Many visitors to Bend know the city for its impressive array of craft beer breweries. However, Bend is also home to a growing number of craft liquor distilleries, creating innovative versions of classic liquors. Oregon Spirit Distillers is one of those distilleries! They not only specialize in craft whiskeys, but in producing an array of high-quality, locally-made spirits. Read on below to learn more about the Bend distillery!
Embrace the Pioneer Spirit of the Craft Liquor Scene
Located in the Orchard District, Oregon Spirit Distillers operates a distillery, a public tasting room, and a renowned private cocktail lounge known as the Barrel Thief Lounge. They make sure to give guests a variety of setting choices for sampling their fine spirits. The ambiance at Barrel Thief Lounge is laid-back and cozy. Enjoy tasters and small bites indoors along the refined wood bar under the warm, radiant lighting. Or they can enjoy the outdoors on the breezy patio, lounging under twinkling lights while listening to live music by a fire pit.
Oregon Spirit Distillers has the distinction of the “bottled in bond” label, which stems from a regulatory act from the late 1800s. This act ensures the quality of American-made whiskey, and is a sign of authenticity and attention to detail. All of their spirits rated as 100 proof or above. Bend distillery have something for everyone!
While the distillery specializes in whiskeys with wheat, bourbon, and other combinations of Oregon grains and mountain water, Oregon Spirit Distillers also offers an exclusive selection of spirits. Try their Wild Card Absinthe, Merrylegs Genever Gin, Scribbles Dry Gin, and Oregon Spirit Vodka for a change of pace.
The tasting room at Oregon Spirit Distillers is open from 12:00pm to 6:00pm on Sunday through Tuesday and from 12:00pm to 7:00pm on Wednesday through Saturday, with free tours given daily at 5:00pm. For tours of the distillery itself, you’ll want to make a reservation with the distillery.
Oregon Spirit Distillers is located at 740 NE 1st St., Bend, OR 97701, in Suites A, B, and C. You can reach the distillery by phone at (541) 382-0002 or (541) 550-4747, or by email on their website, www.oregonspiritdistillers.com.
What to Do in Bend Oregon
The beautiful town of Bend offers so many fabulous things to do. You can go for a mountain bike ride on any one of many gorgeous and challenging trails. You can go for a hike in a dried-out riverbed in the Badlands or in mountains at the Three Sisters area. In the winter, Mount Bachelor offers skiing and snowboarding for people of all ability levels. Downtown Bend offers many art galleries and places to listen to music. It is the perfect place to find a gift for your friends and family back home or a souvenir for yourself.
The High Desert Museum will teach you about the fascinating history of the Pacific Northwest and the animals who call it home. The museum offers both permanent and temporary exhibits and is staffed with zoologists and historians who can answer any questions that you may have. They give regular lectures and classes. There are many trails at the museum on which visitors can hike and see the flora and fauna. General Admission is only $17, $14 for seniors and students, and $10 for kids.
Oregon Trail of Dreams Dog Sled Rides
If you visit Bend in the winter, you will want to take a dog sled ride on the Trail of Dreams. The trained mushers will take you on an exciting ride while you remain safe and secure in the back of the sled. One to three people may be one a sled at one time, and the prices range from $200 to $450. The ride takes about an hour, including orientation. You will have the opportunity to care for and feed the dogs at the end of your journey. They also offer marathon trips to elk lake that are 26 miles long and go to Elk Lake. They are limited to two people or $350 pounds and cost $450.
Fear not, the dogs are treated humanely, with love and care. The company is run by is by Rachael Scdoris, as well as her husband Nick and her father, Jerry Scdoris, who are both professional athletes.