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Bend Brewing Company
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Beer Ratings: 220
Beer Avg: 3.58
Taps: - / Bottles: -
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]
1019 NW Brooks St
phone: (541) 383-1599
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
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| Reviews: 18
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | $$
My last stop before heading out of town yesterday
Bend Brewing is located in what appears to be an old home (at least from the outside). As you walk in the side door, there's a small dining area to your right, and then down the hallway to your left is the main bar and a larger dining area. The small dining are seems warm and homey, while the bar area and larger dining area has more of corporate, high energy vibe. I perched myself on seat at the bar and happily ordered a hophead DIPA.
Beer quality here is pretty damn good, second in Bend only to Boneyard in my opinion. Everything I tried here was very, very good, from the Ching Ching fruit sour, to the Belgian style dubbel (one of the best domestic versions I can recall having), to the Elk Lake IPA to the Hophead. I think there were 10 or 12 beers on tap this day, and pretty much everything they make was available in bombers as well (including the Ching Ching and the Hophead).
As for service, it was OK. The bartender was apparently a bit the worse for wear (based on some comments I overheard), and consequently his focus seemed a bit off at times. However, he was pleasant enough otherwise, and I didn't have to wait all that long for my second glass of Hophead.
Prices were pretty reasonable for beer ($3 a glass I believe for my 10 ounce glass of HopHead), but a bit spendy for food (wings for $12, large basket of fries for $5.25 and large basket of sweet potatoe fries for a $8). I didn't eat here, so maybe it's worth the price. Grabbed two bottles of Ching Ching, a hophead t-shirt and I was on my way back to Eugene.
I'll definitely be back.
08-19-2013 20:53:38 |
More by johnmichaelsen
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5
The Bend Brewing Company, or BBC as it is known, is situated in the heart of Bend just a frisbee toss from the Deschutes River. The river can be viewed from the rear of the restaurant, from the elevated bar, and from the rear patio. Since beer is best enjoyed outdoors, I recommend grabbing one of the six outdoor tables if you can. Theyre only available during daylight hours and favorable weather, but the patio adjoins several residential properties and the effect is one of such relaxed informality, you feel like youre sitting in someones backyard at a private barbeque. Thankfully, the neighbors are meticulous about their landscaping and good sports about the dinner crowd.
Adding to the ambiance are the sights and sounds of wild geese, a completely smoke-free environment (even outdoors) and a very down home, friendly, and beautiful serving staff. Theres also a list of beers youll want to try. Bend Brewing pours five regular and four rotational beers, all of which are very popular with the locals. Tuesday night is cheap beer night with all pints just $2.25. This invariably draws a crowd so be prepared.
If you look up towards the rafters youll notice the brewery upstairs in a room behind glass. Its easy to overlook at first since its not at eye level. But once you notice it, theres no mistaking those huge stainless kettles.
BBC has a comfortable feel to it, as comfortable as Bend itself. It is also one of the only breweries in the state run by a female master brewer. Food is standard pub fare; portions can be huge. Service is meteoric. My recommendations are twofold: Try the hefeweizen. Expect fun.
10-15-2004 04:41:15 |
More by RedDiamond
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
First brewery visited in Bend. Located on a side street in down down Bend next to Mirror Pond. Walking in the bar is down a hall way which opens up to the major seating area. My wife and I decided to eat outside on the patio. We ordered the IPA, HopHead Imperial IPA, Red Ale, and Black IPA. The IPA and the Hophead were outstanding.
My wife and I had a Chicken Parm sand and she a salad-food was good but not great.
The atmosphere is nice and laid back, service smooth, and beers very good. Would come back for the beer and eat elsewhere.
08-22-2011 20:04:25 |
More by bradybeer
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
Visited on a sunny Wednesday afternoon 9/9/09, follow-up visit 9/11.
. Sat out on the patio with view of the river, absolutely the best atmosphere for drinking beer in town. Looking for a light lunch, just had a salad, but all the grub looked good. Subsequent visit had a tasty BBQ chicken sandwich. Our server was very attentive and thoughtful, explaining and suggesting beer styles to micro-challenged dining companion. I was all down on the Hophead DIPA, absolutely delicious-pour me another, and grab me a few bottles for the road (this is the only place I've seen bottles). Besides the usual products, they also had an Imperial Red on nitro.
The capper was a quick hello to Brewmaster, letting her know how much I enjoy what she is doing and encouraging collaborations with other brewers. A very enjoyable afternoon and reinforced what I already knew- Tonya Cornett rocks!!!
EDIT-Bend Beer Sortie Summer 2010. If I had to pick one place in Bend to hangout and drink, this would be it. The back patio is especially nice, and the beers here are very deserving of all the awards they've won. An essential stop for the traveling BA.
09-10-2009 17:05:56 |
More by jdense
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$
Nice place down near the Dechutes River in downtown Bend. Nice looking on the inside, high ceilings, artwork on the walls, plenty of tables and a few high def TV's.
Beer quality was pretty good. I had an IPA that was OK, but the very nice Bitter that I had second made up for the average IPA.
Service was really good. Prompt, friendly, and quite attentive.
Selection was 9 beers, with a good variery.
Food was tasty, I had a very nice soup and salad.
Value seemed a bit pricey. Not bad, but a few dollars more than I pay at comparable places.
Worth checking out.
08-16-2008 23:10:49 |
More by flexabull
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5
According to my parents, this is the locals' favorite brewery. This establishment looks like a little old country storefront from the street, but the place goes way, way back all the way to Mirror Pond, with a huge bar and 2-level breweryrestaurant addition. There's also a nice little patio out back, though it was closed off for the winter. Atmosphere is a little sparse and modern-sterile on the decoration. You can see the brewing tanks upstairs through large glass windows, and the place has kind of a German feel. A nice open space, with very good service:
-they brought free samples...to our table!
-waiter kept water glasses filled
-head waitress stopped by twice
-everyone in the place was smiling, even the dishwasher
Selection was good, they had the Hefe, Old Ale, Golden Ale, IPA, Porter and a couple seasonals on tap. The Old Ale was a little above average and not what I expected, I had a sip of my dad's Hefe and it was good (probably could be better but they served it with a LEMON. Augh!) Pulled pork sandwich was good, a bit above regular bar fare. The beer was good, not a real standout but this place was quite nice and I'd still go back again and try a few more.
11-30-2004 04:01:04 |
More by PopeJonPaul
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
The location is good. There is lots of natural light in the bar, which I liked quite a bit, although the seating configuration was pretty jam packed. The place gets crowded, and it's fine, but I don't really love crowds.
The food here was great and the beer was absolutely awesome. Every time I visit Bend, I make it a point to check out the Bend Brewing Company. It's really a staple place in the community and it's nice to support a local spot.
The service was good and the server was very personable. That's always nice. I can appreciate a good staff, especially when a place is crowded. Kudos to the management at the time for paying attention to the small stuff.
03-12-2010 06:16:00 |
More by djbreezy
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$
Beautiful location with an inviting back patio overlooking the river. They are destined to be atleast the #2 brewery in town, as Deschutes Brewery clearly dominates the Bend scene. Nonetheless, Bend Brewery has delicious food, a wide range of beers, and a great location. This place sees quite a large volume of locals, which is really a good thing, because the people here are very welcoming.
Nothing beats coming here in the summer and having lunch or dinner on the back patio area, breathing in the mountain air and sipping on excellent seasonal or signiture ales! Keep up the good work Bend Brewing Company!!
03-05-2007 00:49:37 |
More by SurlyDuff
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
A great little brewpub. As the other reviews have stated, a relaxed atmosphere with a great feel. The patio has a beautiful view overlooking the river/pond, but it was raining on my visit so we sat at the bar. A solid lineup of brews, variety wise, were all top notch, within my limited tasting time. I had 4 pints and tasters of everything else on tap and found that they lived up to their reputation. My bartender was prompt, friendly, knowledgeable and, most importantly, did not linger or be nosy. He answered every question I had, while taking good care of a busy bar and keeping his servers happy (an often impossible task). The food was typical pub grub, very well done. I had meatball sub that found the meatballs slightly tough but was otherwise very good. Value-wise I would have given the food $$1/2 if i could have, but they are in a rural area that adds to delivery costs. Highly recommended.
01-28-2009 03:32:57 |
More by beertunes
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5
This is a great place to go in Bend if the more major microbrewery place is crowded. This is a place with a great patio to sit on hot summers day. Drink their Hefe, Pale Ale, or IPA and watch the day go by. They got great views of the Mirror Pond on the river that the other brewery gets its name from.
Inside there are a couple of choices for seating. In the bar area, if you want to meet folks or down in the dining room with its large picture windows and Bend views.
This place can get crowded in the evening but the wait staff are friendly and the food comes out quickly. Their calamari is about the best I've gotten here in Oregon.
I like to stay in a downtown inn within walking distance. That way I can sample more of their beers.
03-27-2005 04:57:33 |
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