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Bend Ale Trail

All the details for trekking the largest ale trail in the West.

Ready to Trek the Largest Beer Trail in the West?

We already know you’ve got good taste. You’re in Bend, after all. Put that good taste to the test by sipping your way through the territories of the Bend Ale Trail. Each is as unique as the beer you’ll try along the way, and you get a prize for every territory you complete.

You’ve Got Two Ways to Track Your Beerventure and All Roads Lead to Prizes

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Check Out the All New App

The Bend Ale Trail app is a free and easy way to chart your journey on the Bend Ale Trail.

Get the free Bend Ale Trail app by going to BendAleTrail.app on your smartphone. The app is web-based, so no need to download anything, just open it in your favorite web browser. Create an account and you are all set to start your trek.

To take advantage of the full functionality of this app, please enable location services when prompted. If you choose not to check-in using GPS, or if the satellites go haywire and your phone can’t pinpoint your location, look for the Bend Ale Trail or Drinkable Diversions sign wherever you are and enter the manual code that lives on the bottom right corner of the sign.

When you visit every location in a territory you can redeem your passport and collect a prize at the Visitor Center.

Get the App

Go Analog

Rock the Bend Ale Trail old school-style with a keepsake passport for $5. Each territory has a page to collect the stamps for every brewery in that territory. Drinkable Diversions stamps are at the back of the book. When you visit an establishment, ask the server or cashier to stamp your passport on the correct page. Once you have a completed page of stamps, you can collect your prize at the Visitor Center.

Paper passports are only available at the Bend Visitor Center.

Find the Visitor Center

Important Info For Your Trek

  • Must be age 21 or older to trek the Bend Ale Trail
  • No purchase is necessary, but please support our local breweries!
  • Tasting room hours vary, depending on day of the week and season. Please call ahead to be sure your next stop is open.
  • Retain your passport or completed app notification for proof you’ve hit the stops
  • One passport per person
  • One prize per completed territory
  • One bonus prize for completing all seven territories (you are a craft beer rock star!!)
  • One prize for completing seven drinkable diversions
  • Never, ever drink and drive — ask about our designated driver reward, book a tour, call a cab, or click your favorite rideshare app
  • Share your journey on social media using #bendaletrail
  • Be nice, you’re in Bend!

THE BEND ALE TRAIL™ IS A TRADEMARK EXCLUSIVELY OWNED BY THE BEND VISITOR & CONVENTION BUREAU (AKA VISIT BEND). ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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Prizes

Sipping the world’s best craft beer is a prize in itself, but we’ll do you one better. Claim a different reward for each territory you complete, plus a big bonus prize when you finish all seven. Look at you go, beer champ!

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Safety First

Designated Driver Program

You don’t need to drink to be a Bend Ale Trail champion. In fact, our biggest champs don’t sip a drop. Here’s how to earn big by being a designated driver for your group:

  1. 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.
  2. Purchase a passport from the Bend Visitor Center. The $5 will be refunded when the passport is redeemed.
  3. Use the last page in the paper passport to collect your “Designated Driver” stamps.
  4. Collect 5 stamps from any establishments on the Bend Ale Trail and redeem your passport at the Bend Visitor Center for your unique Designated Driver prize.

Don’t have a DD of your own? You’ll find plenty of safe and knowledgeable tour operators standing by to make your BAT experience 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.

Bend Ale Trail Month

Every month is great for Bend beerventure, but only one earns the right to be the official Bend Ale Trail Month. In November when you swap flip-flops for winter boots and stalk the Mt. Bachelor snowcams, it’s time to earn some serious schwag on your Bend Ale Trail quest.

You’ll still earn prizes for each territory, plus a special prize for knocking out the whole thing. But when you complete any territory, anytime in November, you earn a bonus prize (limit one per person). This year we’ve connived a way to bring you glassware straight from the home of Oktoberfest, the land of beer and pretzels, a German tankard rimmed with gold and decorated with a badge declaring your status as a Bend Ale Trail Champion.

You can also score schwag by sharing pics of your beerventure on Instagram using hashtag #bendaletrailmonth. We’ll randomly select winners to get great prizes including brewery gift cards, Hydro Flasks, Silipints, hats, shirts, stickers, and more. It’s our way of saying thanks for being a beer champ.

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