Bend, Or. Governor, Mayor, Good Saint Arnold, prefects and poets, briefcase toters and beerfoot cowboys, ale and food lovers everywhere: As night gave way to day on Monday, February 4, and a prankster sun rose in the East, three staunch pilgrims, haling from the bucolic berg of Prineville, Oregon; three robust disciples of all that is hoppy and good; three hoarse men searching for the Hopocalypse; three good souls and true whose names will henceforth live cleansed of all infamy; braved the icy desert chill to stake out a snuggy spot on the cold concrete at the doorstep of Worthy Brewing, Restaurant and Gardens.
Let it be recorded that these three worthy gentlemen - Tim Harris, Mike Wendel and Ali Mehrabi - did both deliberately and with fiercely beating hearts make camp at 5:45 am, still aglow from a Super Bowl buzz, determined to be the first wave of Worthy beer geeks to grace Beertopia -- and that they did in fact gleefully attack the Cuckoo's Nest bar when our gates swung open at 11 am.
And there, at the reclaimed nuthouse wood bar, for the next few glorious hours, they sat, comfortably and with the satisfaction of a job well done, as Worthy's seasoned bartenders humbly slaked their thirst with a steady but certainly not irresponsible flow of Worthy stouts, IPAs, pales and bitters.
"My only regret," confessed Mr. Harris, in between massive bites from his juicy, bacon-infused Worthy Burger amidst a pile of oven-baked and heartily-cut sweet potato fries, "is that my compatriots balked at my suggestion to haul in cots, sleeping bags and a portable TV to watch the Super Bowl here the night before."
Dedication like this, from men like these, on a historic day like this, cannot go unnoticed. February 4, 2013 - a day that will be remembered with bounteous gratitude.
On behalf of Worthy Brewing, to the more than 1,200 cheerful seekers who graced our doorstep, drank our beer, ate our food, and marveled at our mosaics, our Worthy wood, our fire pits, our shining 4-vessel brewhouse, our greenhouse and, most importantly, our version and vision of Beertopia, we thank you, we salute you and we deliver this oath: we will not be satisfied, even if you are (or reasonably close thereto).
Worthy Notes: Chad's cooking up an English Style bitter that will be released this Friday. Our Sweet Ride Porter's on deck, with our light, crisp, and floral Easy Day Kolsch in the hole (thanks Indie Hops for the finest Willamettes we've ever seen or sniffed, we kid thee not). Also, Worthy is planning its Grand Opening in late March, coinciding with the dedication of our Worthy Hop House. Stay tuned for details (it will be epic).