For a thousand good reasons Bend, Oregon is widely known as the premier outdoor playground of the United States. But a lesser known element of the Bend Experience is the city’s extraordinary abundance of craft beer – incredibly delicious craft beer! In our little mountain town of 82,000 people, Bend has 14 world-class craft breweries (and counting) within a short distance of one another. Bend has more breweries per capita than any other city in Oregon and is often referred to as Beer Town USA because it's you versus beer in Bend, Oregon!
Use the Bend Ale Trail Atlas and Passport to discover Bend’s 11 breweries – and for extra credit, head to our neighboring brewery in Sisters to visit the 10th! Make sure you read the rules of the trail before you head out here because if you don't follow the rules, you don't get a prize.
Get your passport stamped at each brewery location (please refer to each brewery's hours of operation here--not all of them are open 7 days a week). When you get all 11 stamps, stop by or send your completed passport to the Bend Visitor Center (please note Bend Visitor Center hours of operation) and receive a commemorative Bend Silipint made especially for beer drinkers on the go! And, if you do your extra credit and visit Sisters, you’ll receive a special surprise.
The Bend Ale Trail gives visitors and locals alike a glimpse into the unique craft brewery culture of Central Oregon. Learn about the cutting-edge brewing techniques used by Bend’s brewers, meet the artisan brewers who have launched the Bend beer scene onto the World stage, and experience the diversity of styles, art and taste that differentiate each of our region’s breweries.
Pick up the Official Bend Ale Trail atlas at the kiosk in the participating breweries, at the Bend Visitor Center in downtown Bend, the ticket mill at the Old Mill District, or any Central Oregon brochure rack. You can also print a copy of just the passport here or download the free app for your iPhone or Android - where you can virtually stamp your passport.
One of the most asked questions is how do I get around Bend to do the Bend Ale Trail? The Bend Ale Trail is definitely walk-able or bike-able. All of the breweries are within a few square miles and a handful of the breweries are all located between downtown and the Old Mill District areas of Bend. We don't recommend driving if you plan to sample all of the tasty beer. There are a number of tour companies who will do the driving for you, or you can call a cab.
If you prefer to be shuttled or take a pedicab, contact John Flannery of the GETIT Shuttle (also known as Green Energy Transportation & Intra-area Tour shuttle)
at (541) 610-6103. They offer Bend Ale Trail tours every first Saturday
of the month and are happy to schedule a private large group tour if
you are interested.
The Bend Brew Bus will pick you up at your Bend home or hotel and take you on a beerventure through four of the Bend Ale Trail’s fantastic Bend breweries. They offer a behind-the-scenes "Brewology 101" experience along with some Bend area background and highlights. Tours include beer tastings at each of the four breweries and appetizers at one brewery stop. Reservations are required so plan ahead by calling 541-389-8359.
The Cowboy Carriage Company offers another fun--and tasty--option to get around Bend's beer trail. Riding in the back of a horse drawn carriage while sitting on top of hay bales is an experience to remember!
You can pedal a bicycle made for 16 on the Bend Ale Trail! The Cycle Pub of Bend incorporates two favorite Bend past times, bikes and beer! Appearing much like a trolley or San Francisco cable car, The Cycle Pub adds a new twist—riders actually provide the horsepower by pedaling this 16 passenger “bike”, while enjoying the various sights and attractions of Bend along the way. They've recently added two more bar/bike hybrids to their fleet which require a few less feet to pedal.
Want some food with your craft beer? Join The Well Traveled Fork for a Culinary Secrets of Central Oregon Tour to find some of Bend's food and drink hotspots, including samples at food carts, bakeries, butchers and of course, breweries. These customizable tours are a great way to cross a few breweries off your list while learning about the local food scene.
Celebrate the open air and the end of prohibition with Let It Ride Electric Bikes' Brewdie Tour, which takes you--via electric bike--to five of Bend's breweries. Their version of the Bend Ale Trail tour includes beer tastings and appetizers. Stash your growler fills into their Loot Trailer and enjoy your spoils back at their shop in downtown Bend.
Bend Adventure Tours is a great way to sample the areas fine craft beers with some activity mixed in. They combine sightseeing, points of interest, hiking and culture information as you jump from one brewery to another taking in all the sights, sounds and smells of Bend, Oregon.
Another way to get around is by trolley. The Bend Trolley can take you and nine of your friends (or more) on a Pub Crawl through Bend on an 1800's style trolley car.
There is no purchase required (but we do have a few rules here) to participate in the Bend Ale Trail. If you don't follow the rules, we can't guarantee your prize!
Download the Bend Ale Trail Passport Here (refer to the rules before you download & start your journey)