Bend is known for many things, it's sunny weather, mountains, rivers, scenery, outdoor recreation, lifestyle, and OF COURSE IT'S BEER! The craft brew craze has taken over in the northwest, and Oregon is on the map for it's production of craft beer. And we have some of the best breweries right here in Bend. Lately, it seems like a new brewery is popping up every few months. Normally you wouldn't associate beer with tourism, but our breweries are getting so much national attention that people are coming in flocks to see the breweries in person. So much so, that Visit Bend made a Ale Trail Beer Tour, that includes a smart phone app.
In no particular order, below is a list of the Central Oregon Breweries.
Deschutes Brewery- Deschutes is one of the oldest and well known breweries. They are probably the largest in Bend. They have 2 separate facilities, the Pub House in downtown and the actual brewery off of Colorado St. Recently the Pub House expanded and remodeled adding lots of room for visitors, but you can still expect a large crowd daily. Also, the tours are awesome at the brewing facility!
Bend Brewing Co- BBC is located downtown just off of Mirror Pond and the Deschutes River. BBC has one many awards for their beers and is a local favorite. Tuesday is locals night with special prices on brews, and they have a great happy hour with half price appetizers.
CRUX Fermentation- CRUX is one of Bend's newest breweries. This place is great! It's located south of downtown in a hard to find location, but that doesn't keep it from being busy all day long. They have a great setup with garage doors that open for the summer time, open view of their brew facility, and an outside seating area. The food is excellent, and the vibes are good.
Boneyard- The beer that Boneyard is producing is quickly becoming a favorite of craft brew connoisseurs throughout the northwest. Their RPM IPA is getting recognition, and some say it's the best IPA ever produced. Boneyard is a grass roots type brewery. It's not a fancy building, and they currently don't have a pub house. But they do offer samples, growler fills, and sell merchandise at their brewery just east of downtown. I suggest a visit to anyone that enjoys great beer.
10 Barrel- 10 Barrel Pub is located on Bend's westside off of Galveston, just west of Mirror Pond. It's quickly become one of the most popular pubs in Bend. Their beer and food are favorites among many locals. The atmosphere is great, big roll up garage doors that open in the summer, a bar with outside bar seats, and a fire pit (hugely popular in the winter). Their beer is turning some heads as well.
Cascade Lakes- Cascade Lakes is located on Century Dr, a perfect stop on the way down from the Mt Bachelor. They have a great happy hour with half price appetizers. The pub is big and there usually isn't much of a wait. Upstairs you'll find a couple pool tables and a few dart boards, while downstairs is the restaurant and bar area with TV's throughout. The Blond Bombshell is popular for those that prefer a lighter beer.
Silver Moon- Located just east of downtown on Greenwood Ave, Silver Moon has become popular among locals. They have great beer and food, and host lots of live music venues.
Good Life Brewing Co- Good Life is another newer brewery in Bend. Located on the west side of town just off of Century Dr, the brewery has made a name for itself. They started off with a small menu of food items, but have grown their menu to include some great dishes. I prefer the nachos! In the summer, Good Life sets up a small stand next to the brewery in a grass field with tables, games, and a fire pit.
McMenamins Old St Francis- The McMenamins is a must visit. Not only is it a brew pub, but they also offer lodging, house rentals, banquet facilities, a movie theater, and a Turkish spa. The building was originally a Catholic school. There are 3 separate bars, one of which is located out back away from the other buildings with fire pits and lots of outdoor seating in the courtyard.
Old Mill Brew Werks- This small pub is located just above the Old Mill district. They offer a wide selection of beers on tap, including their own, and they rotate craft beers from other companies on their taps. They have a full menu including burgers, steak and seafood.
Worthy Brewing- Bend's newest brewery is scheduled to open up February 4th. It will be the only brew pub located on the NE side of Bend, off of East HWY 20. The building is brand new and it looks to be roomy inside. They're going to have an outdoor beer garden and they are growing their own hops and herbs on site. Visit their website for more information on this newest brewery.