This is the first such post on this blog, and one I only thought of after flipping through photos on my phone.

Last summer, my dad and I took a long road trip through Oregon, stopping in Portland, Bend, Ashland, Roseburg, Eugene and Corvallis.

Suffice it to say, we were pretty beered out after a week.

But one of the most enjoyable beers of the many dozen we tried was brewed by Ashland’s Standing Stone Brewing at Crater Lake Lodge.

The beer itself is a refreshing pale with nice floral hops, golden malts with a clean white head. It’s fine, especially for $5.25. The brewery is fine. It’s all fine.

But that’s not what this post is about.

Crater Lake is one of the most beautiful things any of us will ever have the fortune to set our eyes on. Its still, pristine blue waters are the perfect backdrop for a cool beer on a summer afternoon.

The Lodge is built on the rim of the lake, an ancient volcano caldera. The outdoor patio is packed with Adirondack chairs with tourists taking in the view.

And it’s charming. I’m a hipster douche and I was not even remotely perturbed by the crowds of people. After all, when in Crater Lake…

The point is, if you find yourself in Southern/Central Oregon, definitely go to Crater Lake. And while there, go to the lodge and enjoy a pint with a postcard view.