Ashland, OR (February 5th, 2013) – Over 23,000 visitors set their sights on Oregon breweries during Zwickelmania in 2012 and that figure is projected to grow on Saturday, February 16, 2013 at the 5th Annual Zwickelmania. Statewide, breweries are opening their doors with free tours and tastings, giving visitors a chance to meet brewers and learn more about the beer-making process.
In Southern Oregon, five local breweries are celebrating the annual event in unique ways, offering tours, classes, demonstrations and more. A complete list of all participating Oregon breweries can be found at http://oregonbeer.org/zwickelmania.
“This is an opportunity for people who are interested to step over the threshold into the brewery and learn how we make beer,” says head brewer Larry Chase of Standing Stone Brewing Company in Ashland.
For a full afternoon of sampling and meeting the Rogue Valley’s craft brewers, visitors can stop in at all of the following:
- Standing Stone Brewing Co in Ashland, OR – Brewery tours and tastings at 12pm and 1pm. Free class on Beer Ingredients and Flavor at 3pm.
- Caldera Brewing in Ashland, OR – Brewery tours, beer tastings, cases for sale and Parking Lot Sale 11-4pm.
- Apocalypse Brewing in Medford, OR – Brewery tours and brewing demonstrations
- BricktownE Brewing in Medford, OR – $2 chicken tacos and debut of Runaway Train, an Indian Red Ale
- Southern Oregon Brewing in Medford, OR – Brewery tour at 4pm and Happy Hour at 7pm.
“Each year, Oregon breweries are seeing a rising interest from people who are excited to experience the inner workings of a brewery,” says Oregon Brewers Guild executive director, Brian Butenschoen. “This is that rare time of the year where people get exclusive access to the breweries and brewers.”
Visitors are encouraged to take pictures of the breweries while they’re touring and to use the hashtag #Zwickel13 when posting to Twitter and Instagram. Additionally, anyone who posts a photo from the event to the Zwickelmania Facebook page will be entered for a chance to win a prize package containing two glasses and 10 tickets each to the upcoming event “Cheers to Belgian Beers.”
For more information and images, visit Standing Stone’s blog at blog.standingstonebrewing.com
About Standing Stone Brewing Company
Standing Stone Brewing is a family-owned, full-service brewery and restaurant in downtown Ashland, Oregon. The brewpub’s commitment to sustainable operations, handcrafted beer, local business partners and fulfilled employees has earned the business local, state and regional recognition. Standing Stone’s focus includes great craft beer, delicious food, fulfilled employees, happy customers and a sustainable community.
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 92 brewing companies, 72 associate or supplier members and more than 3,200 enthusiast members or S.N.O.B.s (Supporters of Native Oregon Beer). For more information, see www.oregonbeer.org.
Company: Standing Stone Brewing Company
Contact: Rachel Koning