There is a certain flavor to Bend and 10 Barrel Brew Pub has it nailed. Located on the corner of Galveston and 12th it is often a bit of a walk from wherever you happened to find a free parking spot particularly during the late afternoon, which is of course, the best time of day to check out their latest brew offering.
For those who may not have been there yet (and you know who you are) don’t be confused by the www.10barrel.com website if you are one to research your restaurant prospects ahead of time. The actual brewery (brewhouse) location is listed as their address on every page, so unless you happen to first find and then click on ‘Find Us’ you might just get lost. Take my advice and head on over to Galveston, watch for the busiest establishment on the street, and you will have found this most popular Bend pub.
10 Barrel’s home grown, comfortable though industrial-looking décor is pleasing to the eye and amply suits the brew pub dining experience. The wait staff is always friendly and more than capable of providing good cheer to go along with your beer, although it can get rather hectic during rush hour. It seems that there is always room to sit and seldom a wait, particularly during the warmer summer hours when a wide bank of garage-style doors are thrown open, blending the surrounding patio spaces with the inside seating.
Owned by a group of local brewers these guys have taken beer making to a whole new level. Evidently, it takes a team of crafty brewmeisters to create and serve such a wide array of ice cold, on-tap selections, enough to keep most any craft beer enthusiast properly tantalized. The food menu isn’t something to be ignored either, with appetizers, sandwiches and at least 10 ‘pies’ (aka pizza) to choose from.
Pie recommendations from this reviewer would include The Cowboy; piled high with pepperoni, Italian sausage, pulled pork (yes, pulled pork) and a selection of olives, pepperoncini and cheese. The menu recommends O’Riley’s Red to go along with this pizza but don’t overlook the possibility of pairing it with a tall Belgian Blonde (the beer not the waitress). Another top pie choice would be the Pesto Chicken Prosciutto which comes with all that you would expect, plus chunks of roasted garlic and sundried tomatoes.
If you’re not in the mood for pizza with your brew, check out the menu’s sandwich selections and give the Grilled Chicken & Prosciutto Sandwich, or perhaps the much talked about BBQ Pulled Pork, a whirl. These you will want to wash down with an American Wheat or Coffee Porter, unless you’re hankering for something much more memorable to drink. In that case, don’t hesitate to order the S1nistOr Black.
While we’re on the subject; S1nistOr Black is an award winner, and that is a fact backed up by not just the locals who appreciate the fine subtle hints of chocolate and “easy drinking balance on the back end”, it also won a Bronze Metal in 2009 at the Great American Beer Festival. So, for even the most timid light beer drinker S1nistOr Black isn’t something to pass up for being ‘too dark’. With its unique combination of malts and signature light body that delivers a tasty smooth finish, even the finicky beer drinker will enjoy this selection.
So, whatever food items you order from the menu to go along with your beer (or the other way around), do at least get a taster (and 10 Barrel Brew Pub is very generous with their tasters) of their award-winning beer.