Good Life Brewing Celebrates First Anniversary

Good Life Brewery has a lot to celebrate these days. Just a week after the bottle release of the wildly popular “Descender IPA,” Good Life raised their glasses again to their first year in business. The Bend, Oregon brewery has enjoyed a huge amount of success in their first year, winning both the 2012 People’s Choice Award for “Descender IPA” as well as “Mountain Rescue Dry Hop Pale Ale” in 2011. However, these awards pale in comparison to the outpouring of loyal craft beer lovers that just can’t seem to get enough of Good Life brews. Good Life works hard to involve the local community with Thursday night “Local’s Nights” as well as featuring a menu that includes the Best of Bend to add a local flair. It’s been a whirlwind first year, but we think it’s safe to say that we can expect only good things from Good Life. Cheers to one year, Good Life!

Check out the photos posted above from Good Life’s birthday bash and find out more about the brewery here.

Bend, Oregon’s Newest Brewery

Bend, Oregon. In what could be described as the dead center of town (50 S.W. Division St., just off of Hwy 97) is where Larry Sidor, Dave Wilson, and Paul Evers of Bend’s latest brewing operation, Crux Fermentation Project, opened their doors on June 30. Pulling into the parking lot, the excitement was palpable, and that feeling followed me all the way inside the brewery. The interior, an aesthetic wonderland with exposed wood beams, concrete flooring, and a polished copper brewing system was buzzing with the heightened chatter of community locals. If you so much as kind of like beer you’ll appreciate the artisan craft that encompasses this former auto parts shop. As part of a Pre-Opening Celebration it was a TMTT (too many to thank) situation. Immense gratitude was expressed by each of the partners and a few in the crowd were brought to tears. Beer, for the most part, wasn’t the focus of the day, but instead, the conversation revolved around the people who enabled the former Aamco station to become a brewery by purpose, and as Jodie Barram, Bend’s Mayor Pro Tem, mentioned, the crux of this town. The crowd of countless hands that hammered nails and provided creative insight was incredibly loyal and proud. With features like reclaimed wood from an 100 year old house in Terrabone, Crux Fermentation Project is truly a product of its community. There are crafted delights in every corner, and with so much attention to detail put into every once of space between the four walls that support the roof, you can be sure the beer will be equally as crowd-pleasing.

Kate Mitchell for Beer West

For more information on Crux Fermentation Project, visit