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2009-2019 TwispWorks is Celebrating 10 Years!

When the US Forest Service consolidated Methow Valley Ranger Station operations to Winthrop over a decade ago, many worried the Twisp campus would be relegated to the history books. But the entrepreneurial spirit of local residents combined with a generous $1 million loan from an anonymous donor to purchase the property, have given the campus a new life! With the loan came a challenge to promote economic vitality in the Methow Valley by reactivating the 6.4 acre campus while creating a financially sustainable business incubator. Since 2009, nearly 45,000 square feet of revitalized space has been created, both in the 17 existing building and in newly constructed spaces. Over 50% of the campus partners are artists and TwispWorks is also home to many businesses, two schools, a light manufacturing facility, a brewery and even the local newspaper and radio station!

2018 Aerial ShotWith the campus facility fully occupied and sustaining itself through rental and earned income, the loan from the generous donor who purchased it from the USFS in 2009 will be forgiven and TwispWorks will secure the deed to the property. The community vision for revitalizing the old ranger station at the entrance to Twisp, creating an economic engine has been a decade in the making and we are grateful to this community for helping us achieve this milestone!

Join us on the Plaza@TwispWorks, Saturday, June 29th, to celebrate 10-years of TwispWorks and the receipt of the deed to the TwispWorks campus!

Talking Beer with the Old Schoolhouse Brewery

Old Schoolhouse Brewery New LabelsThis month we thought we’d catch up with Jacob, co-owner and manager of the Old Schoolhouse Brewery in Winthrop and the OSB Taproom here on the TwispWorks campus,  to get an update on all things beer!

TwispWorks: Howdy Jacob, thanks for taking some time out of your busy schedule to fill us in on all the amazing things happening in your world! We were pretty excited to have ourselves a delicious pint of your Canyon Street Ale the other day. Can you give us the backstory on this delicious brew?

Jacob: As an employer of cheerful, hardworking folks in the valley, the lack of affordable housing options is an issue that hammers at us every year. That’s one reason we are excited to be a Founding Business Member of the Methow Housing Trust. We brewed a super tasty & popular pale ale called Canyon Street, to commemorate the first homes being built in Twisp. OSB makes it a point to support our local nonprofits and businesses including : TwispWorks, Methow Arts, Little Star, The Cove, Jamie’s Place,North Cascades Heli, Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance, Methow Conservancy, Methow Trails, FOWL, Backcountry Hunters & Angler, Ian Fair Memorial Fund, Trashion Show, Methow Headwaters, Methow Trails Groomers and the Kiwanis Club of Winthrop – whew!

We hear you’ve got some exciting new brews in the works, but also that your current beers have been cleaning up on the awards circuit.

We are always putting out new beers into the world, and I’m really excited about some upcoming releases. We’ve been slaying it with awards lately, check out our winners!
Hooligan Stout, Great American Beer Festival Winner; Ruud Awakening, SIP Northwest Winner; Rendezvous Porter, Best of Craft 2019; Eddy Hopper, SIP Northwest Double Gold Winner; and Easy Runaway, SIP Northwest &amp Great American Beer Fest Winner.

Now we know its all about what’s inside the bottle that counts, but we couldn’t help but notice the beautiful new labels on your bottles…

We underwent a long process of re-branding that finished up with some bright labels that really showcase the Methow Valley—this includes the Methow Made logo. We are excited to advertise to Washington State what an incredible thing we have here in the Methow.

So we have to ask, with the building of the new production facility on the TwispWorks campus, is the pub in Winthrop going anywhere?

OSB Production Building ConstructionOur Winthrop Brewpub isn’t changing or going anywhere. We will still brew beer in Winthrop—that is part of the charm of going to our brewpub—knowing that the beer you enjoy at the bar was made a few footsteps away. Since our Production Brewery facility is on the TwispWorks campus, we made the decision with our branding to broadcast “Methow Valley” as our location on our marketing materials, which really gets to the heart of inclusivity and togetherness. We are excited to branch out into some new beer styles once we have more fermenter and brite tank space.

Phew! You can check out all the progress on the new production facility by stopping by the TwispWorks campus. While you’re there don’t forget to stop into the Taphouse for a pint of delicious Canyon Street Ale! The Taproom is open Wednesday through Sunday from 4-9PM. If you’re chillin in Winthrop visit the Brewery at 155 Riverside Ave – open everyday!


The Repair Cafe is Coming Back to TwispWorks!

Repair CafeHave you got a busted blender? Or a vacuum that’s lost it’s va-voom?

Save those items from the landfill by bringing them to the TwispWorks campus on Saturday March 16th. Local experts will be on hand to fix your stuff!

Get all the details here!

TwispWorks partners host Colville Tribal member Intern Sandra Warriors-Pistolbullet

Sandra Warriors-PistolbulletOver the summer TwispWorks partners, the Methow Valley Interpretive Center and Methow Natives, hosted Sandra Warriors-Pistolbullet through the Colville Tribes’ Higher Education internship program. Warriors-Pistolbullet’s earlier work focused on promoting tribal language revitalization and she wove those interests and experience into her internship as a docent at the MVIC and working with Methow natives on on ecology sites.

As part of her internship project Sandra produced a video detailing her work with the Interpretive Center and Methow Natives.

Sandra’s work was also featured in an article in the Tribal Tribune. read the full article here.

Broadband and the Methow Valley

Rural BroadbandBecause reliable, high speed internet plays such a vital role in the economic health of our valley, TwispWorks has identified rural broadband internet as a top priority advocacy issue and has been working to improve access for all residents. In the Spring of 2018, TwispWorks began leading the discussion convening meetings between our local internet service providers, governments and interested citizens.

The Partners for Rural Washington (PRW), through a grant from Communities of Concern, has teamed with TwispWorks, Okanogan County and the town of Twisp to perform a valley-wide, rural broadband internet needs assessment. At the end of the study, PRW will provide a written report outlining the possible next steps (and cost estimates) for enhancing broadband service in our rural community. This grant funded work is being done at no cost to the towns or county and you can read the Memorandum of Understanding between the Partners for Rural Washington and Okanogan County, Twisp and Winthrop below.

Read/download the Methow Broadband MOU

Over 13% of Methow Valley residents work remotely and rely on the internet to earn their livelihood. Every day, valley businesses rely on the internet for marketing and financial transactions. Students rely on the internet to complete assignments and parents actively monitor their progress through the internet. Here in the Methow Valley, we are fortunate to have great, local internet service providers who are committed to quality and customer service. But it’s no secret that some valley residents either do not have the service that they require or are unaware of how to get the service that they want. With input from area experts, elected officials and community members, we’ve created this roadmap to help achieve this ambitious goal:

1. Assemble a team to develop a community broadband vision;
2. Facilitate a planning process to understand community broadband needs;
   a. Perform a valley-wide needs assessment and identify gaps in service;
   b. Evaluate and chose appropriate technology and service options;
   c. Create a broadband plan;
3. Implement a community led plan;
   a. Identify funding opportunities;
   b. Complete identified infrastructure improvements as necessary.

What can you do to help? Take this survey and pass it on to your friends, family, co-workers or anyone else you know who lives here! And join us on Wednesday, October 10 at 7:00 pm at the Methow Valley Community Center for a community discussion. Mario Villanueva, the Executive Director for Partners for Rural Washington will share insights from the survey and lead a community conversation on what your internet experiences and needs are. Join us!