Monday, March 18, 2013

weekend adventures 69

We didn't have any plans for the weekend, but we ended up doing quite a bit of exploring regardless, including two more stops on the Bend Ale Trail.

After work me and Pat decided to head out to Sisters to try the "extra credit" brewery on our Bend Ale Trail checklist, Three Creeks. They are pretty much in the Five Pine Lodge parking lot, which I thought was a bit unusual since Five Pine appears to be a nice and secluded wedding venue online, but I digress. The place was pretty packed when we got in, but we managed to score a table pretty quick and ordered some drinks. Pat got a special Irish Stout (since St. Patty's Day was Sunday), and I got a sampler tray since I had never had any of their stuff before. There were several that I thought were pretty good, and the food wasn't too bad either. If you live anywhere in Central Oregon you know that their beers can also be found at the store, and I have to hand it to them, I really like their branding. It does not seem like something that would come out of little old Sisters. Unfortunately we forgot to get our "passports" stamped, so we will definitely be back again.

[[ three creeks. ]]

We decided to go in to Bend, to get some shopping done, and then grab some drinks at Good Life, the brewery we had started at when we first attempted the Ale Trail with my friend Sierra. There is a little tasting room for Volcano Vineyards right next door, so we took a little detour inside to see what they had to offer. It was a pretty sweet little place with some really interesting chandeliers and pretty yummy wine. I particularly enjoyed their take on peach sangria which was poured out of a tap. Me and Pat ended up buying a growler of it for later and then making our way over to Good Life for some food. They have some delicious snacks, like bacon wrapped jalapeno poppers, and the best beer pretzel we have found so far in town (and we have tried a ton of them). We ended up grabbing a few beers and sticking around for dinner before making our way home to enjoy some of our sangria and watch movies.

[[ koalas march, one of my treats from shopping at world market. ]]
[[ volcano vineyards. ]]
[[ good life brewing co. ]]

In honor of St. Patty's Day Pat made us a delicious bangers and mash inspired breakfast while we blasted some Drop Kick Murphey's and Flogging Molly. Since the last stop on our Ale Trail was McMenamins Old St. Francis School downtown, we decided to go there for the rest of the evening, so we put on our green and headed in to Bend once again. Me and Pat were both so used to being in a college town where everyone goes crazy on any holiday that involves drinking, that we were really surprised not that many people were in to it here. In fact, other than the small bar inside of the school, there were not many festivities to be had, so after lunch at the restaurant, we called it a night early and decided to head back home to enjoy the rest of our lazy Sunday. Hopefully we have a little better luck finding something festive to engage in next year... come on Bend, you can do better than little old Corvallis.

[[ bangers and mash breakfast. ]]
[[ a st. patty's day beer. ]]