The tour will take place this Saturday, beginning at 1:30pm when it departs from Crux Fermentation Project in Bend for a five hour trip. From there, the Wanderlust Tours van will head north to Smith Rock where attendees will experience nature’s handiwork through a brewer’s lens.
Wanderlust’s elite guides will lead you along this informative hike with Crux’s head brewer, Cam O’Connor. He’ll share stories of spontaneous fermentation inspired by the surrounding landscape.
And this landscape is one that will surely impress as the tour descends into the Crooked River canyon. Once there, attendees will examine the wildlife, geology, agriculture, water and rock which, when coalesced, give birth to wild yeasts, microflora, and bacteria that provide for the complexities of Crux’s latest Gypsy Coolship release. Then at some point, the group will taste the result of Crux’s open-air, wort-cooled, brewing ingenuity of its coolship.
Once the hike is finished, the tour will head back to the Crux tasting room for pizza, charcuterie, and a variety of delicious Crux beers where elite staff, handpicked for their knowledge, answer your brewing questions as you drink and dine.
For this trip, Wanderlust Tours recommends bringing sun protection, including hat, sunglasses and sunscreen. It is also recommended to bring a few layers of clothing, hiking shoes, a water bottle, and camera.
The trip costs $165 per person for those 21 years of age or older only. Tour departs from Crux Fermentation Project located at 50 SW Division Street in Bend, OR on Saturday, June 5 at 1:30pm. To participate in this Smith Rock Coolship Experience, click here to purchase your ticket. Online booking closes 48 hours prior to tour time. Please call the Wanderlost Tours office at (541) 389-8359 to check availability.
D.J. is a Portland, Oregon based writer that spent his formative years in the Midwest. With over 25 years under his belt of drinking beer at festivals across America and the world, he has developed a strong appreciation and understanding of craft beer and the industry that surrounds it. He can be found in any of the great breweries or beer bars that make Portland the best beer city in the world. His writing can also be found in the archives of Northwest Brewing News and can be followed on Twitter and Instagram at @hopapalooza.