That holds true whether we’re talking about listening to a great band at the Les Schwab Amphitheater, taking in all that Central Oregon has to offer on foot or on a bike — or even, downing a local craft beer.
It doesn’t matter if it’s 20 degrees or 90 degrees, there’s just something so, so much better about having a cold one outdoors. The only thing that can drive a Bendite to choose indoor seating is rain; and with 300 plus days of sunshine in Central Oregon, that doesn’t happen too often.
Central Oregon breweries like Crux Fermentation Project and 10 Barrel Brewing in Bend have nailed the outdoor scene with big ole fire pits to gather around and keep you warm during the winter and cool High Desert nights. They’re also the the hub of get-togethers where friends gather and strangers become beer buddies.
At McMenamin’s Old St. Francis School you can dine and drink out front while people watching on Bond Street or sneak into Okane’s Pub out back for some cigar-smoking, fire-pit BS-ing good times. Want a great view of the Deschutes River at dusk? Head to Craft Kitchen and Brewery.
Nearly all of the region’s brewpubs have outdoor seating including Sunriver Brewing Co., Cascade Lakes Brewing Company, which features a unique old ski gondola and the veteran brewpub, Bend Brewing Co. which has tables outside with amazing views of Mirror Pond.
If you can’t get to all the pubs, a trip to Currents at The Riverhouse could be the next best thing. The lounge keeps more than a dozen Central Oregon craft brews on tap and offers outdoor seating along the river that’s second to none.
So when you’re done getting out to enjoy Central Oregon, get out and enjoy a beer; It will always be flowing and the fire will always be stoked.