Monday, July 29, 2013

Fall beer festival in Riverfront Park gets new name and focus

Posted By on Mon, Jul 29, 2013 at 5:05 PM

The annual beer festival formerly known as Oktoberfest will return to Riverfront Park this September with a new name: the Inland NW Craft Beer Festival.

“We will move away from the lederhosen and oompah music and focus on the amazing beer and breweries in this fast growing craft beer region,” the Washington Beer Commission site says. (Many links on the site are still pointing to the old Oktoberfest page.)

This will be the fourth year for the Spokane festival, which is one of six tasting events organized by the Washington Beer Commission each year to promote the state’s craft breweries, and the only one on this side of the state.

The festival is scheduled for Sept. 27-28 this year. Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door, and the cost includes a tasting cup and five 5-oz. samples. (Designated driver admission is $5.)

The participating breweries haven’t been announced yet, but last year there were more than 20 and the number of Spokane breweries has just about doubled in the past year. (A few nearby Idaho breweries will also be in the mix.) Each brewery is required to serve at least two styles, with one of them being a fall seasonal or pumpkin beer.

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