Heading from Canada to Crater Lake and Florence. Could you recommend bars in those areas with unique local beers? Many thanks from a thirsty wanderer!
In Florence, your best bets are the Beachcomber Pub (20 taps, with some nice southern Willamette Valley picks) or Wakonda Brewing Co. I actually haven’t been to Wakonda yet, but the reviews are impressive.
Crater Lake isn’t ringed with pubs, so take some beer with you. Oh, and if you’re taking OR 58 from Eugene down to Crater Lake, you must stop in Oakridge at the Brewers Union Local 180. It’s a tiny brewpub run by one of the country’s leading advocates of cask ale. Ask for him if you want to spend an hour in lovely conversation. His name’s Ted and you can tell him I sent you.
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We drove down 97 because we spent the night in Bend. Obviously, there’s a zillion places to get beer in Bend (and we definitely tied a few of them), but since I had to buy groceries for the kitchenette at our Crater Lake motel, I went to Whole Foods where they had a very decent wine and beer selection. I stocked up pretty well there, and even bought a bunch of bottles as gifts for people as well as souvenirs.
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Jeff Alworth has been writing about Oregon beer for fifteen years, and his recent work has appeared in Draft and Sunset Magazine. He has been blogging at "Beervana" since 2006. In Spring 2012, Chronicle Books will release The Beer Tasting Toolkit, his beginner's guide to blind tasting. He is currently writing The Beer Bible for Workman Publishing.