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Expanding Beer Scene 

The city of 30,000 now boasts seven breweries—eight if you count Silver Moon's production facility

The craft beer craze isn't lost on Redmond, with new breweries popping up about as fast as they do in Bend. The longtime players are still around—Cascade Lakes Brewing Company's 7th Street Brew House still gets a robust lunch crowd—and new players are coming in, fast.

click to enlarge Initiative Brewing. - CHRIS MILLER
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  • Initiative Brewing.

Initiative Brewing is taking over the old Juniper Bank building on 5th Street. Although it's still under renovation, the website is up and it looks like Initiative intends to use the old drive-thru as a covered patio. Its year-round taps include a double India Pale Ale, a stout, a Belgian pale ale, an IPA and a session ale. Seasonal taps are on the menu as well. The food menu is standard pub fare with burgers, appetizers and a kid's menu.

click to enlarge Porter Brewing Co. - CHRIS MILLER
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  • Porter Brewing Co.

Porter Brewing recently opened its doors on the Eastside of Highway 97 on Jackpine Court. Its beers are 100 percent cask-conditioned and are served at 50 degrees. The pub pours a bitter ale, IPA, an Irish ale, porter and stout—all pumped to the handles by beer engines from the United Kingdom. Bad Boys Barbecue serves food for Porter's customers from its food truck in the parking lot.

Geist Beerworks opened its doors this summer and serves "boutique" beers at its brewery as well as sells kegs to restaurants and bars around Central Oregon. During Christmastime it sold Hookers and Blow, a 12.9 percent alcohol by volume Russian Imperial Stout in limited quantities and Peppermint Daddy Stout. Geist is located near the Redmond Municipal Airport on Southeast Umatilla Avenue.

click to enlarge Smith Rock Brewing Company. - CHRIS MILLER
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  • Smith Rock Brewing Company.

Smith Rock Brewing Company is a small brewery on Northwest 7th Street. It serves rotating taps with choices including IPAs, Scottish ale, chocolate porter, blonde ale, stouts, ambers, a black ale and even German hefeweizen. Smith Rock also makes artisan burgers and sandwiches, along with a host of appetizers and pasta dishes.

click to enlarge Kobold Brewing and The Vault Taphouse. - CHRIS MILLER
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  • Kobold Brewing and The Vault Taphouse.

Traveling south on Sixth Street, you can stop at Kobold Brewing and the Vault Taphouse. The bright building serves many different beers including six IPAs, a red ale, a blonde ale, black ale, Scotch ale and many different styles of stouts and porters. Westside Taco Co. and The Wild Bark serve food for customers to nosh on, or you can grab popcorn or a pretzel from the bar.

click to enlarge Wild Ride Brewing. - CHRIS MILLER
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  • Wild Ride Brewing.

If a giant patio is your thing, stop by brewery mainstay, Wild Ride Brewing, on 5th Street for one of its many beers. The brewery and taproom look like a giant warehouse, but have comfy patio tables and lots of gas outdoor fireplaces. The tap list is extensive and incudes a red ale, golden ale, amber lager, IPAs, stouts, a peanut butter porter and a wheat beer. Just off the end of the patio sit food carts ranging from The Jerk Kings to Food Fellas.

click to enlarge Cascade Lakes' 7th Street Brew House. - CHRIS MILLER
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  • Cascade Lakes' 7th Street Brew House.

Another mainstay, Cascade Lakes Brewing's original brewhouse on Southwest 7th Street, has been serving beers since the '90s. Its lineup has expanded over the years and includes IPAs, a seasonal salted caramel porter, winter ale and the Blonde Bombshell. Seventh St. has a full bar and pub food—and pizzas to go. The patio's usually open, just make sure to check in before you sit out there in the winter.

Initiative Brewing
424 NW 5th St., Redmond
initiativebrew.com

Porter Brewing Company
611 NE Jackpine Ct. #2, Redmond
541-504-7959
porterbrewingco.com

Geist Beerworks
736 SE Umatilla Ave., Redmond
541-726-8663
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Smith Rock Brewing
546 NW 7th St.. Redmond
541-279-7005
smithrockbrewing.com

Kobold Brewing
245 SW 6th St., Redmond
541-504-9373
koboldbrewing.com

Wild Ride Brewing Company
332 SW 5th St., Redmond
541-516-8544
wildridebrew.com

Cascade Lakes Brewing Company
855 SW 7th St., Redmond
541-923-1795
cascadelakes.com

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