central Oregon. There are 12 handles and a modest collection of bottles that represent everything from Lagers to Belgians to Guinness to West Coast IPAs to local favorites. Come check it out, and know I’d welcome any feedback (positive or negative).