The 15th Annual Bend Brewfest takes place on August 10th thru 12th at the Les Schwab Amphitheater in Bend, Oregon. It’s worth a shot if you want to make last minute plans. Maybe you’ll get lucky and score a hotel room or a campsite (list of lodging options).
Over 80 breweries and cideries (mostly breweries) will pour at the event. Participants include old favorites like with names you recognize as well as a lot of Oregon breweries with which you might not yet be familiar. You can see the list on the website.
Traditionally held the third weekend of August in Bend’s Old Mill District, this year’s event was moved up a week to avoid the highly anticipated solar eclipse, which will pass over Central Oregon on August 21.
Event organizers share the following info:
The Bend Brewfest showcases some of the most innovative breweries in the country, large and small. West Coast heavyweights Deschutes, Lagunitas and Sierra Nevada will once again be at the Bend Brewfest, as will regional favorites like Crux, pFriem, Fremont and Hopworks Urban Brewery. Craft beer aficionados will also have the chance to sample some of the Pacific Northwest’s smaller standouts such as Sedition Brewing out of The Dalles, Oregon; Ashtown Brewing from Longview, Washington; and Incline Cider Company based out of Auburn, Washington. Overall, more than 200 beers, ciders and wine will be showcased during the festival.
One of the yearly highlights at the Bend Brewfest is its X-Tap program. Essentially a specialty beer festival within the Bend Brewfest itself, the X-Tap program is reserved for small batch and experimental beers. The X-Taps are where festivalgoers can indulge in big barrel-aged beers like Anderson Valley’s Wild Turkey Bourbon Barrel Aged Salted Caramel Porter or Deschutes Brewery’s Black Butte XXVII, both of which will be on tap at this year’s Brewfest. The 2017 X-Tap program also includes a number of hard-to-find sour and farmhouse ales, such as pFriem’s Kumquat Farmhouse Ale, Buoy’s Benedict Cumberbatch and Boneyard’s Gooze Cruze. Approximately 40 breweries and cider houses are participating in this year’s X-Tap program.
Thursday, August 10 – Noon to 11 p.m.
Friday, August 11 – Noon to 11 p.m.
Saturday, August 12 – Noon to 11 p.m.
Note: Families are welcome during the day but the Bend Brewfest is 21 and over after 5 p.m. No dogs allowed.
Where: Les Schwab Amphitheater, 344 SW Shevlin Hixon Drive, Bend, Oregon
Admission: Visitors can enter the event for free. A one-time purchase of a souvenir mug is required for tasting. Mugs start at $20 and include five tasting tokens. Additional tasting tokens can be purchased for $5 for five tokens. One token equals a 4-ounce taste.
When visitors drink beer at the Bend Brewfest, they’re also helping the community. This year’s charity beneficiaries will be the Deschutes River Conservancy, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Oregon, NeighborImpact and the Bend Fire Community Assistance Program. Money raised at the event will go to the nonprofit organizations to help them achieve their missions.
More than 1,000 volunteers power the Brewfest. To be become a volunteer, visit the website and sign up for a four-hour shift. In addition to having a great time while helping several great causes, you’ll receive a T-shirt, mug and tasting tokens.
For more information, visit www.bendbrewfest.com.
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