The 2021 Bend Brewfest has been canceled but will be returning to its new home in May of 2022!
First, we want to thank you all for your patience this year as we all closely monitored the ever-changing COVID-19 guidelines for safety. We are committed to doing our part to help protect our attendees, staff, and fellow beer-lovers alike. With the availability of the vaccine, we can see a light at the end of the tunnel and an end to this pandemic. In order to help maintain the course, we have decided to postpone the 2021 Bend Brewfest. The fest will be leaving its previous home of the third week in August and move to the second week of May, starting next year. We are excited for this change in schedule and believe May will be the perfect time to kick-off the season and enjoy craft beers with friends along the beautiful Deschutes River.
The Bend Brewfest is an annual multiday celebration of craft beer bliss along the banks of the beautiful Deschutes River.
The Brewfest traditionally highlights a Who’s Who of West Coast breweries, large and small. In the past, Oregon favorites such as Breakside, Great Notion, pFriem and Block 15 have all appeared at Brewfest, as will regional standouts like Fremont, Anderson Valley, Georgetown and 54°40° Brewing. And of course, local studs Deschutes, Boneyard, Crux, Bend Brewing, Wild Ride, GoodLife and Three Creeks, among others, have all traditionally poured beers at the Amphitheater, too.
Equally impressive is the number of up-and-coming smaller breweries that are typically showcased Brewfest. In festivals past, for example, craft beer aficionados had the chance to sample rock stars like Bridge 99 out of Bend; Delexue Brewing from Albany, Oregon; and Ochoco Brewing out of Prineville, 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 Hopworks Urban Brewery’s 2009 Barrel-aged Noggin Floggin, an organic barley wine that’s aged for seven years in Heaven Hill bourbon barrels, or Lompoc Brewing’s Lump of Coal sour, an imperial porter that’s fermented with sour cherries. X-Taps are held in the Market of Choice Brewtality Tent 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 the town via the Bend Cycle Pub. Serious beer hunters will also find amazing craft beverages on tap at various Bend barber shops, movie theaters and grocery stores.
For more information, go to bendbrewfest.com.