Visit Bend hosted me on this amazing trip to Bend to celebrate the month of Bend Ale Trail. All opinions are mine.
Did you know that Bend Ale Trail is the first ale trail in the west? It started in 2010 with just eight breweries and today consists of more than two dozen breweries located in seven territories in Central Oregon.
In addition to the breweries, Bend Ale Trail also includes:
Drinking entertainment, including wineries, ciders, distilleries and kombucha breweries, and Perfect Pairings, which include beer-free adventures such as hiking, river floats and cave explorations.
The band has a brewery of 4,500 residents, making it the capital of Oregon beer and one of the best beer cities in the country.
New places are always opening up and I was excited to try some new places suitable for dogs!
Sitka and I managed to pack a lot in our short visit! Below I have outlined our route so you can plan for yourself a three-day Bend Ale Trail brewery suitable for dogs!
How does Bend Ale Trail work?
Each area of the Bend Ale trail is located in a unique area of Central Oregon. Territories include Sunriver, Prineville, Sisters, Redmond and others.
You can get a passport at the Bend Visitor Center or use the app to discover breweries, wineries, distilleries and adventures in any area.
For each brewery you visit, you will mark it in the app or receive a stamp in your passport. Each location has a poster with a code that you enter in the app.
When the on-site print page is complete, take it to the Band Visitor Center for a prize. Each territory has a unique prize that makes a nice set when you collect them all!
If you complete all seven territories, you will receive a bonus prize.
If you visit seven brands from Drinkable Diversions, you can also win a prize!
There are also prizes for certain drivers, just ask at the visitor center.
Bend Ale Trail Month
November is the month of Bend Ale Trail, where participants can win a special German cup after completing a visit to each brewery in a given area, in addition to the standard prize.
You can also win prizes such as brewery gift cards, hats, a bottle of Hydroflask water and more when you share your beer on Instagram using the hashtag #bendaletrailmonth.
Dog-friendly route to the Bend Ale trail
During this particular visit, I aimed to visit breweries that I had not visited for some time or had not visited at all. I am glad to say that I succeeded very successfully with this mission!
We took advantage of driving to and from Portland, which takes us through some of the areas outside of Bend.
The band is a very dog-friendly city, so most of the breweries on the ale trail (if not all, to be honest) welcome dogs.
Day 1 Wild Ride Brewing and Bend Brewing
During the trip, I stopped at the Wild Ride Brewing in Redmond and enjoyed lunch in the huge courtyard by the fireplace.
I’m sure it gets busy during the height of the season, but the courtyard at 14:00 on a cold day was nice and quiet, which is great if you have a dog.
Wild Ride Brewing was started by a group of lifelong friends from Redmond. Visitors will always find 16 year-round and seasonal drinks. I had to go with a fog called Jennifer A, for obvious reasons.
Next to the courtyard is a small food cart with four food trucks serving pizza, burritos and bowls, fish and chips, burgers and sandwiches. I chose a yakisoba from Shred Town and was definitely a little skeptical as the truck also served the burrito, but my food was delicious!
For dinner, I met a friend at Bend Brewing, which was not new to me as a brewery, but I had not been to it for more than 10 years. Since we had our dogs with us, we sat outside under the very warm heaters. It was quite cold and we stayed relatively warm!
Bend Brewing is the second oldest brewery in Bend, located in the heart of the city in a sweet location, right next to the Deschutes River and the Mirror Pond.
Day 2 – The Badlands, Bevel Brewing, Art Walk and Spider City Brewing
I started Day 2 with breakfast at one of my favorite vegan places in Bend (and really everywhere), A Broken Angel. Located in the Spoken Moto food cart, the menu includes a mix of southern food such as biscuits and breakfast sauce, burritos and scrambled eggs, and grilled pastries.
If you are vegan and you miss breakfast, this is the place to visit!
After digesting my food, I headed to Perfect Pairing to Badlands for a short run on one of my favorite dog trails in Bend, the Ancient Juniper Trail.
Located east of Bend, Badlands is a harsh region formed by lava flows with unique characteristics.
They hardly see the pedestrian traffic on other trails closer to the mountains, which makes them a great place if you want to run or walk somewhere cooler.
In winter, they are also often without snow, even if it is covered with snow everywhere else.
Ready to eat again, Sitka and I toured Bevel Beer, a brewery set up by a team of spouses who are also professional disc golfers with a passion for IPA. As an IPA fan, I had to take a sample tray to try as much as I could.
The patio was large, with lots of tables and a few food carts, but not too busy, which made it a great place to pick up your dog.
Then we visited Spider City Brewing, a women’s brewery founded by longtime friends whose beers were inspired by their travels together. Luckily for me, the downtown location was across the street from my hotel.
The city center is located in the Tin Pan Alley wine bar, which presents award-winning art by talented artists with a deep love for the Band. Before going inside to order, I walked down the alley to see the art.
Dogs are allowed in the lobby area, where there are several tables, but there was already someone there when I arrived, so we withstood the cold for our mug.
Day 3 – Deschutes & Three Creeks Brewing
On our last day on the Bend Ale trail, I met my friends Dakota and Chelsea for a walk on the Deschutes before leaving town. They live within walking distance of Farewell Bend Park, so we enjoyed a quieter (but still quite popular!) Section of the River Trail.
I headed to the central Oregon coast straight from Bend, so I stopped at Sisters on my way to lunch (okay, and a cinnamon roll) in Angelin (another favorite vegan place!) And got a beer to go from Three Creeks Brewing.
Obviously I had to blur out, because the art of canning represents a man rowing on board with his dog! I wish I could stay to enjoy my legumes in their quiet courtyard nestled among the trees, but I will have to save it for my next visit.
During my visit, I had the joy of staying at the amazing Oxford Hotel.
The eco-chic hotel has won a number of awards, including:
Trip Advisor Best of the Best 2021 Best of Central Oregon 2020 Conde Nast Readers’ Choice Award 2020
Our room was a large apartment with a fully equipped kitchen, a seating area, a bathroom with a bath and a shower and a cozy double bed. Oxford values sleep, so be sure to ask about the pillow menu.
For this canine mother, the best part was paying attention to detail for the pet guests. Pet-friendly amenities include:
Ruffwear dog bed for Sitka to use during our Visia stainless steel bowl on a Ruffwear travel bag for dog feces, delivered to my doorstep every morning, a small gesture, but my favorite part
I also took advantage of the sauna during my visit and spent room service one night from Roam, the hotel restaurant (the cauliflower steak was so worth it!)
Last thoughts on the Bend Ale trail
I like that Bend Ale Trail includes breweries outside of Bend and includes adventures for Perfect Pairing nearby. This is a really fun and creative way to get to know the different cities in Central Oregon!
Sitka and I had so much fun visiting new breweries, playing on the many paths in the city, finding art in the alleys and eating delicious food.
Cheers to Beer Band!