a couple weeks ago AP and I flew to portland, rented a truck, and road tripped it out to bend.
- bend is a great riverside community that touts mountain biking, skiing, kayaking, and hiking as some of its main offerings. AP and I managed to do none of those activities, opting instead for beach cruising, eating, and beer drinking (although I did get a decent round of disc golf in on mt bachelor).
- the coolest thing about bend is how the city fosters all sorts of fermentation projects. we visited breweries ranging in size from behemoths like deschutes (who had some great food and one-offs on tap), to local heavies like bend brewing (who had a killer IPL), to one of the tiniest tap rooms I’ve ever squeezed into over at boneyard (who had beers ranging from a (suprisingly good) chili beer a tasty sour for on-premises sampling).
- the highlight of our trip was a VIP tour of the nectar of the gods meadery by none other than its founder, wesley. he hooked us in with samples of his bourbon barrel-aged mead at the nearby platypus pub (which is part of an amazing bar, homebrew store, and bottle shop combination) and treated us to a variety of other creations made with various fruits and herbs. it was inspiring to see someone who was not only into mead production but was killing it with unique variations. he also tipped us to some unique (but expensive) wild bottles from ale apothecary. thanks again, wesley!