Bend Brew Tour
In June of 2016 we bought a 1986 Bronco, built a bed in the back of it, and camped all around the North West United States and Canada. This is part of our series on that 3 week road trip starting in Bend, Oregon.
Located about 6 hours from Reno, Bend is one of our favorite local getaways to sip some craft brews, enjoy the outside, and soak up the art culture. Most of this post is from our three week road trip in 2016, but I’ve also added some of our favorite places that we’ve discovered since then. Winter or summer, Bend is a great seasonal destination for fun!
Where to stay
Camping: Fall River Campground
Airbnb: Cozy Room in NW Bend
You can even use our credit for your first time at an Airbnb: www.airbnb.com/c/stavener
Where to drink
In Bend you will find as many breweries as there are golf courses – which is apparently A LOT, 26 if I’m not mistaken. Have no fear, you will definitely be able to find one that you love! Here are some of our favorites.
♦ Deschutes Brewery – They have two locations in Bend, their restaurant/tap house and the actual brewery that you can tour and do tastings in. I recommend checking out both!
» Try the burgers, any of them – and any of the in house special beers that they don’t distribute out, specifically ‘Down and Dirty IPA’ and the ‘Cherry Scouser’. Can’t go wrong with a burger and brew, amiright?
» The brewery offers tours and 4 free tasters of beer and lots of great merchandise to go!
♦ Immersion Brewing – Located in the Old Mill District of Bend, this is one of our absolute favorite breweries. They have lots of saisons and yummy Belgian style ales plus the taproom has a really cool chic, industrial feel.
♦ Atlas Cider – Located right next door to Immersion so you can hit them both up! I’m not usually much of a hard cider girl, most of the time it’s too bland for me; but lemme tell ya, this stuff is so worth the visit.
» Try the Apricot cider or Pom-Cherry from draft. And maybe even take home a 32 oz growlette of their original apple cider! Along with their draft ciders and take home gear, they have a couple fridgefuls of bottled ciders to go and a really cool taproom to hang out in.
♦ Crux Fermentation Project – Located in the Iron Works District of Bend, this is a fun place to try some unique beers.
♦ Sunriver Brewing – The beers here are alright, not our favorites, but worth stopping if it’s nice outside to enjoy some sunshine on the patio.
♦ 10 Barrel Brewing – They originated in Bend, but have a secondary location in Portland that is a lot bigger than the pub in Bend. This is a must go for either location.
» Our must eat recommendation is the steak gorgonzola nachos – you will NOT be disappointed.
» Try the hard ginger root beer and the red Belgian ale. They of course always have seasonal, rotating handles, so make sure to try all their specials!
♦ Boneyard Beer – This is one of our favorite taprooms in Bend, and we don’t even have any pictures of it! It’s a small taproom but their beers pack a lot of punch. We tried just about every single one and bought some merch, but you can also have them can you your favorite beers to go!
Where to Grub
♦ Victorian Cafe – This place boasts having the best Bloody Mary’s in Bend, but their pancakes are just as good!
♦ Chow – Chow has a little garden outside, a farm to table menu, and homemade to die for hot sauces!
» Try the scrumptious eggs benedict, my all time favorite breakfast!
♦ The Sparrow Bakery – Located in the Old Iron Works Arts District and is especially known for their ‘ocean rolls’.
» Also try the bacon breakfast sandwich and the monte cristo!
Other Notable Areas to Check Out
♦ Old Mill Shopping District
♦ Shops at the Iron Works Art District
♦ Pilot Butte State Park for a 360 view of Bend
♦ Drake’s Park
♦ Mount Bachelor
We’re always looking for new places in Bend, do you have some favorites to tell us about? Make sure to tell us in the comments below!
The Traveling Taveners