Visiting Bend/Sunriver (Late 2018)

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  1. sharpski

    sharpski Champion (834) Oct 11, 2010 Oregon
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    An update reflecting changes to Central Oregon's beer landscape in the last half year or so. Suggestions and corrections welcome.

    (Almost) Universally Recommended "Must-Hit" Breweries & Brew Pubs
    Ale Apothecary (limited hours)
    Bend Brewing
    Boneyard
    Crux
    Deschutes
    Silver Moon
    Sunriver Brewing (Bend/Sunriver)

    Other Recommended Breweries & Brew Pubs
    10 Barrel
    GoodLife
    Kobold/The Vault (Redmond)
    McMenamins Old St. Francis (check out the soaking pool and O’Kanes in back)
    Monkless
    Riverbend
    Wild Ride (Redmond)
    Worthy (hop yard and observatory onsite)

    Beer Bars / Bottle Shops
    Brew Shop / Platypus Pub
    Broken Top Bottle Shop
    Crow's Feet Commons
    Growler Guys Eastside / Westside
    Growler Phil’s
    Jersey Boys Pizzeria (Redmond)
    Market of Choice
    Redmond Craft Brewing Supply (Redmond)
    Rimrock Tap House (Redmond)
    The Beer Stop (Redmond)
    The Brown Owl
    The Mountain Jug (Sunriver)
    The Wine Shop
    WhiteWater Taphouse

    Recent Activity
    Boneyard Pub open
    Lots of new brewery activity (see below)

    Brewery breakdown by town
    Bend 22?
    Redmond 5?
    Prineville 2
    Sisters 1
    Sunriver 1
     
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  2. sharpski

    sharpski Champion (834) Oct 11, 2010 Oregon
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    Brewpublic's article about a new Bend brewery got me to make a new thread, but I realized there's a fair amount of activity in addition that hasn't yet been discussed. Boss Rambler was a total surprise to me, but they'll apparently have a taproom between Sunriver and 10 Barrel on Galveston in time for Bend Brewfest next week. Spider City Brewing will be opening more towards the south end of town.

    Redmond has picked up two new breweries with another two on the horizon. Porter Brewing is 100% cask ales (!), and Geist recently had an event at Platypus. Braveheart may already be brewing too, but I couldn't find much about them. Initiative Brewing's website says early 2019.
     
  3. rrock44

    rrock44 Disciple (320) Oct 27, 2009 Washington

    Now that boneyard has an actual “pub,” I would vote them up to the recommended “must hits.”

    PS...thanks for keeping up this thread!
     
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  4. sharpski

    sharpski Champion (834) Oct 11, 2010 Oregon
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    D’oh! @John_M would you please make this change and remove the “small tasting room” bit?
     
  5. John_M

    John_M Moderator (6,171) Oct 25, 2003 Oregon
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    Done.
     
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  6. Reidrover

    Reidrover Poo-Bah (2,835) Jan 14, 2003 Oregon

    I am heading out to Ochoco National Forest ..camping.. Saturday to see the perseid meteor show.
    Last time I saw little tiny Mitchell has a brewery..Tiger Town..will report back.
    I love those tiny brewriesb no one has rated on here.
     
  7. Reidrover

    Reidrover Poo-Bah (2,835) Jan 14, 2003 Oregon

    Unfortunatly due to a wreck between Salem and Bend..i chose to head up Forest Road 46/58/57 to the Timothy Lake area..i did get to visit Bent Shovel on the way home..nice small farmhouse ( not in the beer sense) brewery
     
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  8. thebrownbagspecial

    thebrownbagspecial Initiate (76) Sep 19, 2015 Oregon

    I keep seeing cans of Monkless around here, but just haven't pulled the trigger on any of them for some reason.

    What are you guys into from them?
     
  9. Reidrover

    Reidrover Poo-Bah (2,835) Jan 14, 2003 Oregon

    OK..sitting in Tiger Town now..it's a very cool authentic..Easter Oregon circa dust bowl era type place..the beer however needs work..very busy though..
     
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  10. Reidrover

    Reidrover Poo-Bah (2,835) Jan 14, 2003 Oregon

    I enjoy everything I have had from them.
    Recommend
     
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  11. Reidrover

    Reidrover Poo-Bah (2,835) Jan 14, 2003 Oregon

    They are even playing 30s style honky tonk.
    Would rock if they had good beer..they have liquor and now drinking Double Mountain Kolsch
     
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  12. Reidrover

    Reidrover Poo-Bah (2,835) Jan 14, 2003 Oregon

    Wild Ride is a very chill place..very busy but relaxed...was also at 1188 at John Day.. excellent place
     
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  13. I_h8_clowns

    I_h8_clowns Initiate (28) May 31, 2018 Oregon

    I could drink their Restitution Ale all day long. So far only seen it on tap locally in Bend, at one of my watering holes...and at the Monkless tasting room itself.
    I was delighted to see their Capitulation in cans at one of my local grocers. It's delicious. From what I understand, the Peppercorn Wit is sort of an amped up Sheppelkoffegan (if I remember correctly)..more everything, but essentially the same flavor profile. It's a little too exotic for my tastes but one of my co-workers really likes both of those. (PS: Monkless cans are usually cheaper at Food4Less, although currently at Albertson's it's on sale. Pfriem is almost always cheapest at Trader Joe's than anywhere else...although I have not checked the Used Food Store (Grocery Outlet) lately.
     
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  14. vurt

    vurt Savant (949) Apr 11, 2004 Oregon
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    Actual LOL at "the Used Food Store". I call it "The Island of Misfit Groceries."
     
  15. beertunes

    beertunes Poo-Bah (5,433) Sep 24, 2007 Washington
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    Here in Hamsterville, we call it the Gross Out.
     
  16. Reidrover

    Reidrover Poo-Bah (2,835) Jan 14, 2003 Oregon

    Grocery Outlet is useless nowadays..back in the real weird day..they had some foreign and beers from back east..now its mostly local big selling beers..and for just about the same price you can find at regular stores.
     
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  17. vurt

    vurt Savant (949) Apr 11, 2004 Oregon
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    That sounds a lot like Trader Joe's used to be, 20-odd years ago. Regular shipments of unexpected imports or out-of-region beers would show up, priced to move. You'd never see them again, but there would always be something new and interesting.

    I remember stocking up on six-packs of Usher's 1824 Particular Ale, a luscious winter warmer from Wiltshire. But the best find was the $10 magnums of Hair of the Dog Fred.
     
  18. vurt

    vurt Savant (949) Apr 11, 2004 Oregon
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    We have a winner! That is genius.
     
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  19. beertunes

    beertunes Poo-Bah (5,433) Sep 24, 2007 Washington
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    Eh, in all honesty, they've cleaned their game up in last 5-8 years. The store is cleaner, fewer damaged packages, a decent selection of meat and cheese (depending on the day), and a decent beer selection, if your looking for basic "drinking" beers. Often, I find real nice beers that hold up (hi there Old Rasputin & Pranqster!) for great prices.

    Also, quart bottles of juice smoothies for $3? Yup, that's my healthy jam. Still don't understand why my GO, in a college town, doesn't carry cheap ramen.
     
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  20. John_M

    John_M Moderator (6,171) Oct 25, 2003 Oregon
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    As the years go by and I look back on that experience, I've just become more and more puzzled by it. I don't think HOTD's production was any greater back then (late 90's) then it is now, yet even the Sacramento TJ's got a fair amount of those magnums (where I was living at the time). Unfortunately, everyone and their brother recognized what an incredible deal this was, and bottles were gone in a day or two (I went back for a second bottle after a pleasant Saturday of drinking Fred all day and passing out on the couch and they were long gone). I asked the beverage manager what the deal was, and how it was that they'd gotten in all those cheap magnum bottles, and he said he really wasn't sure, but thought there was some problem with the label (that forced HOTD to unload them at a fire sale). Of course if that was really the case, then I don't think TJ's would have been able to sell them either.

    Funny thing... I almost missed out on this deal, because I wasn't sure I could drink an entire magnum of Fred. The local TJ's had cases and cases of it, and I thought maybe I'd think about it for a while, and would come back later if I really felt I wanted some. Fortunately, there was a long line at the check out, and I decided while waiting "screw it", I'll just grab a bottle now (as it really was just too good a deal to pass up). As it turned out, I had no trouble at all downing the entire magnum over a 5 or 6 hour period. Still a great memory.
     
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  21. vurt

    vurt Savant (949) Apr 11, 2004 Oregon
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    The alcohol in a magnum (50.8 oz.) of Fred (10% abv) is roughly equivalent to the alcohol in 8.5 12-ounce bottles of 5% lager.

    Over a 5-6 hour period, that's about a bottle and a half of lager per hour. Which is a pretty decent pace, but certainly doable.

    Hi, I'm vurt. I like math.
     
  22. John_M

    John_M Moderator (6,171) Oct 25, 2003 Oregon
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    I was actually going at a pretty good clip the first couple of hours (I was a lot younger then), but the last couple of hours things slowed down appreciably. :sunglasses:
     
  23. I_h8_clowns

    I_h8_clowns Initiate (28) May 31, 2018 Oregon

    okay...had to visit the Used Food Store and see....

    They has the Monkless! nice. Best price on Nut Crusher in town. Overall selection was good for a discount grocery. Probably better than most "real" grocery stores in some towns middle America.

    And what's this? a sale on Oct. 13 for additional 10% off? Only in Bend, I think...according to the cashier all locations are independently owned.


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  24. bostonwolf

    bostonwolf Initiate (143) Jan 20, 2015 Massachusetts

    Hey guys, this might be a silly question, but my wife and I planning to visit Bend around Christmas time.

    I was wondering if there was any part of town that should be avoided in looking for accomodations or hotels?

    It doesn't seem that way from what I've read but I figured it never hurts to ask. Thanks.
     
  25. beertunes

    beertunes Poo-Bah (5,433) Sep 24, 2007 Washington
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    There's a strip of major chain motels on Old 97, just a few minutes walk from downtown, that I've stayed at before with no issues. It does get cold in Bend in winter, so dress appropriately. Enjoy your visit!
     
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  26. sharpski

    sharpski Champion (834) Oct 11, 2010 Oregon
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    I’m sure some of the older motels on 3rd Street/Business 97 have sketchy goings-on, but the only reports I’ve heard from people staying in that area is clean, no-frills rooms to lay one’s head. There is also a lot of newer lodging and airbnb-type rentals across the price spectrum. There are no dangerous parts of town.
     
  27. bostonwolf

    bostonwolf Initiate (143) Jan 20, 2015 Massachusetts

    Thank you, we are looking forward to it. We are from Boston so we will have the appropriate cold weather clothing with us!
     
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  28. Reidrover

    Reidrover Poo-Bah (2,835) Jan 14, 2003 Oregon

    I like Motel West just off 97 and Greenwood..next door is Laughing Planet restaurant..great fresh food.
    You can do the walk down Greenwood to the center easily..if tired drop into Silver Moon on the way.
    Its cheap but not nasty.

    https://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_R...tel_West_Bend-Bend_Central_Oregon_Oregon.html
     
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  29. jakecattleco

    jakecattleco Poo-Bah (1,805) Sep 3, 2008 California
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    There's some really nice Air BnB options in Bend if you're down for that style lodging option. Don't forget to get some Barley Browns Pallet Jack if you see it.
     
  30. WA_Brian

    WA_Brian Initiate (58) Nov 17, 2015 Washington

    I'd avoid Days Inn on 3rd. Been in plenty of cheap motels, but never experience one with a national brand quite so crappy. Usually hotel beds have too many blankets and I kick them all off, but here I woke up shivering. Had just stayed in a Holiday Inn Express a couple weeks before, and it was a luxury hotel by comparison.

    Trying a different place for this year's trip.
     
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  31. bostonwolf

    bostonwolf Initiate (143) Jan 20, 2015 Massachusetts

    Yeah we usually do HIE or Hampton in just for consistency. You know exactly what you're getting.

    We had a less than stellar AirBnB experience in Portland so probably won't go that way this time around.
     
  32. bostonwolf

    bostonwolf Initiate (143) Jan 20, 2015 Massachusetts

    Will definitely keep my eye our for a bottle or can (or three) to pack home. Packing a few trashbags and ziploc bags in the luggage.
     
  33. bostonwolf

    bostonwolf Initiate (143) Jan 20, 2015 Massachusetts

    Just booked here. Literally 1/3rd the price of the national chains. If we don't like it we'll just move after the first night.
     
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  34. vurt

    vurt Savant (949) Apr 11, 2004 Oregon
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    Barley Brown's Pallet Jack IPA is draft only, so if you want to take it home you'll have to look for it at places which will fill a crowler or growler.

    But yeah, I have to agree with @jakecattleco: Pallet Jack is terrific stuff.
     
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  35. Reidrover

    Reidrover Poo-Bah (2,835) Jan 14, 2003 Oregon

    Its not fantastic but met my needs and the bathroom/showers were nice
     
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  36. John_M

    John_M Moderator (6,171) Oct 25, 2003 Oregon
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    Which really should be no problem in Bend. One or the other of the two Growler Guys should have it on tap I would think.
     
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  37. sharpski

    sharpski Champion (834) Oct 11, 2010 Oregon
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    Big Dog on the south end of town (~5 mins drive from Motel West) has Pallet Jack almost constantly; pints and growlers, but no crowler option.
     
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  38. I_h8_clowns

    I_h8_clowns Initiate (28) May 31, 2018 Oregon

    Be wary of hipsters.
     
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  39. I_h8_clowns

    I_h8_clowns Initiate (28) May 31, 2018 Oregon

    If Motel West doesn't work out for you, try the Rainbow Motel on Franklin. Easy walking distance to downtown. Definitely in the "budget" category. Clean and basic. Note, the pedestrian underpass on Franklin below the railroad tracks can get a little gross. Transients tend to hang out there and relieve themselves there. It's got that good "subway" smell if you know what I mean. It's our own little taste of the big city. I dont' think the underpass on Greenwood, near Motel West, is as bad.
     
  40. John_M

    John_M Moderator (6,171) Oct 25, 2003 Oregon
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    Lot of useful info here. The wife and I typically stay at the Shilo Inn, but increasingly have started looking for alternatives in the budget rate category (as the place tends to sell out most weekends now).
     
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