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The 12 Days of Ablismas Are Back And Bigger Than Ever

 

Once again, Ablis CBD is rolling out the red carpet for a holiday contest like no other. The 12 Days of Ablismas are back.

What’s Ablismas? 

Ablismas is a contest sponsored by yours truly. We’re Ablis CBD, a Bend-based maker of CBD infusions, concentrates, and topicals. If you’ve never tried CBD, Ablismas is an easy way to get your hands on our products and celebrate stress-free living just in time for the holidays. And since we’re in the giving spirit, we’re doing Ablismas bigger than ever before—almost 50 entrants will score a chance to win up to $12k+ in prizes. And that’s just because we like you. 

The 12 Days of Ablismas Prizes Are Stacking Up

Daily prizes include giveaways from Ablis CBD and partners, with a big finish of THREE GRAND PRIZES courtesy of Santiam SnoLab and Hoodoo Ski Resort. 

Here’s a teaser of this year’s grand prizes:

  • A pair of custom All-Mountain Ablis-branded skis (valued at $800) + 2 All Day Lift Ticket  Hoodoo Ski Passes (valued at $140) 
  • A custom All-Mountain Ablis-branded snowboard (valued at $800) + 2 All Day Lift Ticket Hoodoo Ski Passes (valued at $140) 
  • A pass to Santiam SnoLab to fully customize and design a brand new pair of skis or snowboard (valued at $700-800) + a 5-Day AnyCard Hoodoo Pass (valued at $350)

Score Free Camping Gear, Hoodoo Passes, Winterfest Tickets, And More!

If you thought there were only three chances to win, think again! We’ll be choosing daily winners from December 1-12.  We’ve put together a killer list of adventure-inspired prizes courtesy of Ablis CBD and some of our favorite PNW partners. From bevvie coats and Koozies to Hoodoo passes and camping gear, every prize was hand-picked to support your on-the-go lifestyle.   

The Rules And Stuff 

So, how do you play? You can think of it as the Olympic games of holiday giveaways. Hit this link to find the giveaway. Once you’re there, you’ve got over a dozen one-time and daily actions you can take to rack up entries. Make sure to also follow us on Instagram and Facebook for prize sneak peeks and announcements. 

Here’s what we’ll be giving away to two winners a day:

  •  Ablis Sample Pack [includes a mixed 12-pack of CBD waters, (1) 2oz Rub, (5) Muscle Rub Squeeze Packs, (5) MCT Squeeze Packs, (6) 50 mL shooters].

Two more winners a day will get the above Ablis sampler PLUS a prize from our featured partner of the day. By the end of the 12th day, we’ll have awarded nearly 12k in prizes to almost 50 entrants! 

How Many Times Can I Enter Ablismas Giveaways? 

There are both one-time and daily actions you can use to earn entries. We recommend taking advantage of the one-time entries ASAP and checking back daily to earn extra entries. These daily actions include things like liking our daily Instagram posts and sharing posts and videos that feature your favorite Ablis products. If you complete all of the one-time and daily entries, you can earn 36+ opportunities to win!

Can I Win More Than One Prize?

Yes! We’re randomly selecting winners every day. The more entries you have, the higher your chance of being selected. And even if you’ve won already, we’ll keep you in the running for daily and grand prizes. 

Can I Earn Any Of My Prizes In Cash? 

Nope, it’s just a product giveaway. But we’ve got a haul of stuff, so if you’re into Hoodoo passes and dope gear, you’ll love what you win! 

How Do I Increase My Odds Of Winning?

The more entries you have, the more likely you are to be randomly selected. To maximize your odds of winning, make sure to check all of the one-time entry methods of your list (signing up for our newsletter, following our partners on Instagram, learning more about Ablis) and then check back daily for the entry methods you can do once per day (share an image of yourself with your favorite Ablis product, like our daily Instagram post). 

Merry Ablismas from Ablis CBD, And The Best Of Luck! 

Take your shot to enter to win some incredible free gear and amazing Ablis products from December 1 through the 12th! We support getting you out there to experience the stoke, whether that’s shredding on a new board at Hoodoo, or winter camping with your new gear from Poler and Rovr. So what are you waiting for? Spread the word and help a friend win. All in all, it’s shaping up to be a very good Ablismas indeed.

A nod to our incredible partners who are making this many giveaways possible:  Hoodoo Ski Resort, Puffin Drinkwear, Rovr Coolers, Poler Camp Gear, Hillside Ski and Snowboard, Oregon Winterfest, Cascade Armory, and Crater Lake Spirits. Also, shout out to the designer of our custom boards, Moe Moscatosca! Peep his other design work over here

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Reach for This CBD Muscle Rub All Winter Long

 

When you play hard, sometimes your body takes a beating. But that’s no reason to stop doing the things you love. So whether you’ve leveled up with a new PR at the rock gym this week or you’re out crushing it on the slopes, we supply what you need to keep the stoke alive. Introducing your new best friend: CBD muscle rub. 

Staying in Shape For Winter Sports

Support your body through all the twists and turns of your favorite winter sports and activities with CBD. We know how even the most adventurous of activities can take a toll on our knees, ankles, and more, especially with those old injuries or sore spots. 

Think of this muscle rub as your new adventure companion. It contains calming ingredients that keep you fresh and on your toes for the next big adventure. We love using it on recovery days or after a long day of outdoor play. Relax your discomforts and get back in winter sport shape with CBD muscle rub.

Designed For The Gym Bag or Mid-Mountain: CBD Muscle Rub Squeeze Packs

The unique part about our muscle rub is how it’s packable for adventures! The convenience of a squeezable, single-use pack to stash in your fanny pack, gear bag, or even your pocket speaks for itself. And did we mention it smells fantastic? So bring it to a massage appointment for that extra dose of zen, or snag a set of squeeze packs for your friends to share the love during apres-ski at the lodge. 

CBD Muscle Rub Powered By Botanicals

Our muscle rub is crafted with botanicals including eucalyptus, ginger, grapefruit, black pepper, and other ingredients. This is a far cry from the Icy-Hot you slathered on aches and pains in the old days! It contains 23 essential oils and CBD derived only from hemp, not marijuana. No THC, GMOs, or artificial colors, flavors, and sweeteners, so there’s nothing fake about it!  

Aloe vera-based gel ensures your post-workout self-care ritual is smooth and cooling, never sticky. We recommend using it directly after a hot shower post-mountain or as you stretch out on your yoga mat.

Take Extra-Good Care Of Your Body This Winter 

Since falling in the snow one too many times isn’t always a soft landing, consider CBD muscle rub as just another part of keeping your body in top shape this winter. Stay prepared for all of your favorite adventures whether that’s snowshoeing, earning your turns in the backcountry, or hitting the groomed trails. Use this muscle rub as many times as you need to stay outside doing what you love best! 

Stay Stoked on CBD Muscle Rub and Go With Ablis.

Not all CBD muscle rub is made equally. Ours is primed for a take-along adventure and made by athletes, for athletes.  Don’t go adventuring without a plan to take supremely good care of your muscles. Try all our other fun and adventure-worthy products, including MCT oil and CBD shots

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A Guide to Buying the Best CBD Oil Online

 

With the boom in the popularity of CBD oils online, it can be tricky to find the perfect product. It’s good to know a few basic things that all top-quality CBD oil products have in common. From the labeling to dosage amounts, get to know what you need to confirm your product is legit! To start, here’s the lowdown on the different types of CBD oil so you can easily decide for yourself. 

The 3 Types of CBD Oil 

Full Spectrum

Full-spectrum CBD is easiest to describe as “whole plant.” None of the plant’s components are missing, which usually means the product contains some levels of THC. Usually, these trace amounts measure at around (0.03% or less). 

At Ablis, we offer 100% CBD isolate products, meaning none of our products are full spectrum. But if you are purchasing from another CBD oil provider online, you may need to know what else is in your CBD. 

Broad Spectrum

Broad spectrum is another form of unfiltered CBD. While it has less THC than full-spectrum products, it still has trace amounts (sometimes as low as 0.01%). Broad Spectrum CBD oil has a stronger hemp flavor and still contains other cannabinoids, but THC specifically is targeted and extracted from the product. 

CBD Isolate

CBD isolate is CBD in its purest form. The oil is treated with carbon dioxide, followed by a distillation process that guarantees to leave all THC behind. This means the only active ingredient in CBD oil is the CBD itself. No plant essences, terpenes, or other cannabinoids remain. 

Pay Attention to Dosage Amounts When Buying CBD Online

Unfortunately, in the internet age, there are plenty of “CBD” products on the market that don’t hold up. We’d hate for you to get shortchanged of the real thing! That’s why it’s important to check that your product actually includes CBD. 

There is no one-size-fits-all approach to CBD dosing. What is appropriate for one person may not work for another. That’s why we encourage you to consult your doctor or pharmacist about CBD and what potential benefits or drawbacks it might have for you. 

Look For Third-Party Testing and FDA-Registered Growers

With most CBD products, we recommend buying only products that are batch-tested by third parties to ensure the lack of pesticides, heavy metals, mold, or THC. This will ensure the purity and safety of your CBD oil. It’s also important to look for hemp growers that are registered with the FDA and state and those that follow all regulations accordingly. 

For the Best CBD Oil Online, Here’s How To Get The Good Stuff

At Ablis, we only promise what we can deliver. Our CBD beverages, topicals, and concentrates are never full spectrum. Our products only contain 100% pure hemp CBD isolate and nothing else. And we abide by all state and federal regulations for the processing and sale of CBD. 

For the best CBD oil online, clear dosage amounts on the label, no gimmicky promises, and third-party quality assurance is the best guarantee you’re getting the good stuff. 

For more questions about our CBD isolate or range of products, see our FAQ page for more information. Or shop for CBD oil that’s tested, vetted, and responsibly sourced!

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Professional Snowmobiler Ross Robinson Talks CBD For Athletes

CBD For Athletes Like Ross Robinson 

Ross Robinson grew up snowmobiling. He doesn’t remember his first time on a snowmobile, but getting out on the snow at a young age sparked a passion in Ross that continues to this day. As a professional athlete and Ablis fan, Ross also knows the benefit of CBD for athletes. 

“I used to ride double in front of my dad when I was really young,” he said, “but I didn’t really get hooked on it until I was a teenager and was big enough to ride my own snowmobile.” 

When Ross entered his teens, it was “game on,” he says. Now he’s in his mid-20s and is an established professional snowmobiler and content creator. He often works with companies like Lynx Snowmobiles to create content for his followers (on YouTube, he has 19k followers; on Instagram, his follower count is almost 57k).

“I’ve really enjoyed creating fun and engaging content for my followers,” Ross said. “That’s where my focus will be for the foreseeable future, both in and out of the snowmobile world.” 

Ross highlights fellow snowmobilers in “509 Sled Update,” a YouTube show that showcases insane clips of professionals snowmobiling (also known as sledding). Most of Ross’s content revolves around snowmobiling, but he hopes to branch out into other similar sports. 

Taking His Skills Off The Slopes

As an opportunity hunter, you never know where he might go once something seizes his interest—just as he’s done with his snowmobiling career. 

After learning the ropes from his father and traversing the slopes on his own as a teen, Ross took his snowmobiling to the next level and spent six seasons working at Burandt’s Backcountry Adventure (BBA). This, he says, was “really the springboard for a lot of opportunities in my career.” 

He began working at BBA as a support guide, then spent time running his own groups as a lead guide. During his last few seasons working at Burandt’s, Ross managed the brand’s media alongside his guide duties. Unfortunately, the time commitment of being a lead guide kept him from his other passion: hitting the slopes on a snowmobile wherever, whenever. 

Ross posted a video on his YouTube channel sharing the ins and outs of his choice to leave BBA for new opportunities, but ultimately, he chose to combine his media experience with his love for snowmobiling to embark on a new career path: working for himself, creating really cool content. 

“My biggest accomplishment [to date] is being at a point where I can put together cool projects and make them happen, usually while getting paid in the process,” Ross said. “That’s what I hope to continue to do for years to come.” 

During his snowmobiling career thus far, Ross has explored multiple places across North America, along with excursions overseas to Sweden and Chile. Chile was especially unique, he says, because of the culture and the time of year—While it was 100 degrees at home, he was riding in fresh snow, discovering new zones. 

CBD For Athletes Helps To Reset

Now, Ross stays busy creating content, sharing highlights from the snowmobiling world, and dropping bits of knowledge about all things sledding. He even has a podcast in the works. Each morning, he says, he kicks off the day with something that puts him in the right mindset: Ablis CBD & MCT in his coffee.  

“The variety of products Ablis has is a big win for me,” Ross said. “Whenever I need a refresh, I’ll enjoy an infused sparkling water, and then I’ll use some muscle rub after a session at the gym or a day in the mountains.” Ross is a perfect example of CBD for athletes used to both renew and recover. 

When he’s not out on the snow, Ross takes time to watch actions sports (usually to gain future project inspiration and to plan future adventures), catching up with friends, and occasionally grabbing the Xbox controller to remind everyone that he still can “dominate on the sticks” like back in his teenage days. 

Of course, Ross is still dominating it on the slopes like he did when he was a teen, too. Out there in the mountains, it’s just “myself, my sled, and endless terrain,” he said. That’s really part of the appeal. 

“[Snowmobilers] have the freedom to go wherever our skills can take us, traversing massive ridgelines, climbing up steep and dark creek bottoms,” Ross said. “The exploration is endless, and it’s exploration at 30 miles per hour while flying and jumping off everything imaginable.”  

See Ross Robinson in action on his Instagram or YouTube

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Ablis CBD For Sports Performance With Pro Biker Kyle Jameson

CBD For Sports Performance? Kyle Jameson Thinks So

Professional mountain biker and business owner Kyle Jameson is no stranger to pushing his limits. “My first ride was in 1998,” he says, “The feeling of flying through the trees was an overwhelming feeling of happiness.” He’s chased this feeling his entire career while overcoming injuries and obstacles. And when he needs support, he uses Ablis CBD for sports performance and recovery. 

His first mountain bike ride happened in 5th grade, while Kyle was  living in California. Now, he’s 32 and has since turned his childhood passion into a full-blown career. 

Kyle is one of the mountain biking scene’s most notable bikers and filmmakers. He’s not only competed in the Red Bull Rampage (where he qualified twice) but he’s also traveled the globe to film bike riding and has hosted successful events for biking enthusiasts like himself. 

Beyond The Trails

During an interview with Outside TV in 2011, Kyle mentioned that he liked “to make [his] own way down the mountain,” which he’s done in both mountain biking and his own business. 

He owns an excavation and trail building company, where he’s been building trails for over ten years. Once he learned how to find his own flow down different mountains, he chose to share his skills—and love of the sport—by uncovering the best mountain biking routes and building out parts of the trail system where it’s needed.

“I figured that it was time to grow up and start my own business,” said Kyle with a laugh. “I wasn’t interested in all the traveling that trail building had in store, so I felt the need to branch out and do general excavation.” 

Kyle also says that excavating trails gives him and his team the ability to pick and choose their mountain bike builds. They have several new builds on the horizon, for which Kyle is grateful. 

Many hours in his week are focused on his business, but Kyle also makes sure he saves time for things that give life its fun and flavor: mountain biking and spending time with his family. 

Along with being a business owner and a pro mountain biker, Kyle is also a new dad. His daughter may not know it yet, but it’s only a matter of time before he introduces her to the sport he’s loved since that first bike ride in 1998. 

“The feeling of flying through the forest on two wheels will never get old,” said Kyle. 

An Ablis Partnership: Using CBD For Sports Performance and Recovery

The 32-year-old dad is still shredding down mountains—and recently partnered with Ablis CBD to create a one-of-a-kind helmet.  

Kyle is a long-time Ablis fan and has used CBD for sports performance and recovery for years. “I love all the products Ablis has,” he said. “The company is run by riders for riders. I’m a big fan and believe that the team at Ablis knows how to produce a great product.” 

Not only will the Ablis CBD helmet keep Kyle looking cool, but it will also keep him safe from any unexpected injuries. In the past, he’s experienced a heart-pounding moment where the words “you’ll never bike again” rang in his ears. 

Despite the doctor’s grim verdict after Kyle broke his wrist while riding his bike, he “willed [his] way back.” Hearing that his dream was over didn’t stop him from setting a goal and working to achieve it. 

Right now, Kyle’s using the same mentality to work through an ACL tear that forced him to set down his bike for about six months. As he returns to two wheels, Kyle says he won’t let this injury dissuade him. He’s going to continue pushing forward in recovery until he can hit up his favorite trail in Bend again. 

Give it a few months, then keep an eye out for a blur flying down Tyler’s Traverse in an Ablis CBD helmet. It’s probably Kyle Jameson.

Keep up with Kyle by following him on Instagram — @kylekjameson.

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River Rafting In Oregon and Washington? Try These Places With CBD Beverages In Hand.

By the Ablis CBD Team

Here at Ablis, we’re big fans of outdoor adventures. Hiking, trail running, rock climbing, skiing, you name it. One of our favorite ways to blow off steam (when the weather is right) is river rafting in Oregon and Washington—with our CBD beverages in hand, of course. 

Whether it’s your first time on the river or your hundredth, you won’t want to miss a rafting adventure in the Pacific Northwest along these four rivers: the White Salmon, the Skykomish, the Rogue River, and the Skagit.

1.White Salmon River

Class III – IV

This gorgeous area of the Pacific Northwest is protected under the Wild & Scenic Rivers Act and includes a winding river that spans almost 30 miles, with rapids ranging from class III difficulty (rapids with irregular waves) to class IV (where you’ll have to perform complex maneuvers over difficult rapids). 

Some sections of this narrow river are suitable for all levels, but for some, you’ll want to be able to swim! Fortunately, there are plenty of guided rafting experiences available. Wet Planet WhiteWater boasts an exciting trip that culminates with a plummet down Husum Falls (a waterfall drop that’s sure to make your heart race). 

White Salmon River is just north of the Oregon/Washington border, near the little towns of Hood River and White Salmon. The cities are across the river from one another, even though one is in OR and one is in WA. Both towns have an amazing little local scene, making this a great option for a weekend trip: rafting one day, exploring the next. Pro tip: bring your Ablis CBD beverages and Muscle Rub along for the trip. 

2. Skykomish River

Class IV – V 

One look at this river, and you’ll see why it was the first to be included in the Washington State Scenic River System. The Skykomish is giant compared to the White Salmon, and it contains house-sized boulders that create massive waves between its banks.

If you want an advanced whitewater rafting experience in the Pacific Northwest, this one is a must—especially the Boulder Drop rapid. Your heart is bound to start racing as you approach this stretch of river in your raft! 

After navigating the class V rapids that may or may not knock you out of your boat, take a moment to look up and soak in the views: River banks that are lined with lush trees like firs, cedars, and maples; Mount Index and Mount Persis’ snowy mountaintops towering above the treeline. 

For those who want to experience the views without the heart-pounding rapids, check out Alpine Adventures’ Family Floats, an 8-mile trip that flows downstream from Big Eddy State Park. You can even check both off your bucket list by making it a weekend trip with a cabin stay at Harmony Lodge or Skykomish River Lodge.

3. Rogue River 

Class II – IV 

Choose between a multi-day or one day trip down one of the first rivers to be protected by the Wild & Scenic Rivers Act: the Rogue River in southwestern Oregon. It’s an exciting whitewater rafting experience, whether you camp alongside the river, stay in lodges along the way, or only stay on the water for a day. 

In the past, this river was a go-to vacation destination for Hollywood stars like Clark Gable. Although he may not have gone rafting, it’s understandable why the remote wilderness was appealing to those of fame and fortune: Peace, quiet, and excitement of the rapids. 

The Rogue River is lined with old forests, canyons, interesting rock formations and several exciting twists and turns. You can join in a group adventure on the Rogue River, or (if you’re experienced) tackle the remote and challenging whitewater as a private, self-guided group.

4. Skagit River

Class II – III

If it’s your first time whitewater river rafting, or if you’re planning a trip with someone who’s nervous about taking a tumble in the rapids, take a scenic float along the Skagit River (another Wild and Scenic River). You’ll be able to test your skills navigating the class III S-curves along your 9 to 10 mile journey, but these waves are playful, unlike others that you might encounter on rafting trips in the Pacific Northwest. 

You’ll find the Skagit in North Cascades National Park, one of the least visited national parks in the country. It’s remote, and it’s gorgeous…especially Diablo Lake, the lake that feeds the Skagit River. The water is an unrealistic tint of blue, and it’s surrounded by 3,000 foot mountains covered with fir trees. 

Needless to say, it’s a sight to see, and it’s worth making your way through the rapids to get there. Fortunately, this is one of the easiest rafting adventures on this list, and there are plenty of groups that offer guided tours. Whether you’re introducing your kiddo to whitewater river rafting or you’re gathering a group of friends for a weekend adventure, the Skagit is a great river to explore. 

After exploring the rivers of Oregon and Washington with your Ablis CBD beverages, check out a few tips from our friend Renee about how to relieve sore muscles. It’s always important to unwind after a day of working out, whether it’s out on the slopes, or on the river. Enjoy your Pacific Northwest adventure navigating the rapids! 

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Beer Guide: The Best of Bend, OR Breweries

Although I may not frequent Bend’s breweries as much as I used to before becoming a dad several years ago, I have many great memories exploring Bend’s brew scene with friends and family. If you’re in the area and have time for a few great beers—even if you can’t tell an IPA from a Pilsner—here are six of my favorite local breweries to stop and enjoy a drink.

Bend, OR: Birthplace of Craft Brews

The brewery scene in Bend is one of the reasons why craft beer has exploded across the country. Not to pat ourselves on the back, but this is the town where it all started with the first initial craft breweries. You won’t see Deschutes on my list (although I love them, I love these six breweries more), but a lot of people credit them for pioneering craft beer as a whole. 

Fun fact: Bend’s heavy involvement in craft brewing acted as inspiration to Jim and Max Bendis when they decided to create Ablis CBD with the same craft mindset—small batches, high quality, and small community. This helped shape the ethos of Ablis…and it helped Bend make a name for itself as the city with top-notch craft breweries.

There are plenty of craft beers now created in Bend, but it’s neat to know that there are a few that were here from the start. If you want to see where the craft brewery boom began, visit Bend! I personally consider this the beer mecca of America…and trust me, it’s worth a pilgrimage. 

6 Great Breweries to Experience in Bend 

A lot of the breweries in town are really about the experience. They have the whole shebang: food, drinks, events. Here are a few of my favorites that I recommend putting at the top of your Bend, OR brewery bucket list. (Have a few brews and try to say that ten times fast!).

1. Silver Moon Brewing

24 NW Greenwood Ave, Bend, OR

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This local brewery’s tagline says it all: “Same Great Beer. Same S***ty Location.” It’s what they’re known for. Although the exterior of Silver Moon looks like it could be a dive bar, it’s one of the best tasting rooms in town. 

They call it “the Moon”. 

The walls of the Moon have seen a lot since the building first opened in the 50s—It’s been everything from a furniture store to a machine shop with a strip bar (!!). Its unusual history only adds to Silver Moon’s awesome atmosphere as a down-to-earth, small-town brewery that packs a punch in every sip. 

Jam-packed with random knowledge? Mark your calendar for “Trivia on the Moon”, but keep an eye out for the competition: My Ablis friends, Chad and Parker. They were “year-long champs” in 2020 (mainly because they won the last game before the weekly event was put on hiatus due to COVID-19, and nobody had an opportunity to dethrone them!). 

If you’re hungry, they have great food here (I like to order the fried pickles with their house-made ranch). Our team at Ablis has also collaborated on a few beverages with Silver Moon Brewing in the past, but even if that wasn’t the case, they’d still be my favorite brewery in Bend. 

Go to drink: Mango Pale Ale

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2. Bend Brewing Company

1019 NW Brooks St, Bend OR

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When things warm up in Oregon, I’d suggest hitting the patio at my second favorite brewery, which just so happens to be the second-oldest brewery in town: Bend Brewing Company. They have a smaller, local feel, which is one of my favorite things about them. 

At Bend Brewing, you’ll find rotating brews (give them a phone call to find out what’s currently on tap) and a great atmosphere for drinking beer with your friends. 

Go to drink: Tropic Pines IPA

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3. Crux Fermentation Project

1441 SW Chandler Ave. #100, Bend, OR 

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This tucked-away pub is really something special: a brewery restaurant experience like no other. They have a very well-maintained craft focus, and when you dine in the pub, you’re able to walk right past the different tanks and things they use to brew their beer. 

Crux definitely creates amazing drinks—Probably because the people who started it was passionate about the beer above all else. Pro tip: If you see the El Santo stand in their courtyard, grab a bite to eat. You won’t regret it!

Go to drink: Battlestar

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4. 10 Barrel Brewing Co.

West Side — 1135 NW Galveston Ave

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East Side — 62950 NE 18th St 

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They may have “sold out” to Anheuser-Busch, but in my eyes, 10 Barrel Brewing Co. simply pursued their dreams and won out by becoming the bigger brewery that they always wanted to be. At the end of the day, they kept their spirit and culture when they joined forces with Anheuser-Busch, and they continue to feel like a small-town brew pub even if they’re technically owned by “the big guys” 

10 Barrel loves to bring the community together with events and great brews on tap at their two locations: West Side and East Side. If you have to choose just one, I’d suggest heading to my favorite: the East location, in the industrial district. 

Go to drink: Pearl IPA

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5. Cascade Lakes Brewing Co.

1441 SW Chandler Ave. #100, Bend, OR 

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This local brewery has been around for a long time. When I first started drinking, one of the first drinks I had was their Blond Bombshell! There’s no doubt that this brewery is a staple in my life and in Bend, OR. 

They started out in Central Oregon in 1994 and haven’t stopped brewing delicious beer since. Although their brewpub in Bend isn’t open right now, you can still visit their Redmond location for patio dining and great beer. 

Go to drink: Blonde Bombshell

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6. Wild Ride Brewing

332 SW 5th St., Redmond, OR

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Wild Ride is a little outside of Bend, close to where I live in Redmond. The owner, Brian Mitchell, is interested in producing the best product possible, which I believe he does. I love the beers that Wild Ride has created so far. 

For a long time, this was Redmond’s only brewery. It was opened in 2014 by three friends who simply loved beer, and although none of them knew anything about brewing, they’ve found brewmasters that continue to create award-winning beers for Wild Ride Brewing. 

Go to drink: 3 Sisters American Red Ale 

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Awesome Beer Events in Oregon 

Zwickelmania — All across Oregon

If you can’t tell, we’re really passionate about beer here in Oregon. “Zwickelmania” is named after a “Zwickel”: the port on a bright tank, which carbonates the beer. Visitors can go in and out of the breweries tasting samples, which is a great way to get a taste of the Bend brewery scene (almost all of the breweries in town participate). 

Bend Brewfest — Bend, OR 

This craft beer festival offers some of the best beers in the country, as well as the best beers in our city. Bend Brewfest is three days with craft beer, food trucks, live music, and good times. It’s located right across from the Deschutes River in the Old Mill District, which is an awesome area that’s also filled with different shops and restaurants you can enjoy, too. 

Tentatively scheduled for August 19-21, 2021

Bend Ale Trail 

If you still have time to explore, trek the “largest beer trail in the West”. You can download a “passport” from their website, then visit a few participating breweries to receive a prize. Visit Bend began the Bend Ale Trail in 2010 with 6 breweries, and has since expanded to include 22 breweries. 

When you’re traversing the trail or visiting one of my six favorite breweries, remember to have fun, stay safe, and keep an eye out for Ablis CBD on the menu. We always love partnering on new creations with our local breweries. 

Cheers, friends! 

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10 Best Hikes Near Bend, Oregon

If you’re into hiking, you need to check out these trails near Bend. 

Oregon is absolutely beautiful and hundreds of trails have been created so you can enjoy that beauty safely. Central Oregon is where Ablis is located, so we have some experience with this particular terrain in and around Bend. Here are some of Oregon’s absolute best hiking trails.

1. Pilot Butte 

This is the first trail I always recommend. It’s a lava dome, or cinder cone, that came from a now-extinct volcano nearby at a mere 450-foot elevation. 

Pretty cool, right? 

Under two miles round trip and suitable for any skill level, it’s a great little hike with access close to downtown Bend. 

It is accessible year-round. Your pups are welcome but must remain leashed at all times. 

Distance: 1.8 miles

Elevation Gain: 452’

Difficulty: easy

2. Tumalo Falls Via Tumalo Creek

Located in the Deschutes National Forest, this trail leads to a showstopper 97-foot-tall waterfall.

This trail is a real crowd-pleaser. In total, the trail is 6.5 miles long and it’s considered moderate in difficulty, but it’s only at 583 feet in elevation.  

Leashes are required for your four-legged friends, but they are welcome. 

Distance: 6.5 miles

Elevation Gain: 583’

Difficulty: moderate

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3. Sparks Lake Trail

For a longer hike, this one comes in at 19.5 miles, moderate difficulty at 1,591 feet elevation. There’s a lot you can do along this trail, year-round. 

Mountain biking, snowshoeing, and tons of wildlife to enjoy are just a few of the things this trail has to offer. 

What’s worth an almost twenty-mile trek? Maybe a gorgeous lake! I’m sure the name gave it away, but the lake is a crucial part of what makes this trail great. 

Open April until September and doggos are welcome on their leash. 

Distance: 19.5 miles

Elevation Gain: 1,591’

Difficulty: moderate

4. Tumalo Mountain Trail to Tumalo Peak

For a shorter, moderate hike, this one is a 3.8-mile trail with a 1,407 feet elevation gain. 

This trail boasts an incredible view, one to rival others in Central Oregon, with an abundance of wildflowers at certain times of the year. You get a view of Broken Top Mountain to the North and Mount Bachelor to the Southwest.

This is a short hike with a big payoff. You’re also shaded for most of the climb, so that’s a bonus. But keep in mind it’s definitely not an “easy” hike. With over 1,000 feet of elevation gain, there are some very steep sections of the trail. 

The best time of year to hike this one is between June and October. 

Distance: 3.8 miles

Elevation Gain: 1,407’

Difficulty: moderate

5. Deschutes River Trail, South Canyon Reach

This trail has a lot to offer. It’s a 3.2-mile loop along the beautiful Deschutes River at 1,280 feet. 

It’s great for biking, however, some of the trail is on private property that prohibits hikes — so keep an eye out for signs. 

You can stop and fish along the river, float the river during warmer months, or just enjoy a nice scenic hike.  

As long as you stick close to the river, it’s a fun, easy hike. The only downside of being close to the river is the likelihood of mosquitos, so bring your bug spray!

Distance: 3.1 miles

Elevation Gain: 137’

Difficulty: easy

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6. Bend Glacier to No Name Lake

For the more seasoned hikers, this 15.2 mile, out and back trail is considered difficult. 

The trail can be pretty strenuous at times, especially in the last 2 miles. Be sure to bring plenty of water and snacks! Dogs are welcome, leashed, but make sure your dog is hydrated and prepared for the altitude and intensity. 

It’s at 2,880 feet elevation, boasts an abundance of wildflowers, and can be a great campground if you’re looking to stay awhile.

July until October is the ideal time to visit this trail.   

Distance: 15.2 miles

Elevation Gain: 2,430’

Difficulty: hard

7. Green Lakes Trail 

This 9.1-mile trail in the Deschutes National Forest is actually near Sisters, Oregon, which is about 25 miles outside of Bend.

It sits at 1,187 feet elevation and features a beautiful lake at the finish. It’s heavily shaded, there are several waterfalls along the way, and the mountain views are so cool on a clear day. 

It’s good to note that this trail is not well marked and hikers have said it is easy to take a wrong turn because of this. 

Distance: 9.1 miles

Elevation Gain: 1,187’

Difficulty: moderate

8. Lava River Cave Trails 

Oregon is the best, we even have caves made of ancient lava! It’s currently closed due to COVID-19, but worth mentioning for when it opens back up.

Located about twelve miles south of Bend is Newberry National Volcanic Monument and it’s totally worth a visit. The entire park is filled with the cooled lava of nearby volcanoes, now extinct, that created the longest lava tube in Oregon over 100,000 years ago.

Don’t forget your flashlight! It’s about a one-mile trail through the dark, and don’t miss the Echo Hall. 

If you’re not keen on tight spaces, maybe reconsider this one. It’s dark and, well, let’s say cozy but very cool. Remember to wear closed-toed shoes and no dogs are allowed.

Distance: 1.9 miles

Difficulty: easy

9. South Sister Trail 

The toughest trail on the list! Clocks in as the tallest mountain in Oregon, this trail is 12.2 miles at 4,898 feet elevation and goes into the Three Sisters Wilderness. 

This trail is definitely for more experienced hikers, so don’t overestimate your ability. The elevation makes this an incredibly physically taxing trail. 

However, there’s a big payoff in crazy good views in all directions of Middle Sister, North Sister, Three Fingered Jack, and Mount Hood.

Distance: 12.2 miles

Elevation Gain: 4,898’

Difficulty: hard

10. Skylight Cave

Skylight Cave isn’t really a hike, but another stunning product of volcanic eruptions in Oregon. In the morning, there are these really cool light beams that shine down into the cave and are really a sight to see.

It can be tough to find, but there are signs. Download the map before you make the trip because there’s limited service available.

Caves are open seasonally to protect the local bat population and keep the bats healthy. Always check local websites ahead of time to ensure its open. 

Caves get cold! Dress accordingly. Layers are your best bet. And be sure to wear closed-toe shoes.

Distance: .2 miles

Difficulty: easy

Things to Remember 

  • Pick up any trash you see on the trails. It’s the least we can do to preserve our planet. 
  • Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! It’s the high desert. Don’t let the dry heat deceive you. You need even more water than you think. (Perhaps an Ablis sparkling CBD water to cool you off?)
  • Snacks are always a good idea.
  • Wear the right shoes and clothing. Know what your skin’s sun tolerance is and dress accordingly. 
  • Don’t forget to use sunscreen.
  • Stick to the trail so you don’t disrupt the local flora and fauna. Also, going off-trail is how people get lost.
  • Check the weather. Of course. 
  • Continue to social distance. Hiking is one of the only safe things we can do right now, but since everyone has the same idea, trails can get crowded fast. It’s best to stay 6 feet apart to keep everybody healthy! 

These are only a few, but in my opinion, some of the best trails the Bend area has to offer. If you’re planning a visit and want to be wowed by nature, consider some of these options.

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Camping in Oregon: A Guide to Bend & Central Oregon Outdoors

At Ablis, we like to direct attention to where it belongs, which is on our home state of Oregon.     

Oregon has some of the most diverse natural landscapes in all of the continental U.S. So, it’s no surprise that it is a haven for camping enthusiasts. 

And camping, also no surprise, has become a wildly popular activity since it’s totally COVID-safe!

Rocky coastline, lush forests, and several mountain ranges within hours of each other means you’ve got options when you’re planning to go camping in Oregon. 

Why Oregon is Perfect for Camping 

Bend and Central Oregon are considered to be in the high desert.

We have the Cascade Mountain Range to the west, and it sucks a lot of the moisture out of the region because it’s a “rain shadow” desert. 

This means that the mountain ranges have blocked all the climates that would promote vegetation.  

But, we go through significant temperature fluctuations and get a ton of snow. 

You can drive four hours in any direction and hit a different climate in each direction. 

Drive two hours west and you’re in the lush, wet, green forest. 

Drive an hour east – and you’re in the desert. 

I love being able to plan a last-minute trip and still have all the options I could possibly want. 

What’s the Best Time of Year to Camp in Oregon? 

I would say the best time to go camping would be as soon as you’re sure it’s going to stop snowing. 

But truthfully, you’re never really sure. 

If you can handle the heat, another good time is in the dead of summer. It’s usually quite hot and sunny, although we do get the occasional good thunderstorm. 

The “season” for camping is any time between April, depending on the year and how the weather’s working, all the way until mid-to-late October. 

In October, Oregon goes full-on fall and all the leaves start changing. 

We’ve been really blessed this year to have very few wildfires. That has become a big problem. 

In the last half dozen years, we’ve had some really big wildfires which put a damper on camping and enjoying the outdoors. 

It would be wrong of me to talk about camping without touching on the wildfire problem. Most of these fires are completely preventable and born out of pure negligence. 

Be responsible with fire, regardless of the time of year. Even if it seems too wet for a fire to catch.

If you can’t put out your fire or you leave it unattended and it burns down a forest, you’ve just damaged an entire ecosystem that we may never get back. 

Why Camping is Important to Me 

My wife and I have two boys; a four and 15 month-old. I’m avidly trying to make sure they love the outdoors.

So, we take them camping to get them accustomed to being in nature. I want them to have the full experience. You have to get dirty. You have to forgo the shower. It’s all part of the experience!

Some people are like, “No, I’m never going anywhere. Put me in a hotel with a pool and I’ll be happy.”

That’s not what I want for my boys. It’s fun to be out in nature! The best part about it is being away from people.

That’s why I enjoy campgrounds that are a little more out of the way.

Secluded spots are harder to come by here in Bend because more and more people have found out how awesome it is, but they do exist! It just might be more of a journey to get there.

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Where are the Best Campsites in Oregon? 

One of my all-time favorites is Wikiup. I’ve camped out there two or three times at the Wikiup reservoir. It’s pretty special. 

There are not a lot of campsites, but more “camp wherever you want” type spots. Typically, you pay around ten bucks at a spot and it’s yours. 

There’s no designated, “Here’s site A1, site A2, etc.” like some campgrounds. It’s a bit more rustic and requires a little hoofing to get there.

There’s also a campground near Paulina Lake called the McKay campground. I’ve camped here a few times. It’s more of that classic plotted campground. 

The plots are bigger and set further apart. It’s a pay-as-you-stay situation as well. 

There’s a nice trail to hike down to a river that runs through it. In some areas, you’re overlooking the river or you’re right up next to it. There’s a small waterfall that creates a natural swimming pool. It’s a nice refreshing surprise at the end of your hike. 

If you’re looking for something near the coast, one of our favorite spots is Beverly Beach campground

This one made the list basically because there are not a lot of great spots to camp on the coast. It’s usually windy and cold. You’re pretty lucky to get those good hot days, but they’re awesome when they happen!

Camping directly on the beach is usually not an option unless you go South, but I like the central coast. It is a mile or two away from the actual beach, but it’s in a lush mangrove forest. 

The plots are overgrown and some of the spots are separated by physical plant walls. You get privacy, but it’s still a nice paved park with a spot for your car, a bench, and maybe a built-in barbecue. 

What I like most is that it allows you to see all of the Central Oregon coast, which is not really central Oregon at all. It’s just the central coast, but it’s amazing!

What to Bring?

Bring water! I usually bring two large, five-gallon jugs of water and I always need more. 

You’ve got to wash your dishes. You have to wash your hands. You might want to rinse off. As I said, I like to be close to another water source, like a river or lake, so that takes care of “bathing,” but the list goes on and on. 

You will likely need somewhere to sit as well. I know this one seems like a no brainer, but not all locations have a nice tidy log that fell over in the perfect spot. You have to plan accordingly. 

Obviously, you need a tent and other supplies, but these less obvious but oh so crucial essentials are key. 

If you go to one of the recommended spots, you’re only a half-hour away from town. Because you’re in Central Oregon, all of these spots feel far away, but they’re pretty close to “civilization.”

That’s the best part about Bend, Oregon. On a whim, we can jump in the car and get somewhere really cool. Just a half-hour drive and we have dozens of options.

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Final Tips

Know the weather depending on what time of the year you’re camping. 

Pack in, pack out. So many campgrounds provide efficient ways to get rid of your trash, so utilize them! We all know not to litter, but it’s best to leave no trace.

If you’re camping a little more remotely, just be responsible and pack it out. If you leave your stuff out there you’ll prohibit someone else from camping there or your trash will stay there forever, poisoning our lands.

There’s nothing worse than when you get to a very secluded spot and it feels so isolated from everything, and then you look down and there’s garbage.

Every bit of these forests have been walked on by someone in the past, but you can only tell when somebody leaves something behind. Leave the place better than you found it.

There are tons of amazing locations to camp, especially in Central Oregon. These are just a few that have facilitated some pretty epic family adventures. 

I hope this has inspired you to get outdoors and make some memories of your own! 

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Who’s Behind Your CBD? Know your CBD distributor.

The CBD industry has taken off in the past few years, and it’s projected to keep growing quickly. 

You’ve probably seen CBD products on shelves at your local grocery store or lining the countertops at gas stations. I’ve even noticed entire retail sections dedicated to CBD! 

It’s great that access to CBD is increasing, but the sea of options can be overwhelming. That’s why I wanted to discuss the importance of knowing who’s behind your CBD and finding a brand you can trust. 

Our Standards For Sourcing CBD

There is a lot of information out there about CBD. Some of it is conflicting, and, unfortunately, some of it is just plain wrong. 

So it’s important that when you choose a CBD brand, you’re choosing one that operates with integrity. That’s especially true if you’re choosing food and beverage CBD products, like our infusions, concentrates and shots, versus topical products that you’re not ingesting. 

For us, integrity means having high-quality standards and being as transparent as possible. 

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Ablis uses organic CBD isolate extracted from hemp, and we have a strict list of criteria for choosing our suppliers. Here’s what we look for:

  • We only use CBD that originates from hemp (not marijuana) to ensure that it’s completely THC-free.
  • We choose CBD suppliers that test plants for THC levels and CBD potency before harvesting.
  • We work with CBD suppliers whose products are proven to be THC-free after extraction
  • We make sure our CBD suppliers test for residual pesticide and solvents used during the extraction process.

We also prefer to work with suppliers in our home state of Oregon, because there are solid regulations for hemp growers and CBD extractors. However, high-quality CBD isolate is becoming more widely available throughout the United States. 

Testing, Testing, And More Testing

We work with trusted industry partners who test their CBD rigorously at each stage of production. 

First, there is pre-harvest testing, which happens while the hemp is still growing in the ground. The definition of hemp is that it cannot contain more than .03% THC. (That’s what separates it from marijuana.) So the plant has to be tested to make sure it’s actually hemp. 

Next, the hemp gets taken to a CBD extractor, which breaks the plant down to create a crude oil that contains CBD, plus a bunch of other naturally occurring chemicals. That gets tested too. Our suppliers check for CBD potency, as well as pesticides. 

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Then there is further testing after the oil is refined into pure CBD. There can be no THC or other plant chemicals, and it needs to be completely free of pesticides and anything used during the extraction process. When we say we use pure CBD, we mean it!

All of this testing happens before the CBD even gets to us for use in our beverages, topicals, and tinctures. Then we do our own testing to make extra sure that our dosage is accurate and that our product is indeed THC-free, pesticide-free, and contains nothing used during the extraction process before it gets to customers. 

Increasing Our Transparency

Consumers have the right to know everything that goes into the products they purchase, especially when it’s a product that they’re putting into their bodies. 

At Ablis, we think more information is always better. So we strive to give as much as we can to our customers.

We produce Ablis infusions at our production facility in Oregon. Our CBD beverages are made from a few simple ingredients: sparkling water fresh from the Cascade Mountains, organic fruit concentrates, and, of course, CBD isolate. 

We take samples of each batch of Ablis to a lab and get our finished product tested to make sure each can is THC-free, free of processing ingredients, pesticide-free, and contains only 25 mg of CBD. 

We already post our test results on our website, but we’re in the process of making this information even more accessible for our customers. We’re adding QR codes to all our CBD products that link to batch-specific test results. So future Ablis infusions will go into packaging with scannable QR codes that link directly to the exact test results from the batch that went into the can in your hand. So when you drink Ablis, you’ll have instant access to what you’re putting into your body. 

There are many CBD brands to choose from, and when companies are just trying to catch the latest craze and make easy money, they often cut corners. So choosing a CBD brand that is open and honest is both a matter of safety and peace of mind.