ZwickelmaniaSo the first question you’re probably asking yourself is, What is Zwickelmania?

2012 President’s Day weekend, dozens of Oregon breweries and brewpubs will open their doors to visitors for the state’s 4th annual Zwickelmania. Zwickelmania, hosted by the Oregon Brewers Guild (OBG), is a free statewide event that offers visitors a chance to tour Oregon breweries, meet the brewers and sample their favorite beers.
When: Saturday, February 18th, 2012 from 11-4 pm
What: Oregon Brewers Guild Brewery Open House.

Essentially many of the state’s breweries are participating in an open house event—offering tours and many offering free samples and extras—and of course Bend being the growing beer Mecca that it is, nearly all of our local breweries are participating. And that’s today from 11 to 4 (and it’s totally free).

Even better, the Bend Brew Bus will be running a free shuttle between the Bend breweries! So if you’ve been curious about our local brewers and how they do what they do, today’s the day to do so.

The breweries participating are:

10 Barrel Brewing Co.
62970 18th St.
Bend, OR 97701
We are opening our new brewery to the public for the first time and our new brewers Tonya Cornett and Shawn Kelso will be in attendance. Come down and check out the new stainless. We will be tasting beers, giving tours and firing up the BBQ.

Bend Brewing Co
1019 NW Brooks St.
Bend, OR 97701
We invite you to tour the brewery with Brewer, Ian Larkin, and taste our Big Eddy Bitter and award-winning Outback X from 11:30-4pm

Boneyard Beer
37 NW Lake Pl. – Suite B
Bend, OR 97701

Cascade Lakes Brewing Co.-7th Street Brewhouse
855 SW 7th St.
Redmond, OR 97756

Cascade Lakes Brewing Co. The Lodge
1441 SW Chandler Ave. Suite 100
Bend, OR 97702

Deschutes Brewery
901 SW Simpson Ave.
Bend, OR 97702
Open house! Tours will take place in the tasting room, Huppman brewhouse & from 11-4pm and the lower warehouse, a rare spot to tour from 11-2pm only. Special beers to sample throughout & brewers onsite to chat and answer questions.

GoodLife Brewing Company

70 Sw Century Drive 100-464
Bend, OR 97702
Head Brewer will be on site to give one-on-one tours of the newest brewery in Bend. Plus group rides on the Cycle-Pub from GoodLife around town.

McMenamins Old St. Francis School Brewery
700 NW Bond St.
Bend, OR 97701
Beer tasting and light appetizers. Brewers on site to talk and to see/tour the brewery. Featured beers Sleepy Hollow (Hogshead Whiskey Barrel-aged) and courtesy of brewer Mike “Curly” White a surprise dry-hopped crowd-pleaser

Silver Moon Brewing Co.
24 NW Greenwood Ave.
Bend, OR 97701
We’ll have a brewer on site offering tours and tastings for the day. We’ll also have our GABF Gold Medal winning Dark Side Stout on tap in the brewery as well.

Three Creeks Brewing
721 Desperado Ct.
Sisters, OR 97759
Open/available for brewery tours from 11:30 till 4 p.m.

Yet To Be Named Brewery
50 SW Division St.
Bend, OR 97701
Bring your hard hats, safety goggles, and beer mugs! Come by and see our brewery before it’s a brewery. We’re located at the former AAMCO site and will be under construction. But don’t worry— we’ll have some great beer on hand. Larry, Dave, and Paul (owners of this new brewery) will be there to talk beer, brewery plans, and just about anything else you’d want to discuss (including name suggestions) ~ Cheers!

Old Mill Brew Werks
384 SW Upper Terrace
Bend, OR 97702
In celebration of this Saturday’s ZwickelmaniA we welcome our Brewmaster, Michael McMahon, to the pub to meet and mingle with his adoring fans. Stop by for good times, great people, and answers to all your most intimate craft-brewing questions!

And the Bend Brew Bus shuttle route is:

The shuttle bus will run every 70 minutes to each location
11:30am-12:40pm-1:50pm-3:00pm Deschutes Brewery – 901 SW Simpson Ave
11:55am-1:05pm-2:05pm:3:15pm 10 Barrel Brewing – 62970 18th ST
12:15pm-1:25pm-2:35pm:3:45pm Visit Bend – 750 NW Lava Rd
12:25pm-1:35pm-2:45pm:3:55pm Boneyard Beer – 37 NW Lake Pl – Suite B
12:30pm-1:40pm-2:50pm:4pm Yet To be Named Brewery – 50 SW Division St
12:35pm-1:45pm-2:55pm:4:05pm Good Life Brewing – 70 SW Century Dr