Monday, August 16, 2010

Oregon Beer Hopping

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!


heyduke50 said...

sounds like a fun day by my standards...

Donna McNicol said...

We met Phil & Tracey at the Yuma GJR..great folks. So glad you are ALL going to be at the Elkhart one (we will be there!!!!)

We have started doing the brewery thing, too. Stu is collecting pint glasses and growlers for when we stop traveling so much. LOL!

Unknown said...

Looks like you guys are having a blast! An Ale Trail isn't a bad way to spend your day of R&R. Sisters is great, too! I spent a weekend up there a few years ago and really enjoyed it. Glad to see you're fitting in some fun between rallies.