By Dusty Trails
Nothing tops off a great day of kayaking at Sparks Lake or hiking in the Three Sisters Wilderness like kicking off the damp Chaco’s and dusty hiking boots enjoying a craft beer with good company by a campfire. Or heading down to a local brewery and sampling different beers on tap. Or hopping on the Ale Trail.
Come to think of it, we’ve got countless ways to enjoy great beer here in Bend. Maybe that’s why we were included on CNN Travel’s list of the “8 Best Beer Towns in the USA.” We made it to number seven on the list behind giants like San Francisco, San Diego, and Denver. Our friends in Portland came in at number one, as they boast more breweries than any city in the world.
But we held our own, that’s for sure. Bend is called “beervana” and “Beer City, USA” for a reason. We’ve got one brewery for every 9,111 people, and the writers couldn’t even keep up with that statistic because two more local breweries have opened up in the meantime. The Bend Ale Trail is a must-do for locals and visitors alike. And Boneyard Beer even provides dog lovers with the world’s first organic, non-alcoholic brew made for dogs, Dawg Grogg.
We also received kudos for our annual beer celebrations and events, including Central Oregon Beer Week, which is just around the corner on May 20-27. It includes tastings, meet the brewers, beer dinners, special tours, and culminates in the two-day Brewski festival up the road from Tripleknot at Mt. Bachelor Memorial Day weekend.