Now in its 15th year one of Oregon’s most relaxed and enjoyable beer festivals, Bend Brewfest returns to the Les Schwab Amphitheater in Bend later this week from August 10-12, 2017. Hosted by Bend’s Old Mill District, the 2017 Bend Brewfest will pour over 200 different beers over the course of its three days with hours each day from Noon-11:00pm.
This year’s fest will see a slight change as the Bend Brewfest is usually held the third weekend of August. But with this year’s unusual Solar Eclipse that will pass directly overhead of Central Oregon a week later on August 21st, organizers did the correct thing and moved Bend Brewfest up one week.
With over 200 beers and ciders pouring throughout the three day event there is sure to be a perfect summer beverage for any fan of craft beer. Participating breweries include ones both large and small. There will be large brewers usch as 10 Barrel, Deschutes, Lagunitas and Sierra Nevada, as will regional favorites like Crux, pFriem, Fremont and Hopworks Urban Brewery. For those looking for something new there will be even smaller breweries such as Sedition Brewing out of The Dalles, Oregon; Ashtown Brewing from Longview, Washington; and Incline Cider Company based out of Auburn, Washington.
Another highlight of the Bend Brewfest is its XTap Tent. Here participating breweries will show off some of its rare, exclusive beers. There will be approximately 40 breweries and cideries participating in the XTap. Choices range from big, bold barrel-aged beers to sour and wild farmhouse ales and more. The complete list of XTap beers and the times that they’ll be pouring are listed further down in this article.
Admission into the Bend Brewfest is free but a one-time purchase of a souvenir mug is required for tasting. Mugs start at $20 and include five tasting tokens. Additional tasting tokens can be purchased for $5 for five tokens. One token equals a 4-ounce taste. Families are welcome during the day but the Bend Brewfest is 21 and over after 5:00pm. And make sure to leave your furry friends at home as dogs are not allowed.
2017 Bend Brew Fest Beer List: (XTap beers are designated with an XT)
10 Barrel Brewing Company Out Of Office Raspberry Crush
Ace Cider Ace Pineapple Space Blood Orange
Anchor Brewing Company Blackberry Daze IPA Blood Orange Blonde
Anderson Valley Brewing Company Ee Tah! IPA G&T Gose XT: Wild Turkey Bourbon Barrel Aged Salted Caramel Porter
WildCraft Cider Works Pioneer Perry Strawberry Spruce
Wolf Tree Brewery Spruce Tip Ale Pom El Hefe XT: King Of The Forest Oud Bruin
Worthy Brewing Easy Day Kolsch Kama Citrus IPA
Listed below is the XTap schedule of beers and ciders that will be tapped at specific times each of the three days of Bend Brewfest. Each brewery participating in the Bend Brewfest will have two distinct beers on tap throughout all three days of the event, and has the additional option of participating in the XTap. Beers that qualify for the XTap are low production, specialty and/or experimental flavors. We purchase only a small amount of each XTap flavor and schedule to tap that keg when a representative can be present in the Brewtality Tent (where the XTap is located). Here is an opportunity to meet the brewers behind theses special offerings and sample some rare and limited beers.
As with any festival some last minute changes can take place so it is always best to check the chalkboard at the Brewtality Tent when you arrive at the venue to get the most up to date schedule for the day’s XTap offerings.
Thursday, August 10, 2017 Cascade Brewing TBA – Cascade Brewing – 12:00 Cascade Brewing TBA – Cascade Brewing – 12:00 Burbon Barrel Aged Belgian Dark Strong – Ashtown – 12:30 King of the Forest Oud Bruin – Wolf Tree – 1:00 Pipewrench Gin Barrel Aged IPA – Gigantic – 1:30 Benedict Cumberbatch – Buoy – 2:00 Rolling Thunder Russian Imperial Stout – Rogue – 2:30 Fancy As Funk – Vagabond – 3:00 We Smoked It All – Claim 52 – 3:30 Coffee Cinnamon B-Bomb – Fremont – 4:00 Matryoshka Stout with Cocoa and Raspberries – Fort George – 4:30 Dragonfruit – Atlas Cider – 5:00 Radagast – Ordnance – 5:30 Bodhisattva of Compassion – Reverend Nat’s – 6:00 Corvette Strong Ale – Shade Tree – 6:30 Gose to 11 – Oakshire – 7:00
Friday, August 11, 2017 Cascade Brewing TBA – Cascade Brewing – 12:00 Cascade Brewing TBA – Cascade Brewing – 12:00 El Rey – Sunriver – 12:30 Caldera Bourbon Barrel Aged Mogli – Caldera – 1:00 Barrel Aged White out 2012 – Burnside – 1:30 Lawful Evil Merciless Russian Imperial Stout – Kobold – 2:00 Blind Tiger: Bourbon Barrel-Aged – Anthem Cider – 2:30 Black Butte XXVII – Deschutes – 3:00 Imperial IPA – Hop Valley – 3:30 Wild Turkey Bourbon Barrel Aged Salted Caramel Porter – Anderson Valley – 4:00 Aprinaut – GoodLife – 4:30 Rum Away with Me – Riverbend – 5:00 Compass Rose – Incline Cider – 5:30 LSD – Lompoc – 6:00 Salty Bog Cranberry Gose – Silver Moon – 6:30 Imperial Stout – Evasion – 7:00
Saturday, August 12, 2017 Cascade Brewing TBA – Cascade Brewing – 12:00 Cascade Brewing TBA – Cascade Brewing – 12:00 Bourbon Barrel Aged Brain Bucket Ale – Wild Ride – 12:30 Peche Mode – Double Mountain – 1:00 Gooze Cruze – Boneyard – 1:30 Sour Wench – Ballast Poin – t2:00 Dark Swan – Lagunitas – 2:30 Pour Pour Pitiful Me (Belgian Quad) – Monkless – 3:00 9th Plague Imperial Russian Stout – Craft Kitchen – 3:30 Kumquat Farmhouse Ale – pFriem – 4:00 Kentucky Pelican – Pelican – 4:30 Jean Peche – Santiam – 5:00 Jaywalker Imperial Stout – Walking Man – 5:30 Strong Oblivious Blonde Barrel Aged – Oblivion – 6:00 Pinata Party – Red Tank – 6:30 Whiskey Barrel Aged Stampede Strong Ale – Three Creeks – 7:00
This year’s charity beneficiaries for the Bend Brewfest are Deschutes River Conservancy, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Oregon, NeighborImpact and the Bend Fire Community Assistance Program. Money raised at the event will go to the nonprofit organizations to help them achieve their missions.
Bend Brewfest Dates & Times: Thursday, August 10 – Noon to 11 p.m. Friday, August 11 – Noon to 11 p.m. Saturday, August 12 – Noon to 11 p.m.
Les Schwab Amphitheater 344 SW Shevlin Hixon Drive Bend, OR 97702