Breweries in the Gorge host 2018 B.I.G. Swig Open House

Breweries in the Gorge (B.I.G.) is a non-profit organization comprised of the 13 craft breweries in the Columbia River Gorge that will host the 2018 “B.I.G. Swig” featuring brewery open houses on Saturday, October 27, 2018, from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm. Craft beer fans can experience one-of-a-kind tours, tastings, and more at this one-day, 3rd annual event that spans two states from the Bridge of the Gods to the John Day Bridge.

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The Columbia River Gorge, with a reputation as a premier beer destination in the Pacific Northwest, houses a unique array of breweries. From classic lagers and bold barrel-aged stouts to sticky IPAs and artful wild ales, B.I.G. offers craft beer enthusiasts a diverse selection of beer in a beautiful setting.

“The B.I.G. Swig is a unique event that offers craft beer fans with the perfect opportunity to spend the weekend in the Gorge, visit their favorite breweries, and discover some new ones along the way,” says Justin Leigh, B.I.G. President and co-owner of Dwinell Country Ales in Goldendale, WA.

Seasoned craft beer enthusiasts who have explored the Columbia River Gorge may already know B.I.G. from their “Gorge Beer Guide,” a passport map that invites drinkers to visit and collect stamps from each brewery.

“This year, we are excited to provide the opportunity for craft beer fans to collect their passport stamps using the ‘Breweries in the Gorge’ digital app, available for download on Apple and Android devices,” said Caroline Lipps, owner of Thunder Island Brewing Co. in Cascade Locks.  “Beer fans can now collect stamps digitally. Those who visit 11 of the 13 breweries will receive a limited-edition commemorative B.I.G. pint glass.”

For a complete list of the Breweries in the Gorge and to learn more about B.I.G. Swig events, check out or follow Breweries in the Gorge on Facebook.

About Breweries in the Gorge

Breweries in the Gorge (B.I.G.) is non-profit group of the 13 breweries located in the Columbia River Gorge region of Washington and Oregon. Spanning two states, with more than 250 fun-loving, beer drinking, dedicated individuals, lured by the nature and beauty of the Columbia River Gorge, B.I.G.’s members are 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 a diverse selection of handcrafted beer in one the most beautiful places on earth.

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