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Crux Fermentation Project

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Crux Fermentation ProjectCrux Fermentation Project
PLACE INFO

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery

50 SW Division St.
Bend, Oregon, 97702
United States

(541) 385-3333 | map
cruxfermentation.com

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Added by djbreezy on 07-09-2012

BEER STATS
Beers:
51
Reviews:
295
Ratings:
1,665
PLACE STATS
Place Score:
93
Reviews:
22
Ratings:
74
Avg:
4.25
pDev:
8.94%
 
 
Taps:
15
Bottles/Cans:
0
Cask:
N
Beer-to-Go:
Y
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Reviews: 22 | Ratings: 74
Photo of chinchill
4/5  rDev -5.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

During my July 2016 visit there were 21 Crux beers on tap with 8 (mostly over-lapping with the taps, for sale in bottles. Lively yet laid back and friendly atmosphere. Fine service.

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Photo of btravers13
4.51/5  rDev +6.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

The food selection is limited but good. The beer selection is good and I enjoyed being able to create my own sampler. The outside area is where the action is with an outdoor bar, some additional food options and cornhole and other outside seating available.

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Photo of Rockjocknroll
3.72/5  rDev -12.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

Staff varied from indifferent to somewhat helpful, building and grounds were nice. Beers ranged from mediocre to very good. Hops are malty, Flanders was on point, Belgians weirdly sour, scotch lacking crystal/toffee, BA stout delicious. Worth a visit but not worth going out of your way.

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Photo of nickfl
3.99/5  rDev -6.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75

Neat space in an industrial park, nicely build out with a very impressive room full of brite tanks that are seated stadium style on risers behind the bar (hard to describe, but you will understand when you see it). The beers were largely solid and perhaps a bit more interesting then much of what you get in Portland. Service was good and the atmosphere was laid back. We ordered a small snack at the bar and it was good, though I wouldn't be inclined to come here for dinner.

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Photo of Beerasaurus
4.69/5  rDev +10.4%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.25

I've been here a couple of times now and really enjoy pub and vibe. It's one of those places that's easy to see from the main roads, but takes a little time to actually find the parking lot. Though if you're downtown or at Old Mill it's an easy walk. A large bar when you walk in, with brew tanks and kettles all around you. The hop room is essentially in the middle main seating area and when the door opens.....wow, what a great aroma!

Staff has always been friendly, knowledgeable and prompt. As others have noted, it definitely can get busy. Beer selection is outstanding. The food menu is more limited compared to other pubs in Bend, but the quality was excellent; though I can't fully opine as we just had apps. Definitely worth a visit.

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Photo of frasergrove
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Cool spot up on a little bluff abutting the freeway. Great view of the mountain ranges from the wide expanse of a front lawn and sitting area. All the fermentation, bright, and brewing tanks are well withing view from the inside. Awesome Bend brewery, a must visit

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Photo of flagmantho
4.07/5  rDev -4.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

I visited Crux during my annual pilgrimage to Bend this weekend, and I wasn't disappointed. I sat at the bar with a million other holiday weekend tourists, but despite the big crowds service was quick. I think Bend establishments are set up to deal with mass throngs, in general.

There were 22 taps of regular, seasonal and barrel-aged beers available, plus a guest cider and a guest kombucha. The beers I had were quite decent, if unspectacular. I would like to visit again to sample more of their offerings, as they really have quite a wide range of beers.

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Photo of ivegot3Dvision
4.93/5  rDev +16%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

I came in, tired from driving almost 3 hours... Kelli greeted me with a smile and made me feel at home. I had the pork belly Banh Mi, and it was delicious. Some of the beers were on the 'this is good' scale, and some (like freakcake) were a sensory explosion. I will be coming back.

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Photo of mydogsnameisSteve
4.53/5  rDev +6.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Crux is a freaking top notch place. Great vibe, especially when the sun is out and the lawn and taco truck are rolling. Quality beers across the board, but the Off Leash Session is a personal favorite. Plus I can roll there with my mutt, which is a huge bonus.

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Photo of therackman
4.8/5  rDev +12.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

This place is a must stop in Bend. Amazing beer with a huge selection of beer brewed on site. The bartenders are top notch and very friendly if you get a chance to talk with them. They know how to present a proper pour of beer. Only downside is how busy it is at Crux. Vibe is super cool with a view of the brewery and fermentation tanks from anywhere in the restaurant/bar, but usually a wait or elbow to elbow at the bar. Food is outstanding. I'd recommend the grilled cheese (not like the grilled cheese we grew up on). Prices are on the expensive side, but you get what you pay for. Have never been dissapointed in the flavor or quality of anything I've tried here. Cheers!

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Photo of TheBungyo
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

Absolutely outstanding beers and service too. Our bartender was not only super cool but well versed on the beers as well. He was able to tell me what yeast was in them and hops as well. I didn't try the food but my girlfriend loved her sandwich. One of the best places to visit in Bend.

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Photo of stouts4me
4.16/5  rDev -2.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Stopped here on a Monday in July, and this place has a following. We got the last two seats at the bar, and then ordered up and had friendly service, And the beer was pretty good, too. ;).

I really enjoyed this place for the atmosphere which is very lively, food cart outside, ice cream truck, too, people playing bags, frisbee, kids playing with their parents in the adjoining grassy lot. Dogs everywhere, all well behaved and social able, beautiful mountain sunset scenery, bike trail comes right to the property, the only problem they might have is parking, a bit on the light side.

If you are in the area drop in, you will be glad you did, it is worth a stop, great place to hang out, meet friends, enjoy the atmosphere.

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Photo of Mothergoose03
3.6/5  rDev -15.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4

This was stop #28 for my wife and I on a 21-day pub-crawl from Michigan to N. CA and OR. We stopped here on a Monday afternoon to enjoy their beers. The taproom is located inside a partitioned area of this light-industrial building that is located in an industrial park setting. The brewing equipment is visible through windows. Beer is ordered at a counter, and seating is available at bar tables and picnic tables in this area. Some tables were also available next to one side of the exterior of the building where a food truck was parked.

We ordered a sampler flight of 6 of the 16 beers that were available (there were also two beers that were available in bottles) and added a seventh beer after studying the beer menu descriptions further. All of the beers are well made, and each exceeds the characteristics to their respective style. Two that were notable were the Outcast IPA and the Doublecross Strong Dark Belgian Ale. The (Banished) Doublecross was also very good, but not as good as it’s origin beer.

We liked the beers and would have liked to stay longer and enjoy more of them, but we were hungry and the food truck was not enticing enough for us to go beyond a snack that my wife had just to hold her until we got to the next brewery on our list. This is a highly recommended brewery to experience.

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Photo of hansendc
4.89/5  rDev +15.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Crux is a little slice of heaven. The breadth of beer styles is just amazing, and I've been impressed by something in almost every one I've tried. I was after their Banished series, and I wasn't disappointed. The stuff that I only see a rare keg of in Portland was flowing freely.

There is a little field next to the outdoor tables with a dog run, beanbag games, and a couple of frisbee golf holes. If you have kids, it's easy to relax while they tear around in the field. This is a rare luxury in a restaurant. Just make sure to go on a nice day.

The food is a bit, um, hearty, but definitely tasty. The staff was very friendly and accommodating.

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Photo of SonnyBoyRussell
4.53/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

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Photo of elcrawl
4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

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Photo of Kylemif
4.55/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

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Photo of msubulldog25
3.98/5  rDev -6.4%
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!

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Photo of flexabull
4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | 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 Sugar 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.

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Photo of John_M
3.79/5  rDev -10.8%
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.

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Photo of yuriruley
4.39/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

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Photo of LornaLee
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

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Crux Fermentation Project in Bend, OR
93 out of 100 based on 22 ratings.
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