Worthy Brewing


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.

Black Light Porter – Get Your Glow On

Wed, 08 Jan 2014 18:55:00

The Sixties gave us many things: Hippies, LSD, LBJ, Ken Kesey, Robert Crumb, Kent State, and Woodstock, to name a few.  It also gave us the Black Light, that iconic purple bulb that lit up your favorite fluorescent Jimi poster and zapped out the heaviness.

In the spirit of making things pop, Worthy is pleased to introduce Black Light Porter, a medium-bodied mahogany colored porter to which we added bittersweet high altitude, Ecuadorian dark cacao nibs.  The nibs do to the brain what the UV light from the black light does to the fluorescent paints – they generate a 3D glow that expands and uplifts.

Raise Your Consciousness

More specifically, those cacao nibs create an aroma, an aroma that awakens the mind to the psychedelic radiance of chocolate malts merging with dark chocolate. No brain, no matter how bleached out and beat down, can remain lame or limp in the face of such righteously glorious, inhalable enchantment.

A darker beer capable of generating so much joyously cerebral wattage? Yes.  But how? We’ll skip the brain chemistry and shine the light on those beans, malts and hops.  Our cacao nib beans are no ordinary beans. They were plucked from farms in Ecuador’s high country, a terroir renown for springing forth beans with singular roasted nuttiness, biscuit toastiness and dark chocolate lustiness. And, fellow Gaia worshippers, please note that these magic beans are fair trade and organic green. Far out.

We added copious burlap bagloads of chocolate malt and we didn’t skimp on the Nugget and Fuggles hops. The result? Let’s break it down.

Rich as Jungle Hard Wood

Black Light pours with a thick foamy cappuccino head and adorns the glass with a playful Milky Way lacing.   It absorbs most of the light like a hard mahogany should.  Against the light, the center of the tulip glass holds its cave-dark opaqueness, but at the edges a ruby reddish glimmer sneaks through like the morning sun.

The Nose Glows

Whimsical whifficans will delight in Black Light’s dreamy gifts. A first pass plants you at the counter of a Belgian chocolatier, perhaps in Brugge.  Your eyes close as you slowly savor the virtual delights of a chunk of dark chocolate paired with dried raisins, apricot and raspberries. A second pass fills your brain with the dazzling promise of a fresh cup of steamy cappucino. All the while a bit of smokiness drifts in like a fog bank slowly cloaking the Golden Gate.

A Taste That Teases

Thoughtful sippicans, alas may be be disappointed. At first glance your brain may say “after dinner desert libation” but your tongue says “more, now.” Black Light delivers a one-two chocolate – coffee punch that’s not too heavy and not too light. The dryness from the cacao cleverly balances out the chocolately malt sweetness, while the Fuggles aroma hops hold all that goodness together with a pleasant bittnerness backbone.  Yes, it’s drinkable.

The chocolatelyness tends to hide down in the deeper colder water but the warmth of your hands clutching the glass will bring out chocolate sweetness. This is a medium bodied chocolate porter that delivers the silk and the splash without weighing you down like a box of Godiva chocolates. It’s a beer that muscles up to the bar and says “Neither sip me, nor pound me, just let me go down yea.”

A Preachable Moment

We’re not saying Black Light will unleash the athlete’s endorphins or the lover’s oxytocin. No, we’re not saying that.  We are saying that it can help produce a glow in the same way it’s namesake flushes out the color and expands the realm of the possible.  Black looks heavy. Light doesn’t. You mix the two together and with the right set of eyes, nostrils, lips and cerebral hemispheres, you just might get up and get out and keep going as long as the purple light casts it’s groovy glow.

Worthy is tapping into the Black Light Porter Thursday, January 9th. Come on down and get your glow on.


Black Light Porter rising up from an enchanting bed of Chocolate Malt and organic Ecuadorian cacao nibs.

Black Light Porter – like it’s namesake, a fine way to accentuate the pozzytudes and zap out the negative waves. Authenticate the moment…

Are you experienced? Bought this in 1969 at a head shop in Haight Ashbury.

Travels with Jimi, from Haight Ashbury, 1969, stopping in Austin, 1983, and now Worthy Brewing, 2014.

Gary’s No Quit Wit: Live the Life

Tue, 09 Jul 2013 18:55:00


In cycling parlance there’s no greater goal than simply “living the life.”  When you’re riding well, feeling good, getting faster, and enjoying the ride, when riding becomes a form of meditation, transcendence, and time travel, then you’re closing in on that vaunted dream of “living the life.”

Gary Bonacker, despite having brain cancer for the last decade, is in his own wonderful and powerful way, living the life.  Instead of retreating, he’s bravely going forward.  Instead of resentment, his heart is full of good cheer. Instead of going sour, he’s grateful for the promise of better days ahead.

At Worthy, we salute Gary Bonacker and the spirit he embodies. He’s going for the gold, and he’s giving back.  To honor Gary’s spirit, Worthy has brewed a special beer: Gary’s No Quit Wit, a true to style Belgian wit.

Gary’s No Quit Wit is the perfect beer to cap off an exhilarating ride, walk, run, hike, or day in the garden. Straw-colored and cloudy, this crisp, tart and refreshing wit is as good as it’s aroma suggests.  You know it’s good when the aroma itself is so blissful you can sit your drink down and “chew on it.” We used a special blend of coriander, orange peel and other herbs to spice up the flavor. It goes down smooth with a spicy, tangy, and dry finish that calls out for more.

For every case sold, Worthy will donate $2 to the Tour des Chutes, the charity bike ride that Gary created 8 years ago.  The TdC donates the proceeds from the ride, which is held on June 13th in Bend, Oregon, to the St. Charles Cancer Survivorship Program. You can enjoy a great beer and help give back to a worthy cause.

As you can see, we adorned Gary with the coveted polka dot jersey, which in major stage races (such as the Tour de France) is awarded to the cyclist who wins the most intra-race mountain top sprints.  To win that jersey, the rider has to put his entire heart, soul and body into conquering not only outrageously steep climbs, but also suppressing fear, pain and agony.

Gary is doing just that.  So here’s a toast to Gary Bonacker! May he continue to “dance on the pedals” with a smile on his face and a fire in his belly.

Where Can you Buy Gary’s No Quit Wit?

Worthy will be selling Gary’s No Quit Wit in 22 oz bottles on July 24th at selected retailers in the State of Oregon only.

You can enjoy Gary’s No Quit Wit on draft at Worthy Brewing in Bend, Oregon.  We will tap the beer on July 10th at noon.  At around 6:30pm, Gary will be here for a special toast. Please join Worthy Brewing, Gary and the Tour des Chutes team for this epic event.  No quit. No excuses. Just a steadfast passion for living well.







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Can We? Yes. Will We? Yes. But When?

Sun, 07 Jul 2013 18:55:00

Can we can? Yes, we can.

Our Vimercati canning machine is ready to produce over 3,500 cans per hour.

Our beer’s ready.  We’ll be canning Worthy IPA, East Side Pale Ale, Kolsch and Lights Out Stout.

Our cartons are ready. Our labels are ready. Our team is ready.  Our grocery store and bottle shop accounts are ready.

The sun’s shining.  You’re having fun hiking, biking, boating, floating, touring and chillaxin.  And you’re working up a mighty thirst. And you want Worthy.

So when can you enjoy Worthy beer in a 12 oz. can?

Answer: when we get our … cans.

To paraphrase King Richard III, “My kingdom for a can!”

We were originally set to crank up our Italian engineered “Maserati” of canning lines in late July.  You don’t want to hear excuses any more than we want to detail them.  But we ran into a few hiccups with The Feds over the labels, had to tweak a word here, an image there, and were all set to pull the trigger but ran into a hitch with our can supplier on the color quality.  We’re getting that fixed, pronto.




Drats! That’s the sound of can-do “Beer.Boom.Done.” bravado colliding violently with the cool, quiet calmness of Beetopianism.

Bottom line: Mid August.  We’ll be rolling out our Worthy IPA and East Side Pale first.  Soon after that we’ll be canning our Lights Out Stout and Kolsch.  Check out the labels.

We’re very excited to get the show on the road. Our very first purchase — even before we poured our foundation for our brewery-restaurant — was our Mother of All Craft canning lines. We selected the Vimercati because of it’s sterling record for quality.  And we’re big believers in the hop flavor preservation, recyclability, tote-ability and chill-ability benefits of cans.

But we’ll just have to wait a bit longer. In the meantime, enjoy your hikes, bikes, boats and floats. And imagine an ice chest, or cooler, or back pack full of Worthy’s finest canned beers waiting for you at the end of the trail.

Oh, for a listing of accounts which carry Worthy beer on draft, please click here.







Gary’s No Quit Wit – Go Hard, Give Back

Thu, 27 Jun 2013 18:55:00

Gary Bonacker does not know the meaning of the word “quit.” When the chips were down, when some might have counted him out, he’s found a way to keep going, with a smile.  He keeps going because he loves life, wants more of it, and wants to keep giving back.

You know his story. Gary was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor in 2003.  People, that’s ten years ago!  After multiple surgeries, and rounds of chemo and radiation, and seizures, he’s still thriving, still smiling, and still optimistic that his best days are yet to come.

As he puts it, he doesn’t want to be known as “the Cancer Guy.” He’d rather be known as “the guy who loves to ride bikes.” Added to which, he’s the big-hearted, affable guy who in 2005 established the Tour des Chutes.

At Worthy Brewing, we are proud to celebrate Gary’s indomitable spirit of going for the gold and giving back. As a tribute, on July 10th, we will be tapping our Gary’s No Quit Wit.

Gary’s No Quit Wit is a Belgian-style wheat ale that’s brewed with a proprietary blend of aromatic spices. This effervescent “white” ale is the quintessential summer brew. Smooth, crisp and refreshing, Gary’s No Quit Wit is the perfect beverage after a blissful ride on your bike.

For every pint of No Quit Wit sold from July 10 -14th, Worthy will donate $1 to the Tour Des Chutes, which in a few short years has gained national prominence as a challenging and inspiring charity ride.

On game day, July 13th, Worthy will be baking a special “Polka Dot” pizza on Gary’s behalf.  For you non-cyclists, the polka dot jersey is awarded in stage races to the best mountain climber. He’s that skinny guy you see gritting his teeth, out of the saddle, eyes fixed on the road ahead, pushing himself desperately but exuberantly beyond the limit.

The day after, on Sunday, July 14, we will have a special presentation in the Worthy Bier Garten in which we will present to Gary on the TdC’s behalf a check in the amount of our total donation.  So, order Gary’s No Quit Wit and enjoy a great beer, celebrate a great man, and invest in a beautiful event.

Thank you Gary Bonacker, the bike, garden, grit-and-bear-down guy. Thank you Tour des Chutes, the best charity ride in the Pacific Northwest. And thank you St. Charles Cancer Center for helping so many Oregonians with cancer thrive


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