Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Bend Brewery: Crux Fermentation Project

What: Crux Fermentation Project
Where: 50 SW Division Street, Bend, OR
Honeys Heart: Food that lives up to the beer

A few weekends ago, Brian and Laura invited Doug and me down to Sunriver for the Bend Brewfest. The fest was so fun- not too crowded (at least during the day) and not the drunken bro crowd you get at the Oregon Brewers Festival.

But my favorite part of the weekend (besides speeding through Divergent by the SHARC pool), was our visit to Crux Fermentation Project.

Doug was adamant that we not leave Bend without visiting one of their many breweries, so before we hit up the fest on Saturday we stopped by Crux for lunch and some samples.

Love Crux's version of a sample tray!

Our group's favorite beers included:
  •  Off Leash- cross between a pale and IPA
  • Tough Love- Imperial Stout
  • Mosaic- IPA
  • American Brown Porter
The thing that impressed me the most about Crux though was their food. It's always appreciated when Breweries have food, but usually I don't expect anything more than mediocre pub food. Crux, then, certainly outdid itself with its large selection of tasty eats.

I ordered the Summer Berry Salad with mixed greens, gorgonzola, toasted almonds, balsamic stout vinaigrette, and pickled strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries.

I have never had pickled berries before and these were so, so good- the perfect combo of tangy and sweet. 

Doug ordered the Chicken Bacon Sandwich with ale-marinated chicken, bacon, roasted garlic, sun-dried tomatoes, and asiago cheese accompanied by Barley Bean Quinoa Salad. Yum!

Crux also has a great little patio and lawn area.

Great choice Doug!