BIG Swig, an event featuring Breweries in the Gorge on October 27

It’s a unique part of the world, and I don’t use the term unique lightly. It’s where the mighty Columbia River carves its way through the majestic Cascade Range to create a magical place we commonly referred to as The Gorge. One of the best things about this breathtaking, windswept part of the world is the beer. Double Mountain Brewing, pFriem Family Brewers, Walking Man Brewing, Backwoods Brewing, Everybody’s Brewing and, of course, Full Sail Brewing are just some of the 13 breweries that call The Gorge home. Collectively, they refer to themselves as Breweries in the Gorge (B.I.G.).

This Saturday, October 27 you are invited to B.I.G. Swig, an open house event that sees the 13 craft breweries of the regions put out the welcome mat and swing open the brewery doors. Here are the details straight from B.I.G.



Craft beer enthusiasts can experience one-of-a-kind tours, tastings, and more

COLUMBIA RIVER GORGE (October 12, 2018) – Breweries in the Gorge (B.I.G.), a non-profit organization comprised of the 13 craft breweries throughout the Columbia River Gorge, will host their third annual “B.I.G. Swig” on Saturday, October 27, 2018, from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm.

For this one-day event, breweries spanning across the two states surrounding the Columbia River Gorge, will offer craft beer fans a special opportunity to attend open houses from the Bridge of the Gods to the John Day Bridge, participate in beer tastings, and more.

The Columbia River Gorge, with a reputation as a premier beer destination in the Pacific Northwest, houses a unique array of breweries. From classic lagers and bold barrel-aged stouts to sticky IPAs and artful wild ales, B.I.G. offers craft beer enthusiasts a diverse selection of beer in a beautiful setting.

“The B.I.G. Swig is a unique event that offers craft beer fans with the perfect opportunity to spend the weekend in the Gorge, visit their favorite breweries, and discover some new ones along the way,” says Justin Leigh, B.I.G. President and co-owner of Dwinell Country Ales in Goldendale, WA.

Seasoned craft beer enthusiasts who have explored the Columbia River Gorge may already know B.I.G. from their “Gorge Beer Guide,” a passport map that invites drinkers to visit and collect stamps from each brewery.

“This year, we are excited to provide the opportunity for craft beer fans to collect their passport stamps using the ‘Breweries in the Gorge’ digital app, available for download on Apple and Android devices,” said Caroline Lipps, owner of Thunder Island Brewing Co. in Cascade Locks.  “Beer fans can now collect stamps digitally. Those who visit 11 of the 13 breweries will receive a limited-edition commemorative B.I.G. pint glass.”

For a complete list of the Breweries in the Gorge and to learn more about B.I.G. Swig events, check out or follow Breweries in the Gorge on Facebook.

About Breweries in the Gorge

Breweries in the Gorge (B.I.G.) is non-profit group of the 13 breweries located in the Columbia River Gorge region of Washington and Oregon. Spanning two states, with more than 250 fun-loving, beer drinking, dedicated individuals, lured by the nature and beauty of the Columbia River Gorge, B.I.G.’s members are joined by passion and a love for life, bonded by respect and mutual commitments to producing exceptional beer. B.I.G. is united in promotion and progression of craft beer and in helping beer fans discover a diverse selection of handcrafted beer in one the most beautiful places on earth.