Rogue Valley Brewery Tours: Jump on the Bus (or Bike)

While family and friends visit over the holidays, what better way to entertain everyone (or get everyone out of the house) than with a brewery tour? Lucky for us, we’ve got a few options in the Rogue Valley for beer-hopping adventures. Sit back (or on the Pint Rider, pedal forward) and taste all the best beers our area has to offer in one big, awesome beer-tasting session.

Main St. Adventures Magic Brew Bus Tourlogo_brewtour_lg

(541) 482-9852

$69 per person

This all-inclusive, brewery-to-brewery bus tour takes guests around for beer tasting and appetizer pairing, and over the holidays they’ll also throw in a Grand Holiday Lights Tour to get you in the spirit. The four-hour ride also comes with rating sheets and notepads for your brews. Tours can be booked any night of the week over the holidays for groups of 8-16, so jump on it to schedule your own special event – because you’re special.

Pint Rider Bike Tourspint rider

(541) 227-9499

$300 per private group, 8-15 guests; $175 per shared group, 5-7 guests

Pedal-power your way around Medford on the area’s only beer bike! You and up to 14 friends can cruise at 5-8 mph, visiting as many beer stops as you can in the 2.5 hour time slot (usually about 3-4 stops). Pint Rider can make recommendations for brewery/tasting room pit stops along the way, or you can choose your own if you have a beloved beer haunt close by. Pair your beer with some fresh air!

and for after the holidays…

Beer 30 Tours beer-30

(541) 708-3569

$70 per person

Need to recover from the holidays? Jump on Beer 30 Tours, running full-steam later this winter. Choose from either the Beer 101 or Beer Enthusiast tours for four hours and 12 samples of local brews. You’ll explore Rogue Valley breweries, connect with other beer fans, and get safe transportation all around. What more could you want?

 

Local Business Spotlight: Pint Rider

Get ready to pedal for your pints, Medford! There’s a new multi-person beer bike in town, and it’ll steer you to your favorite local breweries and pubs. The Pint Rider is a locally owned and operated downtown staple, proving to be part open-air party bus, part exercise activity, and a whole lot of entertainment. Sign us up!

pint riderAt a cruising speed of about 5-8 miles per hour, you and 14 of your best beer-loving and bike-riding friends can pedal around downtown for two hours, making stops at your favorite spots to eat and drink along the way. And we’re not just talking beer, here (though we’re obviously biased and think you should TOTALLY visit Medford breweries). You can also spend your rental time visiting coffee shops, winery tasting rooms, sports bars, parks…whatever you’re into.

Here’s how it works: The Pint Rider is rented on a two-hour basis, and how you spend your rental time is up to you. Along with a Designated Driver (every rental comes with a bike pilot to steer you along), you’ll weave along Medford streets and stop as often or as little as you want. Think bachelor or bachelorette parties, birthday celebrations, company parties, cyclist group events, parades, wedding parties, family reunions…and the list goes on. Pint Rider has suggested routes and stopping points to visit, or you can create your own voyage with your top spots along the way.

We’re excited to see this fun and ecofriendly pastime come to Southern Oregon! We can’t think of much better than spending a sunny afternoon biking to and from local breweries with a pack of pals to keep things entertaining. Visit Pint Rider’s website and Facebook page for more info, and make your reservation for Medford’s only brewery-hopping cycle pub adventure.

Zwickelmania

Zwickelmania, the annual one-day event in Oregon when breweries open their doors to any and all beer fans, lands on Feb. 13th this year — from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. More than 120 breweries, big and small, are planning to participate with meet-the-brewer events, beer samples, tours, classes and more.

Check out brewery events in Southern Oregon, and make an itinerary for places to hop around on February 13th. We’re scoping out brewery equipment this week (yay!), and we’re frothing at the bit to jump into Zwickelmania fun next February. Until then, go forth and taste all that Oregon has to offer!

A Weekend Guide to Brewery Events in Southern Oregon

While putting things together at our brewery, we’ve had lots of time to relish local beer and cruise the Southern Oregon beer scene on weekends (we’re enjoying these days now, before they get too busy later this year). We’ve put together a guide for what we think are some of the best brewery activities in the Medford-Ashland area all weekend long. Of course, our weekend begins on Wednesday, but shouldn’t everyone’s?

WEDNESDAY: Portal Brewing
Start the weekend early with a group of your nerdiest friends, and show off your collective intelligence at Portal Brewing’s Trivia Night, starting at 7:30pm. Visit their Facebook page to see the week’s theme, and study up beforehand – the competition is fierce!

THURSDAY: BricktownE Brewing
On Day 2 of the “weekend” visit downtown Medford for Thirstday at BricktownE. You’ll keep your wallet stacked with Happy Hour prices all day long! Two-wheel commute to burn off those extra beer/food calories, and hang your ride on their spacious outdoor bike rack.

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Big-kid games at Swing Tree Brewing in Ashland

FRIDAY: Swing Tree Brewing, Southern Oregon Brewing
Warm up for the evening with darts, shuffleboard, foosball, or jumbo Jenga at Swing Tree in Ashland. Or if you’re not the pub-sports type, grab a pint and relax outside at the picnic tables while reading this post and planning out the rest of your weekend.

Afterwards, trek to Medford for live music Friday nights at Southern Oregon Brewing. They almost always have awesome local food trucks hanging out, too, so you don’t even have to stop for dinner on the way. Thanks goodness – no one like interruptions in beer tours.

SATURDAY: Opposition Brewing, Caldera Restaurant and Brewery
Take your time in the morning on Saturday, and then head over to Opposition Brewing when they open at noon. Their dog-friendly taphouse welcomes your four-legged friends to join the fun, so bring a leash and follow up your pint with a stroll around the neighborhood.

Over in Ashland, Caldera’s restaurant and brewery location on the south end of town showcases 40 beers on tap, outdoor seating and a fireplace/couch seating area for those casual Saturday get-togethers. If you bring a group, consider their 100 oz. beer tube for $21. Because, why not?

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Sunday Beer Pairing (photo: George Rubaloff)

SUNDAY: Standing Stone Brewing Co.
Wind down your beer-filled weekend with a lazy afternoon Beer and Food Pairing at Standing Stone in Ashland. For $25 you’ll join a multi-course, staff-led pairing over the course of one hour. Taste some fare, learn pairing concepts, and finish up with time left in the day to do whatever else you love on weekends. Begins at 3pm.

And that’s how you spend a brewery-themed, activity-filled weekend in Southern Oregon. Or, at least, that’s how we do. What are your favorite weekend happenings in our area? Next summer, we’ll throw in some not-to-be-missed Common Block events to add to the list. For now, go forth and enjoy the fruits (a.k.a. beers) of summer in Southern Oregon.