Where To Get The Best Beer In Bend Oregon

Where To Get The Best Beer in Bend Oregon

If you like beer and you happen to be traveling through the Central Oregon region, you'll be astounded at how unbelievably rich the area is with places to find beer. Bend, Oregon alone has 7 - yes 7 - world-class breweries and you can make a hobby out of checking out all the local brews.

If you add in the Sisters brewery (Three Creeks Brewery), which is roughly 21 miles from Bend, you now have 8 world-class breweries. Bend Oregon is one of the best places on earth to find beer!

10 Barrel Brewing
10 Barrel Brewing

The Seven Breweries of Bend Oregon

Starting in June of this year, there has been a little 'game' going on in Bend called the Bend Ale Trail. If you love beer and you want to participate, make sure you pick up a Bend Discovery Map which will give you your 'official' passport. Collect the stamps as you visit each of the breweries and after collecting all 7, you can turn it in and win something. That something has not been specified, however, send your completed passport to the Visit Bend Welcome Center.

All 7 of Bend's breweries are located within a 4+ mile radius. Start at any brewery if you wish to participate in the Bend Ale Trail - or just take in the breweries as your time permits when visiting in Central Oregon. You can walk the Bend Ale Trail - or you can take the Bend Brewery Tour shuttle.

Come along on a little 'virtual' tour of Bend Oregon's 7 breweries - Bend Brewing Company, Boneyard Beer Company, Cascade Lakes Brewing Company and Lodge, Deschutes Brewery, McMenamins Old St. Francis School, Silver Moon Brewing, and 10 Barrel Brewing.

Picture by Audrey Kirchner
Picture by Audrey Kirchner

Bend Brewing Company

Bend Brewing Company is located on the Deschutes River and the pub has a view of the Deschutes as it meanders past. They open at 11:30 daily for lunch, offer specials daily and half-price appetizers 4-6 daily and 9 to close.

Their pub fare features salads, sandwiches, pasta and steaks. It's a great place to stop in for a brew or lunch or dinner.

Bend Brewing Company is famous for these great signature beers:

  • High Desert - Hefeweizen - wheat ale with a malty flavor and low in hops
  • Metolius - Golden ale, almost a lager; fruity and low in hops - 2010 bronze medal
  • Elk Lake IPA - more of a bitter beer with more hops - most popular beer
  • Outback - old golden ale - malty, flavor of caramel and raisins
  • Pinnacle - porter - darkest beer

Seasonal beers offered by Bend Brewing Company:

  • Big Eddy - several times per year - bitter beer
  • Paulina - pale summer ale
  • Hop Head - Imperial India pale ale in late summer - 2008 bronze metal winner

Bend Brewing Company's awards:

* 2008 World Beer Cup Gold Medal - Outback X & Black Diamond Dark Lager

* 2008 World Beer Cup - Small Brew-pub and Brewmaster of the Year

* 2009 GABF silver medal - Outback X

* 2010 World Beer Cup gold Medal - Outback X

* 2010 NABAA bronze medals - Outback X, Metolius Golden Ale and Dry Irish Stout

Boneyard Beer Company

Boneyard Beer Company is a relatively new brewery to the scene in Bend and is in the process of collaborating with several breweries that helped them get up and running. They actually named the brewery Boneyard because they went into business with the equipment resurrected from other breweries, although the original name was to be Brewtal.

At present, Boneyard Beer is working to introduce Central Oregon to Three Floyds Beer, which is a popular Indiana beer. They are hoping to begin distributing this popular beer from the Midwest soon.

The brewery is open to taste testing and through the Bend Ale Trail, they have been steadily building up quite a few followers. They hope to produce 1000 barrels this first year, having just opened in May. (As a comparison, Deschutes Brewery last year put out roughly 220,000 barrels.) Boneyard Beer is young and even though the market is very tight in terms of competition here in the Bend area, it looks like they will do well.

The brewery is located on Hill Street where it intersects with the Bend Parkway. There is no pub and the brewery distributes its black and white labeled beer to bars and restaurants throughout the area. So far, it's been a hit.

Growlers (US half gallon used to transport beer) are available for $6.00 and taste testers are always welcome.

Boneyard is so far known for its beer called GIRL, which is a light ale that is flavored with cherry puree. They also have an IPA, a pale ale and a bourbon barrel black 13.

Cascade Lakes Brewing Company

Cascade Lakes Brewing Company produces many different beers that are popular on tap as well as in the bottle. They have several locations around Central Oregon to serve you.

They have many pubs as you can see from the list below and they are all excellent spots for lunch, dinner or just a beer. They are located throughout Central Oregon and check out their menus at each location. They serve the typical pub offerings although some locations serve up nightly specials such as tacos and other selected menu items.

Here's a list of their traditional beers:

  • Blonde Bomb Shell - a light ale and their most popular beer - started out as a seasonal beer but was so popular it is now a standard - voted BEST BEER 2010
  • Rooster Tail Ale - this was the flagship beer made in 1994 - a golden ale that is really popular in Central Oregon
  • Monkey Face Porter - a medium porter with a hint of chocolate - full bodied beer
  • Pine Marten Pale Ale - a medium bodied pale ale
  • 20" Brown - medium bodied malt beer - named after the brown trout
  • IPA - traditional American style India pale ale
  • Angus MacDougals - malty amber ale

Seasonal beers:

  • Skookum Creek Strong
  • Paulina Lake Pilsner
  • Runaway Imperial IPA
  • Kolsch
  • Bald Mountain Bock
  • River Side Red
  • Santa's Little Helper
  • Waist Deep Weiss

Check out Cascade Lakes Brewing Company at the following locations throughout Central Oregon - great food and great beer!

  • Red Dog Depot (Redmond, OR)
  • Cascade Lakes Brewing Company and Lodge (Bend, OR)
  • 7th Street Brew 7 House (Redmond, OR)
  • Cascade West Grub and Ale House (Bend, OR)
  • Tumalo Tavern (Tumalo, OR)

Deschutes Brewery

The Deschutes Brewery has been producing quality beers since 1988. Visit their location in Bend and also their pub in Portland, Oregon. Their menu is typical pub food, concentrating on burgers, sandwiches, salads and soups but they are masters at creating delicious food to accompany their also delicious beers!

The Deschutes Brewery is one of the most popular pubs in Bend and during the good weather, outside seating is available as well. Open 7 days per week, you can find a table from 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, 11:00 a.m. to midnight on Saturdays, and 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. on Sundays.

Deschutes Brewery makes the these standard beers year round:

  • Black Butte Porter - chocolate-like dark beer
  • Mirror Pond Pale Ale - American pale ale
  • Inversion IPA - soft caramel flavor with citrus undertones
  • Obsidian Stout - smooth, black beer - espresso like in flavor
  • Green Lakes Organic Ale - amber ale - 100% organic
  • Cascade Ale - a citrus flavored light ale
  • Bachelor ESB - English style beer, extra bitter

Try one of their extremely popular seasonal beers:

  • Red Chair NWPA
  • Twilight Ale
  • Jubeale

Deschutes Brewery also has 3 Bond Street Series beers available at certain months of the year only at the Bond Street Pub

  • Hop Henge IPA (January through April)
  • Hop in the Dark (May through September)
  • Hop Trip (October through December)

They also have a Reserve Series:

  • Black Butte XXI - porter that is available in small quantities on tap
  • The Abyss Imperial Stout
  • Mirror Mirror - pale ale
  • The Dissident - brown ale

McMenamins Old St. Francis School

McMenamins Old St. Francis School is a great place to visit - not only for the beer but also for the food and the entertainment! McMenamins also sports its own movie theater as well as several bars.

Since they are open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, McMenamins is a great place for families. You can also rent rooms and cottages! McMenamins is the whole experience.

Their menus are enormous and offer just about everything you can imagine. You can also find many McMenamins pubs in Washington and Oregon.

In Bend, during good weather, there is ample outside seating - stop in for a burger and a brew!

Enjoy some of McMenamins famous beers:

  • Black Rabbit Porter - American porter
  • Hammerhead Ale - American pale ale
  • India Pale Ale - American IPA
  • Irish Stout - Irish dry stout
  • Kris Kringle - winter beer
  • Kolsch - German style beer
  • Lucky Charms Irish Red - Irish red ale
  • Milk Stout - sweet stout
  • Nebraska Bitter - American blonde ale
  • Purple Haze - boysenberry beer
  • Ruby Ale - fruit and vegetable beer
  • Scarecrow ESB - extra strong bitter ESB
  • Sleepy Hollow Nut Brown - English brown ale
  • Terminator Stout - American stout
  • Workingman's Red - American amber red ale

Silver Moon Brewing

Silver Moon Brewing is located on Highway 20 in downtown Bend (Greenwood Avenue).

This is a brewery that you'd almost miss if you didn't know where it was but that doesn't mean it isn't a great place to grab dinner or a brew. Hours are Monday through Saturday noon to 11:00 p.m. and Sundays noon until 8:00 p.m.

Live entertainment is held at Silver Moon Brewing 3-5 nights per week. You can also play pool and foosball for free!

The menu is mostly pizzas, sandwiches and typical pub food. All the better to go along with the delicious beers.

Silver Moon Brewing has been brewing since 2005; here are their standard beers:

  • Bridge Creek Pilzner - Czech style lager
  • Hounds Tooth Amber - flagship ale
  • Snake Bite Porter - English style porter
  • Badlands Bitter - bitter ale
  • Hop Knob IPA - Northwest style IPA

For Silver Moon seasonal beers, try some of the following:

  • Brown Eyes Ale (February and March) - brown ale
  • Nekkid Creeper (November and December) - golden beer
  • Dagger Dark Lager (January and February) - American dark lager
  • Winter Moon IPA (December and January) - English darker IPA
  • Dark Side Stout (November through January) - medium stout
  • Hoptygon Imperial IPA (March and April) - Northwest IPA
  • Epic Trail Ale (April through June) - rye-based pale ale
  • Saison de Moon (April through June) - farmhouse ale

Silver Moon brews are available in kegs, growlers and bottles. Also served in several restaurants in Bend.

10 Barrel Brewing Company

The 10 Barrel Brewing Company is another of the fine local brewing companies here in Bend, Oregon. Check out their brew pub.

The pub is open Sunday through Thursday 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. and Friday and Saturday 11:00 a.m. to midnight.

The 10 Barrel Brewing Company arrived on the scene in 2006 and after success in the brewing arena, decided to open a brew pub. Situated on Galveston in Bend, the 10 Barrel offers a spacious patio for outdoor seating complete with a fire pit and also offers indoor pub style spacious areas of seating in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.

The menu offers the usual pub grub but also has 10 pizzas on the menu as well as daily specials, ample soups and salads to choose from as well as sandwiches - even macaroni and cheese. It's a great place to stop in for lunch or dinner and enjoy their special beers.

10 Barrel makes the following beers in their 10 Series:

  • 10 Barrel Summer Ale
  • 10 Barrel Pale Ale
  • S1NISTOR Black Ale
  • Apocalypse IPA
  • Coming soon - the Revolution Series

Breweries of Bend Oregon

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A markerBend Brewing Company -
1019 NW Brooks St, Bend, OR 97701, USA 541.383.1599
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B markerBoneyard Brewing Company -
37 NW Lake Pl, Bend, OR 97701, USA 541.323.2325
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C markerCascade Lakes Brewing Company and Lodge -
1441 SW Chandler Ave #100, Bend, OR 97702, USA 541.388.4899
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D markerDeschutes Brewery -
1044 NW Bond St, Bend, OR 97701, USA 541.382.9242
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E markerSilver Moon Brewing -
24 NE Greenwood Ave, Bend, OR 97701, USA 541.388.8331
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F markerMcMenamins Old St. Francis School -
700 NW Bond St, Bend, OR 97701, USA 541.382.5174
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G marker10 Barrel Brewing -
20750 High Desert Ln, Bend, OR 97701, USA 541.585.1007
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H marker10 Barrel Brewing Brew Pub -
1135 NW Galveston Ave, Bend, OR 97701, USA 541.678.5228
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10 Barrel Brew Pub
10 Barrel Brew Pub
McMenamins Old St. Francis School
McMenamins Old St. Francis School

Photo Credits

10 Barrel Brewing pictures by written permission (Chris Cox) of 10 Barrel Brewing

McMenamins Old St. Francis School picture by written permission (Liz Devine, McMenamins photographer)

The Best Beer in Bend

In short, there is no shortage of places to find and enjoy the best beer in Bend, Oregon. I hope you have a chance to experience some of the local brews as they truly are wonderful.

Many of these brews are found in the supermarkets here in Oregon and some in other states as well.

If you get the chance, stop in for a great bite to eat and a brew and see if you don't agree - these are the best beers to be found in Bend!

Inside 10 Barrel Brewing Company

Check Out Deschutes Brewery

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akirchner 5 years ago from Central Oregon Author

Thanks so much but the beer is awesome here~

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liquidgranite 5 years ago

A very helpful guide. One awesome hub.

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akirchner 6 years ago from Central Oregon Author

Thanks very much for dropping by, Cari and I love beer too although I tend to go more for the sissy stuff like lighte while my hubby likes the dark! Bend is a terrific place to get good beer though so if you're ever in the area, call me and we'll go have one!

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akirchner 6 years ago from Central Oregon Author

SimeyC - Long time no see and so glad you stopped by! You'd better believe you'll be DOUBLY happy with the beer in Bend!! Thanks for commenting.

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SimeyC 6 years ago from NJ, USA

If ever I'm over in Oregon I'm going to be very happy! So happy that I ende up posting the comment twice!!!

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SimeyC 6 years ago from NJ, USA

If ever I'm over in Oregon I'm going to be very happy!

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akirchner 6 years ago from Central Oregon Author

Thanks so much Dolores - coming from you, that means a great deal!!

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Dolores Monet 6 years ago from East Coast, United States

Audrey - wow, congratulations on your hubber 100 as well as winning people's choice in the travel contest first week! You sure deserve it with this well researched hub!

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akirchner 6 years ago from Central Oregon Author

Thanks for the read, LPS - and yes, I generally do spend a lot of time on my hubs and maybe that helps me know my stuff! Thanks so much for stopping by.

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akirchner 6 years ago from Central Oregon Author

Thanks for the read, LPS - and yes, I generally do spend a lot of time on my hubs and maybe that helps me know my stuff! Thanks so much for stopping by.

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LPStarr 6 years ago from near my computer :P

WOW! I'd better beef up my hubs, if I want to have any chance of winning against YOU! You spent a lot of time and definitely know your stuff!

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akirchner 6 years ago from Central Oregon Author

Thanks so much for the great comment, Equealla and I'm honored that I won!

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equealla 6 years ago from Pretoria, South Africa

Audrey, this is a well presented article. You have done so much effort to put it together. This is definitely a winner hub, and deserving of the prize. Congratulations.

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akirchner 6 years ago from Central Oregon Author

Thanks Purple Perl - appreciate the congrats - what a great surprise!!

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Purple Perl 6 years ago from Bangalore,India

Well deserved win,akirchner! Congrats again!Way2go!We'll see more of your hubs winning the next 2 weeks! Good Luck!

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akirchner 6 years ago from Central Oregon Author

Thanks MMP - that would be SO cool! I'm just so tickled I'm back in the pink and able to THINK about mushing again. It has been a long haul trying to get my body to behave and I'm just delighted to have a young pup and a rescued malamute and be able to think about getting on the sled and having them 'take me away'. It is my dream come true! I'm sure there will be more hubs to follow on that score!

Om - coming from you that is a great compliment because I absolutely love your style and your sharp delivery! I tend to drone on and on but once I get started, I just don't seem to be able to zip it. Thanks so much for tagging me!

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Om Paramapoonya 6 years ago

Congrats! I knew this hub was going to win one of the big prizes. It's just so awesome. Well deserved! :)

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MyMastiffPuppies 6 years ago

Well I see this was a two-timer! Stunning Win and well deserved! Now you can take your "dogsled" and head on down to grab your favorite beer!

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akirchner 6 years ago from Central Oregon Author

Thanks, Micky - cheers!

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Micky Dee 6 years ago

Beautiful beer! Thanks again for showing us the way!

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akirchner 6 years ago from Central Oregon Author

Thanks so much for the read and the vote, not to mention the compliments, dinkan53!

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dinkan53 6 years ago from India

wow, 7 breweries!!!!!!! you know bear is one of my weakness and I quit it since June 2008. Nicely presented hub with videos and the map, great work. rating it up and voting for it. Good luck my friend.

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akirchner 6 years ago from Central Oregon Author

Thanks so much for the read and the compliment, oceansnsunsets!

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oceansnsunsets 6 years ago from The Midwest, USA

Akirchner, great job on this hub! Its wonderful.

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akirchner 6 years ago from Central Oregon Author

Thanks so much Laurel for commenting - and they are great places even if you are only having root beer or soda! Thanks for the compliment as well!

Thanks for stopping by, Elfgar and for voting!

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Elfgar 6 years ago from Poland

Great Hub. Although I`m not from US, I Enjoyed viewing it. It has useful complete informations and fine films. Worth voting for :). Thx.

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lorlie6 6 years ago from Bishop, Ca

Even though I no longer drink, some of these breweries sound like places I'd enjoy today! Gad, Audrey, this is a fabulous list and almost makes me want to drink again...Just kidding!

Beautiful work!

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akirchner 6 years ago from Central Oregon Author

Thanks Steph for the read - and ya know, before I started doing this hub, I had no IDEA there were that many breweries! Or that many beers to be honest. My hubby is a beer taster from way back and I like light beers but we really do have some super good beers coming out of Central Oregon. I was glad to learn so much about it!

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stephhicks68 6 years ago from Bend, Oregon

Wow - this is one comprehensive hub! I am embarrassed to say that I don't really drink beer, even though we live in Bend! But just reading this hub makes me want to go sip a few samples - excellent work, as always! Thumbs up!

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akirchner 6 years ago from Central Oregon Author

MMP - Thanks so much for all the compliments! It's a great place to vacation and now to live!

CM - Ah yes - I'd love to join you in a brew and bet you'd like 'em here!

PP - Wow - thanks so much for the compliment and you are too kind. I confess I still don't know what I won because I never got any notifications from HP - but I'll just wait to hear and hope I didn't dream it!

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Purple Perl 6 years ago from Bangalore,India


This is one of the best hubs I have read!

Congrats too,and my,you have 2 wins this weekend!Truly well deserved!

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carolina muscle 6 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

oh yes... a beer tour is just what I need. :-)

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MyMastiffPuppies 6 years ago

Wow, I can see why you won, I am ready for a road trip to Bend Oregon! Very eye appealing as well as good info, as always you have done an excellent job!

ps tell you son Happy Birthday!

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akirchner 6 years ago from Central Oregon Author

PhoenixV - Thanks so much and first I heard of it - but that's great!

Om - Thanks so much for the tag - and for letting me know. I haven't heard anything yet so that's really a neat surprise as today's my son's birthday!

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Om Paramapoonya 6 years ago

I'm not a big beer fan, but I really enjoyed this hub. Some day I might try some of these breweries' best products. Thanks for sharing your insight and congrats on the win! :)

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PhoenixV 6 years ago from USA

Great Hub and congratulations!

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akirchner 6 years ago from Central Oregon Author

Thanks for the read, Shellie - you know SOMEONE has to drink the beer as it just wouldn't be right not to! Of course I never have any beer before mushing - it's afterward that it goes down much better.

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theherbivorehippi 6 years ago from Holly, MI

Gosh..imagine YOU knowing where to get the best beer. lol I never would have thought. You certainly put a lot of work into this hub. It almost makes me feel like I should take a road trip for a drink! lol

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akirchner 6 years ago from Central Oregon Author

BJ - I know - I just can't help the blonde by osmosis - who knew that changing my hair color would be so 'perfect'?

And table dancing, yes - I have done many things and that is just one more side of me!

You don't have to drink beer with me - you can just enjoy the 'show'! Thanks for the read!!

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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida

You are most definitely a woman of many parts - some of them blonde. Sorry.

Table dancing! I knew I recognized you from a film of Oregon's Most Talented Table Dancers.

I am not much of a beer drinker but I do love watching Budweiser's TV commercials. Would that qualify me to hang out with you in a Bend beer parlor?

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akirchner 6 years ago from Central Oregon Author

How totally cool, HH - can't wait to hear about Bavaria and beer!

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Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

Thank you for a wonderfully written hub about my favourite drink. I love it. I was born in Bavaria which is known for beer and it brings back a memory which I will write a hub about it. See you there.

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akirchner 6 years ago from Central Oregon Author

Wicklesscandles - If you detour through Bend, you may never leave....seriously a great place to be and of course, you owe it to yourself to sample these breweries because they NEED us! Thanks so much for the read!!

Nellie - I prefer wine most of the time but I do love a good beer although I'm not keen on some of these really bitter things that Bob loves. Yuck! I have to say I love the Blonde Bomb Shell and not just because I'm (not really) blonde - but it is a light beer. Breweries are a big deal for most people, especially guys I think because there are snack foods involved and games - it can be ANYTHING that is a game and no one really cares. I think it is a genetic thing myself but I enjoy the mindless time out as much as the next guy or gal so I sit and sip or chug depending on what I'm drinking and enjoy the ride. Seriously though, they are fine beers but I always tell folks to check the alcohol percentage in these brews as some can be extremely high. That could cause table dancing on my part - so I must be careful! And I live about 45 min to an hour from Bend - that is where we ride our wagon every week to shop as we live in Prinetucky (Prineville).

MT - You CAN live in Oregon - it's allowed! I'm not really sure how Bend has ended up with such quality restaurants of all kinds and then all these breweries - it is totally nuts - but I'm happy about it! When we used to vacation here rather than live here, we would as a family of 10 usually hit the breweries. It was a lot of fun. I think I need to hit the wineries next!

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Minnetonka Twin 6 years ago from Minnesota

I want to live in Oregon. I have always wanted to do one of those beer tours. What a blast. Thanks for a useful and fun hub. Cheers.

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Nell Rose 6 years ago from England

Hi, Audrey, you been on the drink again? ha ha this sounds great, is it where you live? or near there, if it is I expect a beer waiting for me when I come visit! lol great info, now I want a drink! cheers nell

wicklesscandles 6 years ago

On my way to Portland in a couple of weeks. May be a short detour tho Bend to try one or two of these wonderful breweries needs to be done.

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akirchner 6 years ago from Central Oregon Author

Thanks for the read, alekhouse - especially since you don't like beer! I have my days where I love it and other days when I prefer wine. It all depends on what I'm eating I suppose and the weather!

Thanks, Katie - glad you enjoyed it -and if you get to Central Oregon...check it out!

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katiem2 6 years ago from I'm outta here

Well, I do like beer and I appreciate where to get the best beer in Bend Oregon, great map. Thanks :)

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alekhouse 6 years ago from Louisville, Kentucky

Well, if I liked beer and thought I would ever get to Oregon, I would definitely go there.

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