Raise a glass at Terminal Gravity in Enterprise. (Photo credit: Robbie McClaran)

It’s fitting that Oregon, land of craft beer and gorgeous landscapes, would find a way to celebrate both. If spring has you champing at the bit for sunshine, wide open spaces and a tall cold one, we have just the trip for you. Saddle up and head out on the Eastern Oregon Brews Byway.

Start your tour in Pendleton, where you don’t have to be a cowboy to appreciate the Western flavor of Prodigal Son Brewery and Pub. But out here, in the land of the Pendleton Round-Up and the Blue Mountains, you could start channeling Johnny Cash. Reach for A Beer Named Sue.

Further on, you might feel like the wild beauty of northeast Oregon wants to eat you for breakfast. The towering peaks of the Wallowa Mountains, pristine depths of Wallowa Lake and remote trails of Eagle Cap Wilderness demand your respect. Raise a glass to rugged individualism at Mutiny Brewing Company in Joseph or Terminal Gravity Brewing in Enterprise.

Back on I-84, you’ll find yourself steeped in Oregon’s past in historic Baker City. Reflect on the 19th-century settlers who passed by on the Oregon Trail at the National Historic Oregon Trail Interpretive Center, and learn about those who stayed to farm and build the charming town. End your own journey at Barley Brown’s Brew Pub or Bull Ridge Brew Pub.

When you reach the far eastern border of Oregon, it’s nice to know you are still safely in beer country. Celebrate that fact at Beer Valley Brewing Company in Ontario and salute the nearby wild and scenic river with a pint of Owyhee Amber Ale.

Enjoy the Eastern Oregon Brews Byway safely, and please don’t drink and drive.

About the Author: Eileen Garvin

Eileen Garvin is the editor of Travel Oregon’s Seasonal Features, enewsletters and annual visitor guide. When she’s not cooking up trip ideas, Oregon Dreamer profiles and outdoor adventures to write about, she’s out exploring Oregon.

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