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. 22nd. 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. . Additionally, the Oregon Brewers Guild will provide free shuttle buses in Portland, Eugene and Bend to ferry visitors among multiple breweries. Admission to Zwickelmania events and the shuttle bus service are both free.
Most of the Central Oregon breweries plan to participate with tours and other special events. (Info below provided by oregoncraftbeer.org.)
Zwickelmania takes its name from the zwickel sample valve on beer conditioning tanks. This sample port is an essential tool in the brewing process and allows brewers to take quality control samples during the fermentation process.