February 1, 2018 | By Jackie Luskey | No Comments

Zwickelmania in Portland’s Backyard

10 Must-Do February Events

What the heck is zwickel? In Germany, “zwickel” is the name for the sampling tap that rests on a fermenter. Tasting from the zwickel is as up-close-and-personal as you can get during the brewing process. For your own hopped-up experience, the annual Zwickelmania in the ‘Burbs (February 17 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; free) invites beer lovers of all kinds to tour local breweries, sip from special tasting flights and, yes, try some in-process brew from the elusive zwickel.

Hillsboro’s Zwickelmania Beer Shuttle

Zwickelmania has plenty of breweries to choose from, including a throng of standout Portland options. That said, Tualatin Valley’s beer scene offers the unexpected without the inconvenience. In fact, Hillsboro’s participating breweries and taphouse are providing a free shuttle that begins and ends at the Orenco Station MAX stop. A built-in designated driver is always a good thing.

Ambacht Brewing

Ambacht Brewing defiantly goes against Oregon’s devotion to IPAs; instead, drinkers will find delicious, Belgian-style ales made with local ingredients. Owner Tom Kramer is teaming up with the popular Cousin Kenny’s BBQ for chili that goes especially well with Ambacht’s G++ brew.

Deep Space Brewing

While Ms. Frizzle’s magic school bus took students to the outer limits of the galaxy, the Hillsboro Zwickelmania shuttle will bring beer drinkers to the front door a new, space-themed brewery. The brewery has dubbed its beer list the “Starship Fleet.” We self-declare the fleet’s commander to be the Antimatter Cloud IPA with its four different types of hops.


Three Mugs Brewing

Three Mugs Brewing is a family operation that’s not afraid to diversify its brews. Try a handful of beers from the onsite brewery—ranging from golden to Cascadian dark to extra strong bitter ales.

Orenco Taphouse

Before hopping back on the MAX or with your designated driver, sample from a wide array of other northwest brews.

Additional Zwickelmania Breweries



Little Beast Brewing

Vanguard Brewing

Where to Sleep and Post Instagrams

For more beer-related goodness, book the Beer 101 Overnight Package from the McMenamins Grand Lodge or the Brewery Package from the Hilton Garden Inn – Portland/Beaverton.

When posting pictures from your time tasting from the zwickel, use the hashtag #Zwickel18.

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