Vogt Family Foundation Awards TwispWorks Funding for Arts and Cultural Programs

riki-tiki-tavi-rehersal1-2020In recognition that arts and culture are critical components to a healthy community and local economy, the Vogt Family Foundation awarded TwispWorks a grant to bring more arts and cultural programs to the TwispWorks campus. Earlier this month, TwispWorks announced it had secured funding for a performing arts pavilion to be built on the TwispWorks campus. The award from the Vogt Family Foundation will help activate the pavilion by providing funding to bring a host of arts, entertainment and events to the pavilion starting in 2020. The Vogt Family Foundation has been a long-time supporter of TwispWorks having assisted in capital projects and programs since 2013.

Performing Arts Pavilion Coming To TwispWorks Campus

Performing Arts Pavilion RenderingAs part of the June 29th 10-year anniversary celebration, TwispWorks announced plans for a performing arts pavilion coming to the TwispWorks Campus in 2020. Two years ago, TwispWorks constructed the Plaza@TwispWorks, a 14,000 square foot outdoor space including pathways, a splash pad for kids to cool off, native plantings and a bike repair station – all designed to connect people to the outdoors and create a space for the celebration of arts and culture. The plan called for a pavilion at the east end of the plaza to host events, performances and exhibits. Now, due to the generous support of an anonymous donor, TwispWorks has secured full funding and construction will begin spring 2020.

The 1,000 square foot pavilion will include three sides of movable acoustic walls and state of the art lighting and audio capabilities. As part of TwispWorks mission to support economic vitality through arts and culture, the pavilion will be available to local arts organizations to deliver free programming to the community. This can include musical, dance and theatrical performances as well as art exhibitions and special events all creating a more inviting space for the community to enjoy.

Initially conceived by Brice Butler, TwispWorks partner and architectural firm, Serious Fun Studio, has designed the pavilion as a signature structure on the TwispWorks campus. It visually ties the pavilion into the recent updates to campus including the new Old Schoolhouse Brewery and Taproom. As a whole, the updates to the TwispWorks campus creates a community hub and economic engine optimized for people to walk the campus and enjoy the outdoors, attend events, shop and dine.

2009-2019 TwispWorks Celebrates 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 has been forgiven and TwispWorks has secured 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!

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!