Wild fires kept the air a bit smoky during last year’s Bend Brewfest but the beer kept flowing all three days to the delight of the attendees. The 2019 Bend Brewfest will return to the Les Schwab Amphitheater in Bend, Oregon’s Old Mill District from August 15-17.
The three-day beer festival will feature around 70 beverage producers pouring over 200 beers, ciders and wines from around the region and country. Each provider will pour at two selections while many will also provide an X-Tap Beer that is a rare offering that will be poured at select times during the festival.
“There are several very special beers being featured in our X-Tap tent this year that patrons will be ecstatic about,” said Marney Smith, director of the festival in a statement. “We love that our annual festival is the place to find the most unique beers from our region, and we look forward to another year of celebrating craft beer culture with our community.”
Founded in 2002, the Bend Brewfest has raised $85,000 dollars for charity since its inception. Money raised in 2019 will serve the following four nonprofit organizations: Deschutes River Conservancy, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Oregon; Neighbor Impact; and Bend Fire Department’s Community Assistance Program.
Admission into the Bend Brewfest is free. For beer tasting the purchase of a 2019 Brewfest tasting mug for $20 is required that includes five tasting tokens. Limited edition Deluxe mugs are available for $30 and include 10 tokens. Additional tokens are sold in packs of five at $5 each.
Here’s a preview of the breweries and beers that will be poured during the three day Bend Brewfest.
Volunteers are needed for the Bend Brewfest as it is currently seeking volunteers to pour beer during various three to four hour time slots throughout the three days of the event. Volunteers will receive Brewfest swag and tokens for the event in exchange for their time: https://bendbrewfest.com/volunteer.html
Bend Brewfest takes place from August 15-17, 2018. On Thursday the fest will take place from 4:00pm-11:00pm and on Friday and Saturday from Noon-11:00pm. The fest is family friendly each day until 5:00pm.
Les Schwab Amphitheater 344 SW Shevlin-Hixon Drive Bend, OR 97702
D.J. is a Portland, Oregon based writer that spent his formative years in the Midwest. With over 25 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 the archives of Northwest Brewing News and can be followed on Twitter and Instagram at @hopapalooza.