I love beer. After now having visited over 345 different breweries, it’s fair to say I have sampled a lot of beer (follow me on Untappd). From post-race pints and run club meeting locations, to beer miles and relays, running and the kegged nectar seem to go hand-in-hand in Oregon. Our Kegs and Legs feature is where beer drinking runners like me can go to find some new favorite beverages.
Obviously, it’s no surprise how awesome the Bend beer scene is. I have completed the Bend Ale Trail (probably numerous times by now) and it seems that new ones keep popping up as the Central Oregon region continues to grow. The Crux Fermentation Project is in an odd area, housed in a former AAMCO Transmission Plant that is tucked alongside Highway 97 at the end of a dead-end street. To be honest, this area has massively grown in just the past few years, with Atlas Cider and Immersion Brewing a stumble away, the Craft Kitchen and Brewery a little beyond that, and a brand new hotel that makes this spot – above the Old Mill Shopping Center – a little less obscure than it used to be.
Their taproom/brewery was where I first had one of my all-time favorite beers – the Half Hitch Imperial IPA. Even as it nears 10% ABV, it is one of the more drinkable IPA’s out there. Even with a relatively high IBU (80), the Mosaic hops don’t crush you with bitterness, and instead is more fruity and accessible then it has any right to be.
One of their other standard IPA’s (along with the Cast Out and Off Leash) is the Gimme Mo IPA. I can understand where their play on words comes in. While I am an IPA guy first and foremost, sometimes it seems there is a saturation of the market and a “not another IPA” sigh. Gimme Mo desires to play more on fruitier side of things rather than an overbittered monster. I personally think these are some of the best IPA’s to have out at a gathering – and having it in cans makes that all the easier.
The great part now is that you don’t have to travel to Bend to get these in cans and bottles. But it’s always a good idea to go to Bend and Crux. Keep in mind a few things. Though they are open every day from 1130a – 9 or 10p, they don’t open their kitchen on Mondays and will instead have food carts, including their very own Crux Pizza Project cart. In the summer months, not much is better than bringing the family and having a beer and food on their grass areas outside. Additionally, every day during their happy hour (which they call Sundowner Hour) Crux will offer beer specials and $2 off starters. The Sundowner Hour is the half hour directly before and after Sunset each day. Check out their taproom hours for specific details on when this occurs!
Overall, Crux puts out some top-notch beers, and we can’t wait to share some of their other options in the coming weeks!
- 50 SW Division Street, Bend, OR 97702