Because this is Bend, there is an actual organization dedicated to the your-peanut butter-fell-in-my-chocolate style serendipity that blends place-based education and craft beer. Behold: Beers Made By Walking, and you can be a part of it. BMBW has teamed up with the good folks at Oregon Natural Desert Association to organize a series of free high desert hikes, where local brewers and enthusiasts explore native flora and its implications for tasty beer. Each hike is hosted by a different local brewery. If you are interested in going, see the BMBW website for registration details.
Scout Camp Hike with Crux Fermentation Project
Wednesday, May 20 from 9 am-2 pm: The Scout Camp Trail is a three-mile loop through steep canyon country with a stellar view of the Deschutes' confluence with Whychus Creek. It's also a pretty good spot for wildflower viewing.
Badlands Hike with Worthy Brewing
Friday, June 12 from 9 am-2 pm: The Oregon Badlands Wilderness Area is one of the most iconic of Central Oregon's landscapes. This three-mile hike, while rocky in places, is an easy stroll through the land before time.
Black Canyon Hike with Deschutes Brewery
Friday, July 24 from 8 am-5 pm: This five-mile out-and-back in the Sutton Mountain Black Canyon offers up one of the best views in all of Central Oregon: a panoramic of the entire John Day Basin, including the Painted Hills.