The Hub Cyclery: The Perfect Trailhead for the Bend Ale Trail
You can do a lot of things when you visit Bend and Central Oregon. Bike the amazing singletrack, scale the sheer rock walls at Smith Rock State Park, float the Deschutes River or play a round of golf at one of our 30 courses.
Or, you could just rent a cruiser bike and hit up a bunch of breweries.
Remember – you’re in Bend. This is how we roll.
One of the best parts about hitting up the Bend Ale Trail is that you can actually do most of it without straying too far from downtown Bend. You’ll just need a plan, some transportation (other than a car you’re driving) and a thirst for some amazing craft beer. Here’s a look at some of the breweries closest to The Hub Cyclery downtown.
Bend Brewing Co. is your first stop because it’s located on Brooks St. about 400 feet from The Hub Cyclery. The BBC has been around for 20 years, and has amassed quite the local following, thanks to some no nonsense, quality brews. I’d recommend the Golden Ale to start your Ale Trail on the right, not-too-heavy foot.
From there, head down the alley behind downtown Bend toward McMenamins Old St. Francis School. One of the coolest spots in town, McMenamins is a refurbished Catholic school that’s now home to a campus that houses a hotel, theater, Turkish soaking pool, three pubs and a restaurant. I’d recommend heading out back to O’Kane’s Pub and ordering a Rubinator – a Ruby/Terminator stout mix similar to the famous Black and Tan but with a fruity twist.
Back on the bike, it’s down Bond St. to the place that started it all for the craft beer scene in Central Oregon: Deschutes Brewery. The Public House has expanded in recent years, but it’s still always crowded with locals and visitors alike. All of their beers are amazing and several are “Pub Only” varieties, so see what’s new and pick one outside the box. (The Bachelor Bitter on cask is my personal favorite.)
Silver Moon Brewery is your next stop, just down Greenwood Ave. from Deschutes. Grab and ISP and maybe a plate of nachos before continuing on your way.
From there you’ll leave downtown and head for Boneyard Brewing, which is located in a neighborhood right next to downtown. Boneyard is just a small tasting room where the first sample is free – but don’t worry about not being able to try the others. Additional samples are just a buck. Boneyard’s RPM IPA might just be the most popular beer in Bend.
From Boneyard, you can cross Colorado Ave. to hit up the Crux Fermentation Project before calling it a day. Crux is one of the best spots for happy hour – a half hour before and after sunet. And sunsets are not to be missed at Crux.
As you head back to The Hub, ride on the trail along Bend’s iconic Mirror Pond where you’ll probably see some kids slacklining between two trees, several people walking dogs and people sitting in the grass just enjoying the view.
And just like that – with a fun Felt cruiser and a map of the Bend Ale Trail from The Hub Cyclery, you just had a pretty solid Bend day.
The guys at the shop will see you back there tomorrow when you pick up your rental mountain bike for another Central Oregon adventure.