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Bend, OR’s Aspect Boards and Brews expands into taproom and beer garden

Located in the Mecca of beer and board culture, beautiful Bend, Oregon, Aspect Boards and Brews (formerly Aspect Board Shop) expands their business and building to include 12 taps and an outdoor beer garden at their site on Galveston Ave. Aspect began pouring the fermented nectar that has put Bend on the map for its microbrewing culture on August 1, alongside their specially selected stock of skateboards, longboards, snowboards and accessories.

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Because, Why Not? Aspect adds brews to boards

Galveston isn’t the sleepy, small-town thoroughfare it used to be. Now one of Bend’s most populated Westside streets, the avenue is a people-watching haven—read, stumbling traffic from 10 Barrel and sun-soaked floaters from Drake Park—and, with the Lot and a few notable restaurants, also a foodie’s paradise. With 10 Barrel’s brew-pub and tons of taps at Brother Jon’s, it’s a beer-lover’s home base, too. Enter Aspect Boards & Brews on the corner of Federal and Galveston—one of the worst places to try and make a left turn in town. The shop is cashing in on the beer tourism boom by adding a 12-tap rotation (beer, kombucha, sangria and cider) to its offerings of ski and snowboard gear and rentals.

“Skiing, snowboarding and drinking beer go hand in hand,” said owner Katie Patterson, who explained that the idea was floated last Labor Day weekend during a sidewalk sale at Aspect. “I sat outside and watched hundreds of people walk by who had no interest in my wares. I thought, how can we capture some of these people?”

The answer was, and always will be, beer.

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Bend’s Aspect Board Shop expanding: Ski-snowboard-skateboard store adding beer garden and taproom

Change is underfoot at Aspect Board Shop on Northwest Galveston Avenue in Bend.

Owner Katie Patterson is in the midst of adding a beer garden and tap room to the front of the ski-snowboard-skateboard shop she’s owned for nearly six years.

“Mostly, we’re just reconfiguring and updating,” Patterson said Monday. “The roof, the siding, all these things that had needed to be done, they’re happening at the same time.

The most obvious changes are the addition of a 200-square-foot tap room with a roll-up service window opening onto a 440-square-foot patio on new pavers. Gas lines underneath the patio will permit the addition of fire pits to keep the outdoor experience going in winter, après ski. The tap room will be rigged for 12 taps, nine dedicated to local beers, one for cider, one for kombucha and one for Busch Light.

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