Crux Fermentation Project
Active Beers: 19
Beer Ratings: 406
Beer Avg: 3.81
Taps: 15 / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 15 | Reviews: 8 | Show All Ratings:
4.53/5 rDev +6.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75 | $$
Wow What a treat. This is a great place to sit, eat ,talk with good friends and drink excellent beer. A very nice selection to choose from. I tried the Half Hitch double IPA and the Snow Cave. We had a delicious meat and cheese plate for a nosh since we were on the Bend Ale Trail and a base is very important. The menu is small but spot on. Larry Sidor the former Brewmaster at Dechutes Brewery is the man in charge and he has knocked it out of the park. Yeah I'll be back just to sit outside to see the best sunset in Bend.
03-29-2014 18:07:27 | More by SonnyBoyRussell
4.1/5 rDev -4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
stopped in for some lunch and a beer before a bike ride. place was pretty slow.
i sat at the bar, they had the garage doors open and it was a really nice day. they've got a nice setup inside, nice atmosphere for sure. the bartender was very attentive, kept my water full and was ready to refill my beer before i was done. he was having a convo with some other dude at the bar about photography, which was fine by me cuz i didn't really feel like talking.
beer was great, food was decent but nothing out of this world. had the buffalo chicken wrap with potato salad (potato salad was actually not good at all).
this was my second visit here, last time we sat outside and that was pretty awesome. nice view of the mountains.
definitely a must stop for me whenever i'm in bend.
10-25-2013 22:04:33 | More by elcrawl
4.55/5 rDev +6.6%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Awesome yard area, great servers, and a chill mood. Was 99 degrees F the day I went, and the crisp and hoppy (but balanced) beer was super enjoyable. Played with a cool random dog for a bit, kicked a soccer ball, and then had a delicious charcuterie plate. Loved it here, will be back.
10-03-2013 23:09:03 | More by Kylemif
3.98/5 rDev -6.8%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4 | $$
August 16-17, 2013
My wife and I visited Crux twice during a 3-day trip for Bend Brewfest. The first time was at around 5pm on a Friday (I kinda expected "Happy Hour" pricing; instead they do "SunDowner" Specials from 1/2 hour before through 1/2 hour after sunset every night ~ pretty cool) and the second stop was just after lunch on a Saturday.
The building is made of concrete block and painted green, a former mechanic's shop (I believe) in a non-descript industrial area near the Mill District. My wife was sure we'd taken a wrong turn. Large parking lot with ample nearby spots on the street. There's a small outdoor seating area to the right and a large garage door opening to the dining room/taproom, a few climbing hop bines and some quirky 'keg art' (sort of a robot) that words fail to describe. Both times we were able to grab a pair of seats at the wooden counter just inside the garage door, my view toward the chunky wood and concrete bar (backed by lots of glass and a view of some brewing tanks) and my wife's view toward Mt Bachelor and the Sisters to the west. Mix of chill and upbeat modern rock, from Radiohead and Foo Fighters to The Black Keys and Mumford & Sons.
Kinda wish they had more windows in this space, as the restrooms are situated right where another expanse of openness could go, but the taproom is plenty nice, daylit by skylights and filled with a steady stream of patrons. The Bend Cycle Pub stopped here at least three times during our two stays, always bringing with it new energy. To the far left end, past the restrooms, only a chain separates the dining area from an impressive and open display of brewing equipment. The opposite corner of the building is filled entirely with Crux schwag to the left - feels like they're selling both their beer and the brand equally.
As for the beer, we tried the majority they had on tap (13 beers & a cider). My wife enjoyed the Outcast IPA (at 8%, a DIPA?) both times, while I opted for a pair of "session" beers (Pilsner and Marzen) the first time and a taster of 6 ($10) the second time. Those 6: Hefeweissen, Peated Scotch, Flanders Red, Double Cross (Strong Dark Belgian), Sugar Daddy ("Sweet" Pale Ale) and Imperial Mosaic IIPA. My favorites were the Pilsner, Hefeweissen, Peated Scotch and her Outcast. Nothing mind-blowing, but mostly solid beers. Wasn't too thrilled with the Flanders Red or Mosaic (tasted like weed)... Prices are $5 for 0.5l glass, $3.50 for 0.35l glass and $7 for the strongest stuff in 0.3l snifters.
Service was just OK on the first visit, seeming rushed and then distant, but food and beer did arrive quickly. On our second visit, server 'Carizma' was more friendly/chatty and offered advice on favorite beers (even from other brewers in town) and on hikes and things do in our remaining hours in Bend. I rated the food a "4", but we only ate one thing: a beer-boiled pretzel that was just awesome, served with a spiced mustard and a rich cheese sauce. Will try more food next time.
A good experience both times... we'll return!
08-21-2013 15:59:05 | More by msubulldog25
3.96/5 rDev -7.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75 | $$$
Crux is a very cool looking place. Even though it was smoky because of nearby forest fires, you can tell that this place has a pretty awesome view of Mt. Bachelor and the Three Sisters from the front parking lot. Big open doors, dark, with an impressive looking brew space.
I was pretty happy with the quality of the two beers I sampled. I had the regular IPA and the Suger Daddy and found them both to be quite good. I have heard people on the site say they were underwhelmed by Crux beers, I disagree, because I thought both of the beers I tried were quite solid.
Service was fine. The guy was pretty friendly, and somewhat prompt. Nothing special though.
Selection was really good. Crux had about 14 different beers on tap with a very nice variety.
Food was pretty good, I had a gazpacho soup that was good, but not worth the price I paid.
Prices on pints was pretty fair at $5 for a 20 oz glass. But the growler fill prices were really spendy, $26 for a Saison fill?!
Overall, I really liked Crux, and would be happy to make it back sometime.
08-19-2013 17:00:38 | More by flexabull
3.79/5 rDev -11.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.5 | $$$
So, I like the looks of this place quite a bit. The brewery sort of wraps around the dining area, with a nice patio area out front. There are high ceilings in this modernistic looking place, and a fair size bar in the back to the left, which is where I perched on a warm, Saturday afternoon.
As for beers, I think there were roughly 12 selections on tap today, with the 6 core beers available for sale to go in bottles. Quality is pretty good here I think; this day they had an IPA, DIPA, stout, imperial barrel aged stout, and then a saison and Belgian style dubbel or strong dark ale. Everything I've had from Crux has been pretty good, and on this day I sampled the mosaic DIPA, the tough love RIS and the regular stout. Service was fine I thought. It was a bit of a wait to get my cheese plate, but otherwise my server was prompt and friendly, and drink orders came quickly.
The only real problem I had with Crux, was the pricing and food selection. My cheese plate was one of the less inspired versions I can recall having in some time (parmesan, brie, a gouda from Rogue creamery and then a marbled dubliner). It was still OK, but I just thought the selections could have been a bit more interesting and adventuresome. Beer prices here are just flat out high, especially for Bend and Oregon in general. Considering that I was able to get a growler of hop venom over at growler guys for $8.49, it rankled to have to pay $8 for an 8 ounce glass of Tough Love and another $7 for a 10 ounce glass of the DIPA.
The uninspired food selection and pricing aside, the beer here is pretty good and I enjoyed my time here. Next time I'm back I'll eat elsewhere, and will avoid any barrel aged selections on the menu.
08-18-2013 16:03:23 | More by johnmichaelsen
4.39/5 rDev +2.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5 | $$
The atmosphere is pretty cool. It is a smaller space, but they have a decent amount of seating. You can see all the the brew equipment from where you sit, and they have quite a nice setup.
Everything I have had from them has been high quality.
They are pretty prompt, and helpful. Haven't had bad service there yet.
Have a good selections of taps, varying in style, and ABV. The food selection is mostly sandwiches/wraps, but it is good stuff.
As mentioned above, the food is good. Their sandwiches are delicious.
Everything is reasonable priced/comparable to local pubs.
Overall, Crux is a pretty awesome place. A lot of people seem to be unsure about them since they haven't put out a grand slam beer yet. But, they just got rolling on their regular line up--which are all solid beers--so the crazy beers will follow shortly, I am sure. The food is good, the service is good, and the beer is good, so check them out if you get a chance.
01-19-2013 06:06:01 | More by yuriruley
4.5/5 rDev +5.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Crux was by far my favorite stop on my 3-brewery tour of Bend over the Thanksgiving weekend. My two guests and I each did a six-beer sampler of their brews, which allowed us to taste each of the beers on draft. The tasting was more than ample (I think it works out to about 30 oz of beer), and very reasonably priced at $10.
We were seated at the austere (poured cement?) but beautiful bar, with our backs to the sun setting over the mountains, and our gaze pointed at the busy bartenders, a few brew kettles, and some barrels set up for aging beers. Our bartender was busy, as the place was packed, but gave us enough personal attention when we needed it.
The two standout beers for me were the Sugar Mama and the Sugar Daddy. The hops were present and forward in the Sugar Daddy with just enough sweetness for balance. As for the Sugar Mama, I really enjoyed the lactic elements, the muted hops, slight sweetness, and the sheer drinkability of the beer.
We did try the pretzel, and while it wasn't all that memorable, we did appreciate that the bartender asked us if we wanted the cheese sauce or the mustard, and when we couldn't decide, he quickly offered both (Since we only tasted this snack, I don't feel confident to review the food).
I was nerding out and taking notes on the beers as I tasted them, which prompted friendly conversation with some guys picking up growlers, which made for a pleasant atmosphere as well. Overall, Crux is a comfortable place to enjoy some awesome beer in Bend. Be sure to go slightly off the beaten path for this one.
11-29-2012 01:49:42 | More by LornaLee
Crux Fermentation Project in Bend, OR
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