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Bend Brewfest is Back!


 

Here's an early Christmas gift for craft beer lovers in Bend and beyond - Central Oregon's largest craft beer festival is set to return to the Hayden Homes Amphitheater Oct. 3-5, 2024!

“The Bend Brewfest is back home,” said Beau Eastes, the Old Mill District’s Marketing Director. “We’re confident the festival will be better than ever while staying true to what local craft beer enthusiasts have come to expect and enjoy.”


The Bend Brewfest showcases the most creative and innovative craft breweries in the Pacific Northwest. Founded in 2002 and held annually at the Hayden Homes Amphitheater, the hugely popular craft beer and cider festival was last staged at the venue in 2019.


The event returned in 2022 at a new location on the east side of the Deschutes River, along the river trail behind the Old Mill District shops, while the amphitheater underwent renovations. That festival and the new location were a success, but organizers earlier this year decided to postpone the brewfest until it could return to the larger amphitheater venue.

"Like the rest of town, we've felt the void created by its absence and are thrilled to bring back Central Oregon's largest and longest-running craft beer festival."

“The Bend Brewfest is a beloved tradition in our community and it’s been sorely missed,” said Phil Phifer, Food & Beverage manager for the Hayden Homes Amphitheater. “Like the rest of town, we’ve felt the void created by its absence and are thrilled to bring back Central Oregon’s largest and longest-running craft beer festival.”


In years past, the three-day event has attracted more than 40,000 fans and included more than 70 vendors serving up 200 beers, ciders, wines and other fermented beverages like hard seltzers. Phifer hopes the brewfest’s new October dates will make the festival easier for craft beer aficionados to attend with the event moved outside of Bend’s busier summer months.


The Bend Brewfest will also continue its long tradition of philanthropy by donating to local organizations that have huge positive impacts on our community. Since the festival began more than 20 years ago, it’s generated more than $100,000 for local non-profits, including the Latino Community Association, Northwest Youth Discovery, Bend Fire Community Assistance Program, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Oregon, NeighborImpact, the Deschutes River Conservancy, and Out Central Oregon.


“We hope this announcement gets some delicious, creative juices flowing at breweries all over the Pacific Northwest,” Eastes said. “Come October, they’re going to have a huge, thirsty crowd eagerly waiting to see what they’ve come up with. We cannot wait.”

Additional details, including the brewery application process, will be coming soon on bendconcerts.com

 

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