Broken Top Bottle Shop & Ale Cafe is not a brew pub, they're a brew HUB! The shop opened its doors in February 2012 and has been working at putting itself on the map for tasty and healthy food, delicious beer, live entertainment and contributing to community.
Drawing initial inspiration from the Bier Stein in Eugene, Oregon, a pair of couples, owners Diana Fischetti, Andy Polanchek and Jennifer and Jason Powell set out to fill an unfilled niche in Central Oregon. Even in the face of a booming craft beer industry in the area, they felt that no retail or restaurant location was doing what they wanted to do. They wanted to offer a unique combination of tasty food, a variety of draught craft and specialty beer, and a grand selection of bottled and canned beer for on- and off-site consumption.
FOOD! Delicious and healthy food, such as smoked meats, panini sandwiches, appetizers, soups, salads, as well as vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options, are all available at BTBS. Their vegan and vegetarian menu items, as well as their gluten-free options, have gained much praise, are ridiculously delicious, and are balanced by a variety of meat dishes.
They have no fryer and smoke all of their meat on-site, providing healthier options for visitors. Chef Bethlyn Rider deserves much credit for her amazing culinary creations.
BEER! Broken Top Bottle Shop offers a rotating 12-15 tap selection of craft and specialty beer, along with wine and other beverages. They also offer chilled single bottle and canned beer to purchase from the 12-door cooler to drink on site or take to-go. They currently have about 300 varieties of beer, cider and other beverages and plan to double their selection in the next six months. And, they fill growlers, too!
ENTERTAINMENT! Their weekly Brews & Bands event offer free live music shows nearly every Sunday night from 7-9pm, featuring artists ranging from Central Oregon locals and Siberians from Russia to hosted jam sessions, belly dancing and student performances.
BTBS held multiple events involving beer and entertainment throughout the year, including the Central Oregon Beer Week (a week of beer tastings and bands) in May, the Brewtal Breakdown Festival in September, the Westside Wassail song & cider fest in December and their Happy Firkin Anniversary three-day celebration in February. (By the way, a firkin keg is unpasteurized, unfiltered, and carbonated through cask conditioning rather than CO2 injection.)
COMMUNITY! BTBS donates all of their empty bottles and cans to the Bethlehem Inn, a community-based facility that provides comprehensive services and resources to those experiencing homelessness. They have supported, through donations or sponsorships, numerous organizations and events including Rise Up International for Roots Fest 2013 (through the Brewtal Breakdown Festival fundraiser), 4 Peaks Music Festival, Central Oregon Beer Week, Central Oregon Beer Angles, Humane Society of Central Oregon, Bend Spay and Neuter Clinic, Little Woody Barrel Aged Beer Festival, Pints for Polio, Oregon League of Conservation Voters, The Environmental Center's Green Drinks, Bend Pride, Stars and Rainbows, Bend Ukulele University, Locavore, VegNet Bend, Summit High School Graduation Association, American Cancer Society, American Red Cross, Arts Central, Family Kitchen, Project Connect, Assistance League of Bend, and CODSN. They are also proud members of the Green Spot (Central Oregon's Directory of Sustainable Businesses) and the Bend Chamber.
Broken Top Bottle Shop & Ale Cafe - 541-728-0703 1740 NW Pence Lane, Suite 1 (located at the bottom of the hill on the way to COCC) Bend, OR 97701