Zwickelmania is the annual one-day event in Oregon, this year on Feb. 14, when breweries open their doors to casual and hardcore beer fans from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. More than 100 breweries, both big and small, are participating with meet-the-brewer events and beer samples.
A zwickel is the “sample valve” in the side of a fermenter or barrel, used to draw samples of the beer for tasting.
According to updated information on Oregon Craft Beer’s website, participating local breweries are pFriem, Full Sail, and Logsdon Barrelhouse and Taproom in Hood River, and Thunder Island in Cascade Locks.
Full Sail Brewing (downtown, Fifth and Columbia), will offer guided brewery tours at 11 a.m., noon and 1, 2, 3 and 4 p.m. and will be offering its Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout paired with Moonstruck Chocolate. Tours and tasting are free of charge and each tour participant will receive a complementary glass.
Logsdon Farmhouse Ales will present their Belgian-style ales at their new downtown Hood River Barrelhouse and Taproom, 505 Cascade, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 14 and noon to 4 on Feb. 15. The farmhouse brewery location will not be open for Zwickelmania.
On tap at the barrelhouse will the Logsdon staples Cerasus (cherry) sour ale, Oak-aged Bretta, and Far West, in addition to the ever-anticipated Peche-n-Brett peach sour ale, and a new offering, a stout called “een Beetje” – Flemish for the “little one”, reflecting the dark ale’s 4.2 percent alcohol content.
To go with the ales, Logsdon Ales will serve Portland’s Olympic Provisions charcuterie and Chocolates by David, and cheese from Cascade Creamery of Trout Lake, Wash.
Double Mountain (downtown at Third and Columbia) will be offering guided brewery tours every half hour between the hours of 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Each tour will include tank tastings, cheese pairing, and a complimentary glass.
pFriem Family Brewers (Portway Avenue, on the waterfront) will offer guided brewery tours on the half-hour starting at 11:30 a.m. with the last tour at 3:30 p.m.
Thunder Island Brewing Co. (enter Marine Park, left after the trestle, go as far west as the road takes you) will offer guided brewery tours once every hour starting at 11:30 a.m. with the last tour at 3:30 p.m.
Participants can taste beer selections, including some sours.
Breweries in the Gorge, the new alliance of 11 mid-Columbia breweries, will spread the word of their work at all Zwickelmania stops.