Having a good brewery in your ski town is key. If you have a good brewery in town, you worship and celebrate it. If you don’t, you long for one. USA Today put together their list of the best ski resort breweries in the USA and Bend, Oregon’s Deschutes Brewery took top honors.
Bend is located adjacent to 9,068-foot Mt. Bachelor ski resort and its 463 inches of average annual snowfall. After a solid powder day, nothing beats cruising into Deschutes for a 22 ounce Black Butte Porter.
Bend, Oregon has the highest amount of breweries per capita in the United States of America with 17 Breweries in town…
Deschutes is the big boy on the block in Bend, Oregon’s crowded craft beer scene, a quaint town located 30 minutes from Mount Bachelor Resort. In addition to such fantastic, ski-centric beers like Red Chair NW IPA and the crisp seasonal Chasin’ Freshies, a fresh-hop IPA, Deschutes boasts two locations within Bend proper: a downtown brew-pub and a massive factory on the river from which the brewery derives its name. Better still, Deschutes also hosts an annual spring concert series at Mount Bachelor to take advantage of the mountain’s marathon-length typical season. That said, to only visit Deschutes while in Bend would be like skiing only one of Bachelor’s 88 runs. Do yourself a favor and find time to also visit some of Bend’s dozen or so other breweries, including Crux Fermentation Project, 10 Barrel and Boneyard. The mountain ain’t going anywhere. – USA Today