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Billy Ray Cyrus
Saturday, October 14th at 7 pm.

Billy Ray Cyrus -- October 14th

    Ready for a fierce debate? When you ask your friends what their favorite Billy Ray Cyrus song is, that's guaranteed to be the outcome.
    Hear all the contenders when our favorite country music star comes to Spirit Mountain Casino on Saturday, October 14th at 7 pm.
    In the meantime, gear up for the show with our top picks:
    "Storm in the Heartland"
    The title track from Cyrus's third studio album climbed up the Billboard Hot Country Songs list upon its release, helping to certify Storm in the Heartland its RIAA gold certification. "Some Gave All" This 1992 patriotic anthem came from Cyrus's debut album of the same name. The song - and the record - plunged the singer into status as one of the most popular country musicians of the decade.
    "Achy Breaky Heart"
    Don Von Tress might have written the original, but it's the Billy Ray Cyrus version that has been a staple on country radio stations nationwide since 1992.
    "In the Heart of a Woman"
    After its debut, this tearjerker of a song scored the number three spot on the Billboard Hot Country Songs list. Equal parts love song and cautionary tale, it "In the Heart of a Woman" is a mainstay in country music.
    "Could've Been Me"
    The lyrics from this 1992 hit single might be laced with regret, but the instrumentals pull in an upbeat vibe that drew comparisons to Bruce Springsteen.
    Ready to experience Billy Ray Cyrus live in the Willamette Valley? Tickets are on sale now. With his high-energy stage presence, infectious charisma, and a Rolodex of hits spanning more than two decades, Billy Ray Cyrus promises to bring the full package of country music charm to Spirit Mountain Casino.


1859 Cider Company
Tucked Away In The Old Electric Alley

Dan and Patricia Fox owners
of 1859 Cider Company
Tastey Flights

    Dan and Patricia Fox feel like they started this venture ages ago. Maybe it was their 11 month build out in a historical building or that harvest is about to begin yet again, but they've only been in business just over a year.
    Dan and Patricia met as Environmental Scientists with a passion to bring their love of science, sustainability values, and desire to have something fun of their own. "We thought about going into brewing, but it was the connection to the land that got us into wine -that sense of terror" Patricia explains.
    Dan is a seventh generation Oregonian and grew up in a farming family that dates back to 1838 in Salem. Their company name celebrates Dan's heritage and that they were signers on statehood documents. Patricia's background is rooted in soil and arboriculture. Together, they went back to school with the hope to open their own wine label.
    Patricia tells how Dan had to convince her to get into cider and she just wasn't interested in since it was being processed like beer with no real fruit, lots of water, was released very young and at a rapid pace. "I loved the idea of helping shape the industry by doing something different - something that was real and didn't involve a recipe" says Dan.
    1859 Cider uses only local, seasonal fruit and never uses concentrates or water, sugar, honey, or syrups. Asked if his winemaking background assists in his style of making cider, Dan shares that he relies on his training. "We make vintage ciders just like wine. The only difference is our harvest is longer than wine and the end product is carbonated" laughs Dan.
    Their passion is catching on. Just one year in business and they've had honorable mentions in Cidercraft magazine, awarded Best Cider in Oregon for 2017 from Willamette Week, and was voted the only U.S. cidery to be included in Sip magazine's list of the best five new cideries to check out, among others.
    "We're thrilled at how our first year has been going. We just started self-distribution in June and the response has been wonderful" Patricia shares. Some may have a hard time finding downtown Salem's only alcohol producer since 1953, but once you do, you will be back. Tucked away in the alley behind Liberty Street between Chemeketa and Court Streets, the alley was once known as Electric Alley.
    In fact, the Fox's have been very involved downtown working to improve downtown aesthetics. They're working with others to improve the alleys through plants, art, reducing vehicular traffic, naming them with their historical names, and installing garbage enclosures. "Alleys have that cool factor and are unique to Salem. You get out of the hustle and bustle of the main drag" Patricia says.
    1859 Cider's taproom and production space is open and transparent in every way, from their menus detailing each cider to their production space where you can watch them process fruit. Yes, 1859 Cider Co. gives the proper homage to downtown and the generations before them.
   



Dead Guy Meets His Spirit
Dead Guy Ale and Dead Guy Whiskey Collide

Note The Dead Guy Whiskey Barrels

    The dead have collided with Dead 'N' Dead, a combination of award-winning Dead Guy Ale and Dead Guy Whiskey barrels. Part of Rogue's DIY Revolution, Dead 'N' Dead is another example of how Rogue utilizes everything under its roof to craft distinctly unique products.
    The only brewery-distillery-cooperage in the U.S., Rogue brewers, distillers and coopers placed Dead Guy Ale in barrels which had previously held Dead Guy Whiskey, made with Rogue Farms ingredients. The beer was then aged for six months, allowing it to soak up flavors and personality from the whiskey barrels.
    "We had a lot of fun producing Dead 'N' Dead," said Rogue President Brett Joyce. "We have these amazing tools to work with, from our handcrafted ales and spirits to our whiskey barrels. Our brewers and distillers got resourceful by colliding our most popular beer and spirit to make a new favorite." Dead 'N' Dead features a strong whiskey nose and added notes of oak and vanilla, with a smooth caramel flavor from the whiskey barrels that balances out Dead Guy Ale's malty, honey sweetness.
    Just in time for Fall, Dead 'N' Dead will be available for a limited time in 22oz. bottles and available on draft in select locations. Find it near you using the Rogue Beer Finder. For more information visit Rogue.com.
    Rogue Ales & Spirits
    Rogue Ales & Spirits is an agri-fermenter founded in Oregon in 1988 as one of America's first microbreweries. Rogue has won more than 1,800 awards for taste, quality and packaging and is available in all 50 states as well as 54 countries. Since 2008, Rogue has remained committed to saving the terroir of Oregon hops, barley, rye, wheat, honey, jalapenos, and pumpkins one acre at a time by growing its own.