Crux Fermentation Project

Crux Fermentation ProjectCrux Fermentation Project
Crux Fermentation ProjectCrux Fermentation Project
Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

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

(541) 385-3333 | map

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slander from New York

4.43/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Survived & arrived alive in Bend, but my god, that mountain pass snowbelt in a shitty Toyota Corolla airport rental was something of nightmares tonight & tomorrow’s tonight & forevermore, for sure. On runaround now, winding down a day that aged me 5 years (stuck on my eyes). How does one get back to Portland the long way around? I don’t know, but you can be damned sure we’re going to find out. How does one get to Crux in the here and now? Wait! So, under the highway, right turn and back under the highway? Do you take me for a fool? Strip parked on what could only dead end and walked on up…

We sat at the bar as two do; curved & concrete topped with a wood blocked base, and a shorty accessible spur on the end making for an ‘L’. Seating for 10 on backed chairs, save the spur which has low benches tucked in. 20 logo’d wood handled taps on a piping tower on the center of the bar. The barback is a wall of vertical windows offering brewery tank views with growls lining its sills. A pair of 4 tap towers and a lot of glassware fronting, running the length countered atop cooler space below. A triple wide horizontal board above, the first two listing draft options (beer, style, ABV, IBU, & serving size), and the third one listing ‘Banished Series’ (barrel aged) selections & upcoming events.

Red concrete floors, wood panel & plank ceiling with ductwork, sunken spots, spinny fans, and drop copper cylinder lamps over the bar. Pale cinderblock exterior walls & painted inners, and a wood plank cold box off the bar with barrels above. Garage door roll ups open or are over bar counter space to the front and side. Can & bottle cooler off the entrance. A kitchen area to my right, and another bar around the bend past there.

3 shared loooong hightops seating a dozen each on squared stools, and a single raised roundie off to the left, and the brewery proper down on the end. Plus another dozen or so shared hightops & shorty rectables behind me muscling the merch zone & further down that way there (me, pointing).

2 dozen beers (Crux Pilz, a new-old world Pilsner, 5.2%; Oats of Wrath, Pre-Prohibition Lager, 5.5%; Sweet Bee, Lager, 5.2%; Play Wave, NW Pale Ale, 5%; Entrenched, IPA, 5.5%; Not Too Bright, Hazy IPA, 6%; Bubble Wrap, Hazy IPA, 6.2%; Gimme Mo, not just another IPA, 6.2%; Vicky’s Gone Troppo, IPA, 6.4%; Battlestar, IPA, 7.5%; Cast Out, IPA, 7.6%; Hand Over Fist, Imperial IPA, 9.5%; Half Hitch, Mosaic Imperial IPA, 9.5%; Clearly Confused, Blonde Stout, 9%; PCT Porter, a day in & day out Porter, 5.5%; Like Father Like Son, American style Black Ale, 6.8%; Crux Stout, A not so rainy day Stout, nitro, 7.7%; Hurdy Gurdy, Strong Ale, 10.5%; Bendliner, BA Berliner Weisse, 4.6%; and a handful of Banished Series BA offerings; All Worked Up, BA Wheat Wine, 12.5%; Ribbon of Darkness, BA Imperial Porter, 10.3%; Freakcake ‘19, BA Oud Bruin, 10.5%; Pear Farmhouse, BA Farmhouse, 7.5%; Tough Love ‘18, BA Imperial Russian Stout, nitro, 11.5%), + 2 house ciders & 2 house wines (at least I think they’re house).

As a sampler will get you 6 in this town, yes, I’ll take that stave, please, and thank you, and then added some things along the way (Like Father Like Son, American style Black Ale, but not quite a Black IPA, coffee, roast, solid beer; Crux Pils, a new-old world Pilsner, clean, easy; Sweet Bee, Lager, lightly honeylike, a little easy drinking sweety; PCT Porter, a day in & day out Porter, dark chocolate, a bit roasty; Vicky’s Gone Troppo, IPA, resin, citrus, pleasant; Battlestar, IPA, big citrus, yes; Crux Stout, A not so rainy day Stout, roast, coffee, chocolate, maybe, does not suck; Pear Farmhouse, BA Farmhouse, lived in a red wine barrel, sour, pear on its edges). PCT Porter, Battlestar, & Like Father Like Son for the WINS, but there were no clunkers in this lot.

On walkabout now, I discover that there’s a large, very long outdoor space with a dozen & a half tables and 2 amazing firepits. It’s as cold as actual fuck out tonight, but I care not. I mean, it’s 19 degrees right now, but it’s amazing and clear and bright and love. Did I mention the sing-a-long to Van Morrison out here just now by myself for all of Bend to enjoy? It’s Warm Love (and it’s ever present everywhere).

Talked to that woman from KC. She is goods. And got some recs on the breakfast situation tomorrow because I speak the talk of locals. I am from everywhere and nowhere. Amber at the bar eating tomorrow’s secret soup, yep. Should have gotten here earlier and stayed later. We liked a lot a lot a lot.

Jul 21, 2021
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snaotheus from Washington

4.18/5  rDev -4.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Visited with my wife today, mid afternoon on a Friday during the pandemic.

Moderately busy, huge outdoor area and biggish indoor area. Tons of interesting things on tap; I got a sampler of four and my wife did too, and there were probably still another 8 beers I really wanted to try. Everything was at least good, and a lot of it was *really* good. Didn't eat there, though. I would definitely recommend it.

Mar 13, 2021
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.35/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

we had a blast here, what a spectacular facility, worth the hype, and the beer list was stacked when we were in. it looks brand new, open feeling inside, with high ceilings, shiny gorgeous brewing equipment visible, a two sided service bar, and to the left a beer hall area, to the right high top community tables, but the real draw is outside, the yard is as big as a football field with several different seating areas, some sunny, some shaded, dogs everywhere, a little food cart outside slinging killer tacos, and yard games galore. stunning views to the west, even before sunset, and just a real laid back vibe. there must have been a few hundred people when we were in, but it never felt busy, thats how vast it is, especially outside. my on complaint would be how many little kids there were, really reckless, unsupervised, a bit more of a daycare sort of free for all vibe than i can ever really find relaxing, they should cut that back a little bit, but its cool that its so family friendly. the beer speaks for itself, crux kills it, but i was stoked to find to many new ones on the menu, wet hops all over the place, some beers from the banished series, and some i had never heard of before. i loved the in the pocket, which blew our minds, enjoyed the dr jack wet hop, and was stoked on a wild grisette as well, real compelling stuff across the board. the only one i didnt care for was the brett pils, which tasted new and kind of sloppy to me, but the rest of it was on point. the service was great for how busy they were, prices were fair, and this is a heck of a cool place to hang out. i think they do some food inside too, but we stuck to the taco cart and were real pleased. one of my favorite places for beer in bend, not to be missed if you are in town. amazing brewery experience!

Oct 25, 2019
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Dschamp from Oregon

4.39/5  rDev +0.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

This place was crazy on a warm summer evening. The wait for beers was 30-minutes and finding a seat was a challenge. Almost a party atmosphere! Beers are excellent and visiting Crux should be on everybody's growler list!

Oct 05, 2017
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Big_Thirsty from Illinois

5/5  rDev +14.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 5

Visited around opening time the week of Bend Brewfest. Parking fills up quickly. Great industrial vibe to the facility. Awesome selection of house beers. Great selection of in house food and on site food trucks. Pet friendly. Large sidelawn area for yard games or relaxing in the shade with a pint. Great selection of branded swag. Very popular hangout of the locals.

Aug 26, 2017
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Scotchboy from Idaho

4.04/5  rDev -7.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75

Fun place with unique menu, good/friendly servers and decent seating. The menu is unique, you can find something for almost anyone, but they're a bit limited to smaller items, and having plenty of vegetarian options.

The tap selections range from light to dark, hoppy and malty, and they offer up their Banished series there quite regularly. There is definitely something for everyone here.

Overall a recommended stop if you are in the Bend area.

May 05, 2017
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arizcards from North Carolina

4.15/5  rDev -4.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

This was the first stop of yesterday's Bend run from Welches, OR.

Vibe was very cool as it had a farmhouse vibe going on. We parked on the road outside the project, exited our car to hear the strains of Howling For You by the Black Keys which was pretty cool since this is the Arizona Coyotes (NHL) theme song!
A couple of acres of open field are available for customers to frolic about or chill.

Quality of the Half Hitch and Off Leash (that Da Boss had) were very good.

Service was solid. Server was timely and friendly.

Selection of beer was good as there were maybe 15-20 taps/

Food was extremely limited but of good quality. Da Boss had the Gaucho and I had the Bahn Mi. Sandwiches were on a bread that was light, flavorful, and crunchy.

Overall it was a pretty day in Bend and a very good experience on our visit. Recommend it amongst all the great choices in Bend!

Aug 28, 2016
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chinchill from South Carolina

4/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

Jul 11, 2016
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btravers13 from California

4.51/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Jun 28, 2016
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Rockjocknroll from California

3.72/5  rDev -14.7%
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.

Jun 07, 2016
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nickfl from Florida

3.99/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

Mar 15, 2016
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Beerasaurus from Virginia

4.69/5  rDev +7.6%
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, 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.

Mar 07, 2016
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frasergrove from California

4.35/5  rDev -0.2%
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

Oct 19, 2015
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flagmantho from Washington

4.07/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

Jul 05, 2015
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ivegot3Dvision from Oregon

4.93/5  rDev +13.1%
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.

Jun 25, 2015
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4.53/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

May 11, 2015
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therackman from Oregon

4.8/5  rDev +10.1%
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!

Jan 01, 2015
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TheBungyo from Washington

4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

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.

Dec 13, 2014
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stouts4me from Illinois

4.16/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

Jul 07, 2014
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PapaGoose03 from Michigan

4.11/5  rDev -5.7%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

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.

Jun 27, 2014
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hansendc from Oregon

4.89/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

May 15, 2014
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SonnyBoyRussell from Oregon

4.53/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Mar 29, 2014
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elcrawl from Oregon

4.1/5  rDev -6%
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.

Oct 25, 2013
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Kylemif from Oregon

4.55/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Oct 04, 2013
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msubulldog25 from Oregon

3.98/5  rDev -8.7%
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!

Aug 21, 2013
Crux Fermentation Project in Bend, OR
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