Celebrate the Holiday Weekend with Brewery Open House Events and Chocolate Pop-ups
PORTLAND, Ore. (Jan. 22, 2016) —What is Zwickelmania? Discover for yourself, and go behind the scenes at your favorite breweries, during Zwickelmania on Saturday, February 13th from 11a.m. to 4p.m.It’s
the one day every year when breweries throughout Oregon open their
doors to beer novices and aficionados alike for this annual Presidents’
Day weekend tradition. This year, Valentine’s Day happens to fall on the
same weekend, giving even more reason to celebrate. More than 120
breweries, both big and small, participate with meet-the-brewer events,
tours and beer tastings. Zwickelmania guests
can also experience Oregon beers paired with another Oregon favorite —
chocolate! For the first time, look for special chocolate pop-ups with
members of the Portland Chocolate Mob
at select breweries in the Portland metro area. The Oregon Brewers
Guild is partnering with Christian DeBenedetti and Andrea Slonecker, the
experts and authors behind the new cookbook, Beer Bites (Chronicle, 2015), to provide exclusive beer and chocolate pairing tip cards — available at participating breweries.
Oregon Brewers Guild executive director Brian Butenschoen says, “With
more than 120 breweries open across nearly 30 cities, it is the best
time to visit Oregon and check out your favorite brewery this
Valentine's Day Weekend.” For those planning a special holiday weekend getaway, be sure to check out theZwickelmania event page
for participating breweries in one of Oregon’s seven brewing regions.
The Oregon Brewers Guild lays out maps, brewery listings and itineraries
that you can view online or print out for Bend, Eugene, the Portland
metro area, Salem and Southern Oregon.
Last year, more than 32,500 people toured 115 participating breweries
statewide and the Oregon Brewers Guild expects that number to increase
in 2016 with many beer fans enjoying a long holiday weekend.
For more information, head to Oregoncraftbeer.org, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter using the hashtag #Zwickel16.
About The Oregon Brewers Guild
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 147 brewing companies, 117 associate or supplier
members and more than 3,500 enthusiast members or S.N.O.B.s (Supporters
of Native Oregon Beer). For more information, see http://oregoncraftbeer.org/. About Zwickelmania
Zwickelmania, created by the Oregon Brewers Guild, celebrated its
inaugural year in 2009. It takes its name from the zwickel, or sample
port which mounts on the outside of fermentation or conditioning tanks
and allows brewers to sample for quality assurance and control.
Similarly, Zwickelmania offers a unique opportunity to taste beers where
they were produced and interact with the brewers who created them.
About the Portland Chocolate Mob
The Portland Chocolate Mob is a passionate group of Chocolate Makers and
Chocolatiers on a collective mission to share quality chocolate with
the world. They are excited to work with local brewers to spread cocoa
awareness and celebrate their love for chocolate. To learn more, check