This Vintage-Batch Brewery Keeps
Things Deliciously Simple
Set deep within the mountains outside of Bend, Oregon, The Ale Apothecary is a one-man operation that shuns the industrial and favors old-fashioned methods.
Why you should try their beer:
Oak-barrel beer made naturally & crafted slowly
The Ale Apothecary owner Paul Arney uses an open fermentation process, which involves purposefully leaving the tops off the brewing tanks, to help give his product a rich and complex flavor. The batch spends almost its entire life in oak barrels - rarely ever touching stainless steel. It's an often onerous Old World brewing style that delivers a quality beer that can't be duplicated.
You can actually taste the wilderness
The open fermentation and porous oak barrels allow yeasts and bacteria from the surrounding mountain forests to shape the character of the beer. Over time, the brew evolves into an incredibly complex and flavorful creation. No preservatives, no artificial C02 and no imported ingredients - only one hop is used and it comes from a local farm.
Inspiration from a drug-store lineage
The name Ale Apothecary is a testament to the long line of pharmacists in Paul Arney's family. In fact, his great grandfather even sold 'medicinal' beer in his drug store. Paul pays tribute to his lineage by naming each of his "beloved" oak barrels after family members.
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More about The Ale Apothecary:
- Brewery is housed in a rustic red barn located about 10 miles outside of Bend, Oregon
- There's no brewpub attached to Ale Apothecary and tours can be hard to come by
- Beer is placed into champagne bottles, letting all who drink it know how special it really is
- Owner Paul Arney spent 15 years at nearby Deschutes Brewing, working his way up to assistant brewmaster before starting The Ale Apothecary