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“Cuckoo’s Nest” Reclaimed Studs for Sale

Tue, 14 Jan 2014 18:55:00



Own a piece of the Oregon Mental Hospital, formerly known as the Oregon State Insane Asylum, the venue for the filming of the Academy Award winning movie, “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,” starring Jack Nicholson, based on the novel by Oregon’s own Ken Kesey.

In 2009, the infamous Hospital in Salem, Oregon was demolished.  We bought the entire yard, about 9,000 board feet.  We milled about half of it for Worthy Brewing’s restaurant.

4,000 board feet for sale.  The rough sawn “studs” come in a variety of lengths: 13’, 10’, 9’, and 8’  These are totally authentic, meaning they’re scarred and gouged. Many contain square nails.  The wood is reputed to originated in and Old Growth grove of Douglas Fir, felled somewhere near Eugene in the late 19th Century, and originally milled and installed at the Asylum in early 1900s.

$4.25 per linear foot, plus shipping. 3 x 6 rough sawn lumber studs.

Please email Lisa at Lisa@worthybrewing.com if you are interested. The wood is currently stacked at Worthy Brewing in Bend, Oregon. You’d have to be nuts to throw away perfectly good wood!


The movie

The original stacks, 2010.

Worthy shipped the entire lot from Salem in 2010.

The second greatest novel published in 1962 by Oregon’s greatest novelist, Ken Kesey. Second only to “Sometimes A Great Notion.”

Cuckoo Kawfee Porter: “It’s Medication Time.”

Tue, 17 Dec 2013 18:55:00

“What do you think you are, for Chrissake, crazy or somethin’? Well you’re not! You’re not! You’re no crazier than the average asshole out walkin’ around on the streets and that’s it. ”
Ken Kesey, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

First the Darkness, then the Deep Freeze, and then that Hankering for a shot of jet black, kawfee-infused, roasted biscuit, malt forward Porter Madness.

Introducing Cuckoo Kawfee Porter, inspired by the genius of Ken Kesey, who wrote The Book that became The Movie that was shot at The Mental Hospital that got torn down which yielded studs which we cleaned up and re-crafted for our bartop and table tops. Whew!

This is Worthy’s first half-crazed concoction from our pilot brew system, a beer born under the banner of our “Heart and Soul Series.”

Quiet the Ghouls

One whiff and the your inner Cuckoo Bird, mad with fright and confusion, after hours of circling, has found it’s nest. It’s settle down time. Drop those shoulders.  Plant those elbows on the Nuthouse wood and clutch that pint glass like you’re courting it. Admire the thick, foamy crema head. Swirl the dark magic around.

You’re not crazy, far from it. But by gawd it’s nuts out there. And between the ears, well, from time to time it’s not hard for the mental wheels to go caddywampus. If you sit at our bar and look deeply into the reclaimed Insane Asylum wood you can almost hear a cold-hearted Scold snakishly whispering:  “It’s medication time…”

Time to settle the score, lop the heads off a few demons, re-align those wheels, stop the unraveling, toss out the garbage and flip the finger at all the Nurse Ratcheds. It’s cold outside and the toes don’t warm up quite like they used to. This is sweater and dark beer weather. You want a beer that can warm the cockles and crush the nameless idiot voices which trespass on your tranquility like soldier ants coursing through the bush in search of fresh wounded meat.

Kawfee Klarity?

We’re not promising clarity, over here. We’re not guaranteeing sanctuary. It’s just beer, after all.

Or is it?  This is no ordinary brew. This is our foray into Misadventure Land, where even bad ideas have a chance to turn it around or get lucky and go prime time. Chad and the boyz built a solid, dark roasty-toast malt bed, layered it with a faint dose of hop bitterness, and then spiked it with a bag of Africa’s finest Ethiopian Yirgacheffe coffee grounds.

Now we don’t go around here dropping names like “Yirgacheffe” (YER-GUH-CHEF). We called up our buddy Bobby Grove over at Thump Coffee and asked Bend’s resident Java Guru for his sage advice. He struck a pose, scratched his phantom goatee and bingo! Ethiopian Yirgacheffe wound up in the fermenter.  Bobby assured us it was loaded with an “orange blossom fragrance” but frankly all I get is an eye-popping, heart-jolting gust of kawfee.

You’re Not a Loony Now!

Yes, Cuckoo Kawfee Porter’s got your toasted biscuit maltiness, your dark fruit richness, that coveted clean kawfee brightness, and a beguiling dry finish. But it’s not just for breakfast. It will warm, intrigue and delight you just about any time of day.

So, if the wheels are coming off or you just want to clean out the cobwebs, drop on by for a pint of Cuckoo Kawfee Porter. We have around 4 barrels so it will go fast.

“Which one of you nuts has got any guts?”*



* Randolph McMurphy

PS – We have about 4,000 board feet of salvaged wood from the Oregon Mental Hospital. 300 year old Old Growth Doug Fir felled with double bladed axes in the late 1800s.  Strong and sturdy and riddled with rare-coin quality square nails.  We’re going to put it up for auction soon so stand by. You too can own a piece of lunacy.


Cuckoo Kawfee Porter sandwiched between Cuckoo’s Nest wood on the ceiling and bartop. On tap today.


Chad Kennedy, Worthy’s own “goddamn marvel of modern science,” standing by to help liberate your looney birds.


All praise to Coffee Roaster, Herbalist and Healer Bobby Grover, who spiked our Cuckoo porter and gave us a new word. Repeat after me: YER-GAH-CHEF.


“You’re not an idiot. Huh! You’re not a goddamn looney now, boy. You’re a fisherman!” Randolph McMurphy, a few clicks west of Depot Bay.


Who’s the head bull goose looney around here? Place your bets and take your chances.

Party Like You Own the Place

Wed, 04 Dec 2013 18:55:00

The holidays are upon us and it’s time to celebrate the joys of living and breathing in Bend, which as we know is world renown as Beervana.  It’s no secret that we have the highest number of breweries per capita than any other city on the planet.

We get asked all the time by happy customers whether Worthy can accommodate a private party or banquet.  Our guests are enchanted by our mosaic “hop trail,” our “Cuckoo’s Nest” reclaimed wood from the notorious Oregon State Insane Asylum, our solar powered brewhouse, our Van Gogh inspired mosaic wood-fired stone hearth oven, and our great food, extremely balanced beer and friendly service.

Well, we’re ready to open up our little brewery — a slice of heaven we like to call “Beertopia”– to private parties.  If you are interested, which is sort of a trick question, I mean, who doesn’t want to celebrate the sound and glory of craft beer at Bend’s newest and only East Side brewery-restaurant? – then click here for details.

The cool thing is the sky’s the limit when it comes to customizing your event. We can arrange tours of the brewhouse, including our state-of-the-art canning and bottling lines.   We can offer up a special tutorial on the magic of hops.  We can bring you up to speed on what’s cooking in our pilot brew system — the “Heart and Soul” of Worthy brewing. And we can work with you on pairing your food selections with our fabulous beers.

The party season is upon us, so give us a call and let us help you make your private party “one for the books.”

Worthy is also pleased to announce our Food To Go menu.  We know that with the pressures of work, family, shopping and even having a good time on the slopes, time can quickly get away from you. When you’re too rushed to dine out or cook in, please call us and we’ll have your favorite pizza, burgers, tacos, salads, soup and wings hot and waiting for you.

For a complete review of the Food to Go menu, please click here. And don’t forget to top off your growler with your favorite Worthy beer.

Finally, yes West Siders, we know that driving all the way out here to the East Side is akin to Hannibal crossing the Alps on his elephants. It’s at least a good 10 minutes. To help you make that arduous trek across Highway 97, we’re sweetening the pot with our Hoppy Hour Menu. Scrumptious wings, pizzas and whatnot at damn near give-away prices. Plus beer specials.  Everything but a crown, scepter and ermine coat!

Hoppy Holidays from everyone at Worthy.  Thank you for your love and support.  You ARE Worthy!

And, as always, Drink Up and Dream On.