Things to do in Oregon: Discover the Bend beer scene

BEND, OREGON — With its mountains and rivers, Central Oregon is a popular spot with skiers, kayakers, hikers and fishermen — and beer lovers, too. With 22+ breweries, Bend has more brewing companies per capita than any other Oregon town, with roughly one brewery for every 3,600 people.

One of Bend’s best breweries is also its oldest. Deschutes Brewery (deschutesbrewery.com) was founded in 1988 by Gary Fish, a California native who fell in love with the area and named his brewery and brewpub after Central Oregon’s biggest river.

Deschutes made a name for itself early on with its best-selling Black Butte Porter, but it’s gone on to make other great beers, from Mirror Pond Pale Ale and Obsidian Stout to the just-released Hopzeit Autumn IPA. Deschutes’ holiday Jubelale uses a different recipe each year.

The brewery has expanded several times to keep up with growing demand and it’s well worth taking a tour. Four tours are offered daily — two for walk-in guests and two that can be booked ahead online — which depart from the Deschutes tasting room. The tour includes complimentary beer samples afterward.

Of course, that’s not the only way to enjoy Deschutes’ beer when you’re in Bend. The original brewery is now the Deschutes Brewery and Public House in downtown Bend, where there is plenty to do, see and taste. The brewpub offers a full menu of delicious fare alongside Deschutes’ most popular brews, including half a dozen special releases brewed exclusively for the public house. The most popular of those pub-only beers are bottled in limited release for Deschutes’ Bond Street Series — the pub, which is open daily, is at 1044 N.W. Bond St., hence the name. Going to the brewpub gives you a chance to vote on which ones you like, and up the odds of your favorites being available to buy back at home.

Just a few blocks from the Deschutes Public House, where the Deschutes River forms Mirror Pond, you’ll find the Bend Brewing Co. (bendbrewingco.com), another great brewpub with a full menu and award-winning beers. Head in the opposite direction and you’ll find Silver Moon Brewing (silvermoonbrewing.com). (It’s next to a laundromat, of all things. Having access to 16 taps of beer while we waited for our clothes to tumble dry was a pretty perfect use of our time.) And the

Source:: East Bay – Lifestyle

Trump has no plans to tour California fire damage

By Ken Thomas and Sudhin Thanawala | Associated Press

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump, who has made four visits to hurricane zones in recent weeks, isn’t rushing to survey the damage from California’s wildfires.

The president has no immediate plans to visit the state to inspect the aftermath of the wind-whipped wildfires, which have swept through parts of Northern California, including the region’s famed wine country. The wildfires have killed at least 42 people and destroyed thousands of homes, becoming the deadliest and most destructive series of blazes in California’s history.

For Trump, the wildfires are ravaging a state that has long been a Democratic stronghold and gave his presidential rival, Democrat Hillary Clinton, a commanding victory in California during last year’s election. Trump received about 31 percent of the vote in the state, prompting questions of whether politics have influenced his plans after the president visited Republican-leaning states like Texas and Louisiana and campaign battleground Florida after they dealt with massive hurricanes. He also visited Puerto Rico to view hurricane damage and traveled to Las Vegas after the city’s deadly mass shooting.

“I’d like to see him here,” said Rick Rogers, 52, who lost his home in Santa Rosa, California, to the fire. “I think it’s going to go down as one of the worst disasters in the state’s history. It would be nice to have the president here to show some support.”

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Suzanne Finzell, 62, a self-described “dyed in the wool” Democrat who lost her rented home in the blaze, accused Trump of having “no empathy.” But she added: “Even if he came here, what could he possibly do?”

In a sign of the frustration, The San Francisco Chronicle published an editorial on Sunday with the headline: “California burns: Where’s the president?” The editorial said Trump’s voice had been “conspicuously mute through day after day of crisis.”

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Wednesday a trip by Trump to California was not “planned at this time but it certainly hasn’t been ruled out either.” She said the Trump administration “has been very engaged throughout this process. We’re going to continue to be there.”

Trump retweeted a tweet on Wednesday from Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Brock Long, who has been touring …read more

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Pets: Daisy’s Day gala raises funds to pay for vet care

The Palo Alto Humane Society, in honor of a dog named Daisy, will hold its Daisy’s Day: Gala Fundraiser for Emergency Vet Care for Sick and Injured Animals on Sunday at Vina Enoteca at the Stanford Barn.

Daisy was a dog abandoned at the Palo Alto Animal Services shelter when she was 2 years old, and was scrawny, unhealthy and terrified. She eventually “blossomed into a trusting and happy dog who provided many years of grateful devotion to her human companions,” according to the Palo Alto Humane Society. When she died after 10 years, her owner Sue Klapholz, presented “a generous memorial gift to PAHS. With this gift, PAHS created the Daisy Fund, which provides assistance for animals whose owners cannot afford their pets’ urgent veterinary care. With this fund, sick or injured animals will not have to be surrendered to animal shelters or euthanized for lack of means.”

Assistance with managing crisis veterinary costs is one of the ways in which Palo Alto Humane Society helps people and animals in the communities in the mid-Peninsula, said Peninsula Humane Executive Director Carole Hyde.

“Daisy’s companion, Sue Klapholz, was able to provide for her beloved dog but realized that many pet owners cannot shoulder the financial burden of unexpected veterinary care,” said Hyde. “Her decision to generously contribute to PAHS’s intervention program is the inspiration for Daisy’s Day and a call to the community to support this life-saving program.”

The fundraiser will be hosted by composer and producer Philip Giffin, and will feature live music by guitarist Em K, an auction, a raffle, and vegetarian food. Attendees will be able to try the “Impossible Burger” — made from plants — that looks, cooks and tastes like ground beef, developed by Stanford scientist Patrick Brown. Brown, the CEO of Impossible Foods, and Rocco Scordella, the owner of Vina Enoteca, will talk about the latest food trends.

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Vina Enoteca was the first restaurant in Silicon Valley to serve the Impossible Burger. Daisy’s Day sponsors include Khosla Ventures and Sheraton and Westin Palo Alto. Auction items include the Exotic Car Tour and various “staycation” packages, such as the San Francisco Getaway Package that includes two nights at the Fairmont and a four-course dinner at Jardiniere.

In a note on Tuesday, Hyde said that the …read more

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