Deschutes Brewery

Crafty Ladies Brewery Tasting and Tales #5: Deschutes Brewery, Bend, OR (5/8/2012)

Renee Linholm, Deschutes Brewery Market Manager for Colorado and New Mexico, led us on another delicious Crafty Ladies tour. We tasted six beers in all, most familiar to my palette, but there were some great surprises along the way.  It seems that everyone knows of at least one of Deschutes’ beers at this point.  In fact, when Linholm asked who was familiar with Deschutes, 99% of hands rose to the air, speaking to the great marketing and reception of Deschutes in the Rocky Mountain state.  Their flagship beer, the Black Butte Porter, has been a long time favorite of mine. I think it was one of the first beers I tried in college that turned me on to the craft beer revolution.

Linholm and the talented staff at Highland Tap and Burger (HTB) were diligent and thoughtful in their pairings with all the beers. They also brought out some new culinary  treats to the Crafty Ladies. Continue reading


Upslope Beer and Food Pairing Recipes

Food Prepared at the Crafty Ladies’ Upslope Brewing tasting at Highland Tap and Burger

MK’s Sweet Upslope Beer Bread

Makes 1 loaf

Prep: 5 minutes, Bake 55 minutes


3 cups self-rising flour

1/2 cup sugar

1 can Upslope Pale Ale

1/4 cup butter, melted

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Firestone Walker Beer and Food Pairing Recipes

All Lined Up!

Food Prepared at the Crafty Ladies’ Firestone Walker Tasting at the Highland Tap and Burger 

Firestone Walker Reserve Porter Bread


4 cups flour

¼ cup sugar

2 Tablespoons baking powder Continue reading