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By in Worthy Garden Club 0

Space: To Go or Not to Go?

Sun, 20 Aug 2017 18:55:00

​What’s the deal on space travel and colonization?

What are the arguments in favor of colonizing Mars, or a far away exoplanet? Or sending out probes and robots? Is it imperative for the survival of the human race? Who profits? Is less about science and beauty and more about beating the Russians and Chinese in the race to build a “Death Star?”

What are the obstacles? Is it feasible, affordable, and necessary? Do we have a spacecraft that’ s big, light and fast enough? Is space a friendly place for human survival? Is Warp Drive a thing? How far is “far, far away?”

Can we invest in space travel while also investing in the health and sustainability of our Mothership, Earth? Should we do both?

Here’s a slideshow for a speech we recently presented as part of the Worthy Garden Club’ s Total Solar Eclipse Week.



By in Craft Beer 0

A Modest Proposal: Showcase Craft in Bend’s Crown Jewel

Thu, 10 Aug 2017 18:55:00

​The Les Schwab Amphitheatre is the crown jewel of Bend, Oregon. There’s a million reasons to love it. The rolling green grass. The intimate stage. The brilliant wild flowers. The verdant hop wall. The adjacent Deschutes River and cat-tail abundant riparian zone. The honkers flying overhead.

A million things. Not to mention the excellent bands the venue attracts. Acts ranging from Bob Dylan to Phish, Chris Botti to Peter Frampton. And the amazing variety of local food trucks.

It’s a special place, where you can enjoy the show, dance if you’d like, admire the river, sidle up to the stage, enjoy a tasty meal, and cavort among the beautiful people of Bend.

There’s just one little hitch. Bend is renown for it’s world class craft beer. Tourists flock here for it. The locals support it. And the independent craft breweries here pretty much work together for the common good. Sure, each of us wants to succeed, but not at the cost of our brethren.

But the beer sponsor at the venue is not from Bend. In fact, they’re not even from America. The beer sponsor for the concert series is AB/InBev, a foreign owned conglomerate. They are a monopolist. Make no mistake, their mission is to snuff out competition, with superior fire power, lawyers, lobbyists, beholden distributors, Madison Avenue sharpies and money – lots and lots of money.

For many craft beer enthusiasts, going to the show presents a dilemma. Yes, we want to drink up and dream on during the show with a cold frothy. But many of us do not wish to support AB/INBev, including their wholly owned subsidiary, Ten Barrel. Yes, Ten Barrel  helped put Bend on the map. Their beer is awesome, as well as their home grown employees.

But they are not craft. When they agreed to be bought out by Ab/Inbev, they gave up their membership in the club. That’s not a disputed statement. It’s a fact. Ten Barrel no longer meets the definition of an independent craft brewery. That of course may not be important to many consumers.

So what’s a craft disciple to do?  A few suggestions.

First, enjoy a craft beverage before the show. Be mindful of the open container law. Don’t try to secrete a beer into the venue.

Second, if, like me, you can’t stomach supporting the  AB/INbev with your hard earned dollar, enjoy a glass of wine or cider, instead.

Third, if you’re a security guard at the amphitheatre, please understand that craft aficionados have a deep, sincere and nearly religious devotion to craft. If you should encounter a guest outside the venue who is draining the last drops from his or her indy beer, yes, ask them nicely to finish it up and dispose of the container properly. But refrain from provoking a confrontation.

Some craft beer lovers simply don’t respond well to threats to confiscate personal property, or any form of intimidation. You will be perceived as an agent of AB/InBev, which is not a happy association for many of us.

And finally, a note to the Old Mill District. We know that your group does as much as anyone to preserve and enhance the friendly and organic atmosphere here in Bend. I’m sure you’re not ecstatic about depriving the locals of authentic craft beer at your wonderful venue.

As a work-around, Worthy Brewing would be pleased to negotiate with you an outright buy out of your contract with Budweiser.

In the alternative, Worthy would be please do spearhead an effort to create a consortium of local craft breweries who will step into Budweiser’s topsiders, buy them out, and offer up an eclectic menu of home grown craft beers. Your crown jewel would then truly represent the heart and soul of Bend’s craft beer appellation.

It’s a shame that in a town renown for it’s indy craft breweries, beer lovers are forced to go dry in order to stay true to their faith (no disparagement of cider or wine intended). We  hope that the Old Mill will consider this request. And we thank them for bringing so many awesome artists to Bend, as well as organizing the fun, exciting and must-colored and flavored Bend Brewfest.


Worthy Solar Eclipse Week: See the Light

Sat, 01 Jul 2017 18:55:00

​Worthy Brewing is pleased to announce the Worthy Solar Eclipse week, August 16-21, presented by the Worthy Garden Club (WGC). The theme of the special program is “See the Light.”

Starting on August 16th, for five consecutive nights before the Total Solar Eclipse on August 21st, the WGC will be hosting speakers from various disciplines who will address a number of provocative topics.

The speakers will include astronomists, hydrologists, historians, educators and at least one cosmic contrarian. Topics range from “Eclipse Craziness,” to “The Search for E.T.” to “Darkness in Daytime” to “Why Colonize Outer Space?”

The talks, which are geared for the entire family, will take place in Worthy Brewing’s “Hop Mahal” Banquet Hall. Space is limited so we encourage an early arrival.  Admission is free.

After the discussion ends on each night, which will include a Q & A session, guests will be invited to join WGC’s “Sky Guy” Grant Tandy and others in the Hopservatory dome for a cosmic viewing.  A $5 donation is requested for stargazers over the age of 6.

The WGC hopes to seize on the thousands and thousands of eclipse enthusiasts who will in town as they prepare for the total solar eclipse. The eclipse will travel a 60-mile wide path across the continental US. The last total solar eclipse visible from coast to coast in the US was on June 18, 1918, almost 100 years ago.

On the day before the Eclipse, Tandy will be offering a full day of solar viewing from the dome. This is a first of it’s kind, once in a life-time opportunity to get together and talk about our place in the universe.

The Worthy Garden Club is an educational non-profit whose mission is to promote science literacy, foster curiosity and enhance appreciation for the terrestrial and galactic garden.

To learn more about the speakers and their respective topics, please click here.  Commemorative “I Have Seen the Light” t-shirts will soon be available to the public.

To learn more about the week’s festivities, or reserve a cosmic viewing, contact Grant Tandy at 541.647.6970 ext 220. You can also learn more about the WGC at www.worthygardenclub.com. ​

“I Have Seen The Light” commemorative t-shirts coming soon.

By in Tour des Chutes 0

Gary’s In The House! Stage Set at Worthy for TDC Pre-Ride Party

Fri, 30 Jun 2017 18:55:00

On July 7th, Worthy Brewing will again host the Tour Des Chutes packet pick-up party. Participants can enjoy a complimentary pint of the 5th annual “Gary’s No Quit Wit,” brewed in honor of living legend Gary Bonacker, the resilient founder of the 13th annual TDC.

“Gary’s one of a kind. He’s charming, hilarious, sweet and tough as a ten cent steak,” said Roger Worthington, the founder of Worthy Brewing.

“The best part of my summer is the Tour Des Chutes, not only because I love the ride, the solidarity and the hope and help it sends, but also because we get to brew another batch of my favorite summer beer – Gary’s No Quit Wit. The guy’s a beauty and we’re darn lucky to have him around.”

The “Gary’s in the House” party starts at 11 a.m. and goes to 9 p.m.  Worthy urges you to get there early to avoid the long lines. Last year the TDC drew over 1,500 bike riders and 200 runners. This year promises to be even bigger. The TDC will be taking bids on several high value and special items. The auction will close around 2pm on Saturday.

Live music on Worthy’s new “Drink Up Dream On” soundstage, featuring Parlour, will also be provided. And Gary will be on hand of course to chat, belly laugh, offer encouragement and sign the annual “Gary’s No Quit Wit” poster. This year’s art features Gary, ever the jokester, as a godfatherly cross between Evel Knieval and Elvis Presley.

The 13th Annual Tour Des Chutes will launch early Saturday morning, July 8th.  Worthington will again emcee the game day festivities.

Worthy Brewing is located on 495 NE Bellevue Drive, Bend, OR 97701

Tour des Chutes was founded in 2005 by Bend resident, business owner and cancer survivor, Gary Bonacker, in order to fund St. Charles’ Cancer Center survivorship programs. More recently, Tour des Chutes has also dedicated funds to the Pediatric Foundation, a Bend nonprofit that provides direct financial support to families who have a child with cancer.

For more information about Tour des Chutes, visit www.tourdeschutes.org. For information about Worthy Brewing, visit www.worthybrewing.com or call Eric at 541-647-6970.

Tour des Chutes founder, Bend resident, business owner and cancer survivor, Gary Bonacker.
By in COBG, Indie Craft 0

Craft is a Badge of Honor. Earn it. Wear it.

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 18:55:00

A few days ago the Brewers Association, which represents the interests of small and independent U.S. craft breweries, announced that it is debuting a seal or shield (see the bottom image to the right) which it encourages craft breweries to proudly display.

Count Worthy in.

The timing is perfect. Worthy recently suggested to our own local guild – the Central Oregon Brewer’s Guild (COBG) – that it pursue a shield to differentiate between real craft breweries and the fake ones, i.e., the wholly or partially owned subsidiaries of foreign owned mega-conglomerates.

See the suggested “Indie Craft” shield to the right.

​The good news is that the COBG has agreed that the shield is a positive step towards educating consumers and protecting the integrity of the craft culture. In our view, Bend is a unique and valuable craft brewing terroir, for many reasons, including our access to crystal clear snow melt water. Like “Bordeaux,” “Champagne,” and “Napa Valley,” Bend is tantamount to an appellation, which must be protected from imposters.

To capture the essence of our region, we’ve suggested a shield that features the iconic peaks of the majestic Three Sisters. The COBG is welcome to attach it’s acronym.

In the near future, the COBG will move on portions of our resolution. We applaud this long over due effort. Most customers simply don’t know whether a brewery is craft or not. Who has time to do the research? The labels all look fun, irreverent and clever. There’s no ownership disclosure requirement for labeling.

How can we distinguish the craft from the crafty? The distinction is important, as the non-craft industrial breweries do not share the same values, culture, and ideals of the typically smaller, locally owned, independent craft breweries. Many once did, but they gave up their membership in the club when they joined forces with the Dark Side.

​Dark Side sounds harsh. But the truth is that the industrials want to rig the game. They have superior fighting power when it comes to capital investment, marketing, distribution and lobbying. Like any mega-monopolist, their purpose is to price out,  cripple and crush the competition. At the risk of sounding shrill, in many cases the industrials pose a clear and present danger to the viability of authentic craft breweries. For an excellent article on how fake craft hurts small craft, please click here.

Again, Worthy praises the COBG for working together for the common good. We hope the final resolution, as well as the COBG shield, will stimulate a constructive conversation between craft brewers, our customers, the media and advertisers.

​It’s a long and hard road to explain how the industrial consolidation of crafties hurts craft. The industrials are savvy. They know customers are attracted to benevolent rhetoric. In the months to come you’ll be hearing from them a lot of talk about “greater efficiency,” “reduced overhead,” “more seed money for local sponsorships,” “lower prices” and so on. With the help of the media, we’ll need to expose the rubbish. It won’t be an easy road, but iif craft is to survive and flourish, it’s a road we must travel.

When the COBG shield is ready, Worthy will be among if not the first to post it on our storefront windows, food menus, labels, packaging and advertising. Solidarity Forever!


For a list of fake Kraft, please read our blog “Fake Craft? Follow the Money.”

Wear the Badge. Suggested shields for the Central Oregon Brewers Guild.

The shield suggested by the craft brewer’s national trade association, the Brewers Association.

Independent Craft, “Dark Side” Craft 

Can a seal on a bottle change consumer behavior?
BY KEVIN GIFFORDWhen you’re buying cheese, do you purchase Tillamook cheese over Safeway’s house label, or Backporch Coffee Roasters over Starbucks, strictly because you want to keep Oregon companies safe from international mega-corps?

​Click here to read Kevin’s article on Bend Source.

By in Strata IPA 0

Not A Lotta Strata, but We’ll Brew What We Gotta

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 18:55:00

Ok hop fans here’s the skinny.

We’re fielding alot of questions on why we are not bottling or canning Strata IPA. The Indie Pale Ale, as well as it’s namesake hop, are both developing fan clubs. It’s an Indie Pale Ale, as opposed to India, because as previously reported the hop is the brainchild of Indie Hops and Oregon State.

Some beer lovers say it’s the uniquely satisfying grapefruit, mango and pine flavor. For others it’s the smooth, dank finish. The brewers are loving it’s one-stop-shop versatility, whether as an aroma or bittering hop.

But everybody – the brewers and the hop heads – agree that they want more. The rub is that the supply is limited. In 2016, Indie Hops harvested from it’s Goschie Farms and Coleman Farms lots in the Valley about 18,000 pounds from about nine total acres. The harvest was a “baby” harvest, which means it was the first harvest after the establishment year. In 2017, we’ll  be harvesting the first mature crop.

And we’re jazzed. Reports from the farms are glowing. Strata is growing like a weed, which makes sense botanically if not herbally. All of which means we should see a substantial bump in the yields above the stunning average of around 2,000 pounds an acre last season.

Until the 2017 harvest in September, Worthy will be offering Strata IPA as a draft only treat. If you can’t find Strata IPA on tap, ask your bartender to contact us, or click here for a list of where it’s currently pouring.

In September, we’ll put Strata IPA in a 22 ounce bottle. Check out the label above. What do you think? A cross between Jimi Hendrix’s electric day glow and the hand drawn musings of counter culture icon Robert Crumb? We love the purple haze pop and the concert lights glow and the phantasmagoric layering.

After we big bottle Strata IPA, then what? Are we going to can it? We’ll have to wait and see. Indie Hops this spring planted another 60 acres in the Willamette Valley so the future certainly looks bright for all concerned – the farmers, the brewers, the insatiable ‘give me the latest greatest” hop heads and your basic beer lovers.

Let us know what you think about Strata IPA. Strata is a pioneering hop – it’s the first new hop to emerge from the OSU-Indie Hops breeding program, and it’s the first independently owned hop ever designed, tested and grown in Oregon. Want to support Oregon hop research, Oregon hop farmers, and Oregon real craft breweries? Drink Worthy!




Watching the weeds grow.
By in Good Citizen 0

Good Citizen Big IPA

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 18:50:00

“Silence like a cancer grows…”
Paul Simon, “Sound of Silence”
We lost two good citizens recently. Another was seriously hurt. All three were bludgeoned in a Portland MAX light-rail train when they stood up to a lunatic’s hate, bigotry and hostility.Rick John Best, age 53, an army veteran and the father of four, and Taliesin Myrddin Namkai-Meche, age 23, a recent Reed College graduate, died. Micah Fletcher, age 21, is now recovering from his knife wounds.Three ordinary Americans who did something that seems extraordinary in these tumultuous times: they stepped in to protect two young women who were being attacked ostensibly because of their religion and nationality.

Each intervening citizen was a hero. Not because two died. Not because one was badly injured. They were heroes because when they saw acts of escalating intolerance they simply could not tolerate looking the other way. They acted, out of an impulse to protect two perfect strangers, despite the danger. They saw a clear and present danger – a cancer growing – and said: “this aggression will not stand.”

They were not silent. And neither must we. We must not forget these three ordinary citizens, their courage, their bravery, their conversion of ideals into action.

Don’t let this horror deter you from being a good citizen. Drink and think soulfully. Imagine a world without lunatics, a world in which acts of valor were not necessary. All profits from the sale of Good Citizen Big IPA will be donated to the families of the victims. Whatever the profit is, Worthy will double it and donate it, proudly.

The beer? It’s fantastic. It’s big, bold and delicious. As an imperial, at 8.0% ABV, it’s on the lighter side. At 70 IBUs, it’s well within the boundaries of a hop packed West Coast IPA.

We happily brewed with exuberant amounts of Azacca, Cascade, Crystal, Citra, Simcoe and Meridian hops. A smooth tropical fruit aroma with a mouth-dancing pineapple sweetness.  Savor, ponder and re-pledge your allegiance to doing the right thing.

Good Citizen, another gem from our Heart & Soul Series, is a small batch beer that is only available at our pub.

Worthy raises its pint glass to good Samaritans: may you continue to treat others as you would be treated, and protect others as you would want to be protected.


A few days after his attack, Micah Fletcher posted the following poem:

I am alive.
I spat in the eye of hate and lived.
This is what we must do for one another
We must live for one another
We must fight for one another
We must die in the name of freedom if we have to.
Luckily it’s not my turn today.

Rick John Best, age 53, Good Citizen

Taliesin Myrddin Namkai-Meche, age 23, Good Citizen

Micah Fletcher, age 21, Good Citizen

A Bright Idea to Darken the Night Sky

Mon, 08 May 2017 18:55:00

String lights over a beer garden are iconic. They foster a festive mood that leads to all sorts of laughter, sharing, and merriment. Unfortunately, they also illuminate the night sky, contributing to light pollution.

Is it possible to keep the party vibe alive without lighting up the night sky? The answer of course is “yes.”

The question is not simply academic around Beertopia these days. Now that the Worthy Garden Club is offering cosmic tours from the Hopservatory, it’s important that we help reduce our own contribution to light pollution.

More importantly, as the we launch a new mission to encourage our neighbors to turn down the lights, we have to set an example and “practice what we preach.”

So here’s one of the steps we have taken at Worthy to darken the night.

There’s an old saying: “Recycle Good. Re-use Better.”  Breweries generate a lot of “waste” aluminum cans, whether from factory blemishes, denting, or product packaging testing.

Instead of recycling those cans, which we do, we thought: why not repurpose a part of those cans by converting them into shields or mini-umbrellas that we can put on top of each string bulb?

Solve two problems at once. Repurpose and focus the beams of light where they belong – on the Earthlings partying happily below on good ol Terra Firma. And there’s a bonus benefit – perhaps our Worthy guests will look up, see the beer can shields, and have a conversation about light pollution.

So here’s what we did. We collected our “Blems.” We drilled a hole in the bottom of the can.

We marked, measured and cut the cans to spec.

Then we unscrewed each bulb – over 200 of them — and put the “custom retrofitted” Worthy beer can shields over the bulb, and screwed them back in.


A Worthy beer garden that lights up the party action without polluting the skies overhead with unnecessary and potentially harmful skyglow.

To learn more about the hazards of skyglow, and what you can do to help reduce it, please click here. Oh, and drink plenty of Lights Out Stout.


By in Stoker 0

Stoker Red On Fire

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 18:55:00

Worthy’s new release, Stoker Red Ale, continues to light it up. We released this hoppy red ale a few months ago in 12 ounce cans to fill the need for drinkable reds that deliver a crafty hop punch.

Based on retail and draft sales, and customer feedback, we are stoked.

At the Earth Day Brewshed Brewfest last week in Springfield, the people spoke.  They awarded Stoker Red first place in the inaugural brewfest against 17 other brews.

The Brewshed Brewfest was sponsored by the Oregon Brewshed Alliance in an effort to raise money for Oregon Wild, a non-profit working hard to keep our waters wild, fresh, pristine and brewable. It’s no secret that a key ingredient to Oregon’s craft beer success has been the availability of crystal clear, snow-melt water.

“It feels good to get the recognition, but it feels great to support a worthy cause,” said R. Worthington, the founder. “We’re big fans of fresh water. That’s why we insist that our hop suppliers comply with the standards set by another non-profit, Salmon Safe, which sets guidelines for eliminating run-off from farms into streams and tributaries.”

What was it about Stoker Red that warmed the hearts our watershed loving friends? An unofficial survey yielded an appreciation of its malty caramel sweetness, it’s piney, woody, citrusy and earthy aroma (all of the above), it’s pleasant hop bitterness, it’s bubbly mouthfeel and it’s smooth, dry finish.

As one guest said: It’s “shareworthy.”

Plus, for the record, it must be noted that it raining outside, as usual, and a red just seemed to warm the cockles.

Worthy congratulates the 17 breweries who participated in the event and salutes their efforts to keep Oregon’s rivers wild and clean.

Stoked to fill this Hearty Wooden Vessel with Worthy Stoker Red!
By in Strata IPA, Terpiffic, X-331 0

Strata IPA On The Rise

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 18:55:00

It pays to be prudent, if not skeptical. Is this beer really that good? Does the new hop really make a difference? Will beer lovers really love it?

Worthy has been working closely with our friends at Oregon State University and Indie Hops on pilot brewing with their new hop, X-331, which IH is naming “Strata.” This is the new open-pollinated Perle with the tropical, terpiffic, multi-layered flavor profile that’s been generating a bit of buzz recently.

Gold Medal

So, is it any good? The judges for the 2017 Oregon Beer Awards recently thought so, awarding Worthy’s StrataSphere IPA a gold medal in the Sessionable Hoppy IPA category.

That’s great, and we are grateful. Our brewers enjoyed brewing with this strange hop. It’s high oil content, dual purpose bittering level (12% alpha) and tropical aroma with a whiff of earthy dankness presented many toys to play with.

”What really surprised and impressed all of us about this hop was how different it performed in a real brewing scenario compared to the rub and sniff method used during harvest,” said Dustin Kellner, Worthy’s Master Brewer.

“The level of tropical fruit aroma this hop throws off was not evident during the onsite sensory evaluation, where a lot more of the dankness and spicyness powered through. The brewing trials provided a whole different experience — in the kettle and tanks, the hop’s tropical flavors just gushed out.”

“Kudos to Indie Hops and OSU for taking this strange hop beyond the rub. Without the hop teas and pilot brews, we never would have guessed it’s great potential. Thanks for allowing us brewers an opportunity to fully experience these experimental hop varieties in real-world scenarios.”

Do People Drink it?

OK, great: the brewers are bedazzled by this “ugly duckling” hop, the farmers like it because it offers high yields, the scientists like it because of it’s robust disease resistance, and at least one panel of beer judges like it. But what about the consumers?

Well, we have some data. At Worthy, we’ve been offering Strata on tap for the past few months. We haven’t been promoting it actively. Without any “lobbying,” we’ve been watching how our customers vote with their dollars.

The results have been impressive. It’s no secret that the flagship at Worthy has been our famously balanced Worthy IPA. Depending on the weather and day of the week, our PreFunk Pale, Kama Citrus IPA, Easy Day Kolsch and Lights Out Stout have traditionally rounded out our top sellers in our pub.

Generally, in Bend if not elsewhere, any beer with “IPA” in the name will perform well. Discounting that, and the newness factor, the results are bankable. For the past two months at Worthy’s restaurant on the East Side, Strata IPA has run neck and neck with Worthy IPA, and in some weeks, Strata has pulled away from the pack convincingly.

The Future looks Bright

Are these fans simply new customers who wanted the newest thing? Not really. We’re learning that most are repeat customers who’ve ordered Strata before and simply fell in love with it. The most frequently asked questions we get are: “Do you package this” and “Where else can I find this?”

Encouraging questions. The answers: No, it’s not packaged now, only because the hop is an experimental hop that’s in short supply. After the 2017 harvest, we do intend to package Strata, most likely in a 22 ounce bottle. After that, we shall see.

In the meantime, we have enough hop material to continue to offer Strata IPA on draft throughout Oregon and Washington. Please check it out and let us know what you think.

Strata is available at these on premise locations. In view of the strong demand, IH has put in another 60 acres. They won’t harvest a mature crop on those new acres until next year. In the meantime, IH will be scoring a mature crop on their original ten acres, which are split evenly between Goschie Farms and Coleman Farms in the Willamette Valley.

This is getting more and more fun. Stay tuned.


Deemed Worthy. Strata recently struck gold at the Oregon Beer Awards in the Hoppy Sessionable IPA category.

OSU breeds new hops for craft brewers.
Oregon State University. 2017

On the rub, x-331 entered the dank-to-skunk zone. How did Indie Hops know it had potential?

Perle, our German Fair Hop Maiden. Who’s the daddy? He’s got to be a rogue Oregon Hop Stud.

Jim Solberg at Indie Hops brewing “hop teas” with experimental varieties. Turns out this “ugly duckling” hop when brewed becomes a glorious multi-colored swan.

Zach Brenneman at Worthy feeding the Heart & Soul Pilot Brew system with freshly pelleted Strata. The hop is loaded with terpenes that give off that earthy, resinous, terpelicious, hopijuana stank.