Crux Brewhouse Plans Grand Opening (or Cruxapalooza!)


Saturday, June 30, 5-11pm Crux founders, Larry Sidor, Dave Wilson and Paul Evers, invite you to a celebration of summer and the opening of Crux.

According to the three founds, Larry Sidor, Dave Wilson and Paul Evers “this has been a once-in-a-lifetime journey, and we want to share the fruits of our passion, excitement, time and energy with our friends.

“Help us kick-start our brewery in true community fashion with a collective christening of the Crux Brewhouse. And, to ensure we celebrate in proper style, we’ll have some wonderful and unique guest beers on tap, shared by friends in the industry. We’re turning our parking lot into festival grounds for this all-out, family-friendly event. Take a tour of our brewery and tasting room, enjoy a delicious BBQ and get jiggy with live good-times-dancing music.”

From Bend bands include Kentucky’s LongRifle and Boxcar Stringband— making the trip down from Portland to close out the night— Hopeless Jack & the Handsome Devil. Wear comfortable shoes because you will be dancing, beers in hand.

At 8pm, they will hold a special toast centered on the brewhouse christening. And, the community is invited to play a special part. Everyone’s invited to bring an object that will be placed in a special metal box to be sealed and affixed to the deck of the brewhouse forever. This object needs to fit in a slot measuring 1/4″by 2 inches. It can be a medallion, coin, note, photo or token, that either represents you or your wishes for this new brewery. With this you will forever be a part of the Crux brewhouse and influence the soul and the sprit of each brew we produce.

The evening is sure to reach a high point with an amazing (cross fingers) sunset over the Cascades— from Mt. Bachelor to North Sister— all visible from Crux.

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Key Employees Hired

Pat “Patio” Shea is first hire to join and assist Larry Sidor on the brewery floor as “Yeast Wrangler.” A brewing veteran hailing most recently from Three Creeks Brewery, “Patio” and Larry worked together at Deschutes many years back. Patio brings a broad skill set to the brewing team getting his brewing start back in 1995. Patio will start part-time as he transitions from Three Creeks and move into a full time position later this summer. Look for Patio’s charisma and humor on display as he assists Larry in brewing some tasty brews out of the copper brewhouse.

Christina LaRue has joined the team as the “Crux Conductor” or front-of-the-house manager of our tasting room. She will lead the tasting room team in coordination, organization, serviceization and probably some other ‘ization’ words too. She’s thoughtful, direct, and smart.

Jackson “Rooster” Higdon brings his creativity, passion, energy and his ginger hair to Crux– they wouldn’t be surprised if Rooster shows up to work at dawn, crowing. He’ll be the key man in the humble kitchen carved out of the SE corner of the brewery. While Crux is not a full restaurant, Jackson built a menu that pairs foods with the Crux ales they’ll be offering. Pushing it a bit further, Jackson ambitiously plans to cook as many dishes as possible with beer— imagine ale-steeped hummus, or a rich stout used in a Balsamic reduction.



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