Breweries in the Gorge to Host 2nd Annual BIG Swig

November 11th marks the day for a special day of beer in the Columbia River Gorge. The Saturday afternoon event bears resemblance to Portland’s Zwicklemania or the Washington Brewers Association’s WA Open House. In its 2nd year, The BIG Swig has already become a destination event. This year, beer-lovers have the opportunity to have a great positive economic impact for these local businesses that were negatively effected by this summer’s fires in the region.

More from the press release:

Columbia Gorge craft beer non-profit organization hosts second annual brewery open-house event.

Hood River, Oregon – Breweries in the Gorge (B.I.G.) is hosting their second annual multi-brewery event – The B.I.G. Swig – a one-day event inviting craft beer fans for brewery open houses, beer tastings, and more. B.I.G. is a non-profit organization that is comprised of 13 breweries located in the Columbia Gorge region of Washington and Oregon, spanning from Cascade Locks, OR to Goldendale, WA. On Saturday, November 11th, 2017, each participating brewery will open their doors between 12pm to 4pm for a unique look at what makes craft beer in Gorge so special.

The Columbia Gorge region is known for churning out world class beers and is host to a wide variety of brewery concepts and sizes. Twelve of the thirteen breweries will host an open-house that will reflect each individual brewery beer styles and approach to the craft beer culture here in the Gorge.

“The last couple of months have been tough on all of us in the Gorge with the Eagle Creek Fire and I-84 closure, we are so delighted to invite everyone out to support our Gorge owned breweries and staff,” says Caroline Park, owner of Thunder Island Brewing Co in Cascade Locks, Oregon.

B.I.G. is one of the only non-profit craft beer organizations that has members in two different states. Despite a variety of challenges operating between the two states, B.I.G. has been successfully by working together, sharing ideas, and promoting craft beer throughout the Gorge.

For more information about participating breweries, visit their websites:

Backwoods Brewing Company
Carson, WA

Big Horse Brew Pub
Hood River, OR

Double Mountain Brewery & Taproom
Hood River, OR

Everybody’s Brewing
White Salmon, WA

Freebridge Brewing
The Dalles, OR

pFriem Family Brewers
Hood River, OR

Full Sail Brewing Company
Hood River, OR

Solera Brewery
Parkdale, OR

Thunder Island Brewing Company
Cascade Locks, OR

Walking Man Brewing
Stevenson, WA

Sedition Brewing Company
The Dalles, OR

Dwinell Country Ales
Goldendale, WA


About Breweries in the Gorge

Breweries in the Gorge (B.I.G.) is a group of 13 local breweries in the Columbia River Gorge region of Washington and Oregon, with more than 250 fun-loving, beer drinking, dedicated individuals, lured by the nature and beauty of the Columbia Gorge, joined by passion and a love for life, bonded by respect and mutual commitments to producing exceptional beer. B.I.G. is united in promotion and progression of craft beer, and in helping beer fans discover some of the Nation’s finest beer, in one of the most beautiful places on earth.


Michael Perozzo
Michael Perozzo

Michael Perozzo is a life-long resident of Southwest Washington and father of 4. At his day job, he leads a digital marketing and graphic design team supporting food/beverage clients at ZZEPPELIN. Michael helped start Brewcouver – the passport to Vancouver’s breweries – and co-founded NorthBank Beer Week. He also manages beer buying for the Vancouver Brewfests and helped create Brewing Bridges Collaboration Fest. Portland Trail Blazers fans may remember him as DarthBlazer circa 2008-2012.