Wednesday, May 29, 2019

What's Hoppin' this Week? 5/29

Thursday, May 30th

- Coeur d'Alene Taphouse Unchained is hosting a tap takeover by Boise's Sockeye Brewing from 5 to 8 pm. Facebook.

Friday, May 31st

- New Cheney beer bar NorthStar Taps is hosting its official grand opening celebration Friday and Saturday starting at noon each day. Big congrats on getting open! Facebook.

- Bend's Crux Fermentation Project is taking over the taps of Northern Quest's Riverbank Taphouse starting at 7 pm. Reps will be on hand and there may be chances to win swag. Facebook.

Saturday, June 1st

- Hopped Up Brewing in the Spokane Valley is hosting their 7 annual car show in their parking lot. The $10 registration fee to show your car includes a beer or root beer, or just head over and check out all the awesome rides and have some great beer. Facebook.

- The Logan Tavern is partnering with 10 Barrel Brewing to host a fundraiser to benefit SpokAnimal. From 6 to 10 pm a portion of all sales will be donated and there will be a silent auction going on with all proceeds benefitting SpokAnimal. Facebook.

Tuesday, June 4th

- Every Tuesday through Thursday in June, Daft Badger Brewing in CD'A will be donating $2 for every pint sold between 2 and 5 pm to the North Idaho Centennial Trail Foundation. Facebook.

Wednesday, June 5th

- Brandywine Bar and Bottle Shop in northwest Spokane is hosting Pelican Brewing for a beer tasting event from 5 to 7 pm, featuring some classic beers and special seasonals. Facebook.

- Mountain Lakes Brewing is hosting their first live beer quiz/comedy show inspired by NPR's "Wait, Wait... Don't Tell Me" starting at 7 pm. A panel of local brewers and industry folks will quizzed on beer news and beer related subjects. Lots more info on Facebook.

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

What's Hoppin' this Week? 5/22

Happy Memorial Day weekend everyone! I've just about recovered from my Spokane Craft Beer Week celebrations, I visited plenty of places and had some truly incredible beer. Huge thanks again to anyone and everyone involved in making the week so successful. Check out my IG for a log of all my adventures.

With the holiday (and maybe to give everyone a chance to dry out a bit) it's a pretty quiet week around here as a far as formal events go, but the weather should be nice so if you're sticking around the area, stop by your local watering hole and enjoy some local beer. Cheers! 🍻

Thursday, May 22nd

- McClain's Pizzeria is brining in 10 Barrel Brewing for a pint night from 6 to 8 pm. Swag will be given away and lots of fun will be had. Facebook.

Friday, May 23rd

- Big Barn Brewing is releasing a new red ale and is celebrating with a party from 3 to 8 pm. There will be a food truck on hand, live music, a raffle and silent auction. Also, the first 50 people in the door will get to keep a commemorative pint glass. Facebook.

- I haven't mentioned it in a while, but Riverfront Park is still hosting their weekly Friday Night Flights event near the Numerica Skate Ribbon from 5 to 8 pm. Enjoy family friendly trivia, half price sky rides over the falls, and, this month, beer from Four-Eyed Guys Brewing. Facebook.

Saturday, May 24th

- Bombastic Brewing in CD'A is putting out their newest bottle release, a chocolate-fruit porter. They will be opening their brew house and selling directly to the public on a first come, first serve basis. You can reserve bottles by visiting their website. Facebook.

Monday, May 13, 2019

Spokane Craft Beer Week 2019 is here!

Starting today and running through next weekend, Spokane Craft Beer Week is celebration of craft beer in Spokane and the Inland Northwest as a whole. Obviously, this is a very exciting time to be a blogger about Spokane beer. It's kind of like my Super Bowl. Rather than a traditional What's Hopping-style rundown of all the events, I'm going to point you to the Spokane Craft Beer Week event calendar, which is going to be your best resource for navigating the mass of events and activities that are happening all around the region.

Here are a few highlights and a few things that aren't on the list:

- Thursday is Collabfest at the Steam Plant Event Center, from 4 to 9 pm. Over 20 beers will be on tap, all brewed as collaborations between local breweries. See the event page for full details.

- Also on Thursday, Nectar is hosting the release party for a collaboration beer from Whistle Punk and Seattle's Fremont Brewing from 6 to 8 pm. Facebook.

- Saturday is the 4th annual Spokane Brewer's Festival inside the Spokane Arena from noon to 7. It's one of the biggest beer festivals in the region featuring over 30 breweries. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door.

- Nectar is also celebrating its 4th anniversary Saturday and Sunday with an incredible tap list of both local and regional beers that are rarely seen on this side of the state. Facebook.

Obviously both the list here and on the website are not all-inclusive. I would guess that if you're favorite beer spot isn't listed, they are likely still doing something to celebrate this week, so keep an eye on social media or just stop in and find out.

I will be out and about all week, you can keep an eye on my stops via my Instagram and Facebook where I'll do my best to repost events as I see them. If you happen to be where I am, please stop by and say hi.

Cheers everyone, and enjoy the week! 🍻

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

What's Hoppin' this Week? 5/1

Happy May everyone! The April showers are behind us and it looks like sunny skies ahead. Lots to celebrate this week from Bloomsday to the Kentucky Derby and Cinco De Mayo, and, as always, WHTW is your one stop shop for beer events around town. Cheers!

Thursday, May 2nd

- Idaho Pour Authority in Sandpoint is hosting an event to raise money for "Idaho Gives" - a 24-hour long fundraising drive to raise money and celebrate the work of Idaho-based, non-profit organizations statewide. Several organizations will be on hand to talk about their work and help coordinate donations and there will be raffles and other fun stuff. 5 to 8 pm. Facebook.

- Bellwether is having a party to release their newest beer, an "aged, onion ale" appropriately called "Layers" which is brewed with chives and onion flowers. It sounds too interesting to pass up. 3 to 9 pm. Facebook.

- Hayden's Kilted Growler Tap House is hosting a tap takeover and bingo night featuring beers from Colorado's Odell's Brewing from 5 to 8 pm. Facebook.

- Up North Distillery in Post Falls is brining in Sandpoint's MickDuff's Brewing for a tap takeover from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. Facebook.

Friday, May 3rd

- First Friday means another garage party for River City Brewing from 4 to 10 pm. There will be food and art as usual, but they are also hosting an open mic night for live entertainment so all those musically-inclined folks out there should sign up. Full details on Facebook.

- Community Pint is celebrating Maifest, the traditional German celebration for the beginning of Spring. They will be featuring several German and German-style beers on Tap and Frankie's Live Fire Catering will be on hand with a special German-themed menu on both Friday and Saturday. Facebook.

- From 5 to 8 pm, Bellwether is hosting a fundraiser for River's Wish Animal Sanctuary. They will be raffling off a painting by local artist Kirsten Stobie who will also be displaying other featured works in the taproom. Raffle tickets are $5. Facebook.

- Slate Creek Brewing in CD'A is hosting their monthly bingo benefit to raise money for the Inland NW Food Network from 7 to 10 pm. Facebook.

Saturday, May 4th

- Paragon Brewing in Coeur d'Alene is celebrating their 5th anniversary all day from 11 am to 9 pm. They will be offering special food and beer pairings, games and music. Congrats on five years! Facebook.

- Iron Goat Brewing is releasing the first of the ales produced by their Goatworks Mixed Fermentation project. This release is a Brett IPA with hops from Australia and New Zealand. Bottles will be available for purchase and your $6 entry gets you a 5-oz sampler of this release and a 5-oz preview of their next release. Also the brewers will be on hand to talk about the project and give tours. Facebook.

- While you are at Iron Goat, you can also stop by the gear swap and meetup of the local home-brew organization Inland Brewers Unite, from 11 to 3 pm in the Iron Goat Patio. If you're interesting in getting started in brewing beer or have gear to trade or sell, this is the event for you. Facebook.

- Mad Bomber Brewing in Hayden is holding their annual fundraiser for the EOD (Explosive Ordnance Disposal) Warrior Foundation, a non-profit that supports the families and service members doing this extremely dangerous job in all branches of the military. There will be a raffle, live music and 20% of the sales will be donated to this great cause. Facebook.

- Coeur d'Alene's Daft Badger Brewing is celebrating Cinco De Mayo a day early with a taco festival starting at noon. They will have 3 different taco stations set up with beer pairings at each, and a DJ playing music all day leading up to a dance party from 7 to 8 pm. Facebook.

- Hopped Up Brewing the Spokane Valley is hosting an amateur BBQ competition from 3 to 6 pm. Facebook.

- English Setter Brewing is celebrating Star Wars Day all day long with a special beer release, trivia and a costume contest. Facebook.

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