Is everybody set for Zwickelmania tomorrow? This year’s (fourth) edition looks to be the best yet, with lots of breweries participating and many going above and beyond to offer up a great experience. And remember, if you’re in Portland, Eugene, or Central Oregon there are shuttles that can take you touring to the various breweries.
GoodLife Brewing (Bend): In addition to the Zwickelmania festivities, tomorrow they are also holding their bottle release party celebrating the release of their Mountain Rescue Pale Ale in 22-ounce bottles.
Lompoc Brewing (Portland): Today is the release party for their Batch 69 Baltic Porter from 4 to 10pm at their Sidebar, a rich lager with “hints of chocolate and black licorice.” In addition there will of course be other beers on top, notably a Rosemary Stout (which sounds incredibly intriguing).
Fort George Brewery (Astoria): Saturday the 18th (side-by-side with Zwickelmania) is Fort George’s “Festival of Dark Arts Carnival of Stout” for Stout Month, their most-of-the-day stout fest (from 2 to 10pm). Free admission to get in, $8 for the taster glass and $1 per taste, with a fantastic lineup of at least 20 different stouts! Also: ” Also for your senses will be: Belly dancing, fire dancing, fire eating, a live blacksmith forge, on site tattoo artists, dark cuisine, music, tarot card reading, and a HUGE art show featuring some of Astoria’s great artists showcasing their “dark art.” This is not your Mom’s beer fest.”