Craft beer guide to some of the top new breweries

It wasn’t just Central Oregon. Most places in America in the 1980s were a wasteland for good craft beer. But in 1988, Bay Area native Gary Fish opened Deschutes Brewing Co. in Bend. Over the years, more breweries followed, including Bend Brewing, 10 Barrel Brewing, Boneyard and Crux Fermentation, which was founded by Larry Sidor, a former Deschutes brewer, in 2012.

Since then, Central Oregon’s beer scene has exploded, both in proper Bend and the surrounding towns, from Sisters (Three Creeks Brewing) to Sunriver (Sunriver Brewing). You’ll find more than two dozen breweries on the updated Bend Ale Trail app, which encompasses seven territories across the region.

Here’s just a sampling of newer breweries in Bend and Redmond worth checking out when you’re in the area.

Bend breweries

Despite Bend’s modest size and a population of just over 99,000, the city boasts more than 20 breweries.

One that’s made waves lately is Bend’s Boss Rambler Beer Club. Named best new brewery at the 2020 Oregon Beer Awards and third best new brewery in the country by USA Today in 2021, the Boss Rambler crew rarely makes the same beer twice. They offer more than a dozen beers at any given time, which they divide into hoppy, super fruited / tart and “light stuff” categories. Depending when you go, you may find a Palm Sundaze DDH (double dry-hopped) Hzy (Hazy) IPA under the first category, a Puree Vida-Summer in Bali in the second and perhaps a Stokes Light lager under the third.

Boss Rambler Beer Club in Bend, Oregon, was named best new brewery at the 2020 Oregon Beer Awards and third best new brewery in the country by USA Today a year later. (Rambler Boss Beer Club)

The brewery space, which opens at 1 pm Monday-Thursday and noon Fridays and weekends at 1009 NW Galveston Ave., is bright, airy and laid back. And you’ll find more than beer here, including the Megaphone Coffee Co. and later this spring and summer, the Unkle Kate’s Bait Shoppe trailer, which traffics in lobster rolls. Find more details at

Another standout is female-owned Spider City Brewing, which was founded by two sisters and a college friend in 2018. They brew a wide range of beers that naturally include several IPAs – how could you not? – including four hazies, a West Coast and a Brett IPA.

They also make a few less common styles, such as Cherrywood Smoked Ale, Pavuchy Ale, a Polish-style wheat beer, and Spider Light, a Grisette brewed with Mosaic hops. Grisettes are Belgian-style, light, crispy, low alcohol farmhouse ales.

Spider City’s taproom brewery is open Tuesday-Sunday at 1177 SE Ninth St., while the downtown tasting room is open Wednesday-Sunday at 55 NW Minnesota Ave .;

As you might expect, Monkless Belgian Ales, which won the midsize brewpub of the year award at the 2020 Great American Beer Festival, is known for its Belgian-inspired beers. Pair their beers – a Shepplekofeggan, a Belgian-style wheat beer with spices, perhaps, or a Dubbel or Nothing – with a pork schnitzel sando, chicken and Liège waffles and, naturally a Belgian Frites Cone. Open daily, except Wednesday, at the taproom and restaurant that opened in 2019 at 803 SW Industrial Way;

Other Bend breweries to check out include Immersion Brewing and Bevel Craft Brewing.

Redmond breweries

Redmond’s seven breweries are located less than 30 minutes north of Bend. You’ll find Wild Ride Brew downtown, serving a variety of classic styles on its large outdoor patio, as well as indoors, where roll-up garage-style doors bring the outside in. The most popular Wild Ride beer is Nut Crusher Peanut Butter Porter, but you’ll want to check out the eclectic fruited kettle sours, too. Wild Ride opens daily at 11 am with a daily rotation of food trucks swinging by at 332 SW Fifth St .;

You’ll find Wild Ride Brew in downtown Redmond, Oregon, serving a variety of classic styles on its large outdoor patio. (Courtesy Steve Heinrichs)

Right around the corner is Kobold Brewing and the Vault Taproom, which opens at noon daily at at 245 SW Sixth St. Started by former home brewer Steve Anderson, Kobold makes small batch craft beers and offers up to 20 different beers at any given time, from an Export lager to Dark Stalker Stout and everything in between. Want a bite with that? Westside Taco Co. provides food for the taproom.

Meanwhile, Porter Brewing, is an all-cask, real ale brewery making authentic English-style handpump beer, including Best Bitter, Infamous ESB, Craig Elachie, a Scottish Ale and 1772 Porter. Pair those with a beer-appropriate savory pie, such as Scottish Meat or Chicken Pot Pie. In addition to the Redmond location, which opens at 3 pm Tuesday-Saturday at 611 NE Jackpine Court, there’s a satellite location in Bend called The Cellar, which opens at noon daily at 206 NW Oregon Ave.

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