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Bend Brewfest Ready for Another Year of Sudsy Success

You can get into a pretty spirited “discussion” among friends at the pub by declaring your favorite local beer among the hundreds of tasty Central Oregon brews.

Some folks are old school Deschutes Brewery Mirror Pond Pale Ale fans. Some prefer the RPM IPA over at Boneyard or the 20″ Brown at Cascade Lakes. Some of the new sour beers like Bend Brewing Company‘s Ching Ching get folks all worked up while some out-of-the-box flavors like 10 Barrel’s OG are the new go-to brews. (Fun fact: Deschutes Brewery’s Red Chair NWPA has been named BEST BEER IN THE WORLD at the World Beer Awards, not once, but TWICE!)

Everyone has different tastes, but beer lovers can agree on one thing: They’ll never get tired of trying new creations – which makes the 15th Annual Bend Brewfest August 16-18 such a popular event.

Bend truly becomes Beervana as breweries from all over the country set up shop in the Old Mill District‘s Les Schwab Amphitheater for three full days.

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All told, more than 200 beers and ciders will be poured for 10’s of thousands of people. Here’s how it works: Admission is free, but you’ll have to buy a $15 commemorative mug which comes with 5 drink tokens. Additional tokens are sold in packs of 5 for $5. Each token will get you a 4 oz. pour – but if you want a full mug of your favorite beer it’ll cost you 4 tokens. Many of the brewers will be on hand for the event as well, taking questions and talking about their craft. It’s a rare chance to find so many of the major beer players in one spot at the same time.

Think it’s only about beer?Nope! Every day of Brewfest this year you’ll be able pre-funk with a free yoga class form Wild Thing Yoga, play lawn games in the REI Family-Friendly Zone from noon to 5 p.m., and catch aerial aerobic performances from Silks Rising. Additionally, there’s yodeling and stein hoisting competitions from 10 Barrel on Friday and Saturday. You can see the full list of activities here. 

Plenty of Central Oregon’s tasty food carts will, of course, be on hand to help fill your bellies with something more than alcohol.

The event has grown larger each and every year and is one of the most anticipated events for locals and visitors alike. Kids are welcome at the event until 7 p.m each night. And a proceeds from the Brewfest go to a couple of local charities including NeighborImpact, our local food bank.

Thirsty? Head over to the Bend Brewfest Website for more info or check out this “How To” guide from our friends over at the Old Mill. It has some great tips on how to really enjoy the brewfest (like that would be hard to do.)

Ted Taylor
Ted Taylor
Ted Taylor manages COVA's digital content, media relations, PR and social media. He's an award-winning reporter and editor who has worked in newspaper and televisions newsrooms in Nebraska, Colorado, Arkansas and Oregon. A former assistant golf professional, Ted still loves to sneak in a quick 9, but you're more likely these days to find him on the mountain bike trails when he's not spending time with his family. He's called Bend home for 17 years.