Lompoc Brewing Celebrates 20 Years With Zwanzig Fest

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Twenty years ago in December 1996, Old Lompoc Brewery, as it was known at the time, began brewing its ales and lagers in Portland. A little over four years later in May 2000, Jerry Fechter, the brewmaster at Old Lompoc Brewery purchased the brewery with the assistance of legendary publican, Don Younger, and re-opened it as New Old Lompoc.

Then in 2006 Lompoc expanded its brewing operations to a more modern 7-barrel brewhouse at its Fifth Quadrant location as it changed its name to Lompoc Brewing. Five years later it expanded once again to a 15-barrel system in early 2011. Then when the original location of New Old Lompoc temporarily closed for one year during a building redevelopment, all brewing production moved to Fifth Quadrant.

Now twenty years later Lompoc Brewing is set to celebrate 20 years of brewing when it hosts its Zwanzig Fest. Taking the German name that means 20, Zwanzig, the four day festival will run from December 13 – 16, 2016 at its five Portland locations.

To celebrate its 20th anniversary, Lompoc Brewing did what other breweries do to celebrate; it brewed up a special anniversary beer. However, Lompoc took this one step further and created its own beer style to ring in 20 years. Brewed in homage to its first brewed beer, Erst Ale, Lompoc brewed Zwanzig Märzen Ale that will be tapped on December 13th.

Zwanzig is a beer that crosses boundaries and is described as a bitter Märzen ale. Yes, there is no such style as a Märzen ale, as a Märzen is always a lager. The brewery’s description on Zwanzig is that it’s pale orange in color, its full, malty body and eight hop additions will make you reminisce tipping back a few pints on the New Old Lompoc patio. (7.0% ABV).

Bryan Keilty (left) and Jerry Fechter (right from Lompoc Brewing surround legendary beer writer John Foyston at the 2016 Oregon Brewers Festival.
Bryan Keilty (left) and Jerry Fechter (right from Lompoc Brewing surround legendary beer writer John Foyston at the 2016 Oregon Brewers Festival.

Each day during Zwanzig Fest, Lompoc will tap Zwanzig at 4:00pm at a different Lompoc pub. Everyone that orders a Zwanzig or that day’s featured taster tray will receive a raffle ticket for a chance to win a variety of Lompoc swag. Owner Jerry Fechter and head brewer Bryan Keilty will be present at the events to share Lompoc’s history and talk about days past.

Schedule of Zwanzig Fest Events:

Tuesday, December 13 – Sidebar & Fifth Quadrant, 3901 N Williams Ave
Tapping Zwanzig at 4pm
Beer Special: Monster Mash Vertical Taster Tray featuring 2010, 2013, 2015 & 2016 (taster trays are $12)
Food Special: Monster Mash Chocolate Cake cutting at 6:30pm inside Sidebar
Raffle

Wednesday, December 14 – Hedge House, 3412 SE Division St
Tapping Zwanzig at 4pm
Beer Special: Fruit & Sour Night Taster Tray featuring 2008 Bluebird, 2012 Peach Wheat, Brewdolph’s Revenge & Cherry Christmas (taster trays are $12)
Food Special: Pierogies
Raffle

Thursday, December 15 – Lompoc Tavern, 1620 NW 23rd Ave.
Tapping Zwanzig at 4pm
Beer Special: Barrel Aged Night Taster Tray featuring 2009 Bourbon Dark Side Porter, 2012 Bourbon Big Bang Red, 2013 Pinot Noir Forbidden Fruit & Brewdolph’s Revenge  (taster trays are $12)
Food Special: Cheese Board
Raffle

Friday, December 16 – Oaks Bottom Public House, 1621 SE Bybee Blvd
Tapping Zwanzig at 4pm
Beer Special: Belgian Night Taster Tray featuring 2007 Brewdolph, Just Once Think Twice…Belgian Tripel, Brewdolph’s Revenge & Cherry Christmas (taster trays are $12)
Food Special: Belgian Totchos
Raffle

Stay up to date on the Zwanzig Fest happenings by following its Facebook Event Page. Also, make sure to use hashtag #LompocZwanzig in all of your social media tags!

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