By Emily Engdahl
Do you love the snow? Are you a fan of our region’s multiple mountains and ski areas, taking in the breathtaking views as you careen downhill or trek quietly through the glistening forest? Beer lovers rejoice, as our loves of craft beer and mountain fun collide at these local resorts, including local offerings and a mountain-based brew fest.
Mt Hood Brewing Co.
Utilizing the freshest, locally-produced ingredients and Mt. Hood’s pure glacial water, Head Brewer Tom Rydzewski and Jeff McAllester utilize the freshest, locally produced ingredients they can find to create an exciting line up of ales for every palate. Mt Hood Brewing Co is a small brewpub in Government Camp. Located on the 1st floor of the Ice Axe Grill, 87304 Government Camp Loop Rd., the brewery is in the center of High Cascade Mountain action, and directly affiliated with Timberline Lodge. “We are proud to say that not only do they pour our amazing handcrafted ales in their food outlets, but we are also a member of the Timberline family as an off property outlet,” explains Leslie Skellenger, Manager at Mt Hood Brewing Co.
Begun in January of 1991, the Mt. Hood Brewing Co. serves locally-produced beers and hearty pub-style cuisine in a warm, friendly, family atmosphere. In October 1992, a ten barrel brewery was completed, and the brewery rolled out its first barrel of beer under then Brewmaster Jon B. Graber. With a lineup of eight distinctive ales, the marriage of pure glacial water, Pacific Northwest grown barley and hops, and the inspiration of the Mt. Hood Brewing Co.’s brewers, folks on the mountain have delicious craft beer to warm them on the coldest of snow days.
Featuring several tap handles from local breweries, Mt Bachelor’s beery offerings culminate in their annual Brewski (May 24 & 25, 2014). The two-day event takes places during the Finale Weekend, at the end of Central Oregon Beer Week, and features beers brewed only in Central Oregon. Live music, specialty foods, and a spectacular setting make this a fantastic event for any beer and mountain lover to attend.
“The only beer we serve is Three Creeks Brewing out of Sisters. We have a great relationship with them and they have made several beers in our honor. Such as the Hoodoo Voodoo IPA. All our taps in the bar are Three Creeks.” - Daidre Streeter, Office Manager at HooDoo Ski Area
“Each winter at the mountain, almost all of our microbrews are from Oregon. There isn’t really a set lineup throughout the season; the distributors and I work to keep the taphandles revolving. Breweries that we consistently feature are Walkabout, Caldera, Deschutes, Ninkasi, Cascade Lakes, and Laurelwood.” - Emily Parrish, Guest Services at Mt Ashland
Mt. Hood Meadows
According to Barbara Gerhardt, food and operations manager at Mt. Hood Meadows, the bar carries a variety of craft beers on its rotating taps in the bar, with a few dedicated to IPAs and with a focus on Portland and Columbia Gorge beers. Among Oregon breweries represented were Widmer, Double Mountain, Mt. Hood Ice Axe, Laurelwood, Boring, Burnside, Walking Man, Hopworks, Solera, Full Sail, Pfriem and others. Some of the rotating taps feature IPA selections.
Mt. Hood Skibowl
Tom Franklin, the food and beverage manager in the main lodge, said the list of beer at the Beerstunde at Mt. Hood’s Skibowl West includes Full Sail, Bridgeport, Mt. Hood Ice Axe, Deschutes, Boring, Widmer and Three Creeks.
Stories from the print edition of the Oregon Beer Growler.