Worthy Brewing

Month: July 2015

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A Salute to the Beers That Brung Us

Thu, 16 Jul 2015 18:55:00

Worthy is pleased to bring you the beers that brung us.

We’ve reserved a 10 barrel fermentation tank for the oldies but goodies – the lagers, pilsners, and for me, the wits.  We’re calling this tank “R.G. Worthy’s Private Stash.” We’ll take those watered up, hopped down recipes and do our best to make ‘em worthy.

Back inda day, down in Texas, the only two ingredients that mattered for a good beer were temperature and price. We were always thirsty, so as long as it was ice cold and around a buck a six pack, it was good.

We’re talking way back: the late 1970’s. I spent three summers scraping about as a boilermaker helper at the Exxon Refinery in Houston. I’d build up a powerful thirst working on piping hot boilers all day under a hot stinky sun and at about quitting time my Mom would put two cans of Texas “craft” beer in the freezer.

We’re talking about homegrown champions like Texas Pride, Pearl, Lone Star and Shiner. I’d steam home and sprint to the fridge and before you can say “Shotgun Willie” I’d slam that cold, canned hopless beer down and eagerly pop the top on another.  I didn’t even know what a hop was. Didn’t matter. It was cold and I was melting.

My “Private Stash” will showcase these easy to drink beers that delay the buzz as long as possible. We’ll juice up the flavor with the finest noble-ish aroma hops Oregon has to offer, but keep the alcohol down. Some of just feel better, and even think straighter, with a cold fizzy yellow beer in our hand.

As a tribute to another beer that brung me personally, we’ll also be brewing cloudy yellow wheat beers. Back in 1987, a cub lawyer buddy of mine, Andy Klein, went to Amsterdam and brought back two things: a beautiful wife and a recipe for this “new” white beer called “witbier.” He decided to quit lawyering and build up a brand called “Wit,” a beer he contracted brewed in Milwaukee and then trucked in kegs for sale in New York City.

Andy’s “Wit” beer tasted wonderful – a hint of coriander and lemon peel. He gave me a taste and I gave him a check as an investor.  Wit did well but it might have been ahead of its time. After a series of financial issues, including a robbery at gunpoint in his small office in NYC, Andy move on.  His peer at the time, another entrepreneur brewer up the road, Jim Koch, likes to say that if Andy had stayed with his “Wit” beer, today he’d “be bigger than Blue Moon.”

After working in the Texas refineries, and witnessing first hand corporate America’s reckless indifference toward blue collar workers, I became an asbestos lawyer.  The first major set of labor unions who hired me had members blowing and going down at that shipyards in Portland, Oregon.

Starting in about 1989 I’d come up from Texas and after a day of depositions I’d kick back at this cool place downtown where they served up a delightfully crisp and refreshing hand-crafted hefeweizen. We all know that brewpub today as Widmer Brothers.

So that’s the story. R.G Worthy’s Private Stash will be reserved for the beers that brung us  – the lagers—and brung me —  the wits and hefes. Beers for those of us who love the repetitive biomechanical action of hoisting a crisp refreshing pint.

We’re dedicating the tank to all the great Americans who helped build this great country and win our wars but in so doing were poisoned by asbestos. It’s been a privilege to represent men and women in the metal, shipyard, construction and industrial trades afflicted with asbestosis, lung cancer and mesothelioma.

It’s a personal triumph for me to be able to hire craftsman from many of these same trades to build Worthy Brewing.


R. G. Worthy
July 16, 2015

Support the TDC and Celebrate Survival with Gary’s No Quit Wit

Fri, 10 Jul 2015 18:55:00


Yes. We think so. Bend’s own Gary Bonacker. One of the loveliest guys on the planet. And strongest and…

… orneriest. When he was diagnosed with brain cancer 12 years ago, he didn’t crawl into a hole. He didn’t retreat. He got busy fighting back and giving back. He’s one of those guys who doesn’t just talk about living life to the fullest. He does it. Each and every breath. Each and every day.

Gary Bonacker: Super Survivor. And Giver. And Smiler.

Worthy Brewing is proud to again sponsor the Tour Des Chutes. This will be the 12th year. Each year, it gets bigger and better. This year the TDC decided to let the runners in on the fun. We’re predicting 1,500 pedalers and another few hundred plodders, padders and pounders.

We’re cooking up another Gary’s No Quit Wit to commemorate our superhero. By the way, Gary does NOT think of himself as a superhero. He did not suggest the artwork. He probably would’ve objected but he’s wise enough to know that resistance is futile when it comes to how we regard him.

This year’s No Quit Wit will be amazing. With the addition of lemon, coriander and orange to the batch we don’t think there will be any need to hang an orange or lemon wedge on the lip of the pint glass. It should be plenty citrusy, crisp and refreshing.

We’re pleased to offer a complimentary pint of Gary’s No Quit Wit to riders, runner and volunteers. If you haven’t already signed up, don’t hesitate. The Tour Des Chutes is one of those signature events that makes you proud to live in a community of humans who are striving to live up to their high-minded billing as Homo sapiens. The TDC is put on mostly by wise volunteers who simply care. Nearly 100% of the proceeds go to local programs to directly benefit cancer patients and survivors. Now that’s worth supporting and celebrating.

To register for the TDC, or to learn more, please click here.

On Friday, July 10th, from 6p-8pm, here at Worthy Brewery, Restaurant and Gardens we’ll be celebrating Gary, the volunteers and all the participants in Worthy’s bier garten. We’ll have live music from Greg Botsford and of course plenty of space for the younger (and adult) kids to frolick and corn hole (always feel weird about that down home nomenclature).

Come on down. Super Gary will be on hand to sign posters. He promises not to wear his tights. We’ll see about the cape.




It’s a bird, it’ s a plane, it’s a home brewer add’n grain…Yep, that’s our Gary, working the Worthy pilot system, spicing up his namesake wit.

Good Gruit! And there’s Gary again, armed with big juicy lemons and oranges. Mash ’em up and mash in!

Gary can fix just about anything.

A worthy fun ride and fun-raiser deserves a Worthy beverage.

Gary on stage with his buddy Chris Horner and his fan R. Worthington at the 2013 TDC.