Phil and Tracey, from Techno RV, had a booth here at the FMCA Convention. The day after the rally, we both decided to stay an extra day for some R&R. Phil finds breweries wherever they travel, and there are several to wet his whistle right here around Redmond and Bend, Oregon. They invited us to come along as they did a day trip on the ‘Bend Ale Trail.’ I’ve enjoyed visiting micro-breweries before, but this is the first time I’ve experienced a true ‘Beer Tasting.’ What they do is pour a small (these are only about 5” high) glass of each of the different types of beer brewed, and you pay about $1 per glass. We would pass each one around and discuss it’s merits – then order a glass of our favorites. Notice that each glass is sitting on a piece of paper on a spot identifying that particular beer.
We also made a stop to take in the sights in the picturesque town of Sisters.
Luckily, Tracey doesn’t like beer … so she drove. What a fun day!
My favorite beer of the day was from 10 Barrel Brewing. It was called Big Belgian Cabernet, and they poured it into a glass like a brandy snifter. It is definitely beer – but it is aged in the same oak barrels that held Cabernet wine. I *really* liked it!! It was a refreshing beer, but with rich, mellowness from the cabernet that made you sip it like wine.
We spent all afternoon on the Ale Trail …. I think I still need another day to recover!