Thursday, October 3, 2019

509 Beer Column

My new column is up on the Spokesman-Review and this month it’s all about Oktoberfest. Prost! 🍻

Thursday, September 19, 2019

Beer festival tips...

As previously mentioned, the Inland NW Craft Beer Festival is this weekend featuring 40+ breweries and over 150 beers. For all you beer fest newbies out there (and even you vets) I put together a few tips for properly enjoying a beer festival in my most recent piece for the Spokesman. I'll be at the festival on Saturday around 2 pm. If you see me, don't hesitate to say hi. Cheers! 🍻🍻🍻

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

What's Hoppin' this Week? 8/14

Hi everyone - The latest WHTW post is up on the Spokesman. As always, keep an eye on my Facebook page where I will try to post any additional events that I may have missed. Enjoy the week. Cheers!


Thursday, August 8, 2019

What's Hoppin' this Week? 8/7

Hey everyone - Just as a reminder, you can find your weekly event planner at the bottom of my Spokesman column from this week. While you're there, you can also learn about the beer scene in Sandpoint. Enjoy your week. Cheers! 🍻

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

What's Hoppin' this Week? 7/31

Happy August everyone! Summer continues to fly by and the heat doesn't show any signs of waning, so it's going to be a good week to stay cool with your favorite beverage.

We'll get to the events in a moment, but first a bit of programming news. As I mentioned last month, I recently took over as the beer columnist for the Spokesman-Review. In addition to my monthly column, my editor has also agreed to allow me to move this What's Hoppin' planner to the paper and website on a weekly basis. I'm definitely excited for this; the entire reason I started this blog was to bring back an events calendar when the Spokesman ended their On Tap blog last year. For the standard reader, not much will change. I'll still be posting the link to all my social media, it will still appear on Wednesday and have events through the following Tuesday. What it will mean for me, however, is that I will start having to basically work a week ahead. The planner will need to be submitted each Friday for publication the following Wednesday. Therefore I'm putting out a special plea to any of the industry folks who read this blog - please either send me info on your beer-related events as you plan them or at least get something up on Facebook or other social media as early as possible. I can't include events that I don't know about. Hopefully, I'll have some leeway to make late additions for the online version, but there are no guarantees. Also do to potentially space constraints in the paper I can't guarantee everything will make it in every week, but I'll do my best to signal-boost anything that gets missed as I see it. The increased eyeballs and reach of the Spokesman should not only help my venture, but also bring more awareness to all of the great beer events happening every week in the INW. Cheers!

On to the events:

Thursday, August 1st


- Community Pint is kicking of their weekend-long anniversary party. A full tap list hasn't been announced yet, but expect a IPA heavy rotation Thursday and Friday with a focus on barrel aged stuff Saturday. Keep an eye on Facebook for full details.

- Nectar in Kendall Yards is holding their Monthly featured flight kickoff from 6 to 8 pm. This month, they will be featuring beers from Olympia-area favorite Three Magnets Brewing and Matchless Brewing. Facebook.

- Bellwether Brewing continues their "Summer of Sours" release series with the "Fimbrethil Pine Kveik." See the event page for a description and story behind the name. Facebook.

- The 3rd edition of the Lester Cup is kicking off and runs through September 15th. This time, six breweries - Bellwether, Black Label, The Grain Shed, Humble Abode, Mountain Lakes and Whistle Punk are battling it out to see who brings home the cup. The theme this time is "Fruit beers." To participate, stop by any of the breweries, pick up a ballot and try their competition beer. Go to each brewery and get your ballot stamped as you try each beer. Once you've had them all, you vote for your favorite and you're eligible to come to the awards party sometime in September. Facebook.

Friday, August 2nd


- Although they now have a full taproom again, River City Brewing is continuing their tradition of throwing First Friday garage parties in their Downtown Spokane location from 4 to 10 pm. There will be live music, a food truck and, of course, plenty of beer. Facebook.

- Although they have been quietly open since Hoopfest weekend, River Rock Taphouse in Downtown Spokane is ready to celebrate their official grand opening all weekend long. There will be live music, tap takeovers, food specials and more. Congrats! Facebook.

- Garland area favorite Bon Bon is hosting Moses Lake's Ten Pin Brewing for a tap takeover and bingo night from 6 to 10 pm. Facebook.


Wednesday, July 24, 2019

What's Hoppin' this Week? 7/24

Welcome back to What's Hoppin' this Week. Now that I'm finally back in town after traveling the past couple weekends, I'm excited to be back home and look forward to hitting up some of my favorite spots this week.

Thursday, July 25th


- Millwood Brewing is hosting several events throughout the month of July for people to learn more about the beer making process. Their latest event will be a visit out to the hop farm at Big Barn Brewing in Mead. Attendees will learn about hops and how they are processed and you'll be able to sample some Big Barn beers after the tour. The tour runs from 6 to 7:30 and although it is a free event, they ask that you confirm attendance via Facebook.

Friday, July 26th


- Hunga Dunga Brewing in Moscow, ID is throwing a party to celebrate their 3rd anniversary from 4 to 11 pm. There will be a raffle and swag, with live music starting at 8 pm. Congrats on 3 years! Facebook.

- There are a limited number of tickets still available for the latest Nectar beer dinner this time featuring Boise's Payette Brewing. The four course meal will include beer Payette beer pairings and reps and chefs will be on hand to discuss the food and beer. Facebook.

- Crafted Tap House in CD'A is bringing in Montana's Kettle House Brewing for a tap takeover from 5 to 9 pm. Facebook.

- Mead's Hop Mountain Taproom is hosting a tap takeover featuring beers from Spokane's River City Brewing from 6 to 9 pm. Facebook.

Saturday, July 27th


- Idaho-based non-profit, Rural Roots, is sponsoring a beer festival at the Latah County Fair and Event Center in Moscow, ID from 4 to 10 pm. Several local and regional breweries will be represented as well as live music and other fun. Entry is free, but a tasting package including a commemorative glass and 4 pours is $15. Facebook.

- Continuing their beer lesson series, Millwood Brewing is inviting interested folks to join their brewing team as they take you through a typical brew day. Learn more about the brewing process and see first hand the effort it takes to produce the beer we enjoy. 9 am to noon. Please register in advance. Facebook.

- From 4 to 8 pm, Happy Trails to Brews is hosting another Happy Tails at Happy Trails event to support Path of Hope animal rescue. A portion of sales will be donated and Path of Hope will be on hand with some of their furry friends. Facebook.

Tuesday, July 30th


- The final session of Millwood's Beer-ology series focuses on pouring and sampling beer as well as an intro to sensory training. 6 to 7:30 pm. Facebook.

What's Hoppin' this Week? 10.9.19

Here is the link to the latest WHTW. Enjoy -  What’s Hoppin’ This Week: Celebrations continue for Oktoberfest and hops .