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Central Oregon Meet-up After Action Report

Well that was sure fun! In the aftermath of a brutal Oregon-Stanford matchup yesterday, brave Ricochetti drove over mountain passes to gather at the Deschutes Brewery in Bend, Oregon.

Except for the absence of information about the massive unemployment and foreclosure rate, this Chamber of Commerce description of Bend is about right:

Tucked between the peaks of the Cascade mountains and the juniper-rich Central Oregon plateaus…

  1. Think So

    Great time. I hope everyone on Ricochet gets a chance to do the same at some point. Meet-ups are very refreshing and for me really answer the question “Why Ricochet?” It’s encouraging connecting with like-minded individuals over a food and drink, something you just can’t emulate over the internet.

  2. Diaryof1

    I will confirm the fun and lovely afternoon. And the fantastic microbrew culture that is also lost on me but much appreciated by my husband. But I did smell (and taste) Mr. Hemingway’s drink (remind me of the name?) and it was complex and wonderful, and I believe I need to rethink my notion that I don’t like beer.

    On our way home we said, “So, this is what the Church is supposed to be like.” Mr. and I have been talking/commiserating for some time about the lack of relationship/discussion at a deep and critical level in the Church (with a capital C). Like the early Church, you know? –those folks who met daily and broke bread together and who must have had brilliant conversations. So we felt very First Century this afternoon, able to come away feeling like we connected on the meaningful issues of life, from faith to politics and culture to Oregon sports.

    Thank you, Mark and Mollie, for putting this together. We look forward to the next time we meet!

  3. Electric Beaver

    Thanks to C.U. Douglas, we heard about this get-together. I said to myself, “Self. That sounds like fun!” Said to spousal-unit, “Let’s play hooky from church and go see the Hemingways.” In the audio version, now you hear the sound of my jaw hitting my chest, because she says , “Sure. Let’s.”What a great time. Met some wonderful conservatives. Got to talk with like-minded folks. And, amazingly, we discovered that several of us grew up in the Lebanon, Sodaville, Sweet Home, and Lacomb area of the central Willamette Valley – fifteen or twenty mile radius!Thanks Molly, Mark for setting this up.

  4. Mark Hemingway
    Diaryof1: But I did smell (and taste) Mr. Hemingway’s drink (remind me of the name?) and it was complex and wonderful, and I believe I need to rethink my notion that I don’t like beer.

    It was great to meet you guys! Anyway, to answer your question it was an imperial stout produced by Deschutes Brewery called The Abyss. What’s more, it was the 2009 vintage. While they don’t have nearly as long a shelf life as wine, most people don’t realize that a lot of higher alcohol content beers, especially stouts, can be aged and the complexity and flavor improves over time.

    In any event, The Abyss is an unreal chocolate-y stout produced in limited batches annually — the 2012 vintage was just released — and it is currently ranked the 29th best beer in the world, according to Ratebeer.com. It’s amazing stuff, even if I weren’t already partial to it because it’s produced in my home town.

  5. Diaryof1
    Mark Hemingway

    Diaryof1: But I did smell (and taste) Mr. Hemingway’s drink (remind me of the name?) and it was complex and wonderful, and I believe I need to rethink my notion that I don’t like beer.

    It was great to meet you guys! Anyway, to answer your question it was an imperial stout produced by Deschutes Brewery called The Abyss. …

    I tried to find The Abyss at a local market to serve at Thanksgiving. No luck, maybe I have to go to the Deschutes Brewery to find it? I served a different Deschutes Brewery stout–the Obsidian, and Mr. liked it okay, but it definitely wasn’t The Abyss. Christmas is coming, though, I’ll get it by then… :)

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