brewfestEach year in August The Bend Brewfest is held at the Les Schwab Amphitheater, giving folks three days of beer bliss! But starting in 2015 they gave us four days of wonderful beer goodness. The 2015 Bend Brewfest was held on August 13-16. The hours were from noon to 11:00 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday August 13-16, and on Sunday the 16th the Brewfest was open from noon to 8 p.m. Admission to the Brewfest is free, however a one-time purchase of a souvenir mug is required for tasting. Mugs are $15 and include 5 tasting tokens. Mugs from previous years will not be filled. Tasting tokens are required for beer purchase and cost $1 per (sold in packets of five). 1 token equals a four ounce taste.There is also some great food available at the Brewfest, so you can eat and drink and have a great time. To find out the dates of future Bend Brewfests check the official website for the Brewfest to see what days it will be held.

In previous years they allowed dogs into the Bend Brewfest, however for the safety and contentment of your furry friends, and for venue cleanliness, this year they are asking folks to please leave their pets at home.

We don’t go every year, but in 2012 my wife decided to volunteer at the Brewfest, and she had a great time, and so did I.

The 9th Annual Bend Brewfest was held Thursday through Saturday August 16-18, 2012 at the Les Schwab Amphitheater, and it appeared to be a good time for all who attended.

Admission for the Brewfest was free, however for tasting a one-time purchase of a souvenir mug was required, which included four tasting tokens.

People of all ages, and dogs were welcomed until 7:00 p.m. each night with a parent or guardian in attendance, however parents or guardians were required to sign a pledge acknowledging the responsibility of preventing children from consuming alcohol.

Bend Brewfest Photo Gallery

View photo gallery of the 2012 Bend Brewfest.

There were over 50 breweries represented, including my local favorite Deschutes Brewery, and in addition to the two beers each brewery was pouring, there were also X-taps that brought something special and or limited throughout the day.

A variety of good tasting food was available from local vendors, and I had one of the best Brats and Sour Kraut that I had enjoyed in quite some time.

There was also a DJ playing music throughout each day, and standing in front of the DJ’s booth seemed to be the most popular place for attendees to congregate and mingle, and of course many danced to the music as well.

Part of what makes the Bend Brewfest be as successful as it is are the many volunteers who help where needed, including pouring the many different beers available. Since we have just moved to the area my wife decided to volunteer on the final evening.

Like volunteers throughout the fest, she received a nice t-shirt, a beer mug and some beer tokens. But because she worked the final shift on Saturday, and didn’t get the message that she would be volunteering until late in the day I got to use her mug and tokens. Hey, sometimes you have to help where you can, so I did by using her mug and tokens to taste some of new beers that I had never tried before.

While volunteering on Saturday she was able to pour beer for her favorite brewery (Deschutes Brewery) part of the time, and pour her favorite seasonal ale, Twilight Summer Ale. Needless to say she was happy about that, but she was also quite tired after her four hour shift as she was kept very busy pouring beer for the large crowd of beer enthusiasts.

While she was tired from her volunteer shift, she is looking forward to volunteering next year, although she will try and get a shift earlier during the festival so she can take advantage of her complementary mug and beer tokens.

All in all the 2012 Bend Brewfest seemed to be a huge success, and bigger and better than ever. You can visit the official website for the Brewfest to see what days it will be held this year.