Tall Tales of Wild Ales Rooted in Nature

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After years of brewing with the big guys, Paul Arney wanted to do his own thing. And so began his process of wild ales and place-based beers growing alongside his love of nature and travel.

Nothing like we’ve ever seen before, Paul and his wife, Staci built a brewery on their farm. One that follows historical brewing techniques, utilizes natural ingredients and processes, and stays true to its roots…literally.

From Deschutes Brewery to Asian Tales and all the Adventures in Between

Through tales of barrels of beer, working for Deschutes, and traveling the world, Paul’s intense love of life is evidenced in all that he does. His wild ales are just that: wild enough to keep you dreaming, yet rooted enough to keep you grounded.

Tall Tales: Brewing in a Tree

Billing himself as an ancient brewer foraging his own path, Paul teaches us about his unique natural brewing process while reveling us with tales of travels, his time at Deschutes, and brewing in a tree (tall tales, you see). Grab your favorite beverage for this one, because you’ll feel as though you’re sitting cross-legged on a squishy couch in Paul and Staci’s living room, listening to a friend tell his favorite story.

Oh, the places we went!

Oh, the beer we drank.

On Site at The Ale Apothecary

  • The AP One Thousand and One – raw beer with yarrow wildflowers and kveik yeast 
  • Barley Wine – a Wild Barley Wine Ale aged in Pinot Noir barrels

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We’ve got more for you, including video footage of The Ale Apothecary’s Tasting Room. Pull up a stool, and join us for a beer!


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Paul and Staci Arney from The Ale Apothecary. These two made us feel like we were exactly where we needed to be. Their beer and their hospitality is everything Bend and more so, just plain good humans.

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