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Bend Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Bend Brewing CompanyBend Brewing Company
Based on:
37 Beers
515 Hads
Place Score: 90
Reviews: 21
Visits: 51
Avg: 4.01
pDev: n/a
Taps: --
Bottles: --
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

1019 NW Brooks St
Bend, Oregon, 97701
United States
phone: (541) 383-1599

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Reviews: 21 | Visits: 51
Photo of flagmantho
3.9/5  rDev -2.7%

I stopped in a Bend Brewing Company on a recent pilgrimage to Bend. For the most part, I think it's a pretty good place. However, the couple of beers I had were OK to not-so-great. Of course, this could just have been my selections on the day I went -- the next time I'm in Bend I'll definitely give BBC another shot.

That being said, it's a great little brewery in other respects. A craft beer vibe permeates the place, and the atmosphere manages to be dim but friendly. I had a plate of nachos as a late-night snack and they definitely did the trick -- although there was enough food for a whole table of people on that plate. If there's one thing I've learned about Bend, they are not skimpy on food portions. Staff were par-for-the-course in this tourist town; friendly and ready to sell some beer.

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Photo of Mothergoose03
3.6/5  rDev -10.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.75

This was stop #33 for my wife and I on a 21-day pub-crawl from Michigan to N. CA and OR. We stopped here on a Tuesday evening to enjoy their beers and to have dinner. The brewery is located on the fringe of the downtown area in an attractive, stand-alone building. Finding a parking spot was an issue, but we only had to walk a block.

To go along with our dinner we ordered a sampler flight of all 10 of the beers that were available. Each of the beers is brewed to style, but most of them were just average or slightly better. However. There were some standouts, including maybe the most surprising beer that we experienced in our three-week trip. (Surprising because we are not sour beer lovers and this was the most sour of all that we had experienced to date.) That beer is called Ching Ching. Also notable were the Elk Lake IPA and the Scottish Heart Scotch Ale.

We enjoyed our meal, and then called it a day because we were beer’d out when we finished, and tomorrow was the start of the 4-day drive back to Michigan. We liked this brewpub and would definitely return if we are ever in Bend again.

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Photo of SonnyBoyRussell
4.25/5  rDev +6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

This was my last stop on the Bend Ale Trail. I left my wallet there, got it back the next day. The food,drink,and atmosphere was great. I'm going back soon I hope. I want to sit outside on the patio and enjoy some Bend sunshine and some more fine Brews. Recommend highly.

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Photo of John_M
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

My last stop before heading out of town yesterday

Bend Brewing is located in what appears to be an old home (at least from the outside). As you walk in the side door, there's a small dining area to your right, and then down the hallway to your left is the main bar and a larger dining area. The small dining are seems warm and homey, while the bar area and larger dining area has more of corporate, high energy vibe. I perched myself on seat at the bar and happily ordered a hophead DIPA.

Beer quality here is pretty damn good, second in Bend only to Boneyard in my opinion. Everything I tried here was very, very good, from the Ching Ching fruit sour, to the Belgian style dubbel (one of the best domestic versions I can recall having), to the Elk Lake IPA to the Hophead. I think there were 10 or 12 beers on tap this day, and pretty much everything they make was available in bombers as well (including the Ching Ching and the Hophead).

As for service, it was OK. The bartender was apparently a bit the worse for wear (based on some comments I overheard), and consequently his focus seemed a bit off at times. However, he was pleasant enough otherwise, and I didn't have to wait all that long for my second glass of Hophead.

Prices were pretty reasonable for beer ($3 a glass I believe for my 10 ounce glass of HopHead), but a bit spendy for food (wings for $12, large basket of fries for $5.25 and large basket of sweet potatoe fries for a $8). I didn't eat here, so maybe it's worth the price. Grabbed two bottles of Ching Ching, a hophead t-shirt and I was on my way back to Eugene.

I'll definitely be back.

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Photo of bradybeer
4.28/5  rDev +6.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

First brewery visited in Bend. Located on a side street in down down Bend next to Mirror Pond. Walking in the bar is down a hall way which opens up to the major seating area. My wife and I decided to eat outside on the patio. We ordered the IPA, HopHead Imperial IPA, Red Ale, and Black IPA. The IPA and the Hophead were outstanding.

My wife and I had a Chicken Parm sand and she a salad-food was good but not great.

The atmosphere is nice and laid back, service smooth, and beers very good. Would come back for the beer and eat elsewhere.

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Photo of Beerasaurus
4.45/5  rDev +11%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

The second of our stops in Bend is definitely on par with Deschutes Brewing which is a personal favorite. Located just off the main drag in downtown Bend, BBC is a classic brewpub with friendly service, good food, a laid back vibe, live music and dang good beer, some of the best around.

Stopped in midweek, 12 brews on tap, all solid, almost too many to choose from. Normally I stick with the hoppier brews, but the German Hefe was outstanding, one of the best I've had. Across the board the beer quality and variety was solid from top to bottom.

Brewpub was busy, but not overcrowded. Traveling with kids is always a challenge, but all Bend brewpubs are kid-friendly, BBC being no exception. A great outdoor deck along the Deschutes. It should be required that all brewpubs in Bend have a great outdoor space like this, the better to enjoy the beverages.

If you have a limited amount of time in Bend, make time to stop here.

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Photo of AugiePrimrose
4.4/5  rDev +9.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

For a brewpub, I always found the BBC to be a little too clean and well lit. It sounds funny, but it always came off a bit sterile to me. I found the decor tiny on the giant walls and never enjoyed that CNN would be on the TV. They claim to be riverside, but it's more like you get tiny glimpses of the Deschutes if you look hard enough. However, it was far and away my wife's favorite Bend brewpub, as it's very family friendly and non-threatening.

The brewer, Tonya Cornett, is a well known brewmaster that is the star of the show. The HopHead DIPA is a Oregon classic, while my wife loved the vanilla porter and coconut stout. All the other regular lineup brews are rock solid and the one off's can be spectacular. They have the awards to prove this.

The owner is often working & the staff has always been attentive and professional(something that is not always so in Bend).

There's always a fine selection, ranging from golden ales to stouts. It's a fully functioning, well established brewpub that has a beer for everyone's taste. It's a smaller facility though(less than 1,200 barrels per year), so the taps might be closer to 8 than 18.

The menu here always seemed uninspired and dated to me. Just regular pub fare. That, I think, brings the place down a notch. Over time, we stopped eating here & only showed up for the pints, as there's just just too many other quality restaurants in downtown Bend.

Prices are inline with the rest of Bend's beer scene...til' locals nite!!! This is when all pints are $2.50 and it brings perhaps the best deal on beer I will ever have...$2.50 pints of HopHead DIPA. Just typing that makes my jaw loose.

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Photo of yuriruley
4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Pretty good place overall. Haven't tried much of their beer, but the ones I had were good and the food was really good as well. The atmosphere is really cool, the main room has a nice high ceiling and it is all wood, wood floors etc. They also have a pretty cool looking patio, but I didn't get to sit out there. The wait staff was friendly and quick, but I went in when it wasn't busy so that is to be expected I suppose.

Would definitely go back again. Not my favorite brewpub in town, but it could definitely be up there. Have to go back a few times and check out some of their other stuff.

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Photo of Elimination
4.33/5  rDev +8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Bend Brewing has been doing it for years, being one of the innovators in the bend beer business.

Right in the heart of down town makes it a perfect location to bring something else to Central Oregons beer culture. Featuing quite a lineup of regulars, and very impressive seasonals they really compete with some of the more well known brreweries in the city.

The food is excellent, happy hour menu is very affordable and tasty. Tuesday night is locals night with 2.50 pints, and happy hour is 4-6 and 9-close.

One of my favorite spots in town, it will be one that I seem to choose over many others.

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Photo of djbreezy
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

The location is good. There is lots of natural light in the bar, which I liked quite a bit, although the seating configuration was pretty jam packed. The place gets crowded, and it's fine, but I don't really love crowds.

The food here was great and the beer was absolutely awesome. Every time I visit Bend, I make it a point to check out the Bend Brewing Company. It's really a staple place in the community and it's nice to support a local spot.

The service was good and the server was very personable. That's always nice. I can appreciate a good staff, especially when a place is crowded. Kudos to the management at the time for paying attention to the small stuff.

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Photo of RedBrewer83
4.28/5  rDev +6.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Frequent BBC often and have to say it is one of my favorite pubs in town. The atmosphere is one of the most laid back in town, very relaxed; in the summer the patio is an excellent place to grab a table. Overall its not as loud as the other pubs in town. The beer quality is good and the regular taps are solid, but the seasonal taps are usually great, especially Hophead! The service is great for a pub and the selection of food is everything you'd expect to find in a pub. The food is almost always spot on and they have the best happy hour of any pub in town, half price on all appetizers! Great place, great food, great beer=Great pub!

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Photo of jdense
4.33/5  rDev +8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Visited on a sunny Wednesday afternoon 9/9/09, follow-up visit 9/11.

. Sat out on the patio with view of the river, absolutely the best atmosphere for drinking beer in town. Looking for a light lunch, just had a salad, but all the grub looked good. Subsequent visit had a tasty BBQ chicken sandwich. Our server was very attentive and thoughtful, explaining and suggesting beer styles to micro-challenged dining companion. I was all down on the Hophead DIPA, absolutely delicious-pour me another, and grab me a few bottles for the road (this is the only place I've seen bottles). Besides the usual products, they also had an Imperial Red on nitro.

The capper was a quick hello to Brewmaster, letting her know how much I enjoy what she is doing and encouraging collaborations with other brewers. A very enjoyable afternoon and reinforced what I already knew- Tonya Cornett rocks!!!

EDIT-Bend Beer Sortie Summer 2010. If I had to pick one place in Bend to hangout and drink, this would be it. The back patio is especially nice, and the beers here are very deserving of all the awards they've won. An essential stop for the traveling BA.

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Photo of beertunes
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

A great little brewpub. As the other reviews have stated, a relaxed atmosphere with a great feel. The patio has a beautiful view overlooking the river/pond, but it was raining on my visit so we sat at the bar. A solid lineup of brews, variety wise, were all top notch, within my limited tasting time. I had 4 pints and tasters of everything else on tap and found that they lived up to their reputation. My bartender was prompt, friendly, knowledgeable and, most importantly, did not linger or be nosy. He answered every question I had, while taking good care of a busy bar and keeping his servers happy (an often impossible task). The food was typical pub grub, very well done. I had meatball sub that found the meatballs slightly tough but was otherwise very good. Value-wise I would have given the food $$1/2 if i could have, but they are in a rural area that adds to delivery costs. Highly recommended.

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Photo of flexabull
3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Nice place down near the Dechutes River in downtown Bend. Nice looking on the inside, high ceilings, artwork on the walls, plenty of tables and a few high def TV's.

Beer quality was pretty good. I had an IPA that was OK, but the very nice Bitter that I had second made up for the average IPA.

Service was really good. Prompt, friendly, and quite attentive.

Selection was 9 beers, with a good variery.

Food was tasty, I had a very nice soup and salad.

Value seemed a bit pricey. Not bad, but a few dollars more than I pay at comparable places.

Worth checking out.

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Photo of SurlyDuff
3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Beautiful location with an inviting back patio overlooking the river. They are destined to be atleast the #2 brewery in town, as Deschutes Brewery clearly dominates the Bend scene. Nonetheless, Bend Brewery has delicious food, a wide range of beers, and a great location. This place sees quite a large volume of locals, which is really a good thing, because the people here are very welcoming.

Nothing beats coming here in the summer and having lunch or dinner on the back patio area, breathing in the mountain air and sipping on excellent seasonal or signiture ales! Keep up the good work Bend Brewing Company!!

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Photo of Crotor
3.4/5  rDev -15.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5

The decor in this place is all rural PNW outdoorsiness. Fishing rods, toboggans, and snow shoes adorn the walls. The clean and classy building is located near the downtown district with a nice view of the river outside the main dining area and the bar. Comfortable and clean, but really no points for originality.

The selection was decent - five or so regulars (all PNW ales) and several seasonals, including a dopplebock and a vaguely-barleywine type thing (the server just refered to it as an "imperial")

Service was helpful and eager, and provided free samples without prompting, but there was little indication of beer knowledge.

Overall, the beers were all solid, if a little stuck in a PNW-rut, but the pours were a bit too cold. Again, I ask, why can't brewpubs serve their own beer at a proper temp?

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Photo of beercollector
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

This is a great place to go in Bend if the more major microbrewery place is crowded. This is a place with a great patio to sit on hot summers day. Drink their Hefe, Pale Ale, or IPA and watch the day go by. They got great views of the Mirror Pond on the river that the other brewery gets its name from.

Inside there are a couple of choices for seating. In the bar area, if you want to meet folks or down in the dining room with its large picture windows and Bend views.

This place can get crowded in the evening but the wait staff are friendly and the food comes out quickly. Their calamari is about the best I've gotten here in Oregon.

I like to stay in a downtown inn within walking distance. That way I can sample more of their beers.

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Photo of PopeJonPaul
4/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

According to my parents, this is the locals' favorite brewery. This establishment looks like a little old country storefront from the street, but the place goes way, way back all the way to Mirror Pond, with a huge bar and 2-level breweryrestaurant addition. There's also a nice little patio out back, though it was closed off for the winter. Atmosphere is a little sparse and modern-sterile on the decoration. You can see the brewing tanks upstairs through large glass windows, and the place has kind of a German feel. A nice open space, with very good service:
-they brought free samples...to our table!
-waiter kept water glasses filled
-head waitress stopped by twice
-everyone in the place was smiling, even the dishwasher

Selection was good, they had the Hefe, Old Ale, Golden Ale, IPA, Porter and a couple seasonals on tap. The Old Ale was a little above average and not what I expected, I had a sip of my dad's Hefe and it was good (probably could be better but they served it with a LEMON. Augh!) Pulled pork sandwich was good, a bit above regular bar fare. The beer was good, not a real standout but this place was quite nice and I'd still go back again and try a few more.

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Photo of RedDiamond
4.25/5  rDev +6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

The Bend Brewing Company, or BBC as it is known, is situated in the heart of Bend just a frisbee toss from the Deschutes River. The river can be viewed from the rear of the restaurant, from the elevated bar, and from the rear patio. Since beer is best enjoyed outdoors, I recommend grabbing one of the six outdoor tables if you can. They’re only available during daylight hours and favorable weather, but the patio adjoins several residential properties and the effect is one of such relaxed informality, you feel like you’re sitting in someone’s backyard at a private barbeque. Thankfully, the neighbors are meticulous about their landscaping and good sports about the dinner crowd.

Adding to the ambiance are the sights and sounds of wild geese, a completely smoke-free environment (even outdoors) and a very down home, friendly, and beautiful serving staff. There’s also a list of beers you’ll want to try. Bend Brewing pours five regular and four rotational beers, all of which are very popular with the locals. Tuesday night is cheap beer night with all pints just $2.25. This invariably draws a crowd so be prepared.

If you look up towards the rafters you’ll notice the brewery upstairs in a room behind glass. It’s easy to overlook at first since it’s not at eye level. But once you notice it, there’s no mistaking those huge stainless kettles.

BBC has a comfortable feel to it, as comfortable as Bend itself. It is also one of the only breweries in the state run by a female master brewer. Food is standard pub fare; portions can be huge. Service is meteoric. My recommendations are twofold: Try the hefeweizen. Expect fun.

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Photo of Reidrover
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

This establishment is located in the old Bend downtown a few blocks from Highway 97. This looked like a "hole in the wall" at first but when you are inside its rather clean and spacious..with two main seatin areas..a small one at the front and a larger area at the back with marvelous views of the Deschutes River..patio outside. I sat at the bar.
The beers here are all Bend Brewing..they seem to be good and the place is popular The brewhouse is upstairs, you can see some of the equipment over the bar.
I found the service to be excellent and friendly..free samples even!..an odd beer a NItro honey wheat..didnt think to review it.
Food here is usual pub fair but very well done I had a Philly steak sandwich.
Over all a nice place to bring a date or your family.

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Photo of jcalabre
3.2/5  rDev -20.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5

My family & I had lunch here last summer on a very nice day. We sat out on the patio & enjoyed our food & beer just a few yards away from the Deschutes river. The setting was like being in someone's backyard, rather than in a restaurant. The quality of the beer was average for a micro's, the was pretty good.

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Bend Brewing Company in Bend, OR
90 out of 100 based on 21 ratings.