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Be part of Crux, forever


Remember the big news last year when Deschutes’ former brewmaster Larry Sidor stepped down to pursue a new brewing venture? Remember the time we included Sidor’s new venture—Crux Fermentation Project—in our “8 New Oregon Breweries You Should Know” article? Remember the time we put up a blog post about the brewery’s grand opening—wait, that’s now. Suffice to say, we’re pumped about Sidor’s new project and this weekend a bunch of lucky folks are going to get a first hand look at Crux during its grand opening festival—aka, Cruxapalooza.

Sure, there’s going to be barbecue and music and a ton of guest beers on tap (Crux’s inaugural brew probably won’t be ready by Saturday), but what has us excited is the brewery christening. Everyone who attends is invited to bring a small token, knick-knack, memento or, I don’t know, a hand-written secret to place inside a metal box attached to the brewhouse deck until the end of time. Think of it as a time capsule, harkening back to a time when we were anticipating Crux’s rumored small-batch, style-bending brews. If I were going, I’d slip in a pair of sunglasses (because the brewery’s future is bright, of course). The capsule’s slot is only ¼-inch by 2 inches, so they’d have to be small sunglasses, but sunglasses nonetheless.

If you are attending, here’s a helpful list of things you can put in the time capsule, which I painstakingly curated:

* A horcrux of your soul
* The constellation Crux, aka the Southern Cross
* Francis, chief executive of Crux Magazine
* The surviving members of Australian noise-pop band Crux
* An ashcan copy of “Crux” comic book issue No. 1
* Epic World of Warcraft dagger Crux of the Apocalypse

That should help you get started. What would you put in the Crux time capsule?

[Image courtesy of Crux Fermentation Project]

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Chris Staten is DRAFT’s beer editor. Follow him on Twitter at @DRAFTbeereditor and email him at

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