“Discovering inner hoppiness” is more than a Central Oregon slogan; it is the catchphrase of the regions thriving craft beer industry. The High Desert Museum celebrates both the industry’s Central Oregon Beer Week and the finale of Brewing Culture: The Craft of Beer exhibit, by hosting Open ‘til Dark, an after-hours event of music, food and beer tastings, on Friday, May 29 from 5-9pm.
“This has been a really fun exhibit to curate, especially getting the chance to showcase our phenomenal community of brewers who add to the spice of life in Central Oregon and beyond,” said Curator of Exhibitions & Collections Faith Powell. “We truly appreciate all of the breweries and visitors who participated in our monthly tasting events and those who will be here one last time to make our closing celebration a hit.”
On tap for tastings are 10 Barrel, Boneyard, Deschutes, Oblivion, Sunriver, Wild Ride and Worthy breweries, as well as Red Tank Cider House. Dance to tunes by Truck Stop Gravy or order food from the Rimrock Café’s special menu. Museum exhibits will be open for viewing during the event.
The Museum’s Brewing Culture: The Craft of Beer exhibit traces the history of ancient ales to modern day stouts and sessions. The exhibit highlights the transformation of the Central Oregon brewing landscape from homebrew to industry, and will close Sunday, May 31.
Cost for admission to Open ‘til Dark is $8 per adult and $5 per child or student with I.D. A beer tasting package is $10 which includes a souvenir glass and five tasting tickets. Additional tastings are $1 per ticket.
The event is made possible by Bigfoot Beverages and Century Insurance Group, Inc., with support from BendBroadband, Central Oregon Radiology Assoc., P.C. Chubb Group of Insurance Companies, Deschutes Brewery, Miller Nash LLP, Deschutes Cultural Coalition, Oregon Cultural Trust and the James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation.
For additional information, call Ann Arbow at 541-382-4754 ext. 241 or RSVP at www.highdesertmuseum.org/rsvp.