Central Oregon’s largest beer festival returns this weekend to the beautiful setting of the Les Schwab Amphitheater in Bend, Oregon. This year’s Bend Brewfest will feature over 70 breweries pouring its beers from Thursday, August 18 through Saturday, August 20. Each day the festival will take place from Noon until 11:00pm. The online Bend Brewfest program can be accessed online by clicking here.
Admission is free to the Bend Brewfest but in order to sample the amazing beers and ciders a one-time purchase of a souvenir mug is required. Mugs are $20.00 and include 5 tasting tokens. Mugs from previous years will not be filled. Tasting tokens are required for beer purchase and cost $5 for 5 tokens. 1 token equals one four-ounce pour.
The Bend Brewfest is an all ages event each day until 7:00pm. Parent or a guardian is required to sign a pledge acknowledging the responsibility of preventing children from consuming alcohol and the penalties for the parent and child. Please note that at 7:00pm all guests under the age of 21 must leave the venue. Also make note that pets are not allowed into the Bend Brewfest.
A variety of food is available from outstanding local vendors. Food cart vendors coming soon! Cash is required for food purchase. There is an ATM on site.
For those that will be in Bend tonight, Wednesday, August 17, 10 Barrel Brewing will once again host its annual Beer Wars IPA Fest. From 4:00 to 9:00pm at 10 Barrel Brewpub located at 1135 NW Galveston Ave., there will be 30 different IPA’s from 5 different states. This year 10 Barrel has invited some of the best breweries from Oregon, California, Washington, Colorado and Idaho to compete for the best IPA award. With a blind-tasting format, event attendees will select the winning state by vote. Entry is free but a to sample the hoppy beers a tasting glass is required at $5.00 each along with drink tokens at $1.00 each.
Here is the lineup of beers pouring throughout the three days from Thursday, August 18 through Saturday, August 20.
D.J. is a Portland, Oregon based writer that spent his formative years in the Midwest. With over 20 years under his belt of drinking beer at festivals across America and the world, he has developed a strong appreciation and understanding of craft beer and the industry that surrounds it. He can be found in any of the great breweries or beer bars that make Portland the best beer city in the world. His writing can also be found in Northwest Brewing News and can be followed on Twitter at @hopapalooza.