President’s Day Weekend is coming up, and we’re pretty sure the Founding Fathers would have supported an afternoon dedicated to touring breweries, sampling and learning about craft beer. Saturday, February 15th from 11am-4pm Standing Stone will join breweries all over Oregon in celebrating Zwickelmania, presented by the Oregon Brewers Guild.
Zwickelmania is the annual one-day event in Oregon when breweries open their doors to beer-lovers for brewer events, beer samples, tours, classes and more. Last year, 93 breweries from all over the state participated with celebratory events. At Standing Stone, we’ll host a “hang with the brewer” day. Come visit with Brewmaster Larry Chase, walk around the brewing deck, peek inside a brewing tank and taste free samples of some of our house made beers on tap.
If you’re in the Rogue Valley, make a day of it and visit Bricktowne Brewery in Medford and Caldera Brewery in Ashland, too. Both local breweries are offering tours and discounts on craft brews. Check out the Zwickelmania event page and click on any of the seven regions of Oregon to see which breweries are participating in your area.
Fun fact: Zwickelmania gets its name from the “zwickel,” a sample valve on beer conditioning tanks. This sample port allows brewers to take quality control testers during the fermentation process. You have this valve to thank for your favorite craft brews!
For more information head to Oregon Craft Beer’s Zwickelmania event page, Facebook page and Twitter. If you take photos or just wish to share the celebration with others, use the hashtag #zwickel14. Bring your beer buds and celebrate a day of quality craft beer in Oregon!