Oregon’s Craft Beer Breweries Host 9th Annual Event For Beer Lovers
Now in its ninth year, Zwickelmania is when the state’s breweries open their doors to special tours and tastings.
This open house has become Oregon’s unofficial beer holiday, and in 2017 it expands to two weekends. It takes place in Portland on Saturday, Feb 18, and in the rest of the state on Feb. 25. It occurs from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. and in Portland there’s even a beer bus services provided by Brewvana tours.
Outside of Portland, the other areas participating are Mt. Hood/The Gorge; central, eastern and southern Oregon, the coast and the Willamatette Valley breweries.
Last year, more than 42,500 people toured 120 participating breweries statewide. Organizers are expecting that number to increase this year. More beer means more beer lovers, apparently!
It’s impossible to visit all the breweries in Zwickelmania, even if you could drink that much beer. There are more than 60 participating in Portland alone.
So you have to pick your spots, and those in Portland include being able to meet Widmer founder Rob Widmer at Widmer Brothers Brewing (stop North and West on the beer bus), McMenains’ The Kennedy School which is a former elementary school turned into a beer drinking spot and Rock Bottom Brewery and Portland Brewing (featuring live music 3-6), which are easy to get to because they are located downtown.
OregonCraftBeer.org is the organizer and its event website has a list of all the breweries, as well as the “beer bus” schedule and details in Portland.
So here’s a big “cheers” to Oregon’s craft beers and breweries and those who drink those beers, in particularly during Zwickelmania.
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