Worthy’s on a mission. We won’t rest until you are happy with our beer, our food and our overall vibe. Strike that. “Happy” is too weak a word. We want you to be blown away – flat-out, head-banging, fist-pumping crazy about what we do.
And we want you to feel good about supporting Oregon’s fastest growing industry – craft beer – which is steadily replacing timber as the state’s leading export.
Why the focus on nuttiness? Well, let us try to connect the dots. ....
Fast forward again another 35 years. We learned that the Oregon Mental Hospital was being demolished (don't get me talking about their big asbestos abatement problem). We took a look at the old growth Doug Fir, in pristine condition, and I was reminded of Punch Worthington’s dictum: “Recycle good. Re-use better.” (Punch was my dad, a boxer/Phd geneticist/union organizer who modeled himself after another iconic Kesey character, Henry “Never give an inch” Stamper, from Sometimes A Great Notion, one of my favorite novels).
We sourced about 9,000 board feet of the OMH timber and set about using the wood for our restaurant bar top, table tops and benches.
So there you are. Worthy’s mission is to brew great beer and bake great pizzas, but wherever possible, source materials and ingredients locally. Along the way, we want to give big credit to those pioneers who helped strip off the creative straightjackets of orthodoxy, whether in art, science or brewing. Ken Kesey is certainly a worthy Oregonian that merits our awe and respect.(1)
Our respect for the timber history is particularly apt in Bend. As the mayor has said, "today, craft beer has replaced timber as our leading employer and export! Hail the gritty woodsmen of yesteryear!"
[FOOTNOTE 1]: Mr Kesey would want us to clarify, I think, that he did not care for the movie, primarily I’m told because of a dispute with the producers over the cast and script, as well as the royalties.
Also, our Master Brewer Chad Kennedy is a big fan of Kesey’s. Chad went to graduate school in journalism at the University of Oregon and was privileged to meet Kesey. I met His Swarthiness in 1983 in Austin when he gave a crazy awesome speech in which he challenged his youthful audience to stay young, exuberant and curious.