Zwickelmania, the MOTHER of all beer events, is this weekend

Zwickelmania, the MOTHER of all beer events, is this weekend
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PORTLAND, Ore. - Beer lovers, rejoice: breweries across the state will be throwing open their doors this weekend for special tastings and behind-the-scenes tours.

It's all part of the annual Zwickelmania Oregon Brewery Tour, which runs Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

In Eugene, the tour zigzags across the city from brewery to brewery.

The event gives you a chance to take tours, meet the brewers and sample your favorite beers. Admission to all events is free and there are even shuttle buses to get you from place to place.

Why is it called Zwickelmania?

The event gets its name from the 'zwickel,' or sample valve, which is mounted on the outside of fermentation or conditioning tanks. The valve allows brewers to take samples for quality assurance and control.