Wednesday, April 3, 2019

INW Beer Business Spotlight: Spokane Brewery Tour

Hello beer lovers and welcome to the first of what I'm hoping will be an occasionally recurring series spotlighting some of the businesses, breweries and, most importantly, people that make the Inland Northwest such a great spot for craft beer. Feedback is always appreciated especially if there are additional questions you'd like to ask in future posts. Enjoy!

Today, we are focused on the Spokane Brewery Tour, a business founded by just last Summer by Spokane native Shelly Bailey. As you probably guessed, the company offers tours of craft breweries in the greater Spokane area.

I recently chatted with Shelly via email and asked her more about her company and her love of beer:

509BeerBlog: What inspired you to start your brewery tour business?

Shelly: I was born and raised in Spokane and have been fascinated the last few years with the emerging beer scene. All major cities have their own brewery tour so I figured, why not Spokane? And who better to start it than a local beer drinker?

509BeerBlog: What can people expect on a typical tour?

Shelly: We visit three breweries and sample several beers at each. At least one venue will give a us a full tour during our visit which is usually given by an owner.

509BeerBlog: What does the next year look like? Any future plans for the business you’d like to share?

Shelly: We would like to expand to winery tours within the next few years.

509BeerBlog: Thoughts about the Inland Northwest beer scene in general? Impressions you’ve gotten while traveling around to all these different breweries?

Shelly: It’s a very exciting time for craft beer in the Inland Northwest. I think Spokane is keeping up with the rest of the country as far as how many breweries we have seen pop up over the last few years.

509BeerBlog: You’re heading to an island and you can only bring one style of beer. What do you choose?

Shelly: A very light lager or possibly a gose.

509BeerBlog: Is there anything else you’d like people to know?

Shelly: We are a very small company that looks forward to growing over the next few years. Our goal is to provide safe, fun brewery tours for tourists and locals alike. We also provide custom tours where customers can choose to add more stops or even include a meal with their tour.

I would like to thank Shelly for taking the time to talk to me. For more information or to book your own tour, head over to I have yet to take the Spokane tour, but I did take a similar tour when I was in Cincinnati last summer and I can tell you it is a great way to see a city and learn about craft beer. Also, not having to worry about driving is definitely a huge plus. Cheers everyone! 🍻

If you are the owner of a beer-based business or brewery in the Inland Northwest and would like to be featured in a future post, please send me an email ( or reach out on social media (@509beerblog). 

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