Zwickelmania celebrates 10th annual event, offers two consecutive Saturdays of free brewery open houses across Oregon
Event will kick off Feb. 17 in the Portland Metro area, and continue Feb. 24 across the rest of the state
PORTLAND, Ore. – Jan. 8, 2018 – Ten years ago, three-dozen Oregon breweries opened their doors on a Saturday in February for the first-ever Zwickelmania, a free statewide craft beer celebration that allowed visitors to tour Oregon breweries, meet the brewers and sample beers. About 4,000 craft beer fans took part in the inaugural event, which was designed as a way to promote Oregon’s craft beers and the brewers who make them.
This year, the 10th annual Zwickelmania will span two different weekends to accommodate the estimated 150 breweries that will participate around the state. Over 60 Portland Metro area breweries will kick off the event on Feb. 17, while breweries across six more Oregon regions – Central Oregon, Eastern Oregon, Mt. Hood/Columbia River Gorge, Oregon Coast, Southern Oregon, and Willamette Valley – will welcome guests the following Saturday, Feb. 24. More than 30,000 visitors are expected to attend the free event, which runs from 11am to 4pm both days.
The Oregon Brewers Guild is Oregon’s non-profit trade association for the state’s independent breweries. The Guild, which receives no state funding, comprises 165 brewing companies, 133 associate or supplier members and more than 4,000 enthusiast members or S.N.O.B.s (Supporters of Native Oregon Beer). For more information, visit http://oregoncraftbeer.org.