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Moving the Future Forward

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Imagine if you could be a hop. You wouldn’t want to be just any hop; you’d want to be an Oregon-grown McKenzie hop. You’d twist and shine on the bine until one day, you’d be plucked and gently folded into the most beautiful liquid on the planet: beer. You’d be the belle of the ball […]

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Redemption, The Origin Story of NØ MØ

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Larry Sidor, our Co-Founder, has been in the brewing industry for over 50 years. His journey towards brewing our non-alcoholic (NA) line-up, NØ MØ, started about 40 years ago. “I was making an NA beer for a brewery in Missouri and was told to increase volume. I tried everything possible, through arrested fermentations, dealcoholization using […]

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NØ MØ + Bend Racing

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It’s been over a decade since my husband, Jason, and I moved to Bend. From what we hear, it is the classic Bend story. We had been living out of our 1992 Toyota truck- teaching acrobatics and adventure racing around the world. After multiple years of collecting gear, repacking, and packing all out of our […]

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Thanksgiving + Beer Recipies

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Beer is the ultimate beverage, so why not put in in our food!? We’ve whipped up a series of Thanksgiving recipes that use our favorite on tap brews that will take your Turkey Day to the next level. Glow Stick Hazy IPA Brussels Sprouts  Ingredients:  1 pound of brussels sprouts, trimmed and halved lengthwise  1 […]

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FRESH HOP SEASON

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It’s fresh hop season, and the air is filled with verdant anticipation. After the kids return to school and the sun becomes slightly less intense, hop farmers will open their doors to local breweries for a short window of time. Brewers, in return, wake before the day breaks, hold out their burlap sack, and watch […]

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Crowlers are Here!

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Growlers are fine, but crowlers are better. Gone are the days of forgetting your growler at home. Crowlers are the new champion. They’re lightweight, durable, and, let’s not forget, that satisfying sound when you crack it open…Crussshhh (or is it pshhaaatttt??) We’re filling 32 oz of liquid gold just for you. All your favorite tasting […]

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Dogs & Lagers Fest

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We are excited to announce Bend’s first ever DOGS & LAGERS FEST Friday, August 26th, from 2-8 pm at Crux We teamed up with our pal Ely, dog mom of Smoky Joe and Alaska, and genius behind The Dog Guide Bend to unleash this fetching event! Because here at Crux, we love dogs, a lot. So […]

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Larry’s Curtain Call

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As we celebrate our 10th anniversary, our CEO, brewmaster, and co-founder, Larry Sidor, reminisced all things beer, moving forward, and leaving some things behind.   What’s on tap for our 10th anniversary?  “I made a malt-forward IPA that we’re calling our 10th Anniversary IPA. It’s a beer I want to drink. I don’t care if […]

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More Sunshine & Golden-Hued Brews

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Ahh, spring, allergies are in full force, the daffodils are blooming, and the marmots are waddling around searching for the perfect tender root. It’s all about baseball games and barbecues, plus a sporadic snowstorm to keep things interesting. Amid this spring thaw, we crawl out of our icy cave to ingest more sunshine and golden-hued […]

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Introducing: Our First Whiskey!

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Since the very beginning, we have defined ourselves as a fermentation project, as our name suggests. Venturing beyond beer has always been in our DNA. And with this first whiskey offering, we are fulfilling a dream that’s been there from the start.  This straight bourbon whiskey is the latest chapter in our quest of fermented […]

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