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The Best Way to Trek the Bend Ale Trail

And how to complete it in one weekend

November is Bend Ale Trail Month, and that means trekking the legendary Bend Ale Trail gets even more exciting. All month long, celebrate Bend’s craft beer scene with 18 total breweries, loads of prizes, and a sweet trophy.

In order to earn your trophy, you must turn in a completed passport with at least 10 brewery stamps to the Bend Visitor Center in the month of November. Sound like a lot to do in one weekend? It’s totally doable. Here’s how:

Kick off your beerventure in Bend on a Friday afternoon with a Bend Brew Bus tour. This will easily get you 4 brewery stamps in a matter of a few hours, with loads of beer knowledge, private brewery tours and of course, beer. Our recommendation: hit up Bridge 99, Monkless, Craft Kitchen, and finish the night off at 10 Barrel Eastside pub to enjoy their delicious food and outdoor fire pit. They’re all on the NE side of Bend, which will give you more time at each brewery.

Once Saturday rolls around, make your way towards Downtown Bend for your own walking tour of some of Bend’s favorite (and oldest) breweries in town. We recommend starting at Boneyard Beer and Silver Moon since they’re more on the outskirts of downtown. Then head to Bend Brewing Co. for some fun on the lawn, and walk on over to Bend’s first ever brewery, Deschutes, for lunch.

Now that your bellies are full and the evening is upon you, make your way to Immersion Brewing where you can make your own beer and ship it home when it’s ready. Finish off the night at Crux Fermentation Project, where lawn games, yummy food trucks and more beer await.

Congratulations! You made it to Sunday, and even more importantly you completed the Bend Ale Trail! Before you head out of town, make sure you stop by the Bend Visitor Center to turn in your completed passports and redeem your bragging rights (a.k.a. sticker, Silipint and trophy)!

Click here to read more about the Bend Ale Trail.

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