Garnishing attention as one of the best beer towns in the nation is nothing new for Bend, so it's no surprise that the recent USA Today Best Beer Towns
list featured the city ranked at a healthy #4.
Here's what the list had to say about Bend:
#4 - Bend, Ore.
"When it comes to beer, it's Portland's little sister," says beer journalist Tara Nurin, about Bend, Oregon. "Lots of early and strong breweries doing innovative stuff and a hefty beer culture. Oh yeah, and the hops." This lively mountain city earned its spot on the beer city map with Deschutes and a tradition of local brewing that has spawned the Bend Ale Trail, a self-guided tour of area breweries.
What's special about this win is the list isn't compiled based on number of breweries per capita, it's not put together by high-minded beer critics or industry professionals. The 10Best Readers' Choice listing is voted on by the people! The true beer lovers of America! So thanks, drinkers. We think our town is pretty great, too.
See the full list of winners here with Grand Rapids, Mich. coming in first.