Bend may be best known for all of the wonderful outdoor recreation opportunities that exist thanks to a natural wonderland and a year-round moderate climate. However, beer drinking and beer brewing is probably the second most popular activity in this beautiful Central Oregon city. This cozy city has transformed itself into one of the premier beer destinations in the nation. No visit to Bend is complete without trying one of the famous microbrewery that you can find around town. Plus, a perfectly crafted beer always tastes a lot better after an afternoon of hiking, skiing or rafting, so it's a natural fit that makes Bend so appealing.
When seeking out the best breweries in town, Deschutes Brewing has been a leader in the nation's craft beer renaissance since it opened its doors in 1988. Beers such as Black Butte Porter and Mirror Pond Ale have been favorites in bars of the Pacific Northwest and beyond. Don't miss the chance to visit the brewery with free guided tours offered everyday between 1 and 4 pm. After seeing the production line and learning about the history of the brand and process, you can enjoy four samples in the tasting room and pick up a souvenir at the gift shop. You can make reservations online to secure a spot, which is probably a good idea since tours are limited to 15 people at a time.
Other local breweries making tasty beers include Boneyard, Bend Brewing and 10 Barrel, and there are plenty of great bars in town serving up all of Bend's famous beers on tap.