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Over the years Bend Oregon has developed into one of Oregon's best destinations for craft brewing thanks to well-known establishments like Deschutes Brewery, 10 Barrel, Worthy Brewing and many, many more.
Thanks to the love of excellent beer in Bend you can literally find great beer literally around the corner and there's nothing like being able to enjoy your favorite beer on a cold winters night in Bend or anytime during the year.
Oregon law doesn't allow you pump your own gas. But the beer scene in Bend, an outdoors playground anchored by mountain biking in the summer and the Mt. Bachelor ski area in the winter, is such that a local company, the Growler Guys (11400 NW College Way, www.thegrowlerguys.com), successfully pushed to make it legal for them to have taps in gas station convenience stores. "While they're filling up your car, I run inside and get a growler filled," Andrea says. "It's so much more convenient than buying a six-pack at the grocery store or going to a brewery itself."
Inside the Chevron there are 36 taps; 30 dispense beer or hard cider and six dispense kombucha. As a guy fills Andrea's growler — an accessory here akin to a briefcase on Capitol Hill — with Boneyard Beer's flagship brew, RPM, a pale ale brewed with six different varieties of locally grown hops, we're offered samples. I go for What Does the Fox Say?, a Cascadian dark ale from local Riverbend Brewing. It's described as having a slightly chocolate flavor. The mouthwash-size sample comes in a mouthwash-size plastic cup.
Sipping it, I see a handwritten sign taped above taps: "Pints now available. Limit 2." In Wyoming, where I live, there are drive-through liquor stores. This is another level, though.
Here's the problem: I hate the taste of beer. Never in my life — college fraternity parties included — have I been able to drink an entire pint. As an adult, friends have sometimes sneaked beer into an opaque glass before handing it to me just to watch my facial expressions. The adjectives I use to describe beer's taste and smell, and it doesn't matter if it's a pilsner, IPA, hefeweizen or stout, include "toe cheese," "cat urine" and, when I'm low on imagination, "bitter." I've never had a beer I didn't find bitter.
My taste buds pick up no chocolate in What Does the Fox Say. They do pick up bitter. And as much as Andrea, and the rest of Bend, love Boneyard's RPM, it makes me pucker.
I wish I liked beer. My mom loves it and collects bottles from around the world; the souvenir can't be in the collection unless she drank its contents. Twenty-five years ago her collection started on one shelf high on a kitchen wall. Over the past two decades, my father built shelves extensive enough to ring the entire kitchen. Some walls have double-decker shelves, and many shelves have bottles two deep. No two are the same. One of my wildest dreams is to enjoy a beer with her without getting sick.
Visiting Bend last summer, I quickly see it as a city especially qualified to help me realize this dream.
The Bend Ale Trail, promoted as "the largest beer trail in the West," includes 16 breweries; you can bike or walk between most of them.
Last year, the lifestyle website Livability named Bend the No. 1 Beer City in the country, writing that it has one of the highest concentrations of craft breweries per capita in the country. Within the city limits there are about 81,000 people and 21 breweries (with seven additional breweries nearby).
Source - stripes.com
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One of the many great things about living in Bend is that we have tons of great restaurants to enjoy including Bario of Bend.
The good news is that as warmer weather is around the corner Bario is gearing up to hit the streets of Bend and join the food truck revolution that locals know and love here.
The bold and delectable smells of Barrio, the popular Latin-inspired restaurant in downtown, are now making their way around Bend. That would be the work of Barrio's new food truck, which chef/owner Stephen Draheim launched just last year.
Though it may seem like Barrio is jumping on the ever-growing bandwagon, the food truck is actually a return to Draheim's roots, when he and then co-owner Joel Cordes peddled tacos and soup out of little carts by The Blacksmith.
"The cart was literally six feet long and held barely just enough to handle a busy lunch. You had to push it or tow it behind a car," Draheim says.
Draheim made a concentrated effort last year after he saw a Craigslist ad for a retired FedEx truck in Washington state. (FedEx retires trucks after 300,000 miles. They typically end up in the lots of used car garages or specialized dealers.) After a nine-hour drive and "a great deal and clean title," Draheim was the proud owner of a new food truck ... after applying some elbow grease, of course. G&S Custom Fabrications was tasked with the conversion. The team there specializes in restoring and customizing hot rods and classic cars, but Draheim says they were eager to tackle something different.
"I think for a lot of people, it's the freedom of being able to call your own shots, make your own hours. There's more flexibility and freedom to do what you want. If you're the chef or sous-chef of a restaurant, you're cooking the restaurant's menu day in and day out. With food trucks, obviously, you want to be consistent, but there's more flexibility from an artistic standpoint. I think customers are drawn to that," he says.
"They took a lot of pride in this job," he says. "It's their first food truck, and it was a custom job on a blank shell. They made sure it rolled out of their garage looking and working good. I'm super happy with the job they did."
The 30-foot-long Barrio food truck sports a full-kitchen and refrigeration system, outdoor speakers, and an instantly recognizable paint job. The entire setup can be manned by three chefs, and the focused menu includes the popular Barrio themes—spicy, Mexican-inspired flavors—while also allowing for more flexibility and freedom.
"Since we got the truck loaded up with equipment and firepower, we can put out a lot of food fairly quick," Draheim says. "You got a little more freedom being outside of the kitchen. As much as it's more efficient to stay within our Barrio profile, we have done events where we're showcasing what the client wants. We've done smoked trout, rib-eyes, vegetarian menus, and more."
The truck was initially used for the 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. lunch rush, (Draheim: "We tried doing a lunch thing over at Natural Edge; Mike Ross [owner of Natural Edge] even built a giant table outside.") Not long after, they began to focus exclusively on catering events.
"We ended up dipping into our lunch schedule, and we couldn't be there every day," Draheim says. "There'd be weeks where we'd say, 'We're going to be here Monday and Tuesday, but we'll be gone Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.' It's crazy with weddings—people want to book caterers a year out."
Source - Bend Source
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One of the most difficult things about buying a home in Bend with your spouse or significant other is agreeing upon what's most important to you in a home.
To make your job of finding the right Bend Oregon Home for your family easier here are the tips you need to follow when buying a home in Bend with your spouse or significant other.
Know What Are Your Must Have’s And Should Haves
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It's 2016 and one of the biggest questions you've been thinking about is if it's better to buy or rent a Bend Oregon home.
The answer to this questiondepends upon who you ask but the reality is that buying a home is a smart choice in 2016 especially for these reasons:
Low Mortgage Interest Rates
Yes, rates are still low and even though the Federal Reserve has been talking about raising interest rates soon the truth is that their action won't affect mortgage interest rates much especially if you get pre-approved for a mortgage and buy a home in the next 30 days.
Are you searching for a Bend Oregon Home for sale? If so, check out our latest listing located at 62775 Idanha Ct Bend, OR 97701-7413.
What Does This Home Offer You?
This 4 bedroom, 2.5 bath Bend Oregon Log Home was built in 1997 and has a vacation home like feel while being right in the center of town, just down the street from iconic Shelvin Park and the many trails and rivers which Bend has to offer you.
Imagine yourself entertaining here in the chef’s kitchen, which also has dual sinks and a 5-burner cooktop while looking out of the large picture windows to take in the mountain views.
Many Awesome Features
In this spacious Bend Oregon Home, located at 62775 Idanha Ct Bend, OR 97701-7413 you will also find rocked fireplaces, a huge deck for gatherings, radiant heat, 50-year roof, 3 air conditioning units and so much more!
This Home Won’t Last For Long
If you’ve been thinking about buying a home in Bend Oregon, don’t miss buying this beautiful log home, it’s on sale for $844,000 but it won’t last long since Bend Oregon has been one of the fastest growing Real Estate markets in the country.
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One of the great things about summer is searching for Bend Oregon Homes for Sale and this summer there are plenty of great properties on the marketing including a beautiful home located at 2787 NW Colter Ave Bend, OR 97701-6727.
About This Property
This beautiful craftsman style cottage home features 2 bedrooms with their own bathrooms, built-ins which can be used for office space, extra storage space and plenty of charm.
What makes this home unique from other Craftsman style homes in Northwest Crossing is that it also offers you a separate living room with a fireplace and hardwood floors, air conditioning for those hot summer days and best of all, a low maintenance outdoor living space which features a deck, paver patio and outdoor kitchen.
Outside you will also find a side yard with plenty of space for kids to play, or a storage shed and this home is also close to everything you know and love about Bend including shops, trails, parks, restaurants and more.
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Built in 2005, this 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom Bend Oregon Home for Sale offers you 1101 square feet of space, a 5,227 square foot lot and it’s listed at $389,900.
If you’re searching for the perfect Bend Oregon home then this property which is located at 2787 NW Colter Avenue in bend has the features and details you’re searching for including:
· Living room, kitchen, dining area and utility room.
· Central heating and air conditioning.
· Close proximity to great schools including Summit High School and High Lakes Elementary.
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With the start of summer many Bend Oregon Home Owners will be making renovations to their homes since everyone knows that renovations can boost value and make your home easier to sell.
In this article we will share with you 7 home renovation projects you can do yourself which will help you to increase the value of your home.
#1 – Get Your Home Professionally Inspected
The first thing you should do to increase your home value is to hire a home inspector to professionally inspect your home since an inspector will be able to give you a complete report on what’s really going on with your home, and what needs to be repaired now.
#2 – Hire a professional Decorator for One Hour
Another great thing you can do with your renovation budget is to hire a professional decorator for one hour because, this will provide you with the right direction you should head in when decorating your home yourself.
#3 – Paint Your Home
If the exterior of your home hasn’t been painted in some time you should consider painting it but if your home was recently painted the next best thing you can do is paint every room inside your home fresh colors.
#4 – Make Your Home Energy Efficient
Replace weather stripping around doors and windows, re-caulk windows, refinish or re-seal wood floors and purchase energy efficient lights for each room in your home since this will help your home to become more energy efficient.
#5 – Improve Curb Appeal
Plant new trees and flowers in your front yard, reseed dead lawns, paint your mail box and power wash the sidewalk in front of your home plus the driveway.
#6 – Remove Ancient Decor
If your home has wood paneling, popcorn ceilings or light fixtures from the 1970’s, you should remove the aging decor from your home since most features which were popular back then are not desirable today.
#7 – Update Your Kitchen and Bathrooms
Last of all, but most important, update the kitchens and bathrooms in your home by removing and or refinishing flooring, refinishing cabinets plus replacing hardware on drawers and cabinet doors.
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So you’re planning on buying a Bend Oregon Home this summer.
This is awesome news but before you start your home search make sure you don’t make common home buyer mistakes which include the following:
Mistake #1 – Not Realizing the Truth about How Much You Can Afford To Pay
Although you might want to buy a Bend Oregon Home which costs $500,000, can you really afford it on your salary?
Before shopping for a home it’s important to take the time to sit down and figure out how much of a home you can really afford.
Most experts agree that you shouldn’t spend more than 30 percent of your income on home expenses like your mortgage, insurance and property taxes.
Mistake #2 – You Didn’t Review Your Credit Score
As a home buyer your credit score is the key which will help you to get a great mortgage loan or not.
Before you even apply for a mortgage loan make sure you pull your 3-in-1 credit report to review your credit score and confirm that only accurate information is being reported about you from the major credit bureaus.
Mistake #3 – Not Taking the Time to Shop Around For a Mortgage
Yes, mortgage interest rates are low right now, but, make sure you get the lowest mortgage interest rate possible by shopping around because, that .5 percent can easily amount to $100 per month or more savings off your monthly mortgage payment.
Mistake #4 – You Forgot To Get Pre-Approved
After getting the best mortgage interest rate make sure that you get pre-approved for a mortgage loan because, this means you will know the exact amount of money you can spend on a home once you finally start house hunting.
Mistake #5 – Not Hiring a Real Estate Agent
In 2015 it’s easier than ever before to search for homes online but, when it comes to actually viewing Bend Oregon Homes live, and in person, you will need to have an actual Real Estate Agent represent your best interests.
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Are you thinking about moving to Bend or purchasing another home in the area? If so, you’ve come to the right place.
The Bend Oregon Median Home Price for June 2015 is now $306,500 and home values here have increased by close to 6 percent in the last year alone.
Many analysts, including organizations like Zillow predict that Bend home prices will increase by at least another 1.2 percent this year as more people relocation to Bend or search for vacation homes in the area.
It’s better to Buy in Bend than Rent
Did you know that the median rent for a Bend Oregon home is now $1,495?
If you were to buy a home in Bend for $200,000 your monthly mortgage payment would only be $1,163.16 per month.
That’s a savings of over $300 per month and owning a home also means you will be building equity since home ownership is also comparable to a forced savings plan.
What to Do Before You Buy In Bend, Oregon
You’re on the right track and homeownership in Bend Oregon is just a step away.
Before you get started with buying a home in Bend make sure you do the following.
Step 1 – Check your credit score.
Step 2 – Pay off old debts and lower your debt-to-income ratio.
Step 3 – Get pre-approved for a mortgage loan.
Step 4 – Confirm what you’re searching for in a home (Location, size, square footage and amenities)
Step 5 – Hire a Bend Oregon Realtor to help you with your home search.
Step 6 – Start searching for a Bend Oregon home for sale.
Step 7 – Be ready to act fast when listings come to the market since homes can sell quickly in Bend.
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BEND – Are you searching for things to do in Bend during June 2015? If so, you’ve come to the right place.
In this post we will share with you the best things to do in Bend during the month of June so you can pack your calendar with fun things to keep you busy all month long.
6/5/2015 8:00 AM
CENTRAL OREGON 500+
5 days of classic Central Oregon road rides. 100 mile and 100 km ride options each day. Rides guides provided for fast, medium and slow pack. Frequent rest stops with gourmet food and lunch provided each day. SAG and bike support will also be provided each day.
Click here to learn more: www.mbsef.org
6/5/2015 1:00 PM
Fermentation is the preservation process that transforms ordinary ingredients into extraordinary beer, wine, spirits, breads, and cheeses that we so love. Join a Culinary Adventurer as we learn about this chemical process that has been a staple of human nutrition since the dawn of humanity.
Click here to learn more: http://www.welltraveledfork.com/Home.html
6/12/2015 7:00 AM
Watch top competitors and world champions compete in the 7th Annual Sisters Rodeo!
6/12/2015 7:30 PM
CTC PRESENTS A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum is a non-stop laugh-fest in which Pseudolus, a crafty slave, struggles to win the hand of a beautiful but slow-witted courtesan named Philia, for his young master, Hero, in exchange for freedom. The plot twists and turns with cases of mistaken identity, slamming doors, and a showgirl or two. This unforgettable, hysterical musical allows a terrific ensemble of comedic actors to shine-something for everyone, “a comedy tonight!”
Click here to learn more: cascadestheatrical.org
6/19/2015 10:00 AM
4 PEAKS MUSIC FESTIVAL
4 Peaks is celebrating 8 years of music, family, and fun! Featuring national and regional touring bands as well as local acts, a large kids area, workshops, food and craft vendors, large RV and tent camping area, room to spread out and dance in an intimate and family-friendly vibe.
Click here to learn more: www.4peaksmusic.com
6/20/2015 9:00 AM
6TH ANNUAL CLASSIC CAR EXPO
The 6th Annual Classic Car Expo will take place Saturday, June 20th, 2015 at Cascade Village Shopping Center. There will be 1939 & older to 1970’s! We are also excited to have 25 classic 1934-1937 Chrysler and DeSoto Airflow’s on display also. So bring the family and enjoy some music and these classic cars and don’t forget we have El Rancho Grande, Shinsei Sushi, Taco Del Mar, Jamba Juice, Starbucks, Togo’s, Little Pizza Paradise and Carino’s for some tasty treats!
6/26/2015 7:00 PM
CROOKED RIVER ROUNDUP
Since 1945, we have been rodeoing in Prineville. The cowboy capital of Oregon comes alive during June 26th through the 28th, 2015. Three big performances for three days in a row.
Click here to learn more: http://www.crookcountyfairgrounds.com/
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