Author Archive for TwispWorks

Check out the TwispWorks Podcast!

In celebration of our first ten years, award-winning journalist, Val Stouffer, has created the podcast: TwispWorks At Ten. Through interviews with TwispWorks Executive Director, Don Linnertz, as well as TwispWorks partners past and present, Val has woven together a wonderfully entertaining audio tour of TwispWorks’ history, our impact on local businesses, and our plans for the next ten years!
Check out the podcast here!

Valley Goods – OPEN Through Jan 4th!

Valley Goods-steve-mitchell-webYour one-stop shop for all the best the Valley has to offer is now open on the TwispWorks Campus!

The store features work from over 40 local artists, producers and crafts people and is open everyday through Christmas Eve. Valley Goods reopens for the week after Christmas, December 28th through January 4th!

Open Monday – Friday 11AM-6PM and Saturday & Sunday 11AM-3PM. Located in Building #9 between The Methow Jewelry Collective and Fireweed Print Shop.

October is Give Methow!

Give Methow

You can make a real difference in the health of our community by contributing to TwispWorks during Give Methow – a month-long giving campaign sponsored by the Community Foundation of North Central Washington.

As TwispWorks commemorates our 10-year anniversary, our sense of celebration is balanced with the reality that our community still lacks access to economic opportunities found in other areas of the state. In fact, according to a University of Washington sustainability study published this year, 49% of families in the Methow Valley live at-or-below the poverty level.

Our community deserves a local economy that is healthy, diverse and opens doors for people to succeed.

TwispWorks programs and services address some of these challenges. Some examples of what we are doing include:
• closing the digital divide and bringing reliable broadband to under-served areas in our community;
• facilitating more than $2.5 million in loans to local businesses who would be challenged to qualify for traditional lending programs;
• working collaboratively with partners to address the root causes of poverty like access to housing and affordable childcare.

When you contribute to TwispWorks, you are creating opportunities for businesses and families succeed. We need your help now!

For every dollar contributed to TwispWorks during Give Methow, we will qualify for a pool of stretch dollars, so the more you give, the more we receive and the more the community benefits.

Please support the health of the Methow Valley and contribute today to TwispWorks!

Five Questions with OSB Brewmaster Kyle Koger

OSB Brewmaster KyleThis month we had a chance to grab a few minutes, and a quick pint, with OSB Brewmaster Kyle Koger.

TW: Thanks for taking a few minutes out of your day Kyle, we know you’ve been super busy getting the south campus production facility up and running! We’re curious – what’s the number one question you get asked?
Kyle: Definitely folks want to know whether or not we’re producing beer at the facility yet and yes, we are! We’re currently on our seventh batch of beer. So far we’ve brewed a limited batch of South Campus IPA, our Easy Runaway IPA and Stowaway Pale Ale as well as batches of our K’POWW a fresh-hop brew made in collaboration with Skookum Brewery out of Arlington.

TW: Just how much beer can you brew at the new facility?
Kyle: Well currently we have capacity to brew 2,000 barrels a year, but we also have the option to build out to a capacity of 3-5,000 in the future.

TW: Are you just brewing for kegs? Or are you also bottling your beers at the new facility?
Kyle: For now we’re still bottling beers at the Winthrop location, but we hope to move over the equipment to the south campus in the next few weeks.

TW: What about the iconic Winthrop restaurant and brewery? They’re not going anywhere, are they?
Kyle: Heck no! We love our Winthrop location and will continue to brew out of the original brewery there for the restaurant as well as creating special small batch brews.

TW: okay here’s the most important question – what’s on your playlist?
Kyle: Clinton Fearon all the way!

TW: Nice! Thanks for taking the time to talk with us, Kyle
Check out all the delicious drafts now being brewed at the OSB production facility on the TwispWorks campus – stop by the OSB Taproom in Twisp, open Monday through Saturday or visit the OG in Winthrop at 155 Riverside Ave – open every day!

Broadband Planning RFP Available

The Twisp Public Development Authority (PDA) is seeking qualified candidates to complete a technical infrastructure assessment of the Methow Valley’s broadband capabilities and future needs. The project seeks to identify a consultant to facilitate planning, identify industry best practices, perform local market analysis, inventory and map local infrastructure and demand, model broadband infrastructure expansion projects, perform business case evaluation on each model, identify and recommend implementation funding options, identify public or private partnerships and recommend an action plan. The complete RFP and evaluation criteria can be requested from Proposals are due Monday, September 30, 2019 by 5pm PT.