The Bend Resilience Beer Fest

Breweries from across the country have joined Sierra Nevada in brewing Resilience IPA as a benefit for the Camp Fire Relief Fund, but central Oregon is doing one better by throwing an entire Bend Resilience Beer Fest. On January 5th, 2019, from 2-8pm, breweries from Bend, Redmond, Terrebonne, Sisters, and John Day will pour their versions of Resilience IPA at the Les Schwab Amphitheater. This is reportedly the only Sierra Nevada-sanctioned event, and the brewery will be sending reps to Bend to pour their own versions of Resilience IPA.

Les Schwab Amphitheater in Bend, OR

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Both the recipe and the movement were spawned by Sierra Nevada Brewing Company, which is headquartered in the Butte County region impacted by the fire. More than 1,400 breweries across the United States signed on to brew batches of their Resilience Butte County Proud IPA, but it’s the breweries in Central and Eastern Oregon who took things a step further.

“This whole event bubbled up from an outpouring of support from breweries, distributors, and other community partners,” explained Chris Justema, president of Cascade Lakes Brewing Company and one of the event organizers. “Everyone wanted to help in some way, so we created an entire festival devoted to the cause.”

The Bend Resilience Beer Fest is the only sanctioned Resilience event in the country, and representatives from Sierra Nevada will travel to Bend with their own kegs of Resilience IPA to add to the mix. Admission is free, and the Les Schwab Amphitheater is donating everything from cups to tents to heaters. Attendees will buy tokens to sample each brewery’s version of Resilience IPA, with food trucks and music rounding out the event.

Jason Randles of Crux Fermentation Project said it’s been inspiring to see so many community partners coming together for the cause. “All the breweries involved—from the smaller ones who could contribute a single keg, to the big ones who brewed several dozen—are getting equal billing,” he said. “The focus is on supporting victims of the fire.”

In November 2018, the Camp Fire became the most destructive wildfire in California history, and the deadliest wildfire in the United States since 1918. Many of Sierra Nevada’s employees and patrons were impacted, and the ties reached Central Oregon. Several Bend breweries have employees with family in the area, and even those who didn’t felt a kinship with Butte County residents.

Visit Bend CEO Kevney Dugan noted that both Central Oregon and the Butte County area are known for their tight-knit sense of community. “People genuinely want to help each other, and it’s great knowing everyone from visitors to residents can help the cause just by lifting a beer mug.”

Breweries participating in the event include: GoodLife Brewing Company, Cascade Lakes Brewing Company, Deschutes Brewery, Crux Fermentation Project, Silver Moon Brewing, Worthy Brewing, Spider City Brewing, Immersion Brewing, Bend Brewing Company, Boneyard Brewing, and 10 Barrel Brewing (Bend); Wild Ride Brewing, Porter Brewing Co., and Geist Beerworks (Redmond); Mystic Roots Brewing (Terrebonne); 1188 Brewing (John Day); Three Creeks Brewing (Sisters), and Sierra Nevada (Chico, California). For more information on the event, visit www.bendresiliencefest.com

The event would not be possible without community partners donating goods and services to ensure one-hundred percent of beer sales go to wildfire relief efforts. Contributors include Western Beverages, Visit Bend, Summit Bank, Point Blank Distributing, Old Mill District, Mt. Bachelor, Bend Radio Group, Les Schwab Amphitheater, Franklin Security, Flip Flop Sounds, Elevation Tents, Columbia Distributing, Brewery Branding, Bigfoot Beverages, Advanced Systems Portable, and Residence Inn.

The official Facebook event page is here.

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Founder of The New School and most frequent contributor Ezra Johnson-Greenough has worked in the craft beer industry for almost 10 years, doing everything from illustrating beer labels to bartending at renowned beer bars and breweries like Belmont Station, Apex, Laurelwood and Upright Brewing. He has also had a hand in creating events like the Portland Fruit Beer Festival, Portland Beer Week, and the Brewing up Cocktails series. He is available for freelance consultation in marketing, events, graphic design and branding. Contact: SamuraiArtist@NewSchoolBeer.com

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