by Dan Gibson
Deschutes brought their keg-shaped bar to town for the Baja Oktoberfest Saturday, but gosh, why not stick around Tucson for awhile? I'm almost certain that this was more of a planned extended PR event than the lark I'm personally imagining, but hey, delicious beer, right?
Apparently, the bar-on-wheels will be around town Tuesday through Friday from noon to 3 p.m. giving away free stuff and seemingly offering opportunities to do some drinking (follow @DBWoody on Twitter for updates), in addition to events happening at night.
Below the cut, the list of events, including a cheese pairing event at Tap & Bottle, a beer-themed burlesque show at Congress and a bunch of other fun stuff.
Tues, 10/21, 6-10pm Kegerator Build-Off (Maker House)
Wed, 10/22, 5-9pm Hats off to Homebrewers (Whole Foods Market - Oracle)
Thurs, 10/23, 5-8pm Landmarks Beer Dinner (Whole Foods Market — River Road)
Thurs, 10/23, 8-Late Party on the Patio (The Hut)
Fri, 10/24, 5-7pm Tutored Beer & Cheese Tasting (Tap & Bottle)
Fri, 10/24, 8-11pm Beer-lesque, Tasting and Tassels (Hotel Congress)
Sat, 10/25, 4-10pm Deschutes Brewery Street Fare (Herbert Avenue Alley)
Deschutes Brewery Kegerator Build-Off
Tonight’s the night! Four local teams have expertly constructed their own one-of-a-kind kegerator, and each will be unveiled for your inspection and a victor will be crowned. Vote for your favorite beer machine, while sipping on craft beer from Oregon’s Deschutes Brewery. Beer drinking, beer pouring and beer making experts from Deschutes — including one of their brewers- will be on hand to provide some finely balanced discussion of these important craft beer kegerating issues. The brewery will also be showing off their giant traveling beer barrel, Woody, so come down and join us.
When: Tuesday, October 21, 6-10pm
Where: Maker House, 283 N Stone Ave, Tucson, AZ 85701
Hats Off to Homebrewers with Deschutes Brewery and Dragoon Brewing
Attention homebrewers and beer geeks…come share your love for craft at a collaborative parking lot party with Oregon’s Deschutes Brewery and local Dragoon Brewing. Visitors can chat with the brewers from both breweries while enjoying a great line up of beers from both breweries paired with some delectable small plates, while listening to live music. Gather complimentary brewing supplies, including clone recipe booklets and bags of whole flower Cascade hops, to use in your next homebrew (supplies are limited). A formal brewer Q&A session will answer the brewing questions you’ve always wanted to ask. Top off the evening by getting your photo with Woody, Deschutes Brewery’s giant traveling beer barrel. Grab a fellow homebrewer or craft beer fan and join us for this amazing event!
When: Wednesday, October 22, 5-9pm
Where: Whole Foods Market, 7133 N Oracle Rd. Tucson, AZ 85704
Landmarks Beer Dinner with Deschutes Brewery
Not just any old beer dinner, this event gives guests insight into the world of food and craft beer through a four-course menu, created by Deschutes Brewery corporate executive chef Jeff Usinowicz. Each course is perfectly paired with a Deschutes Brewery beer — plus a special bonus beer to round out the evening. Chef and a Deschutes brewer Kyle Spencer will chat with visitors about cooking with beer, principles for pairing foods with beer and more. Not up for the full dinner? We’ll also have a low-key event going on in the bar with flights of Deschutes Brewery beers paired with bar snacks from 5-8pm. And you will get to meet the brewery’s giant traveling beer barrel, Woody!
When: Thursday, October 23, 6:30-8pm
Where: Whole Foods Market, 5555 E River Rd, Tucson, AZ 85750
Party on the Patio with Deschutes Brewery
Why not get the weekend started a night early! Join the Deschutes crew from Bend, Oregon and Woody the giant mobile beer barrel as they take over The Hut for a night of live music, interactive beer themed games and of course some damn tasty brews. Deschutes Brewer Kyle Spencer will be on hand to share his expertise on how these NW brews are crafted, and don’t forget to grab a special complimentary pint glass to take home. So grab some friends and join us for a patio party not to be missed!
When: Thursday, October 23, 8-Late
Where: The Hut, 305 N 4th Ave, Tucson, AZ 85705
Tutored Beer and Cheese Tasting with Deschutes Brewery
Hey, everyone knows that beer and cheese make a great combo. But do you know how to pair the two so they sing in perfect harmony in your mouth? We’ll have local gourmet cheese from Blu, Oregon beer from Deschutes Brewery (lots of beers!) and the gang from Deschutes, including Chef Jeff Usinowicz and a Brewer Kyle Spencer, will be in the house to answer questions and chat beer. Come grab a flight of beer and cheese to pair, get a commemorative pint glass and meet Woody, Deschutes’ giant traveling beer barrel.
When: Friday, October 24, 5-7pm
Where: Tap & Bottle, 403 N 6th Ave #135, Tucson, AZ 85705
Beer-lesque: Tastings & Tassels with Deschutes Brewery
What’s better than an evening full of craft beer from Oregon’s Deschutes Brewery? An evening full of craft beer…coupled with Naughty Pierre, and some very lovely ladies. The ladies will feature a Deschutes Brewery beer in each of their burlesque and variety stage acts. This is sure to be a night of excitement, laughter, and unforgettable fun. We’ll have a Deschutes brewer on hand to answer questions, along with his portly buddy — Woody — a giant traveling beer barrel. A portion of the proceeds from the evening will go to benefit Southern Arizona Artist & Musicians Healthcare Alliance (SAAMHA).
When: Friday, October 24, 8-11pm
Where: Hotel Congress, 311 E Congress St, Tucson, AZ 85701
Deschutes Brewery Street Fare
You read that right — it’s a street “fare” — featuring tasty fare cooked up by local chefs to pair with Deschutes Brewery’s damn tasty beers from Oregon. World of Beer & The Rialto Theater are partnering up with Deschutes for this Street Fare taking over the Herbert Avenue Alley. This is a not-to-be-missed event of the season, closing up a week-long string of Deschutes’ Base Camp for Beer Fanatics events in Tucson. The evening will feature chefs from some of Tucson’s well-known restaurants and Woody, the giant keg on wheels, will be pouring beer. And of course, what’s a party without music? Street Fare will feature some of the best live, local music around, guaranteeing an unforgettable night. A portion of proceeds from the evening will go toward the upkeep of the historic Rialto Theater.
When: Saturday, October 25, 4-10pm
Where: Herbert Avenue Alley (Between World of Beer & The Rialto Theater) 318 E Congress St, Tucson, AZ 85701