Central Oregon hosts the Pacific Northwest’s second-largest brewfest
Celebrating its 16th year in 2018, the three-day Bend Brewfest will be held August 16-18 at the Les Schwab Amphitheater and is set to feature more than 75 breweries and cider houses from around the West. With more than 150 beers and ciders offered annually, the Bend Brewfest is the second-largest beer fest in the Pacific Northwest, trailing only Portland’s long-running Oregon Brewers Festival.
Nestled along the scenic Deschutes River, the Bend Brewfest has drawn nearly 40,000 visitors each of the past two years and serves as an end-of-summer celebration for much of Central Oregon.
One of the yearly highlights at the Bend Brewfest is its X-Tap program. Almost like a specialty beer festival within the Bend Brewfest itself, the X-Tap program is reserved for small batch and experimental beers. Think of concoctions like Gigantic’s Pipewrench Gin Barrel Aged IPA or a one-time version of Fort George’s Matryoshka Stout infused with cocoa nibs and raspberries. X-Taps are held in the Brewtality Tent – get it, brew + hospitality? – where brewers are often on hand to talk about their special, limited-release beers.
Set amidst one of the nation’s most innovative craft brew communities, the Bend Brewfest serves as the perfect trailhead for adventurous beer geeks. While in Bend for Brewfest, beer lovers have also been known to tackle The Bend Ale Trail, the largest beer trail in the West, and explore town via the Bend Cycle Pub.