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.