The Ale Apothecary
The Mountain BrewerEst. 2012, Bend
Paul Arney brewed with the team at Deschutes Brewery for seven and four years, crafting some of the most memorable specialty beers the brewery has released. Then one day in Sinatra style, but still with much love for Deschutes, he decides to start his own brewery and craft things his way. He told an interviewer: “My plan is to utilize a very small home-built brewery to develop a beer that has existed in my mind only. Develop a process that produces the desired flavor profile, and then, build a brewery around the process. We will not be brewing to satisfy bulk consumption.” And so, within a 500-square-foot brewery in the woods, The Ale Apothecary set out to embrace the artfulness of brewing.
Paul creates beers that embrace the old world craft of brewing incorporating carefully selected ingredients – at times foraging them for wild fermentations. Beers like “Sahalie” ferments entirely in wood, “Spencer” spends years resting in Oak, “Ralph” is brewed with fir needles foraged from the forest surrounding his brewery. You’d almost expect Radagast to be sitting at his tasting room throwing some back before another adventure. To Arney, beer is art and clearly a labor of love. The Ale Apothecary is possibly the only brewery in Bend that has attained a “cult” status. With a waitlist to join the beer club and a tap room in town that is mostly jam packed during events, stop by and be amazed.
WTF is an Ale Apothecary? By definition, an apothecary is a drugstore. This kick-ass pharmacist methodically uses age-old brewing techniques blended with modern procedures.
Do you have a kids menu, pizza, and cocktails? Move along, there are plenty of other brew pubs made just for you in Central Oregon.
It’s so cold and lonely at home, can I come over, and pop a squat? If there were such a thing as a Steam Punk Brewery, this would be it, but it’s now closed to the public. You can however visit their taproom, which is equally as impressive.
Got any tips? Join the “Ale Club”!
Walk, bike, or drive? Bike, or drive. Plenty of parking.
Last one – Is there like a locals night or something? Nope – but your best bet would be to live in the neighborhood or keep an eye for special events! ?
Bonus reasons to raise a pint!
- 1st Brewery Sasquatch would hit up!
- Two words › Ale Club!
- Beer in a Champagne Bottle!
- Truly hand crafted!
- There’s a barrel named “Martha“!
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