One word, Zwickelmania. Yes, it’s quite a lot of fun to say it. Many of you have heard the word and seen news of the event– so what is Zwickelmania? A zwickle is a sampling valve on the side of a beer fermenter or maturation tank. Zwickelmania is a one-day event organized by Oregon Brewer’s Guild to celebrate Oregon’s statehood.

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Another fun way to celebrate your local breweries

This year Zwickelmania takes place across the state of Oregon on Saturday, February 14th which is fitting for anyone who loves delicious craft beer.

With the participation of more than 114 breweries throughout Oregon, Zwickelmania brings beer lovers together to take a peek behind the curtain of their favorite breweries, big and small.

There will be 13 Bend breweries opening their doors this Saturday for the occasion. Find a complete map of local Zwickelmania participants and treat your sweetheart to a tour on Valentine’s Day when taking a break from Oregon WinterFest fun.

Of course, beer lovers always have it good in Bend with the inclusion of favorite brews bottled or on tap. Flatbread Community Oven Pizzeria & Wine Bar is one of many Old Mill District restaurants that takes special care to offer a great selection.

Can’t make it to Zwickelmania? Never fear for there are abundant opportunities to quaff, sample and taste special beer releases including Central Oregon Beer Week in May, Fermentation Celebration in June and of course, the ever popular Bend Brewfest in August.