Wednesday, February 6, 2013

A Glimpse of Worthy Brewing

Worthy Brewing
Special thanks to special post written by Chris Baker who was lucky enough to be in Bend this last weekend and stopped by Worthy Brewing to check it out. 

The long awaited opening of Worthy Brewing was kicked off with a very successful soft opening on Monday in which there was a sizable crowd and a wait to be seated. This seemed to be a great start for the grand opening that is planned for April 5th. The  brewery is a bit off of the current Bend Ale Trail path but the reason is very obvious being the massive facility has room to flaunt it’s 29,000 sq. ft. of space. Unfortunately,
 the brewery wasn't open for tours but they made up for it with an extremely friendly and apologetic (even though it wasn't warranted) staff, quality menu and a taster tray that cradled their five opening releases. The taster tray is designed to hold six tasters but they only had five available consisting of:

GTX Go Time Xtra Pale - Crisp, clean finishing extra pale ale.
ESP East Side Pale Ale - Cross between a traditional ESB and a modern-day American Pale.
Worthy IPA - A well balanced beer that focuses on hop flavor and aroma more than bitterness.
Lights Out Stout - Hybridized American stout that accentuates the subtle nuances of non-traditional ingredients.
Worthy Imperial IPA - Hop lovers rejoice.

Worthy Brewing taster tray
There wasn't a bad brew in the batch but the consensus at our table was that the GTX Pale was the best in the bunch. The GTX was a bit more hoppy than the run of the mill extra pale ale and had a generous ABV of 6.3%.

During our visit Chris Hodge the C.E.O noticed a couple of my friends bringing in their growlers. To their disappointment he let them know growlers were not available until the following day but was extremely appreciative of our visit and offered up some useful information. When asked when we were going to see more of Worthy in Portland he mentioned that they would be signing a distribution deal by Friday and that they would be canning seven of their varieties in the near future.

Upon our departure we decided to walk through their patio which will most definitely be and added attraction with it’s two fire pits and plenty of room for seating. We also were able to witness the construction of their green house and the newly formed raised beds which will definitely add character and a functional aspect to the outdoor space. With everything being said I have no doubt Worthy Brewing is positioned for success and am looking forward to what their future holds!