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Why Bend, Oregon, is America’s Best Beer City

By Stuart Hughes

Are you looking for a vacation that breaks all the norms? An unforgettable getaway that incorporates your dream to find the ultimate clean, crisp, artisanal beer? Then look no further than a trip to the best beer city in AmericaBend, Oregon. 

With more microbreweries per capita in Oregon. Bend has truly embraced its title as a beer enthusiast’s paradise. From independently owned craft breweries to large-scale craft beer brands that offer tours, beer tastings, and local beer-themed experiences. 

Renowned for mastering a range of international beer brewing techniques, including British, Belgian, German, and American styles, join us for a high-quality beverage or two as we tour Bend, Oregon – America’s best beer city.

About the Bend, Oregon craft beer scene 

When you arrive in Bend, Oregon, it won’t take long to immerse yourself in the city’s fantastic beer scene. With microbreweries and brewpubs in every direction, its reputation as America’s best beer city immediately engages you with its lively beer culture. 

Fostering a unique beer tourism theme, Bend has even developed its own Bend Ale Trail – touted as the ‘largest beer trail in the West.’ The ingeniously named Bend Ale Trail is purposely designed to encourage visitors to sample various delightful craft beers. 

Here, you’ll be provided a beer passport before you start your tour of America’s best beer city’s countless breweries, taverns, and pubs. The objective is to have your passport stamped at each outlet you stop at, and once you’ve reached ten or more stamps, you can claim your free beer souvenir from the Bend Visitors Center.  

Photo by VisitBend.com.

Bend, Oregon beer festivals and events 

Bend, Oregon, doesn’t just rely on its countless craft and microbreweries, they’ve created a whole calendar of beer festivals and events to help celebrate the nation’s favorite adult beverage. Visits to America’s best beer city are often geared towards the annual Bend Brewfest and the Central Oregon Beer Week (COBW). 

Alternatively, if you’re someone who likes to add a little adventure to your Bend beer-infused escape, why not try the Bend Beer Chase (BBC) relay race or the St Patrick’s Day Dash? These beer-centric fun runs can help you build up a thirst, which is easily quenched afterward with a host of Bend’s local breweries craft beers. 

Our favorite breweries in Bend, Oregon 

You might be wondering what Bend’s secret behind becoming known as America’s best beer city. Perhaps it’s the unrivalled local hospitality or the crisp, clean water from the Cascades that create the key ingredients to their brews. 

Whatever it is, Bend, Oregon, is an unmissable getaway destination for beer lovers, so while you’re in town, stop in for a pint at these brilliant brew pubs. 

Immersion Brewing 

Photo by Immersion Brewing.

It’s no surprise Immersion Brewing has become a local favorite handcrafted beer specialist. This independent family-owned local brewery has a range of tasty beers, including Eagles Crown, a Polish pilsner, Tenko, a Japanese rice beer, and Eye of the Liger, a West Coast IPA. 

Bend Brewing Company 

Photo by Bend Brewing Co.

First founded in 1995, Bend Brewing Company is the second oldest brewpub in Bend, with a reputation for creating award-winning craft beers. While you’re here in Bend, home of America’s best beer city, try their best-selling Outback amber ale, Ching Ching, their sour ale, and the Killer ‘Stashe Amarillo, a Northwest pale ale. 

Crux Fermentation Project 

Photo by Crux Fermentation Project.

Another top brewer-owned taproom anybody visiting the best beer city in America must visit is the Crux Fermentation Project in Bend. With its experimental aging processes and non-traditional brewing methods, you must try their citrus-infused imperial IPA Exactly Random, the Crux IPA, an India pale ale, and the Island Pilz, a tropical pilsner. 

Visit America’s best beer city today! 

With its brilliant array of microbreweries, brew pubs, and tap rooms, not to mention year-round festivals and events – if you’re a fan of tasty, refreshing craft beers, then Bend,  Oregon should be at the top of your next vacation bucket list. 

When you’re in Bend, Oregon, you’ll also benefit from its spectacular natural surroundings, as Bend offers a unique opportunity to embrace other passions, too. Hike, bike, white-water kayak in the Deschutes National Forest, or ski and snowboard in the winter months at the nearby Mount Bachelor. 

However you choose to enjoy your trip to America’s best beer city, let Best Western® Hotels & Resorts enhance your trip when you stay at the Hotel Peppertree Bend, BW Premier Collection or the Best Western Plus Bend North, ideally situated in Bend, Oregon. 

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