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52 Weeks: Three Creeks Brewing, Sisters, OR

December 29, 2010 1 comment

Pretty darn inviting.

Week 47 of 52 (Only 5 to go!)

Three Creeks Brewing Co.

721 Desperado Court
Sisters, OR 97759

11:30am – 9pm Sunday-Thursday
11:30am – 10pm Friday-Saturday

Rank: 4.4/5

Type of Establishment: 10 bbl brewery and brew pub, gorgeous cabin at the foot of the Cascade Mountains.

Visit: After spending Christmas with my mother in Bend, OR I chose to head home via Rt. 20 to I-5 in order to bypass some, potentially, more hazardous mountain pass conditions.  This route took me through the small tourist town of Sisters, OR.  Sisters is home to one of Oregon’s newest and brightest production breweries.  They also happen to have a killer pub.  I had to stop to fuel up (in more ways than one) before my intrepid trek across the Santiam Pass.

 

Beers on Tap (at time of visit):

 

    Standards:

Knotty Blonde

Stonefly Rye

Old Prospector Pale Ale

Anvil Amber

Firestorm Red

Hoodoo Voodoo IPA

 

    Seasonals:

Five Pine Chocolate Porter

Cripple Creek Cream Ale

Rudolph’s Imperial Red

Left Behind Barley Wine

 

Bottle List (all 22oz):

 

Hoodoo Voodoo IPA

Five Pine Chocolate Porter

Rudolph’s Imperial Red

 

Food Options:

 

I didn’t eat here, but after glancing at the menu I immediately wished that I had a much smaller breakfast.  The menu was, for the most part, as far as content goes, pretty typical for a up-scale brewpub… apps, soups, salads, burgers, sandwiches, etc, but everything seemed to have a little extra panache.  The most notable item that I saw was found on the specials menu – a reuben pizza.  I actually had to ask the bartender if it was really a reuben pizza or two separate items.  Holy shit!  Pastrami and kraut and thousand island on a pizza.  How on Earth did I not order it?!

The bar portion.

 

Bar Opinions:

 

I really like this place.  The end.

Just kidding.  Immediately upon pulling my car into the parking spot out front of TCB I felt a sense on comfort.  I knew that I liked the place before I even entered.  It wasn’t so much the brewery that I was standing outside of (though you can tell from the picture above that it does look pretty cool from the outside), it was just such a pretty, pleasant, calming situation I was in.  My stomach and heart were full from the recent Christmas festivities, there was fluffy snow on the ground, I was in a cute little town right on the cusp of a beautiful mountain, I had just driven through pristine fields full of horses and cattle… everything was right as rain.

As I entered, things seemed to only improve.  Just within the doors, the foyer housed the hostess and the “gift shop”.  I was overwhelmed.  The hostess wanted information from me – was I alone?  Was I eating?  Where would I like to sit?  But alas, I was most inattentive, after all, there was beer and brewery merchandise to ogle.  Eventually I regained my composure and asked if there was a bar that I could sit at.  There was, just through the door to my right.

I guess the bar area is where the unsavory folks tread.  That’s why they had to build a wall to separate that area from the more family friendly dining room to my left as I entered.  Sucks to be a family because that area was seriously weak in comparison to the bar, with the great exception of a very luxurious leather couch adorned alcove around a blazing fireplace in the rear of the room that is.

Once I got situated at the bar it became evident that there was nothing unsavory about any area within TCB.  The bar portion was uber clean, cozy and comfortable.  There was wood everywhere, which is an attribute that I adore in a Northwest bar.  There was a huge bay window on one side of the room that revealed the shiny new brewing equipment.  There was a pool table, a Christmas tree, several free-standing tables and a gorgeous leather chair surrounded copper topped bar.  The tap handles seemed to be all hand carved and burnt wood.  The lighting was inviting, and so was the staff.  Wow!  Really impressed!

Sadly, considering that it was snowing and chains were required on the pass, I was both slightly in a hurry and very conscious of my alcohol consumption.  Because of this I inquired on the sampling situation.  TCB does offer a flight of all of their standard offering and a flight of every beer that they have on tap.  I was only really interested in getting three samples so I negotiated a pay as you go deal and the bartender was happy to appease me.  I had the IPA, the barley wine and the chocolate porter.  All three were tasty, but the barley wine really stood out.  I asked if they were pouring growlers of it to go, but it was a little pricey so I stayed content with things as they were.

I took in my surroundings one last time and hit the road.  If there is one thing that I know for certain it is that I will make it back to TCB, hopefully sooner rather than later.  If TCB’s brewpub bar was in Seattle it would, without a doubt, be a regular visit for me.  If you are ever in or passing through or near Sisters – maybe you’re heading to the rodeo – do not miss this precious little beer filled cabin in the woods.

Fire place cove in the dining room.

 

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