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We are excited to introduce, Brooke Weeber, one of our can-do partners who took a risk and went for it. We sat down with Brooke to hear the story behind her photos and sense of adventure. What we learned captivated us and has us praying for snow again! Check it out…
“I Was Hooked”
“I hit the ski slopes for the first time on New Year’s Day, 2017. You could say, I was shaking in my boots. I didn’t know how my body would react to having two long flat sticks strapped to my feet for the first time. I took a quick lesson and was pointed downhill. I gained speed and made a few funky turns as a huge grin spread across my face. I was hooked.
My intention for learning how to ski was to find a quicker way down the mountains I climb each spring and summer. Walking down a mountain for hours with exhausted legs has always been my least favorite part of the climb. But skiers always make it look so easy and exciting, whooping and hollering as they quickly make graceful lines in the snow. I thought, “that’s going to be me someday.”
Fast forward to May 2018. I’ve spent some time learning the ropes, but I’m far from an expert. I can handle myself on the groomed routes, but I’ve had zero backcountry experience. One day, out of the blue, I get an invite from a friend to join her and some other women on a ski summit of Mt. St. Helens. I tossed the options around in my mind for awhile before responding. “Would I have enough skills to ski this terrain? Am I in shape for a climb? What would happen if I lost control and skied off a cliff?” Despite all the doubt swirling around my brain, I answered “Yes.” I often approach situations like this. I blindly agree and hope for the best. I suppose I would consider this my can-do attitude. I try to believe in myself until moments of failure arrive, then I handle those problems as they come (sometimes with tears and a few expletives).
It was a beautiful day on Mt. St. Helens and I felt strong. Skinning up the mountain was a dream. There were tough moments when the terrain got steep and the wind picked up, tossing us around like rag dolls. But overall, I enjoyed the slow and steady 5,000 foot ascent. I was relieved when we reached the top. My legs were tired and the snow was getting soft under the bright midday sun. I was looking forward to the descent with a little trepidation and a lot of fear. I put my skis in ski-mode and practiced a couple turns. No problem. Then I pointed downward and lost control of everything. It only took a few sloppy turns before I fell. And then I fell again. And again. And again. I fell so many times that my body turned into a rigid, clunky mess. All of my confidence flew out the window. I took my skis off a few times when I felt too afraid to continue. I skied through the trees only after my friends coerced me into submission. It wasn’t pretty, but I made it. Despite the struggle and the long hours, the challenge felt good and the minute we were back at the car I was elated. Maybe I didn’t look like the most skilled skier out there. Maybe I looked downright horrible. But I took the risk and went for it, and I’m so glad I did. I hope it’s just a first of many ski summits in my climbing career. Time will tell!”
So many of us cast risk aside saying it is “too hard” or “there is no way I can do that.” But you can! And although you may not be an expert your first time, you try and try again, and may find something new and exciting out there that you’ve never experienced before.
We love @brooke_weeber ‘s feed on Instagram. Check it out and maybe her story and imagery will inspire you to take up skiing or something else you’d always wanted to try. Life is short, get outside! Cheers!
It just seems fitting to introduce, Jeremy Pawlowski and Lauren Simpson of America Y’All, the day before July 4th. These two have found beauty all across these here United States and share their travels and can-do moments with friends, family, and fans who follow their adventures.
In a time where many of us stay inside looking at our smartphones in awe of others’ paths, do you wish to someday take a different road…one that may lead you to endless uncertainty for the opportunity to see what’s out there? Why the heck not?
Or at least, get off of the interwebs, load up the car for a day trip, and hit the road…
It’s 2:00 pm on a Thursday afternoon and you’re ready for the workday to be over. You open up your phone and start clicking through apps.
In a world where social media is at its peak and everyone seems to be an explorer, you don’t have look very far to find yourself scrolling through someone else’s highlight reel of waterfalls and canyons. It’s not hard to understand why this type of life could feel out of reach for someone with a full-time job and full-time responsibilities. It’s easy to fall into the mindset of “that could never be me.”
But why not you? Why not us? This is the mindset that America Y’all originally stemmed from. At a time when both of us had full-time jobs, it was not uncommon for people to ask us about how we traveled so much.
The answer was always the same – you just go. The truth is that most anyone can see all the wonderful things this country has to offer you just have to have a can-do attitude. You don’t have to travel across the country to see something beautiful. Look at a map, find the closest thing to you that looks interesting, load up the car, and hit the road.
America is beautiful, see it through the eyes and lens of Jeremy Pawlowski and Lauren Simpson. Their Instagram Feed is chock full of outdoors, adventures, pizza, and just plain fun!
We are excited to introduce, Bubba Sellars, one of our can-do partners who is willing to look at life through a fresh lens. We sat down with Bubba to hear the story behind his photos. And what we learned captivated us. Get this…
Bubba was working a job in coffee — 12+ hour days — and creating social media content for coffee companies while trying to do what really inspired him: landscape and travel lifestyle photography.
After falling deeper and deeper into a 9 to 5 scenario and doing photography projects “on the side,” he realized what he truly wanted to do with his life: travel, take photographs, and tell stories, just as he saw so many people doing who had inspired him through their Instagram pages. One night he was laying in bed and thought to himself, “what am I waiting for? I have nothing holding me back.” I Quit!
That next day, he packed up everything he owned into a pick-up and hit the road. He traveled for 6 months straight, all up and down the west coast, seeing new places, taking photos and meeting amazing people but most of all…he was living.
“I learned more about myself in those 6 months than I did in my entire life prior. This life does not come risk-free. You don’t get paid time off, you don’t get sick days or weekends free. You don’t get to leave work at 5 o’clock and just be done. What if somebody emails you at midnight and wants to inquire about a project?
This fear creeps up on me often and scares the shit out of me almost every time.
I overcome it each time when I take a step back and look at all that I’ve done because I turned away from getting another day job. There’s a lot of perks and I wouldn’t trade any of them for the world.” – Bubba Sellars
Why we like his feed:
Looking at Bubba’s Instagram feed, there is a story behind the story. Each photo is simple, unique, gorgeous, there are clean lines and is truly a snapshot of his life. If you want to escape to lands of peace and beauty, be sure to follow @bubbasellers. It may inspire you to look at life through a fresh lens!
We caught up with can-do partner, Brianna, to talk about her not-so-ordinary life on the road. Living out of a van isn’t for everyone, but if you confront your fears by stepping out of your comfort zone, you just may see the world in a new light. Choose the life you want to live…
Making the Most of This Life:
“Two years ago, I quit my office job, broke the lease on an apartment, and moved into my 1990 Ford E350 van with my husband Keith and our two dogs, Bucket and Dagwood. I thought I’d take a chance at being a freelance writer while my husband worked with at-risk youth out in the Utah deserts. When we’re not working, we’re rock climbing, mountain biking, canyoneering, kayaking and anything else that involves dirt under our feet and sun on our backs. We set out to live this way because we wanted to make the most of the one shot we get at this life.
The life my husband and I have chosen to live is unconventional and temperamental and unpredictable and so many folks have looked at us and said, “Wow, you guys must be fearless.” But we aren’t. A can-do attitude to me has nothing to do with being fearless. We confront fear and doubt and uncertainty every day in dozens of different ways. But we choose to keep on. We choose this life over and over and over again. The fear doesn’t stop us, it just reminds us that we’re really alive.”
Check out her incredible #VanLife on her Instagram feed.
On June 27th, 1988, Deschutes Brewery opened for business with our Bend Public House in downtown Bend, Oregon. After three decades of Deschutes beer, we have much to celebrate. If you’re new, here’s a brief Q&A:
Q: You mean Deschutes Brewery has been making damn tasty beer for 30 years?
A: You got that right.
A: It’s simple: because we love it!
Q: How are you going to celebrate?
A: Make lots of beer with Deschutes brewing alumni, naturally.
We are collaborating with seven former brewers — a throwback brew crew if you will. Check this out: Our 30th anniversary collaboration “family tree” includes John Harris, Deschutes Brewery’s original brewmaster with Ecliptic Brewery, Frank Appleton a brewing consultant responsible for creating the recipes of Deschutes’ beloved brands such as Black Butte Porter, Bachelor Bitter and Cascade Golden Ale, Tim Gossack from Bell’s Brewery, Tony Lawrence from Boneyard Brewery, long time brewer Mark Vickery, Paul Arney from The Ale Apothecary, and Cam O’Connor and Larry Sidor now with Crux Fermentation Project.
Hear what some of the brewers had to say about their homecoming
Let’s Talk Beer
So what can you expect to sample from this 30th collab collection? The list is long:
We’ll answer one more question: So, what’s next? To quote Al Pacino, “we’re just getting warmed up.” Cheers to 30 amazing years. Want more info about where to find these beers? Leave a comment and we’ll point you in the right place.
June is our Birthday month, and this one is a biggie! We’re celebrating 30 years of making damn fine Deschutes Brewery beers. To commemorate the occasion, we’re going big, no HUGE, with a week of events beginning with a throwback locals’ event on June 25th and ending the week with a Party in the Park on June 30th that will include Street Pub, live music with headliner Robert Randolph & The Family Band, Hot Air Balloons, and more…on the banks of Mirror Pond.
Join us in Bend for one or all of these events! We’d love to see you here… Click on the event for more details:
Super Locals’ Night – Throwback 1988 beers on tap, favorite food specials from back in the day, wear your old school gear
We sat down with a can-do partner, Kate, to learn about a moment that she moved mountains. Turns out, Kate moved over mountains from Vermont to Oregon and used willpower to rehab her knee so she could enjoy her new PNW life. Her story….
Mind Over Matter
“In March of 2017 I tore my ACL while snowboarding at Stowe in Vermont. It turned out that that would be my last day riding in VT for a long time. Soon after that I accepted a position with Columbia Sportswear in Portland, OR and made the move across country knowing that my first winter season living in this beautiful state, I would most likely be laid up rehabbing my knee instead of participating in my favorite winter activity.
After driving all of my belongings across the country, starting a new job, moving a couple times around the city, I finally found time to make an appointment with a new orthopedic surgeon for a second opinion. In September, I was told that the ligament was likely only partially torn and that with some discipline and motivation, I might be able to rehab it enough to ride that winter.
From my first shaky turns after hiking the cone at Mt. Bachelor in October, to an inaugural camping trip to Mt. Baker in February to scavenging for pow turns off the backside of the Bachelor summit a few weeks ago, I was able to build up the strength in my knee and regain my confidence on hill. This past winter was truly remarkable and one of my best yet thanks to a little perseverance and a lot of PT. The best part is, thanks to Oregon’s Cascade range volcanoes, it’s not over yet!”
Check out her amazing shots from her first winter in the Pacific Northwest on her Instagram feed.
At Deschutes, we have been tasking ourselves with having a can-do attitude. While it often makes us uncomfortable, we have been getting creative on how to get shiz done. A recent example:
We continue to be excited that our beer is in cans. We learned a lot about ourselves during the planning and build out of our new canning line (done in less than eight months nonetheless). To celebrate our can-do attitude, we are celebrating others’ can-do attitudes. We have partnered with seven people who live can-do life every day. They make the extraordinary their ordinary so we asked them to take our cans along as they live these moments.
We are happy to introduce…
americayall: Jeremy and Lauren’s can-do advice is to remember you don’t have to travel far. Look at a map, find the closest thing to you that looks interesting and hit the road.
Bubba Sellers: He quit what could have been a dream job and traveled for six months along the west coast capturing his experiences with his photography.
Brianna Madia: She says her can-do attitude isn’t about being fearless. It’s about confronting the fear and choosing over and over again how to live her life with intention.
Brooke Weeber: Throws caution to the wind to make what seems like the impossible, possible.
Chance Keso: On a whim, applied to be a guide at a ranch in Colorado and got the job. His motto: Don’t let it be a can’t do, make it a can do!
Corie Townsend: She has been rock climbing for eight years and still gets an overwhelming feeling that she can’t every time she ties into the rope. But, she tells herself she can do it and does make it to the top.
Kate Maciejowski: She tore her ACL in Vermont, then moved to Oregon believing she would need surgery. She was able to rehab her knee with PT and hit the Cascades after only seven months since her injury.
You will see our can-do partners posting throughout May and June. Please follow along to gain inspiration on how to find your own can-do mindset. And if you have an inspiring can-do story to tell, we’re all ears and beers.
Trust us, you will want to grab this kombucha radler before it runs out. Here’s the story of how this fabulous beverage came to be.
Let’s start from the very beginning, a very good place to start:
The inception of Humm Zinger…a collaboration between Deschutes Brewery and Humm Kombucha, began over three years ago when our CEO, Michael LaLonde, was making his own Kombucha and comparing SCOBY stats with fellow kombucha homebrewers. Michael casually mentioned a “what if” thought to Ryan Schmiege, Deschutes Brewery Assistant Brewmaster, and they crashed a meeting between Humm Kombucha Founder and CEO, Jamie Danek and Deschutes Brewery founder, Gary Fish. We think Michael and Ryan should star in their own movie “Meeting Crashers,” but that’s another blog post.
Willy Wonka Would Be Proud:
The project was fully experimental and took creativity and (in the end) genius. Schmiege and Mackenzie Stabler, Director of Innovation at Humm, kicked off the project by generating wild recipes. Stabler recalled her shock and excitement to have a seat at the table with the Deschutes team. At the time, Humm was much smaller, brewing only a few hundred barrels per week. Deschutes’ Schmiege was equally as overwhelmed, immersing himself in the ways of kombucha.
Schmiege and Stabler laugh about their trials and all the different concoctions they came up with coining the inside joke “heart science” about the most tedious of brews (a drop of this, a drop of that – channeling Willy Wonka).
Humm Zinger is born…
Three years and a whopping 130 trials later, Humm Zinger was born. It was almost on a whim that this specialty brew was formed, using Pilsner malt that we use in many of our beers combined with a kettle sour from the pub combined with a specialty Humm brew that pairs tangy grapefruit with the iconic Cascade hops. Three brewhouses were utilized during this process, as well as many dedicated team members from both Deschutes and Humm.
Through all these trials, Humm and Deschutes have become greater friends. We share knowledge about equipment and similarities in our processes. This project was a true collaboration and we are excited to hear what you think about Humm Zinger.
Have you heard? Twilight Summer Ale is baacccckkkk! Your Facebook messages, comments, emails, phone calls, and petitions worked. We’re giving this refreshing summer sipper another shot in our seasonal line-up.
When our team heard the good news, we got to thinking…is Twilight Summer Ale a trend like bell bottoms and big hair?
It got us thinking…what else came back by popular (or not-so-popular) demand. We surveyed our bi-coastal team of two (bahahahaha) and came up with this list:
Polaroid Cameras – Hmmmm, what’s the draw here when you can use your telephone now as a camera and video tool? Well, it’s so retro! And who doesn’t want to “shake it, shake it, shake it, shake it…like a Polaroid picture.” The old school filter and tangible/touchable image gives you that nostalgic feeling of simpler times before the interwebs and microwave hot pockets. Oh, and it’s a great decor item to push-pin on your corkboard.
Mom Jeans – According to the Huffington Post, “mom jeans are surprisingly edgy if you put in the time to find a pair that flatters your figure.” They are comfortable, a little more appropriate and sophisticated than wearing your yoga pants to your neighbor’s BBQ/Cook-Out, and although they are not as popular as skinny jeans, while you’re wearing them, you’ll never hear someone utter the words, “got crack” from your friends when you bend over to pick up something you’ve dropped.
Vinyl – Did it ever go away? While some of us were distracted by mixed tapes, CD’s, Napster, Pandora, and Spotify, others were building up their record collections $1 at a time at yard sales and flea markets. As the maker-era is on the rise, so is the idea that we want to be in control of our music, to touch it, turn it, clean it, and hear the crackle of old times past. We will even spend $30 to get something on vinyl that we can listen to anytime day or night on app from our smartphone included in our $10 monthly subscription. As the Beatles once said, “Let it be…” and as your wife or husband may say…”leave it be, and don’t touch my vinyl.”
Fanny Packs – Now this one we can get behind. Functional, comfortable, and it comes in every color under the sun, YES! Sometimes you don’t want to fully commit to a backpack that’s gonna weigh you down, or a purse that’s too fancy for your 1-mile hiking loop with the in-laws, so this is the perfect compromise. Just enough space for your celly, chapstick, and one of those protein bars that are not at all tasty, but is a semi-suitable meal replacement substitute when you’re out of restaurant range.
So, back to Twilight Summer Ale…after a two-year hiatus, it’s back for a 13th season of awesomeness, and with it comes the nostalgia of summer memories from years past. Maybe celebrating a graduation, a new addition to the family, an outdoor adventure, or long warm nights on the deck with friends. We hope this summer brings new memories and experiences to look back on and say…”those were the good old times, and I was drinking a damn tasty beer!” Cheers!