Wednesday, December 19, 2018

What's Hoppin' this Week? 12/19

Hey and welcome to a Christmas week edition of WHTW. There are plenty of events this weekend to enjoy a few cups of good cheer, so to speak. Just a quick programming note, this will likely be the last What's Hoppin' post of the year since I will be out of town next week, but if you follow me on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, I will do my best to re-post events as I see them, especially anything that may be happening on New Years Eve. I would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and happy holidays, thanks for reading. Cheers!

Resilience IPA Releases

As many of you probably have heard, after the devastating wildfires in Northern California, Sierra Nevada Brewing, located in Chico, CA developed and brewed a special IPA with 100% of the sales of this beer being donated to fire relief efforts in Butte County. They also put out the call to craft breweries world wide to take their recipe, brew the same beer, and donate their sales as well. Well over 1,400 breweries decided to help them out, not to mention suppliers, wholesalers and retailers who have also all agreed to either donate goods or any money received as part of making this beer. It's a pretty amazing thing. Several local breweries have produced Resilience IPA and are beginning to put it out in their taprooms. Here is the list of dates each brewery is planning on releasing their version. Please stop by any of these breweries and grab a pint for a great cause:

- 12 String Brewing (Spokane Valley)

- Big Barn Brewing (Mead)
- Paradise Creek Brewing (Pullman)
- Riverport Brewing (Clarkston)
- Humble Abode Brewing (North Spokane)

- Iron Goat Brewing (Downtown Spokane)

- Hunga Dunga Brewing (Moscow) hast not set an official release date that I have seen but expected it to be ready right around this week.

- No-Li Brewing (University District) is planning on putting out their version in early January.

Thursday, December 20th

- Whistle Punk Brewing is hosting a Christmas Party from 4 to 9 pm featuring six special holiday beers and a special infused beer. Facebook.

- The Steel Barrel is also hosting a "Naughty" Christmas Party starting at 6 pm with drink specials, music and ornament decorating. Facebook.

- All weekend, Mountain Lakes Brewing is offering discounts on their favorite seasonal table blends. You can try their suggestions or invent your own. Facebook.

Friday, December 21st

- River City Brewing is celebrating the winter solstice with their annual Midnight Marmot Fest from 5 to 10 pm. They will be sampling 6+ variations of their classic Midnight Marmot Imperial Stout. Tickets are $21 and includes samples and a commemorative tulip glass if purchased online in advance. Facebook.

Saturday, December 22nd

- Community Pint will be tapping two specials kegs at noon. One is an Imperial Breakfast Stout from Portland's Great Notion Brewing Company and the other is a Sour IPA from Spokane's own Whistle Punk Brewing. Facebook.

Sunday, December 23rd

- Iron Goat is holding their 4th annual Festivus Extravaganza, featuring live music, beer and the airing of grievances. Facebook.

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

What's Hoppin' this Week 12/12

It's time for another week in the world of INW craft beer. We've got some festive events to get to this week, so just put on your favorite Christmas music, relax, and plan your week ahead with my help. Cheers! 🍻

Thursday, December 13th

- Bellwether's Sainted Beer release party from 3 to 9 pm features a seasonally spiced stout inspired by St. Nicholas the Wonderworker. A fitting tribute to the Christmas season. Facebook.

- Steady Flow Growler House Downtown is hosting their big Christmas shindig with a few great breweries including Firestone, Crux, Payette and Fremont bringing special and limited edition beers to sample and chat about. There will also be a white elephant gift exchange, and a holiday movie costume contest. Facebook.

- Second Harvest Food Bank is hosting another VolunBeer event at their headquarters starting at 5:30. Spend an hour volunteering and then drink some beer from Montana's Great Northern Brewing Co. Facebook.

- Logan Neighborhood hangout Litz Bar is celebrating being one of the first places in Spokane to feature beer from KettleHouse Brewing in Missoula, MT with a party from 5 pm to close. They will be offering beer specials, and food pairings with the new beers. Facebook.

Friday December 14th

- The Growler Guys in CD'A is having a tap takeover by Utah's Epic Brewing from 5 to 8 pm. Facebook.

Saturday, December 15th

- Not to be outdone by it's younger sibling, Steady Flow's original Valley location is holding their 3rd annual Barrel Aged Cornucopia event. They always manage to get ahold of some great stuff for this event, and this year should be no different. Facebook.

- Trickster's Brewing in Coeur d'Alene is celebrating their 6th anniversary with a  birthday/Christmas party starting at noon with food and drink specials and a white elephant gift exchange. Congrats on six years! Facebook.

- Friday and Saturday, Post Falls Brewing will be donating $1 of every pint purchased to the Post Fall Food Bank. To get everyone in the spirit and raise as much money as possible, they are also hosting a holiday party on Saturday starting at 6, featuring ugly sweaters, prizes, music and a food truck. Facebook.

- For all you skiers out there, 49 Degrees North is having a mini brewfest in the lodge featuring local beers from WA and ID. Event runs from 2 to 5 and tickets are $12 and include 4 samples. Facebook.


Since there are several - I'm just going to list them and the dates. See Facebook for more information. Note that these are just from an initial glance, I'm sure you can wear an ugly sweater pretty much anywhere this weekend and have a pretty good time:

- Kilted Growler Tap House
- Westwood Brewing

- Moscow Brewing
- Post Falls Brewing

- Nectar Wine and Beer

- Badass Backyard Brewing 

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

What's Hoppin' this Week? 12/5

Happy December everyone. Here's what we've got this week.

Thursday, December 6th

- The featured flight at Nectar this week celebrates a couple of the most popular breweries in Portland: Eliptic and Breakside. There will be flight specials and reps from both breweries will be on site to chat about beer. Facebook.

- The Blackbird is also debuting a flight of four barrel aged beers they've had in their cellar. $16 for four, 4-oz pours of these special beers. Facebook.

Friday, December 7th

- Mountain Lakes Brewing will be donating $1 of ever pint sold from 3 to 9 pm to local non-profit All Heart Infusion. Come on out and support a great cause. Facebook.

- River City Brewing is hosting their monthly garage party from 4 to 10 pm. As usual, there will be music, art and beer and the Scone Ranger Bakery will be on hand to sell delicious treats. Facebook.

- Steady Flow Growler House Downtown is hosting their very first brewery battle between Post Falls Brewing Company and Spokane's Whistle Punk Brewing. Starting at 6 pm, each brewery will be bringing two beers for folks to blind taste test and vote on and the the winner will be crowned at 8 pm. Raffles and other fun stuff will be happening throughout the evening. Facebook.

Sunday, December 9th

- Valley favorite 12 String Brewing is celebrating their 7th Anniversary with a party from noon to 5 pm. They will be releasing their newest barrel-aged imperial IPA and offering special appetizers for the occasion. Head on down and congratulate them on 7 great years. Facebook.

- Bellwether is getting into the Christmas Spirit by hosting photos with Old World Santa to benefit Higher Ground Animal Sanctuary. They will also be hosting a holiday shop with specials on beer, mead, crafts and other goodies. Facebook.

Monday, December 10th

- Perry Street Brewing is partnering with their Friends at Casper Fry restaurant for their 4th annual Winter Jubilee dinner and beer pairing. Six courses from Casper Fry paired with six PSB beers. Tickets are $65 and should be purchased in advance. Details can be found on Instagram.

What's Hoppin' this Week? 12.11.19

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