By Makenzie Whittle

The Bulletin

What: Bend Brewfest

When: 4-11 p.m. Thursday; Noon- 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday

Where: Les Schwab Amphitheater, 344 Shevlin Hixon Drive, Bend

Cost: $20 tasting package includes souvenir mug and five tasting tokens; $30 deluxe tasting package, includes collector mug and 10 tokens; $1 per token (sold in packages of five); free to attend

Contact: bendbrewfest.com or 541-312-8510

Bend’s biggest beer bash returns to the Les Schwab Amphitheater Thursday through Saturday.

This year’s selection of libations from West Coast breweries and cideries is impressive with 70 companies each bringing two brews to taste.

Joining the hoppy goodness are a few Brewfest exclusives like BEND the Knee Pale Ale from Stevenson, Washington’s Walking Man Brewing, The DAB Lab and Desert High IPA from Corvallis’ Block 15 Brewing and Bend’s Worthy Brewing Experimental Hop Session IPA.

Throughout the festival, at regular half-hour intervals, small batch and experimental brews will be featured for a limited time at the X-Tap tent. Check the website for a full schedule.

A selection of 12 food carts with tacos, ice cream, fish and chips, pizza and kettle corn will also be on hand to soak up the beer.

To make sure everyone gets home safe, there will be a designated Lyft pick-up/drop-off zone at the parking lot across the footbridge on the west side of the river.

So hop on down and imbibe responsibly at this year’s Brewfest.

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