Brewvana Explores Gluten-Free Breweries & More

The Brewvana Brewery Tours Bus in ActionBeer expert Brian Yaeger guides tour of various fermentations, April 9

Brewvana, the tour operator best known for conducting tours of Portland breweries, offers a unique tour for fans of all libations, including those on gluten-free diets. It is the result of Brewvana founder Ashley Rose Savatti and beer writer Brian Yaeger asking, “What about the other –eries?” A whole world of adult beverages exists in and around Portland—beyond beloved beer—made from fermented apples, honey, and rice. As a major benefit, our gluten-intolerant friends who equally appreciate artisanal drinks can safely imbibe. The special tour is Monday, April 9, from noon – 5:30 p.m. Space is limited and tickets are $85.

Hop on the Brewvana bus and begin the at Buschwhacker Cider, (sic) the only cidery in Portland. Cidermaker Jeff Smith will lead a discussion of “hard” ciders, a segment of the beer market currently enjoying tremendous growth of 25%. The second stop will be Kookoolan World Meadery in Yamhill. Yamhill County is home to some 280 wineries, but only this one specializes in honey wine and meadmaker Chrissie Manion Zaerpoor will guide guests in discussion and sampling. Next, the bus stops at Saké One in Forest Grove. It is Oregon’s only saké brewery (saké is brewed like beer and is therefore not “rice wine”). Lastly, what’s a Brewvana tour without going to a brewery? The tour concludes at Harvester Brewing, a new brewery in Portland and the only one dedicated to brewing gluten free beers that are proving a hit even among non-Celiacs. Brewmeister James Neumeister will lead the tour and tasting.

About Brian Yaeger:
Yaeger is the author of “Red, White, and Brew: An AmericaBeer Odyssey,” about the people and places that constitute the brewing industry. He lives in Portland, freelancing as a beer and travel writer contributing to Willamette Week, All About Beer Magazine, Draft, Beer West, and more. Yaeger and his wife open their spare apartment to beercationers at at Inn Beervana. Follow him at

About Brewvana: The Ultimate Brewery Tour Experience.
Brewvana is committed to embracing the history and culture of the brewing industry in Portland by introducing people to the vast selection of beer (and now other fermentations!) that Portland has to offer. This one-of-a kind tour experience includes transportation to and from Portland’s award winning breweries as well as the smaller, upcoming breweries. The all-inclusive tour also provides lots of samples, food, meet and greet with the brewer/maker, tours of the facility, trivia and more. Whether you are an amateur imbiber or a connoisseur, you will be guaranteed to reach BREWVANA: the euphoric state of awareness, appreciation and love for Portland’s finest craft beer.