Zwickelmania – Weird Name, Delicious Central Oregon Craft Beer Event

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Deschutes Brewery

There’s never a bad day to visit one of Central Oregon’s roughly 30 breweries and try a sample or two – but there’s also one really awesome day to do just that: Zwickelmania!

The annual odd-sounding, one-day event will be held on Saturday, Feb. 25th. Breweries across the state will open their doors for tours and tastings all day. It’s a great time to go behind the scenes with some of the biggest and most influential breweries in the entire country. (Deschutes Brewery is the 7th largest craft brewery in the U.S.)

You can meet brewers, ask them their secrets, taste new creations or old standards. It’s a chance to expand your beer horizons and learn a little about the industry in the process.

Most of the Central Oregon breweries plan to participate with tours and other special events. (Info below provided by oregoncraftbeer.org.)

Deschutes Brewery
Join us at our production facility on Simpson Ave. for open-house tours of the largest independent craft brewery in the Northwest all afternoon. Brewers will be on hand to answer your questions in the brew house, and guides will be available to explain the operation of the production facility. Enjoy four free samples of beer along our self-guided tour!
901 SW Simpson Ave
Bend OR 97702
Bend Brewing Co.
Brewery Open House. Meet the brewers and sample a selection of rare beers.
1019 NW Brooks St.
Bend OR 97701
Craft Kitchen & Brewery
We will be releasing our Double Barrel Aged Stout and Stone Fruit Lambic.
803 SW Industrial Way
Bend OR 97702
Crux Fermentation Project
Intimate behind-the-scenes brewery tours (from 11AM to 6PM) where you can chat it up with brewers as they sneak you tastings of some of our rare [BANISHED] beers straight from the barrel. And, of course, as tradition would have it, we’ll be offering tastings of other brews direct from the zwickel. It doesn’t stop there— our chef and his crew are busy preparing a special Zwickelmania menu highlighted by our Pork Parfait, Smoke-Aroni, and Rooster’s Kick-Ass Beef Jerky.
50 SW Division St.
Bend, OR 97702
Sunriver Brewing Co. (At their new Bend pub)
Celebrating the grand opening of our new Bend pub on Galveston Avenue with the launch of a new year round brew – Rippin Northwest Ale, a meat and cheese pairing from our neighbors at Primal Cuts Meat Market and a outdoor party with a heated tent and music. Special brews to be tapped include Resin Nation Double IPA, Imperial Cocoa Cow Milk Stout, Bog Frog Wheat IPA and Motorhead Black Barleywine.
1005 NW Galveston Ave.
Bend, OR 97702
Immersion Brewing
Meet the Brewer, Brewery Tours, Tastes off the Zwickel, food specials
550 SW Industrial Way #185
Bend, OR 97702
Worthy Brewing
Open house brewery tours, beer release with free small bite pairing, lots of samples
495 NE Bellevue Dr
Bend OR 97701
Three Creeks Brewing (Sisters)
Pre-Zwickelmania breakfast 9:00-11:30 AM @ our Sisters Production Facility featuring tours, free samples from the zwickel, breakfast beers and continental breakfast
265 E Barclay Dr.
Sisters OR 97759
Cascade Lakes Brewery
Free 6 oz beer of our winter seasonal, CLBC gift bags (while supplies last) and live music from 2-5pm
1441 SW Chandler Ave. #100
Bend OR 97702
Silver Moon Brewery
Free samples, Free tours, giveaways
24 NW Greenwood Ave
Bend OR 97701
McMenamins Old St. Francis School
We’ll be offering a special beer made for Zwicklemania with a coffee element, offering snacks & giving brewery tours!
700 NW Bond St.
Bend OR 97701

According to Oregoncraftbeer.com, more than 42,500 people toured 120 breweries statewide last year and even more are expected to attend in 2017.

Central Oregon has become Nirvana for craft beer lovers. With nearly 30 breweries scattered throughout the region, you’re destined to find a brew that hits the spot after a warm summer day on the high lakes or an epic day in the powder on the ski slopes. You can read about our favorite beers here and learn more about Deschutes Brewery’s barrel-aged beers here.

 Gary Fish, Deschutes Brewrery Founder,

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