With more breweries than you can count and more brews you can handle, the city of Bend is nothing short of legendary on the beer drinker’s line up of go-to cities in the American West. Today, it’s recognized the world over as one of the genuine capitals of micro-brewing, attracting hops fanatics and masters of the craft from right across the continent. There’s diversity too, and the network of quirky brew houses, artsy fermentation barns and classy tasting rooms means there’s something for everyone, whether you’re after an al fresco ale above the rushing Deschutes River, or a dark stout in the snow-capped hills of the Oregon Trail.
Deschutes Brewery has all the earthy charm and expert facilities of a real Bavarian brewery, only it is proudly perched high on the banks of the Deschutes River, where guests can sip frothy creations while watching the Oregon waters rush and gush below. Daily tours of the brewery start in the on-site tasting room, where guests are treated to four separate samples of the full-bodied hops beers, while there’s also a quirky gift shop selling everything from Deschutes Brewery branded golf balls to beer-themed socks!
The Ale Apothecary is a rustic reworking of the industrial brewing process, where natural flavors and ingredients are matched by a genuine passion for the beer making craft. Guests will discover tier after tier of heavy oak barrel, all housed in an authentic timber barn amidst the fir forests of the Oregon hills outside of Bend. Don’t leave without sampling the Sahalie flagship brew, a proud American Wild Ale that bears all the trademark richness of long fermentation and meticulous production.
As the undisputed pioneer of recycled brewing methods in Bend, Boneyard Beer is proud to have created a fully functioning fermentation house from the discarded relics of old Oregon micro-breweries. Today, the humble tasting room comes without any of the classy bars or pulling taps of more bespoke drinking spots, but is home to the famous RPM IPA label; a brew regularly hailed as the tastiest of its kind in all of America!
The multiple award-winning Bend Brewing Company (B.B.C for short) is one of the town’s best-loved IPA-making staples, and boasts a hearty array of filling foods to match the in-house ale and beer menus. But, while many people come in the summer for a spot of light lager on the outdoor patio, B.B.C has also become something of a stop on the après ski circuit, offering a great range of spiced seasonal brews to warm the bones and soothe the muscles after a day on the slopes.
The Bend Ale trail is one of the best ways to conquer the abundant liquid offering of this humble Oregon town. Guests are treated to an all-encompassing tour of the Bend beer scene and are invited to delve into the stories and heritage of brewing that made this otherwise unassuming mountain pocket of central Oregon one of the veritable beer kings of the whole American travel circuit. What’s more, completed ‘Ale Trail Passports’ give beer drinkers access to exclusive gifts and bonuses; the perfect trophy for any veteran of the longest drinking tour in the West.