Boneyard Beer Company
Active Beers: 29
Beer Ratings: 1,528
Beer Avg: 4.03
Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 11 | Reviews: 4 | Show All Ratings:
3.64/5 rDev -11.9%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4.75 | service: 3.25 | selection: 3 | $$
IMHO, the tasting room really shouldn't be reviewable. Given what it is, I don't understand how it can receive a good rating (though obviously, it has).
The tasting room is a small affair, consisting of a small bar area where you can stand and get sample pours of whatever is on offer. The first pour is complimentary, and after that it's a dollar a taster. You can also buy t-shirts and other schwag here, as well as growlers to go (which is the primary reason people stop by).
Boneyard beer is outstanding of course, especially their IPA's, DIPA's and APA's. On this day they had the RPM and Hop Venom available, as well the Funky Bunch, the Diablo and an habenero infused red ale. I don't think the funky bunch is anything to write home about, but everything else was excellent of course. Still, I'm just not sure why I'd come by the tasting room, unless they happened to have something on offer that you can't find elsewhere (the funky bunch wasn't available for growler fills, I don't believe). Both the RPM and Hop Venom are very easy to find around town, and prices at some of the growler stations in Bend are cheaper than what you'll pay at the brewery.
As for service, the two women working here were very pleasant, but otherwise, service consists of handing them a couple of bucks, and them handing you a taster glass. Shrug.
I'm a huge fan of Boneyard beers, but there's nothing particularly remarkable about the tasting room.
08-19-2013 14:56:08 | More by johnmichaelsen
4.73/5 rDev +14.5%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $
If you ever find yourself within a 100 mile radius of Bend, Oregon you must visit. There are oodles of craft brewers with fine custom ales that sit along side the ourstanding Boneyard Beer Company, a diamond in the rough of a town that should rename itself to Beer, Oregon.
I'm from Oregon; the hardest part of moving to Los Angeles was saying goodbye to Boneyard. I would drive three hours just to get my growler filled, visiting family was a bonus. Boneyard's beer is that good. Boneyard is a relatively new brewery with only three years under their belts, but in that small amount of time they have created fine beers, a following and reputation that can only be described as legendary.
When you arrive at their modest facility, tucked away in a residential area like most of the coolest businesses in Bend, you'll hear route 97 roar across the road while the smell of hops drift toward you in a wash of burnt popcorn. Their tasting room is small and cozy, but it makes the experience that much more unique. A dry eraser board is updated daily with whatever brews are available. The demand for Boneyard is so high that they will frequently run out within a few hours of opening. Locals make the trip regularly to get an extremely cheap growler fill, only $9 for a full. Their specialty brews will set you back $13. One free taste is included with your visit, and for only $1 a pop you should definitely try everything on the board.
My personal favorites are the RPM IPA, Skunkape, and Hop Venom. Just like bigfoot, the Skunkape is elusive so if you get a chance to try it you are a lucky soul indeed.
Boneyard just finished their bottling facility and will be bottling their special brew very soon, so stay tuned for updates on the amazing stuff in a store near you!
04-23-2013 20:03:29 | More by DuchessofRogue
4.38/5 rDev +6.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $
I concur with the other review here, this is a must-stop in Bend. My experiences at the larger breweries were not nearly as personal or enjoyable as what I saw at Boneyard. While my guests were turned off by the small (and busy!) tasting room, I was thrilled to see a grass-roots brewery turning out a product that drew that many people to stand in a room and drink beer.
The tasting was super inexpensive, I think it was $5 for six pours (correct me if I'm wrong! We had just walked over from Crux, my memory may be hazy). Again, my antsy guests kept me from drinking all six tastings, but I was able to try one of the IPAs i missed at a Thai restaurant in downtown bend, which was fortuitous. My favorite taste of the stop was the Raspberry Tart. Yes, I am a chick, yes, I like fruit beers, and this hit all the right notes. It was crisp, fruity, and yes, a bit tart. Lovely.
As a visitor from the Midwest (Chicago), it was easy to see the adoration these brewers have for Three Floyds, as evidenced by the Dark Lord Day paraphernalia on the walls, the large posters, and even the sticker on the toilet. Once I was able to taste the IPA later in the week, I can see the inspiration is making it into the beer. It was balanced and delicious, lightly citrusy with a slight malt backbone (ala Drednaught, my favorite), and was perfect with the spicy Thai food I was enjoying.
No, there's not a lot of room here, yes it's in an industrial area (another head nod to Three Floyds, no doubt), but it's worth the journey, and is a simple walk from Crux and to downtown to hit a few more stops along your Bend tour.
11-29-2012 01:59:08 | More by LornaLee
4.46/5 rDev +8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 3.5 | $
A MUST stop while in Bend.
Atmosphere is basically a small room in the front of an industrial building. But, they have all sorts of funny signs, stickers, and crap on the walls. Plus, you can see quite a bit of 3 Floyd's swag which is cool.
Quality is phenomenal. Boneyard is making kick ass beer, enough said.
Service was great! The guy and girl working the front were super cool. When the keg of RPM blew half way through my growler fill, the guy just gave me the growler for free.
Selection is a bit small. I've heard this is due to the fact that Boneyard is doing so well that they are having trouble keeping up with demand. Still, they had specials on tap that were awesome. Suge Knight Imperial Stout, Rye Bourbon Barrel Aged Diablo Rojo, and Bourbon Barrel Aged Black 13. The regulars were RPM, Diablo and Hop Venom.
Prices are very fair, we sampled 4 beers and got our growler fill (plus the 1/2 filled freebie) for $10.
Boneyard has only been around only for two years, but they are killing it when it comes to beer quality. They might be my favorite brewer in Oregon, giving Hair of the Dog and Deschutes a run for their money.
08-18-2012 22:05:23 | More by flexabull
Boneyard Beer Company in Bend, OR
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