Bend, Oregon may be Beer Town USA and home of the Bend Ale Trail, but if it’s distilled spirits you crave, we’ve got great ways to quench your thirst. The Drinkable Diversions along the Bend Ale Trail will guide you to many of Bend’s distilleries, cideries, and wineries. Bend boasts amazing micro distilleries offering tours, tastings, and plenty of handcrafted bourbon, vodka, gin, and specialty spirits to choose from.
Just a bit west of Bend past Tumalo, stop by America’s most award-winning micro distillery. Crater Lake Spirits by Bendistillery offers Crater Lake Vodka, Cascade Mountain Gin, and scrumptious infused vodkas like Coffia Hazelnut Espresso and Mazama Pepper. Tour the grounds and admire the bounty of juniper trees that provide the backbone of Bendistillery’s tasty gin, or swill a vodka cocktail in the tasting room as you enjoy breathtaking mountain views.
Next, meander over to Oregon Spirit Distillers just east of Downtown Bend. Get a view into their production area and an up-close-and-personal look at the equipment and craftspeople making their divine spirits. Sample everything from vodka to bourbon (watch out Kentucky Bourbon Trail!) to gin, and learn how each is lovingly crafted.
If you’re venturing out to sample some of Bend’s best bourbon, vodka or gin, don’t forget to leave the driving to someone else. You can travel with the Wanderlust Local Pour Tour, a unique half-day tour that takes you to one brewery, one distillery, and one winery in Bend.
Discover distilleries across the state of Oregon by exploring the Oregon Distillery Trail. Road trip to 25 craft spirit distillers spread throughout Oregon from Portland to Ashland. Bottom’s up!