Cheers to the Bend Ale Trail
Dubbed the “outdoor playground of the West”, Bend is world famous for both its outdoor pursuits and pristine beauty. With a thousand and one outdoor recreation options mixed with luxe dining, shopping, art, live music and now – a trail entirely dedicated to beer.
The Bend Ale Trail officially launched in 2010 and will continue as a must-do activity for the avid craft-brew buff. The city of Bend has 10 world-class craft breweries-and counting-most all within walking distance of one another. The breweries include Bend Brewing Company, Boneyard Beer Co., Brew Works Brewing, Cascade Lakes Brewing Company, Deschutes Brewery, GoodLife Brewing, McMenamins Old St. Francis School, Silver Moon Brewing, and 10 Barrel Brewing. The trail also expands to nearby Sisters, Oregon where Three Creeks Brewery resides. The Bend Ale Trail gives visitors and locals alike a glimpse into the unique craft brewery culture of Central Oregon. You can learn about the cutting-edge brewing techniques used by Bend’s brewers, meet the artisan brewers who have launched the Bend beer scene onto the world stage, and experience the diversity of styles, art and taste that differentiate each of our region’s breweries.
Your first step is to either pick-up the latest edition of the Bend Ale Trail Atlas Bend Discovery Map, which acts as your printed guide and contains the official passport. Or, you can also visit www.BendAleTrail.com to download your passport.
Collect those stamps as you visit each of the breweries because that completed passport will be worth something in the end. No purchase is necessary at the breweries to get your stamp, but you’ll miss out on the best part-the delicious beer! Also, be sure to ask your friendly server if they have any Bend Ale Trail specials available that day. All this walking can be tiring so we have you covered there. GETIT, Bend’s favorite tour and transport shuttle, offers Bend Brewery tours. Along with kicking back in a comfy ride between stops for beer, you’ll get to hear all about Bend’s beer, history, quirky facts and experience John Flannery in the flesh, one of Bend’s most lovable locals.
After your passport is all stamped up, stop by the Visit Bend Welcome Center to get your prize. For a limited time, Visit Bend will be giving out a commemorative Bend Ale Trail Silipint-a collapsible, silicone pint-glass made especially for beer drinkers on the go. If you go the extra mile (21 miles to be exact) to Sisters, we’ll also give you a one-of-a-kind extra credit prize a choice of a commemorative patch or button so you can wail to the world that you conquered the Bend Ale Trail.
About the Author: Mo Sherifdeen
Mo is Travel Oregon's content publisher and loves to hike the forests and mountain trails of Oregon with his wife, daughter and dog. He is also known for getting lost inside a maze of books at Powell’s, sipping an IPA (or two) and seeking the best fish 'n chips along the Oregon Coast.
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