Deschutes Base Camp For Beer Geeks Brings ‘Woody’ to Long Beach


Have you ever seen a giant beer barrel on wheels? How about one that flips down its staves to reveal bar taps and rolls around the country setting up in front of beer bars and at other special events?

The Bend, Ore.-based brewery Deschutes owns one such mobile apparatus, named Woody, that the company sends on promotional missions throughout the West Coast and this week, the anomaly will again be rolling into Long Beach for a series of beer-themed events that go beyond the basic pint night. 

Tonight, the Deschutes team will be at Lazy Acres Market in Los Altos for a tapas and beer pairing with the chefs at Lazy Acres. Flagship Deschutes beers like Mirror Pond Pale, Black Butte Porter and Chainbreaker White IPA will be on tap for the $20 event.

Tomorrow, Descutes officials say that Woody will be rolling through Long Beach neighborhoods in anticipation of Friday’s official events, both of which will take place downtown. 

At Congregation–where Woody will be posted up on the Promenade from 4PM to 11PM–pints of six Deschutes beers will be on tap along with food pairing specials and giveaways throughout the evening; and down the street at Federal Bar, Deschutes is hosting a beer-lesque show cheekily called “Tastings and Tassles” where burlesque dancers will use beers from the brewery in each of their performances. 

The full lineup of events is below:

Beer and Tapas with Deschutes Brewery
When: Wednesday, April 9, 6-8PM
Where: Lazy Acres Market, 2080 N Bellflower Blvd, Long Beach, CA 90815
Cost: $20 per person

Deschutes Brewery PintAPalooza
When: Friday, April 11, 4pm-midnight
Where: Congregation Ale House, 201 E Broadway, Long Beach, CA 90802

Beer-lesque: Tastings and Tassels
When: Friday, April 11, 7-10PM
Where: The Federal Bar, 102 Pine Ave, Long Beach, CA 90802
Cost: $5 cover

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Sarah Bennett is a contributor to the Hi-lo and the editor-at-large at the Long Beach Post. She is also a professor at Santa Ana College where she was once a student before transferring to USC to earn her bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Sarah has written about music, art, food and beer in local, national and international publications for over a decade. An L.A. native and longtime resident of Long Beach, she is the co-founder of Long Beach Zine Fest and managing editor at theLAnd magazine. She never sleeps.