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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

Related: Best Camping Spots in Oregon

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

Related: The Best Mountain Biking Spots Near Bend

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.

Related: How I Stay Active With CBD

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. 

RELATED: We’re Ablis And This Is Our Story

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. 

RELATED: Separating Fact From Fiction: The Top CBD Myths

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.

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How I Stay Active With CBD

Staying active is a big part of how we do things at Ablis, whether it’s group activities or solo adventure. And each of us has our own favorite activities that help us stay healthy… and sane. 

Our CBD product lines were designed with an active lifestyle in mind. We know from both personal experience and hearing from our customers that for a CBD product to work, it has to integrate seamlessly into someone’s lifestyle. 

So I want to share my own personal experience using Ablis to maintain a healthy, balanced life. 

Understanding CBD

Sometimes when I start talking to people about how CBD can fit into an active lifestyle, they seem pretty puzzled. And I think that’s because of the confusion around CBD and THC. So before I start talking about my own personal experience using CBD daily, let’s clear that up first.

Unlike THC, CBD is non-intoxicating, meaning it won’t cause any of the sensations associated with a high that you get from marijuana, such as grogginess, giggles, or paranoia. I think we can agree that any of those sensations would make it hard to stay active!

Many misunderstandings about CBD come from its connection to marijuana.

CBD and THC are naturally occurring chemicals called “cannabinoids” that come from plants in the Cannabis genus, including marijuana and hemp. The significant difference between marijuana and hemp is that marijuana contains THC, and hemp does not.

RELATED: Separating Fact From Fiction: The Top CBD Myths

At Ablis, we use CBD isolate from hemp. So you won’t find trace elements of THC or any other cannabinoids in our products.

Using CBD To Support My Diet

In my experience, CBD is an excellent addition to an active lifestyle with the right set of products. 

My most recent lifestyle challenge has been figuring out how to get back into the Ketogenic diet. It’s something that worked for me in the past, but it does take some adjustment and planning. 

Keto seems pretty popular now, but if you don’t know exactly what it is, here’s a quick explanation: Keto is a low-carb, high-fat diet that has helped many people lose weight or get back into shape. And I was amazed by the energy it gave me. 

Right now, I’m preparing to start Keto again as we head into summer. So for me, this is the perfect opportunity to use Ablis’ Classic MCT Oil. It’s pretty much flavorless and can be added to whatever you want. I love incorporating it into smoothies, bulletproof coffee, and salad dressings.

“MCT” stands for medium-chain triglyceride, a type of fat molecule that can be more easily processed by our bodies. So it’s perfect for Keto, or simply getting more healthy fats into your diet. 

Enhancing Exercise With CBD

I also use CBD before, during, and after exercise. 

When it comes to staying active, my go-to is rock climbing. Living in Central Oregon, I am blessed to be surrounded by awesome outdoor climbing spots, and an awesome local climbing gym to boot.

I used to climb trees a lot as a kid, and rock climbing gives me that same feeling of conquering nature and earning a new perspective. Plus, if you’ve ever done rock climbing either outside or indoors, you know it’s a killer workout. 

There are two Ablis products that I use at the rock gym. I like to take a little bit of our Classic Peppermint Concentrate before climbing. This product is a blend of organic avocado oil, hemp-derived CBD, and peppermint oil. It’s super refreshing and portable. And since I use this product before a workout, I like to call it a “pre-covery” supplement. 

And after I’m worn out from climbing, our Classic Muscle Rub is a must. 

This thing lives in my gym bag because it helps me recover from pushing myself to avoid injury. After a good climb, my forearms hurt from just grasping so tightly with my fingers, so this product helps me release some of that tension. It’s aloe vera-based gel packed with 23 essential oils, and you’ll feel a warming and cooling effect on the skin. And it doesn’t leave a tacky residue.

I have always loved staying active, and as I get older, I see the benefits of supporting my activities with CBD. 

Relaxing With CBD

I know we’re focused on using CBD to stay active, but for me, taking time to relax and indulge is equally important. 

We make all our products easy to use on the go, but we still encourage everyone to slow down once in a while. Living in a go-go-go culture, we often forget to bring balance into our lives. 

Since Ablis grew out of Crater Lake Spirits, we know how to craft a high-quality beverage for kicking back and relaxing around a campfire, floating down a river, or sitting on your front porch and watching the sun go down. 

Our bold flavors, Strawberry Mojito, Lemon Ginger, and Cranberry Blood Orange, are excellent on their own, but they also make perfect cocktail mixers if you want to a little something extra.  

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And if you’re calorie-conscious, or on a diet that is sugar restrictive, you can always try one of our zero-calorie options: Lemon Water and Blood Orange Water.  These still contain 25 mg of CBD and plenty of bubbles, but the flavors are lighter and contain zero sweeteners. 

As we’ve rolled out new Ablis flavors, we’ve found that having a healthy way to celebrate after a long hike or just rewarding yourself after a long day running around after your kiddos is necessary. So you can keep doing what you do every day. 

Do you use CBD to stay active? Tell us about your routine in the comments below!

Cheers!

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What We’ve Learned From COVID-19: Things To Do in Bend, Oregon

It’s been about four months since COVID 19 was first reported in the United States, and like many of you, I’m juggling working from home as Ablis’ Acting CEO while also parenting full-time. 

Some days are a struggle— cabin fever is real— but I know we’ll make it through. 

The pandemic has definitely made certain parts of doing business more difficult and even impossible. But it’s also given us the chance to gain a new perspective and put more time and thought into new areas of the business. With every challenge comes opportunities to grow stronger, and that’s what we’re doing. 

Here’s what we’ve learned as a company during COVID 19. 

Relationships Are Key

Remember eye contact?! There’s something about being able to look someone in the eye, and man, I miss seeing the Ablis team in person. 

Our core team has been working together daily for years. In “normal” times, we had a lot of face-to-face interaction as people came and went from the office and our production facility each day. Our number one priority is keeping people healthy and safe, so now everything is either remote or carefully planned to follow social distancing guidelines. 

Remote communication has been a learning curve for the Ablis team as we’ve integrated new technologies into our workflow. Like you, we’re hopping on video chats throughout the day and taking advantage of new tools that allow us to collaborate easily online. 

We miss seeing each other, but we also realize just how strong our team is. There’s something about doing work you love, with people you love, in the place that you love. It’s created a strong dynamic that has been key to navigating all the recent changes in how business gets done. The same goes for staying in sync with our distributors and suppliers during this time. Strong relationships have been clutch. 

For us, the real takeaway is to invest in our internal and external relationships and make sure that rapport and trust continue to shine through, no matter how we communicate. 

Focusing Online

As we’ve shifted the way we communicate internally, we’ve also begun to invest more in how we talk to our customers. Now, more than ever, we’re investing in our digital presence.

You can find Ablis at bars and on grocery store shelves. And Ablis Experience, our spot in Portland’s biggest food hall, was another way for us to connect with customers in person. But online sales have always been a good piece of our business, and we see that accelerating.

The social distancing rules many states have put in place to keep people healthy has definitely dampened demand through traditional retail. BUT, we’re seeing an uptick in our online sales. As Ablis’ CEO, I see that as more than a blip on the radar. I think the power of online shopping and rising directly to consumer sales are here to stay, and we’re focusing more of our resources on meeting that demand.

We’re investing more in Ablis’ web experience and even dreaming up new ways for people to get the CBD products they need. For example, we’re fast-tracking plans for an Ablis subscription box! (Stay tuned for more details in the near future.)

Shifting Our Marketing

Just like we relied on face-to-face interaction to build cohesion as a team, we also invested a lot of time and resources into making personal connections with our customers. 

Being on-site or sponsoring local community events, for example, always has had an excellent result for us.

In fact, our events team was on its way to one of our biggest summertime events in Oregon when we got word of the shutdown. They literally had to turn around almost as soon as they arrived to set up an Ablis sample station. 

Losing out on events has been hard, but Ablis is still in growth mode. So we’re not going to back away from marketing. We’re using this opportunity to shift more of our marketing spend online and testing out new ways of reaching people and telling them about our awesome CBD products. 

It’s definitely the right time to be polishing our web presence and figuring out the most effective ways to build a virtual community of people who use CBD to stay active and pursue outdoor adventure. It’s an exciting shift for us!

A Little Soul-Searching Will Do Ya Good

Lastly, amid all the crazy changes that have happened over the last couple of months, we’re finding a lot of value in reflection. 

Isolation is tough. There’s no doubt about that. And change is never easy, especially when it happens so suddenly. We’re navigating these changes as a company, but we also recognize that each member of our team has different personal circumstances and that there may be moments when someone just needs a break.

We’ve intentionally built a family-oriented culture at Ablis, and it’s allowed us to make room for people to step back when they need to and do some inward work so they can bring their full energy to the business.

It’s a give and take, and we’re finding that giving people time to shift their mindset or rethink their approach to a problem can be transformational on both the individual level and the team level. It’s a win-win. 

I’m confident we’ll emerge stronger from this pandemic. We just need to keep caring for each other as a team and keep caring for our customers.