Wednesday, November 28, 2018

What's Hoppin' this Week? 11/28

We are back to our regularly scheduled programing here at WHTW. I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving and is ready for the sprint to Christmas. Even as things get hectic, I'll be here to keep you apprised of all the happenings in the world of Spokane beer. Also, here is my occasional reminder to hit me up with anything I may have missed and spread the word to all your friends if you find these weekly posts helpful. Cheers!

Thursday, November 29th

- Bellwether continues their Sainted Beers series by honoring St. Martin of Tours with an ale brewed and backsweetned with grape juice. 3 to 9 pm. Facebook.

- Black Label will be donating $1 of every pint sold from 5 to 8 pm to local non-profit, All Heart Infusion. Facebook.

Friday, December 30th

- Huckleberry's Market on the South Hill will be holding a special sampling of beers from Oregon's Ordinance Brewing from 4 to 6. Facebook.

Saturday, December 1st

- Starting today and running all month long, No-Li is celebrating winter with their "Get Frosted" event. Each week they will be releasing 3 specialty beers and you get to keep the special "Get Frosted 2018" pint glass with purchase. They will also be selling ornaments for $10 with all proceeds benefitting SpokAnimal. More info can be found on their Facebook page.

- Also starting today, Badass Backyard Brewing will be releasing the first of their "12 beers of Christmas." They will be releasing one new beer each day through December 12th, so stop in and try them all. Facebook.

Sunday, December 2nd

- Westwood Brewing in Rathdrum is continuing to roll out their first batches of house brewed beers and this week they are bringing out their first blonde ales. They will be offering $2 pints of their standard blonde ale until the first keg is gone, and they will have a special huckleberry version on tap as well. Doors open at 11 am. Facebook.

Tuesday, December 4th

- Bellwether is teaming up with their neighbors, Elliott's an Urban Kitchen for a special "old world winter feast" featuring 5 courses from Elliott's and barrel aged beer parings from Bellwether. Tickets are $65 and are only on sale online till Thursday, November 29th. Full details and ticket links can be found on Facebook.

Wednesday, December 5th

- Nectar in Kendall Yards is hosting a pint night to support local non-profit Spark Central. They will be featuring beers from Michigan's Founders Brewing and from 6 to 8 pm, $1 of every pint ($2 for barrel aged stuff) of Founders beer sold will be donated to this awesome organization. Facebook.

Friday, November 23, 2018

What's Hoppin' this Week? 11/21

It's time for a slightly delayed version of What's Hoppin' this Week. I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving. There is aren't too many events this week, but if you're out shopping, don't forget to visit your favorite brewery. No one has ever been mad about getting the gift of beer for Christmas. Cheers!

Friday, November 23rd

- Many of the local breweries and bottle shops are offering special Black Friday and Small Business Saturday deals today and tomorrow with discounts on merch, growler fills, even pints in some cases. There are too many to list here, but don't forget to support your favorite local business when you're out this weekend. 

- Crafted Taphouse + Kitchen in CD'A is having a party to celebrate the city's annual Christmas parade which begins at 5 pm tonight through the heart of downtown CD'A. Crafted is on the parade route and will provide an ideal location for viewing the fireworks and tree lighting. They'll also have several special Christmas/winter themed beers on tap and a special Christmas themed food menu. This is also a fundraiser for Toys for Tots so bring in a toy or monetary donation. The event runs from Noon to 8 pm, but get there early for prime seats. Facebook.

- Pints Alehouse is hosting a release party for this year's version of Goose Island's Bourbon County Brand Stout. This beer is released every year on Black Friday and is one of of the most sought-after barrel-aged stouts in the country. Pints will have it on tap starting today from 3 to 10 pm. Facebook.

Saturday, November 24th

- English Setter Brewing in the Spokane Valley is releasing their newest beer, a peanut butter and chocolate porter, starting at noon in their taproom. They will also be holding a giant Jenga tournament starting at 2 pm. Facebook.

Wednesday, November 28th

Community Pint is bringing in some special beers from San Diego's Modern Times Brewing to celebrate the beginning of the Christmas Season. Reps from the brewery will be in house on Wednesday to talk about the beer and they will be running taster specials from Wednesday through Sunday 12/2 or whenever they run out. The full beer list can be found on Facebook

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

What's Hoppin' this Week? 11/14

It's time for another edition of What's Hoppin' this Week. The cold weather has settled in and the disturbingly early sunsets are are going to be the norm for quite a while around here (I'm not a winter person, if you can't tell.) At least we've got plenty of strong, dark and heavy beers to drink from so many great breweries and friends with which to share them. On to the events. Cheers everyone!

Thursday, November 15th

- English Setter Brewing is spicing up their usual Thursday night trivia and inviting fellow Spokane Valley brewery, Genus, along for the ride. Genus will have two special guest taps and they'll be playing special Harry Potter Themed trivia. Event starts at 5 and trivia starts at 6:30. Facebook.

- Every third Thursday of the month, the Northwest Museum of Arts and Culture in Browne's Addition holds an evening event from 5 to 8 pm with live music, gallery walks, and no-host beer, wine and food available. This all-ages event is only $5 to get in for non-members (50% off the regular admission price) and members get in free. Granted, this is only tangentially beer-related, it's a bit of a slow week and the MAC is awesome, so check it out. Facebook.

Friday, November 16th

- The Lantern Tap House is hosting their annual Flannel Fest starting at 4 and running through Saturday (regular hours.) Fremont is sponsoring and bringing their 2015-2018 editions of their bourbon barrel-aged Dark Star and a few other special beers. Wear your best flannel outfit (and if you read this blog, I'm going to go out on a limb and say you have a flannel outfit) to qualify for special prizes. Live music also starts at 9. Facebook.

- Post Falls Brewing is holding another Pie and Pints night featuring beer pairing with mini-pies from Bean and Pie. Get your Thanksgiving week started off on the right foot. Facebook.

Saturday, November 17th

- Apparently Saturday is National Take a Hike Day - seems like it would be better in the Spring, but I'm not in charge of these things - anyway, to celebrate Badass Backyard Brewing is holding an informal hiking party. Attendees should meet by 10 am at the brewery at which point the group well head over to the Dishman Hills area and head out for a hike. Afterward, the group will meet back up at the brewery for some beers and, I imagine, a shared sense of accomplishment. Facebook.

- The CD'A Growler Guys location is turning 3 and celebrating by pouring more that 10 limited release beers from Northern California's Heretic Brewing from 2 to 5 pm. Heretic's local rep will be on site and the first 30 people through the door will receive a commemorative glass. A preview of the tap list is available on Facebook.

Wednesday, November 21st

Community Pint is holding their annual Friendsgiving Celebration from 5 to 8 pm. $28 gets you a 5 course tasting menu with each course paired with a 6 oz beer. I went last year and I've already got my tickets for this year. Space is limited, so purchasing in advance is highly suggested. Full menu and details are on Facebook.

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

What's Hoppin' this Week? 11/7

Hey everybody and welcome to What's Hoppin' this Week? I am heading to Las Vegas this weekend for one last warm-weather adventure before settling in for a long winter up here, but there are a few events in the area this weekend that I'm already bummed to be missing out on. As always, please reach out on social media (@509BeerBlog) if you know of anything I've missed or just want to keep me posted about stuff that may be upcoming. On to the events.

Thursday, November 8th

- Sandpoint's newest brewery, Matchwood, is hosting a fundraiser for several conservation-focused non-profit organizations in Idaho that they are calling "Wild Night for Wilderness" from 4:30 to 8pm. Come out and enjoy beer, live music, raffles and an art auction. Facebook.

- Bellwether is celebrating Saint Leonard with this weeks "Sainted" beer release. The beer they are releasing is a wine-barrel aged beer "similar to a Flanders Red." Pouring from 3 to 9 pm. Facebook.

- Perry Street Brewing is kicking off their annual "Pray for Snow" party from 6 to 10 pm. They will be celebrating all things winter sports with beer, raffles, local vendors classic ski movies and more. Wearing your best "vintage" ski attire is highly recommended. Facebook.

Friday, November 9th

- The Inlander is holding day one of their annual Winter Party from 4 to 9 pm at the downtown Spokane Convention Center. This is a ski-swap and demo showcase, but also features one of my personal favorite brewfests of the year, PowderKeg. The event features about 20 breweries and cideries mostly pouring winter beers. $10 gets you in the door and includes free lift ticket to 49 Degrees North (first 2000 attendees each day.) Beer tokens and sampler packs must be purchased separately once inside. Full details can be found on the event's website.

Saturday, November 10th

- Day 2 of the Inlander's Winter Party runs from 10 am to 7 pm.

- MickDuff's Brewing in Sandpoint is also holding their 3rd annual "Pray for Snow" party from 3 to 11 pm. Beer, games, live music raffles and demos. They are also holding a canned food drive, bring 1 can get a raffle ticket; bring 5 cans get 5 tickets and half off your first pint. This event is all ages till 7 pm and 21+ after that. Facebook.

- 12 String Brewing in the Spokane Valley is holding their annual Barrelfest from noon to 8 pm in their taproom. They will be featuring about 20 different barrel aged beers including some never before released varieties. Facebook.

Sunday, November 11th

- Barrelfest at 12 String continues from 11 am to 5 pm. 

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