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Bend Ale Trail — Special Edition
We want to buy you a beer!
Summer 2020 looks a little different than other summers, so we are offering up a special edition of the Bend Ale Trail. If you’ve never trekked the BAT, this is a great chance to visit a brewery or two or five that you may not have tried. If you are a Bend Ale Trail Champion with many trophies under your belt, you will want to check out the six breweries that are new to the Trail. What’s changed?
In our little mountain town of more than 94,000 people, Bend has a mouthwatering abundance of world-class breweries clustered close together like gold at the end of a big, beer rainbow. Founded in 2010 with only 6 breweries, the Bend Ale Trail was the first Ale Trail in the West and only second in the nation. Today, it proudly includes 22 breweries and spans from Sunriver to Sisters to Redmond and, of course, Bend.
Some say it’s the pure mountain water that makes our beer so tasty. Others say it’s the spirit of exploration and curiosity in our brewers who are always looking for new ways to innovate all those hoppy IPAs and malty porters. What we know for sure is how lucky we are to have this blissful beervana right here in Bend’s backyard.
Grab your passport and start making your way along the Bend Ale Trail. You can even earn prizes for sipping your way around this scenic beer route. How’s that for a win/win?
How it Works
Pick Up a Map & Passport
It’s important to keep in mind, too that you don’t overdo it. No purchase is necessary to complete the Ale Trail, all you’ve got to do is stamp your passport at each location. It’s probably not wise to attempt the entire Bend Ale Trail in one day. Luckily Bend is home to many great hotels & motels, resorts, vacation rentals, and even B&Bs. Find your perfect place to rest up along the Bend Ale Trail on our Where to Stay page.
Got stamps from 10 breweries? Awesome! Pat yourself on the back, then stop by or send your completed passport to the Bend Visitor Center (please note Bend Visitor Center hours of operation) to receive your prize, a commemorative Bend Silipint! Got stamps from all 18 breweries? Rock on with your bad self! Not only do you get the Silipint, we’ll also give you a nifty Bend Ale Trail bottle opener.
Please Drink Responsibly
Nothing puts a damper on a Bend vacay like jail time or being dead. Let’s not do that, K? For the rugged, might we suggest a walking tour of the Bend Ale Trail? And for those who want a lift, from taxis to ubers to organized tours, we’ve got lots of ways to ensure you never get behind the wheel with a belly full of beer.
Before you hit the Bend Ale Trail, make sure you’re doing so responsibly. Bend locals always know to leave the driving to someone else, your lucky designated driver.
To say thanks for their heroic act of schlepping folks safely around the Bend Ale Trail, we’ve got a special prize just for the DD. Here’s how you can earn your HydroFlask True Pint:
Pick a designated driver. The designated driver is someone who is not drinking ANY alcohol for that entire day and is responsible for transporting his/her group safely along the Bend Ale Trail.
Use the passport to collect your special “Designated Driver” stamps. You will need to declare yourself as the designated driver to the brewery staff to get this stamp.
Collect a minimum of 10 DD stamps from the Bend Ale Trail brewery locations and redeem your passport at the Bend Visitor Center for your unique Designated Driver prize. Your passport must have only DD stamps on it in order to claim your prize.
There are also no shortage of safe and knowledgeable tour operators who are here to make your experience just that much better. They’ll set you up in style in a cushy bus, a snazzy towncar, or even a Cycle Pub. If you’d prefer to hoof it, start from downtown Bend where more than two-thirds of the breweries are within walking distance.
Join us in November
Bend Ale Trail Month
We devote the whole month of November to the Bend Ale Trail. And if you complete the trek during Bend Ale Trail Month not only do you get your prize, you also get a trophy! And in case that isn’t enough for the biggest beer fans, you can also be entered to win a Bend Beer-cation and loads of cool brewery schwag.
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