The New School’s 2015 Oregon Zwickelmania Brewery Events Guide has some of the most in-depth info and picks for brewery events. More than 100 breweries will be participating in this one-day brewery celebration and open house called Zwickelmania on Feb. 14 (Valentine’s Day) from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Baerlic Brewing Co. , the new guys on SE 11th in Portland pay tribute to our state with four beers using Super-Oregonny™ ingredients like filberts, milk, pears, Douglas fir tips, etc.
Brewery tours 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Breakside Brewery will host tours 11am to 4pm at both the original NE Dekum location in Woodlawn and the Milwaukie Taproom and Production Brewery. In addition, there will be the release of a super limited edition hand bottled 22ozers of Safeword Triple IPA for $15 each. The bottles will be available only one day, for Zwickelmania.
Bridgeport Brewery will offer complimentary tours every 15 minutes from 12:00-4:00pm, free samples of Conviction Pale Ale, and $3 22oz bottles of Witch Hunt, or $30 for a case. (to-go only)
Migration Brewing will celebrate their 5th anniversary on Zwickelmania from 11am to 4pm and will release a new Imperial IPA called “The Big Five” on draft and in 22oz bottles. More details about Migration’s anniversary here: http://newschoolbeer.com/2015/02/migration-brewing-5-year-anniversary.html
Burnside Brewing Co. will release bottles of “Red Light District,” a rum barrel-aged imperial stout with Belgian chocolate and strawberries, as well as offer brewery tours.
McMenamins Breweries in Oregon are running growler specials all day on any McMenamins beer. $8 Growler fill with a beer of your choice ($10 for high-gravity ales). More info on individual brewery locations and tours at http://www.mcmenamins.com/events/search/Any?query=zwickelmania
The Commons Brewery will not be doing brewery tours but will release their latest seasonal bottle, Boysen, at the Tasting Room. Previously a popular small run draft only beer, Boysen is a strong dark farmhouse ale with Boysenberries added in the fermenter. Full bodied, with notes of bittersweet chocolate, dark fruit and berry jam. Commons Tasting Room will be open regular hours.
Lompoc Brewing has tours at the 5th Quadrant brewery from 11am to 4pm and tastes from the Zwickel.
Upright Brewing is one of the few breweries not participating and will actually be CLOSED on Saturday.
Reverend Nat’s Hard Cider hosts an alternative to beery events and instead has “The Redfleshtival Cider Fest.” More info on this cider fest that focuses on red apples here: http://newschoolbeer.com/2015/02/reverend-nats-presents-red-fleshtival-cider-fest.html
In the heart of Stout Month, Fort George Brewery’s Festival of Dark Arts is not your normal Stout Beer Festival. Outside of 55+ of the best Craft Stout Beers that the World has to offer, Fort George will host a bevy of dark entertainment to feast your senses on. On Valentine’s Day 2015, the Fort George Brewery Block will be converted into a 1 Day Only Carnival of Stout. Your Ticket to Darkness will give you access to taste the Stout Beer, as well as more entertainment than you can shake a beer at. Tickets can be purchased at FestivalofDarkArts.com until Friday, February 6 will be sold at 9am on the day of the festival. To control crowds, tickets are limited and are recommended to be purchased in advance. Tickets for non-drinkers are also available. The Stout pours at noon.
Fort George Pizza Joint Stage
12pm - Blue Skies for Black Hearts - Power Pop/A Deeper Shade of Awesome
2pm - Michael Hurley - Freak-Folk/Snock Rock
4pm - Marty O’Reilly and the Old Soul Orchestra - A Drunken Minor Swing/Stout Down Blues
6pm - Summer Cannibals - Dark Surf/Surf Dark
8pm - Orquestra Pacifico Tropical - ¡Vamos a bailar!/¡Vamos a gozár!
Lovell Showroom Stage
5:00 - Derek Ecklund
6:00 - Belly Dance with Jessamyn Grace
7:00 - Too Long Sparks
Fort George Courtyard
Sisters of Fire – Fire Dancing
5:30 + 7:30
Other Dark Arts around the Fort:
Keepsake Tattoo + Aaron Toledo
Tarot by Jessamyn Grace
The Beer Painter, Karen Eland
Glass Blowing by Fernhill Glass
The Solstice Blacksmith Forge
The Dark Forest Minstrels
For those who are planning a special Valentine’s Day trip anywhere in Oregon, visitors are invited to click on one of the seven regions of Oregon on the Zwickelmania event page to see which breweries are participating. Itineraries and maps available for the Bend, Eugene, Portland, Salem, and Southern Oregon areas.
Oregon Brewers Guild executive director Brian Butenschoen says, “With more than 100 breweries open across nearly 30 cities, there are many options in Oregon perfect for a romantic beery weekend getaway, whether you head to a city with a robust concentration of breweries or to a town with just one.”
Last year, more than 36,750 people toured 105 participating breweries statewide and the Oregon Brewers Guild is expecting that number to increase in 2015 with Valentine’s Day starting off what will be a three-day Presidents’ Day weekend.