The Barrel Thief Lounge + Oregon Spirit Distillers (Bend, Oregon)

When in Bend... oh lordy, when in Bend... seek out all the makers, bakers, and shakers!

If you visit Bend, the food & beverage selections will NOT disappoint. After an already long weekend of drinking and merry-making with my good friend Maia, her colleagues invited us out for a recovery brunch, followed by (you guessed it!) more booze. This was the most memorable stop of my weekend, and hair of the dog yadda yadda (ie: AMAZING BLOODY MARY PICTURED BELOW) saved my life. Check. it. out. The pickled garlic was ahhhhh-mazing.

The award winning spirits at Oregon Spirit Distillers ranges wildly- Vodka, Genever, Rum, and my personal favorite, Bourbon. Yes! Bourbon can be made in Oregon. And it is, very well done. If you don't know what makes a bourbon... Sign up for my mailing list and get a cheat sheet right MEOW:

Oregon Spirit Distillers is a trifecta of a lounge, distillery, and tasting room. You can peer into the distillery and watch all the action (depending on the day) from the lounge. Tours are offered (no reservations required, first come first served).  Their mission statement according to their website:

"To distill with a commitment to local agriculture and Oregon’s bold independent personality.
To bring quality, premium spirit brands which are unique, interesting and outstanding in their class to the world market."

Their products are Oregonian as possible, and the team puts an emphasis on learning. They even use the term "Spirit Geeks"! That is a term I can get behind! A visit here is a completely spiritual experience. Have a taste, tour, then relax with a cocktail on their patio. I noticed they had huge fire pits outside, but as it was 90 degrees out, weren't necessary.

They also have an "Adopt a barrel" program if you'd like to buy a nice gift for yourself or someone special. You can buy a barrel for your bar, and you can even request a specific proof for your spirit!

Some other places to eat + drink in Bend:

Barrio - Tapas + Margaritas Galore
900 Wall - Great Whiskey Selection + Day time Happy Hour Menu is fantastic
Dogwood - Ambiance + Decor + Cocktails
10 Below - Classy Hotel Bar + Pork Belly Tacos + Late night Happy Hour
Atlas - Cider, Cider, + More Cider