Smoke 'em if you got 'em.
Here we are enjoying a cigar outside our hotel in Portland.
A light dusting of snow.
We were welcomed to Bend with a sprinkling of the white stuff.
S'more Stout
A toasted marshmallow garnishes my S'more Stout.
Immersion Brewing
Immersion Brewing, home of shiny, copper fermentation tanks that EVERYONE apparently photographs themselves with.
A perfectly polished fermentation tank.
It was made abundantly clear to us by a passing waitress that our reflection picture was not at all clever.
Immersion Brewing's Symphony Sour
A "fruited sour ale" called Symphony Sour at Immersion Brewing in Bend, Oregon.
Immersion Brewing's Moonless Night
Dennis makes fun of Tim, or something while I sip on Moonless Night at Immersion Brewing.
Here's all the stops on the Bend Ale Trail.
This image was taken at our first stop on our first day.
The winner of the biggest Ale Trail brochure stamp goes to Boneyard Beer!
Boneyard beer will gladly stamp your Ale Trail list, just make sure you've got plenty of room.
Drunken grocery store buffoonery.
When you're drunk, it's late and your friend needs an electric scooter to get around the store. What else you gonna do?
Good things DO come in pink boxes!
The sign outside the world-famous Voodoo Doughnut shop in Portland, Oregon.
The Oh Captain, My Captain at Voodoo Doughnut.
Just a small assortment of treats available at Voodoo Doughnut.
The sign outside Portland's Roseland Theater.
Originally a church, the Roseland Theater in Portland serves as a music venue and is purportedly haunted!
This is what happens when your team loses a match on Mario Tennis for the Nintendo 64.
Dennis and Kevin take a shot after losing Mario Tennis.
I don't remember this one's name, but it was a sour and it was amazing.
I tried so many sours on this trip I lost track of which was which. You can't go wrong, all were excellent!
Tim looks on as we shuttle back to Portland from Bend.
It's about a four hour shuttle ride -- when you include all the stops -- from Portland to Bend.
A rare image of Dennis in his natural surroundings.
Dennis shops for vinyl in Portland, Oregon.
A Portland record store with quite a shirt selection.
There was a ton of band shirts to choose from at this Portland record store.
A slice of Peanut Butter Chocolate Silk pie at Shari's Cafe.
You'll go 'nuts' for this pie...... I'll see myself out.
Would you believe there's a Bend Brewing Company in Bend?
Nothing like good conversation outside, with beers, and at sunset.
Hot Lava Baking Company
A good morning starts with a breakfast burrito, big-ass Bigfoot donut and a coffee at Hot Lava.
Ignore those cups of water.
GoodLife Brewing is yet another stop on the Oregon Ale Trail.
Check out those Blockbuster shades. Jabari thinks he's so cool.
We wait inside a warm Burger King for our rickety-ass shuttle to pick us up.
This was probably stop four or five?
Deschutes Brewery in Bend, Oregon is a little pricey.
Deschutes Brewery
I wanna say this was a Pacific Wonderland Lager, but it's all a blur.
We didn't spend the whole trip in Bend.
Jabari recharges with a power nap on the shuttle ride back to Portland.
Here's the carne asada fresh off the grill.
A home-cooked dinner courtesy of chef Tim.
This table of carne asada is about to get DESTROYED!
The aging sign outside of the very last Blockbuster Video in the world.
This is my Blockbuster pose.
Here's me posing next to the sign of the last Blockbuster on Earth.
The writing's on the wall.
Just some of the numerous brews offered at 10 Barrel Brewing Company.
This flight arrived right on time!
Seems appropriate that you get to sample 10 beers with this flight at 10 Barrel Brewing.
Smoke 'Em If You Got 'Em

Just Around The Bend

My pals and I took a trip this fall to Bend, Oregon to participate in the Bend Ale Trail — “the largest pub crawl in the west,” as the brochure says. There’s 18 breweries in all on the trail. I think we made it to about half of them. We all had the brochure which includes a checklist to be stamped at each pub, but our brochures got mixed up… got wet… got lost… some people had to start new ones… it was a mess. If you can hit all 18 spots you can turn in the brochure to the local visitor’s center for a prize!

The Bend beer makers and the city’s economy cashed in on us, for sure. As did the local ride sharing services. I stuck mainly to my usuals: ales, stouts and porters. However, I started sampling sours at each of the brew pubs. I didn’t have a single one I didn’t like. They were all amazing! And now I’m on a sour kick.

All-in-all, it was a fun trip. It snowed, Tim knocked over a lamp, we ate carne asada, risked our lives on a shady shuttle bus, smoked cigars, played Mario Tennis, bought pot and… drank a lot of beer.