There’s no place quite like Central Oregon for those looking for a travel destination that provides just as much outdoor adventure as it does the opportunity to enjoy a craft beer. The rich soil and lush landscape of this region of the Pacific Northwest provide nearly perfect growing conditions for Brew Masters to create innovative and bold flavors. The past decade has seen the brew scene explode in Central Oregon and that fact has not been lost on locals or visitors. The arrival of Zwickelmania 10-years ago was a certified stamp of approval on Central Oregon as a true hub of craft beer style. In 2019, the celebratory tradition continues over two weekends in February as those who have palates pleased by beer gather in cities across the center of the state to enjoy tours unlike any other.
A Behind the Scenes Brew Experience
Zwikelmania was founded on a collective excitement and passion for the art of brewing incredible beverages. This event is held in Portland on President’s Day weekend and extends out to nearby cities including Hood River and the surrounding Columbia River Gorge the following weekend to make the most of the holiday weekend and beyond. Zwikelmania is often referred to as the official backstage pass to Oregon’s most well-loved breweries.
The excitement begins at 11:00 am both weekends and the fun continues on until 4:00 pm. There’s no need to worry about cost as everything that’s included in this event is free of charge! The idea behind Zwikelmania is to provide a designated time for beer lovers to get a closer look at what it truly takes to make the beverage they crave. During Zwikelmania, breweries across Central Oregon open their doors and production facilities so that guests can come in for an intimate experience with the process from start to finish.
Participating breweries are happy to host facility tours for interested participants during Zwikelmania as well as beer tastings and of course, meet and greets with the brewers who work hard to serve up incredible beverages. Those interested in learning some tricks of the trade will want to make time for the many food and beer pairing events that keep guests coming back for more. Tour participating breweries in a single city like Hood River, or plan on staying longer and make a 2-week trip out of it by starting in Portland and working your way around Central Oregon!
Time to Taste the Pacific Northwest at Zwickelmania
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