When the words “Brewery tour” enter your mind what goes through it? Do you think of large fermenting tanks? Do you think about a long chain of bottles being whisked away to be capped or filled? Do you envision someone with a face full of hair telling you about brewing 101? Yeah, me neither.
Instead we think about breweries that are lucky if they can host 10,000 square feet, let alone 65,000. We recall someone pointing to two unpolished, well-used, fermenters. We envision a brewery tour where the pint from the pub aids your experience as words like hops and malt inspire glee, each time you hear them.
Which is why the Oregon Brewer’s Guild is happy to announce the 2013 edition of Zwickelmania.
2013 President’s Day weekend, dozens of Oregon breweries and brewpubs will open their doors to visitors for the state’s 5th annual Zwickelmania. Zwickelmania, hosted by Oregon Craft Beer, is a free statewide event that offers visitors a chance to tour Oregon breweries, meet the brewers and sample their favorite beers.
So we thought we would add our two cents by passing along a suggestion from the brewers of Hood River. More importantly Full Sail Brewing, Double Mountain Brewery & Taproom, Pfriem Family Brewers and Logsdon Farmhouse Ales.
- Double Mountain’s co-owner Charlie Devereux will be leading free tours at 12 - 3pm on the 1/2 hour where they’ll pull samples "from the zwickel", offer beer and cheese pairings, a complementary glass and a peek behind the curtain to see how the magic happens.
- Full Sail Brewing will offer guided brewery tours at 12, 1, 2, 3 and 4pm and will be offering their newest Brewer's Share Experimental beer, “Mathias’s Main Ingredient Oatmeal Stout,” paired with artisan chocolate. Tours and tasting are free of charge and each tour participant will receive a complementary glass. Full Sail’s Brewery at Riverplace in Portland will also be open for tours.
- Pfriem will be releasing two new seasonal beers and will be offering food pairings as well. Tours will run from 1-4pm on the 1/2 hour.
- Logsdon will offer tours at 12, 1, 2, 3PM Brewery tour and samplings; Featuring: Kili Wit, Seizoen, and Limited Release; Peche 'n Brett. With Xocolatl de David: Premium Chocolates paired with Seizoen Bretta, Cerasus, and Cocoa - Bretta along with Kumamoto Oysters from our friends at Copper Spur Resort - while they last!
If you can’t make it to Hood River but still want to experience Zwickelmania in Oregon, we suggest you visit the Oregon Brewer’s Guild page, here