The Little Woody Barrel-Aged Beer, Cider & Whiskey Festival celebrates craft barrel-aged beer, cider and whiskey from across the Northwest. The Little Woody takes place on the lawn of the Deschutes Historical Museum at 129 Northwest Idaho Ave. in downtown Bend, Oregon.
To commemorate one of Central Oregon’s hallmarks—craft beer—and lend a nod to the historic techniques used by brewers with oaken casks, The Little Woody features small-batch beers aged in wood barrels by top Northwest breweries.
The 2023 Little Woody will also feature a tasting of small-batch American rye whiskeys and bourbons from regional favorites, live music and local food vendors.
Additional drink tokens can be purchased at the event for $1. Samples range from 2-6 tokens.
Join us at the Bend Beer Run!
In addition to your four Beer Run beer stops along the route – your Beer Run registration now includes free entry into The Little Woody festival.
Sip your beer while listening to live music, play some games or stay and enjoy some barrel-aged brews.
Friday @ 4pm - Woodinville VIP Presentation
Let us be your guide through a world of whiskeys at this very special VIP presentation by Woodinville Whiskey – Take a virtual trip from its origins in Scotland to the frontier fields of Central Washington. Let us be your guide through the rich caramel finish of Woodinville Bourbon and Rye. Sample the subtle notes of smoke and citrus of Ardbeg Scotch before taking a trip to the Speyside region of Scotland to encounter the eight single malts that tie Copper Dog Blended Scotch together.
Early entry is for VIP ticket holders only! Seating is limited so please don’t be late.
Copper Dog Blended Scotch
Copper Dog is a stunning blend of no fewer than eight single malts, bursting with flavour and personality. Our blend was born in a pub, and that’s how Copper Dog is best enjoyed: huddled over a bar, telling stories and sharing tales and tipples amongst good friends.
Woodinville Straight Bourbon Whiskey
This truly small-batch bourbon starts with traditionally grown corn, rye and malted barley. All of our staple grains are cultivated exclusively for us on the Omlin Family farm in Quincy, Washington. The grains are mashed, distilled, and barreled in our Woodinville® distillery, then trucked back over the Cascade Mountains to our private barrel houses, where Central Washington’s extreme temperature cycles promote the extraction of natural flavors from the oak. Prior to being coopered, the barrel wood is seasoned in open air, rain, wind, sun, and snow for eighteen months, softening the wood’s harsh tannins. The barrels are then slowly toasted and heavily charred to further enrich the wood’s desirable flavors. This meticulous process yields a truly hand-crafted spirit with aromas of crème brûlée and spice cabinet, as well as notes of rich caramel, dark chocolate, and vanilla bean on the palate with a sweet, lingering finish.
Woodinville Straight Rye Whiskey
This 100% rye starts with pure, traditionally-grown rye cultivated exclusively for us on the Omlin family farm in Quincy, Washington. The grain is mashed, distilled & barreled in our Woodinville distillery – then trucked back over the Cascade Mountains to our private barrel houses, where Central Washington’s extreme temperature cycles promote the extraction of natural flavors from the oak. Prior to being coopered, the barrel wood is seasoned in open air, rain, wind, sun and snow for eighteen months softening the wood’s harsh tannins. They are then slowly toasted and heavily charred to further enrich the wood’s desirable flavors. The result of this meticulous process yields a truly hand-crafted whiskey with aromas of cinnamon, clove, and fruit leather, and notes of caramel, wood spice, and honey on the palate with a long, memorable finish that will leave you anticipating your next sip.
Ardbeg Wee Beastie
Ardbeg Wee Beastie is the latest permanent expression to join the Distillery’s Ultimate Range. At just five years old, Wee Beastie is a feisty young creature with a formidable taste.
Our whisky creators set out to make the rawest, smokiest Ardbeg ever. The result is Ardbeg Wee Beastie and this tongue-tingling, beautifully smoky dram is the youngest Ardbeg we’ve ever made.
On the snout, intense aromas of cracked blacked pepper mingle with sappy pine resin and a sharp tang of smoke. Suddenly, an explosive mouthfeel bursts forth with chocolate, creosote and tar. Savoury meats sink into the palate before the long salty mouthcoating finish slinks away… revealing the inner beast of this Islay icon.
Young and intensely smoky, this is a dram untamed by age. Matured in ex-bourbon and Oloroso sherry casks, Wee Beastie is perfect for enjoying neat or as the mouth-watering main ingredient in a powerfully smoky cocktail.
Ardbeg Ten Years Old
Ardbeg Ten Years Old is revered around the world as the peatiest, smokiest, most complex single malt of them all. Yet it does not flaunt the peat; rather it gives way to the natural sweetness of the malt to produce a whisky of perfect balance. Named World Whisky of the Year in 2008.
Crater Lake Rye Whiskey
A true American rye whiskey, Crater Lake Rye revives the tradition of pre-prohibition small town family brands. Distilled from 100% rye grain then aged in American Oak to a rich honey color, this classic spirit starts smooth with notes of creamy toffee and vanilla, followed by peppery spices and a soft oak character.
Writers' Tears Copper Pot
Writers’ Tears is a unique marriage of Aged Single Pot Still and Single Malt Irish whiskey. Distilled entirely from barley, both malted and unmalted, this is a truly special Irish Whiskey. Writers’ Tears is triple distilled, non-peated and matured in Flame Charred American Oak bourbon casks. An award-winning whiskey that has also been included in Ian Buxton’s publication “101 Whiskeys to try before you die”.
New for 2022! Exclusive Whiskey Sampling Sessions
Head down to the whiskey tent during select times to sample this unique selection of spirits. Samples are only available during the below time slots or until the bottle is empty! See the full schedule below!
Spending up to 18 months finishing in Caribbean rum casks, the taste profile of our finished rye whiskey is genuinely unique and worthy of Master Distiller Lincoln Henderson’s legacy.
The mingling of raw, spicy and earthy rye with the mellow sweetness of rum finishing creates an incomparably smooth and drinkable whiskey.
Basil Hayden 10 Year Old Bourbon features the same high-rye bourbon recipe that Basil Hayden fans know and love, but the whiskey is aged in barrels longer to create another layer of complexity and deeper flavor.
The result of the extra aging is a distinct whiskey with big oak aromas along with hints of char and vanilla. Basil Hayden trademark spice shines through as the perfect complement to the caramel sweetness and wood flavors, making the whiskey a memorable one for fans and newcomers alike.
Serving neat or on-the-rocks allows the sweet caramel and vanilla notes that develop from 10 years in a newly charred American Oak barrel to shine, complementing the spicy flavors typical to Basil Hayden high-rye mashbill. This whiskey is light enough to examine on the palette without the burn associated with higher-proof whiskeys.
Aged in charred American white oak, select Bulleit Bourbon barrels were set aside to age for 10 years. The result is a special expression of Bulleit that provides a rich, deep, incredibly smooth sipping experience.
Deep russet in color, rich oaky aromas. Consistently smooth taste with vanilla, dried fruit, and a long, smoky finish.
Eagle Rare Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey is masterfully crafted and carefully aged for no less than ten years. The rareness of this great breed of bourbon is evident in its complex aroma, as well as the smooth and lingering taste. Eagle Rare is a bourbon that lives up to its name with its lofty, distinctive taste experience.
You’ll want to savor the taste of this premium Single Barrel again and again. It’s complex, full-bodied and surprisingly smooth with a delicate, long finish that’s unbelievably mellow. Drink straight up or on the rocks.
High West Double Rye Barrel Select Whiskey is a distinctive, limited-release, barrel-finished version of High West whiskey in hand-numbered whiskey bottles. Specially selected batches of Double Rye aged whiskey are finished in second-use barrels for an additional period of time, ranging from six months to two years, before being bottled.
Finishing barrels for this High West whiskey vary from rum or bourbon casks to brandy, gin, scotch, and a variety of wine casks, including Madeira. This secondary barrel-aging process adds a sophisticated layer of complexity and depth of flavor to an American whiskey already known for delicious spice flavors of cinnamon, clove, and nutmeg balanced with the richness of woody vanilla and subtly sweet caramel flavor.
Our distillers handpick exceptional barrels to be enjoyed in their full, unblended glory.
Deep and complex flavors of vanilla, nuts and oak. Long and full; perfect for easygoing sipping.
Every fingerprint is unique. The same is true for every barrel of bourbon. Old Forester Single Barrel has bottles from one individual barrel, so there is no other bourbon exactly like it.
Old Forester Single Barrel is crafted using the time-honored methods established over 140 years ago. Depending on the whiskey barrel selected and the angel’s share lost to evaporation during aging the barrel, each Old Forester Single Barrel selection should produce between 200 to 240 750ml bottles of bourbon.
Looking for something different? Wine is now available in the whiskey tent!
FULL • SMOOTH • ROBUST
Explore our Cabernet Sauvignon – California grown with smooth notes of red cherry, rich blackberry and toasted oak on the finish. APPELLATION | California ALCOHOL | 12.5% By Vol RS | 7.0 g/L
CRISP • LIGHT • CITRUSY
Explore our Pinot Grigio – California grown with notes of bright citrus, ripe pear, and lemon zest. Crisp acidity balances a smooth mouthfeel.
APPELLATION | California ALCOHOL | 11% By Vol RS | 9.5 g/L
About Barrel Aging
So, you like beer — why else would you be here, right? Perhaps you love the limited-release barrel-aged beers that your favorite breweries pump out once in a while, but you’re not quite sure how they’re made. Well, you’re in luck — Jon Abernathy, the president of the Central Oregon Homebrewers Organization, gave us the low-down on these rich brews, notorious for their high ABV and depth of flavor.
Abernathy has lived in Central Oregon for most of his life. He’s a web developer, who writes about beer on the side — and has been brewing his own beer since the mid-’90s after being introduced to the hobby by a friend.
The first characteristic is the wood itself, which can range from subtle and mild to quite strong in character. From a flavor perspective you’ll find notes of wood (of course), but you may also find vanilla, spice, characteristics of tea, smoke, bark, and even astringency. Depending on the type of wood and if the barrel was previously used, you’ll then find different aromas and flavors that can be all over the board. Used spirit and wine barrels will typically impart strong characters reminiscent of the previous liquids they held, while new oak barrels will lean into the wood notes.
Typically it adds the step of aging the fermented beer in the barrels for a period of time that can range from weeks to years, so a standard brew might be ready to drink in 3 to 4 weeks from brewing, whereas the barrel aging will add quite a bit more time before the finished beer is ready.
While any style can be barrel aged, it doesn’t necessarily mean any style should be barrel aged. Typically strong, robust styles that can stand up to the wood and/or spirit (if previously-used barrels are employed) are among the best, such as imperial stouts and strong ales. On the other hand, many sour beer styles that might be quite a bit lighter also age quite well in barrels, because many of the organism used in the souring process thrive in a barrel environment and can produce amazing characteristics you would not get otherwise.
Any type of barrel that can be used to age spirits or wine (or other food-grade products) can be used, and are. With previously-used barrels, the beer will pick up flavors and aromas from the liquid that preceded it in the barrel– so bourbon barrels will impart bourbon characteristics to the beer. If new barrels are used, the beer will pick up character from the wood depending on what type of wood is used and how the barrel is prepapred; for instance, neutral American oak will have a minimal impact on the finished flavor of the beer, while barrels that are charred inside (as would typically be prepared for whiskey) will impart stronger flavors of char, smoke, vanilla and similar by-products of the charring process.
Yes! There are barrels available in homebrew-friendly sizes such as 5 to 15 gallons, which a single homebrewer can use quite easily. Full-sized barrels can be used as well, and in fact COHO has done some group projects where the club acquired a full sized barrel and members all brewed batches of the same recipe of beer to fill it. It can be quite a fun process with very rewarding results!
It’s hard to pick just one! One I always come back to is The Abyss from Deschutes Brewery, which is a big imperial stout that is aged in a variety of barrels including bourbon, wine, and new oak. But I also really enjoyed Crux Fermentation Project’s In The Pocket, which is a rustic saison aged in Pinot Noir barrels. There such good stuff out there from many breweries that it’s always hard to choose.
Check out our 2022 lineup!
Friday, September 2
Singer/Songwriters, Dottie and Eli Ashley, invite you to enjoy their melodic, soulful and original music. Whether performing as a Duo, Trio or larger configuration, they are classified as an “Americana” group. The vibe is Folk and Country, and Appaloosa provides a soft and beautiful blend of sweet harmonies and enjoyable, easy-listening lyrics and beautiful guitar work.
Pete is an award-winning singer-songwriter, flat picker, and cutting-edge musician’s musician, no stranger to life out on the road, Pete has spent over two decades bringing his voice and guitar to stages all over the world.
Referred to as a "must see", "truly one of a kind", and "as original as he is diverse" from critics, Pete has rapidly become one of the renowned songwriters of today.
Setting roots in the high and dry Central Oregon desert, Skillethead calls forth the best of bluegrass old and new. They ground themselves firmly in the bluegrass traditions of driving fiddle tunes, layered harmonies, and single mics, all the while weaving in inspiration and originality gleaned from genres far and wide. You can expect to hear a Stanley Brothers number right alongside a stirring original or a rollicking rock cover done in Skillethead's own unique fashion. The spectrum reaches far and wide, the bluegrass universe is expanding, and Skillethead is on that ride!
Saturday, September 3
Originally from New York, Dan has a meditative reggae funk vibe and soothing vocals. He plays with a multi layer loop of guitar bass and drums.
Dead Lee is a Portland OR based folk duo comprised of Brian Koch (current and founding member of Blitzen Trapper) and singer-songwriter Kara Harris. The duo represents a mutual love of the darker folk and country traditions.
Travis Ehrenstrom Band
Travis Ehrenstrom was lucky enough to grow up a traditional, small-town American kid in rural Central Oregon. As he reached middle school, music replaced sports as his dreams took on a new tone. At an early age, Travis developed a songwriting style based around songwriters Paul Simon, Jackson Browne, Bob Dylan, and other folk heroes. From there, Travis wasted no time in creating his own sound and developing himself as an artist.
The Big Token Growler Fill
Fell in love with one of our limited edition, barrel-aged brews? Don’t dismay gnomies. Purchase the Big Token and fill a growler (or two!) with the remaining brews.
On Saturday from 9:30-10pm attendees who have bought The Big Token will be allowed to fill a growler of their choice from the remaining beer available on tap. Why let all of the great tasting beer go to waste?
Be a Gnomie Homie — buy The Big Token.
*Growlers cannot be consumed on the premises. For take home only.
We gnome you want one! All merchandise is available for purchase at The Little Woody merchandise tent at the start of the festival.
Check out previous years designs and keep an eye out for our 2023 merch!
Check out the 2022 Little Woody tasting glass.
2022 Little Woody T-Shirt | $25
T-shirt included with The Big Woody ticket.
The Little Woody Hoodie | $48
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