Part 1 of “Fits on the Road- Exploring Oregon by Foot” was all about the hiking. Part 2 of this exploration was still an exploration by foot, (most of the time it was a tour by footsies covered in Tom’s)
But part two of this tour has a bit of a beer theme.
After two nights in Crater Lake, we headed east to the town of Bend. I didn’t know much about Bend beforehand, except that it was a bit of a ski town (Mt. Bachelor is nearby).
I quickly learned that Bend is very well known for a multitude of awesome breweries!
The concierge at our hotel (the conveniently-located-though-otherwise-just-adequate Phoenix Inn & Suites) gave us a map of a brewery walking tour of Bend.
We tried a lot of good beer in Bend, but CRUX was by far the best. We sampled quite a few of the CRUX beers, and everything was so tasty, so crisp, so clean….The BEST! Definitely check out CRUX if you are ever in Bend. There is no “tour” and there are no free samples, but I definitely still recommend going there, and buying a sampler.
Only the first sample was free, and each additional was $1. There were only a few beers on tap, and they weren’t quite as good as CRUX. There was one super HOT and SPICY beer (habenero infused) that we all loved.
If you’re not a guest at the hotel, a pass for the soaking pool is $5. You can buy drinks at the bar to bring into the pool, so we grabbed a few different McMenamins beers before heading into the soaking pool.