Award-winning Bend Brewing Co. Head Brewer Tonya Cornett will team with award-winning Lost Abbey Head Brewer Tomme Arthur to brew a traditional stein lager at Bend Brewing Co. on February 5 and 6, 2009.

Cornett traveled earlier this year to the San Marcos, California, brewery, the Lost Abbey, to collaborate with Arthur to make the first batch of this unique beer. On March 5 and 6, Arthur will travel to Bend so that he and Cornett can make the same beer at Bend Brewing Co.

Collaboration is one way that these two award-winning brewers can expand their creativity and more broadly share their talent with beer aficionados.

Tomme Arthur has been brewing professionally for 13 years and is widely respected within the industry. He has won multiple awards for his beers and was named Great American Brew Festival Small Brewpub Brewer of the year for 2003 and 2004. Tonya Cornett has also garnered several gold, bronze and silver medals for her beer and was honored as the first woman to win the title of World Beer Cup Brewmaster of the Year in 2008. Arthur noticed Cornett’s up-and-coming-talent while teaching a Hop Union professional seminar that she attended, and asked her to team up with him.

The two brewers chose a stein lager for its traditional nature and audience appeal. Stein lagers have been around for hundreds of years. Historically, rocks would be heated and added to a wooden kettle to set the wort (the liquid extracted from the mashing process during the brewing of beer) to boil. Arthur and Cornett have modernized this traditional process. "We heat granite to red hot and drop it into the wort, which caramelizes the sugars, offering caramel-like toffee notes in the final beer," explains Cornett.

Arthur will be in Bend for the two-day brewing process on February 5 and 6. The lager will be available on tap at Bend Brewing Co. towards the end of April.

Bend Brewing Co. overlooks Mirror Pond in the heart of downtown Bend and specializes in fresh beers brewed to match the spirit, beauty and charm of Bend itself. Open 11:30 – close seven days a week and offering Happy Hour from 4 – 6 p.m. daily, Bend Brewing Co. is located at 1019 NW Brooks St. For more information call 541-383-1599.

For more information, see www.bendbrewingco.com, www.lostabbey.com, or contact Bend Brewing Co. at 541-385-3137.