Celebrating the Craft

Prepare your liver; the third annual Spokane Craft Beer Week is here

Ben and Christy Lukes of Perry Street Brewing are hosting several Craft Beer Week events. - YOUNG KWAK
Young Kwak
Ben and Christy Lukes of Perry Street Brewing are hosting several Craft Beer Week events.

Now in its third year, Spokane Craft Beer Week has become an annual highlight for craft beer enthusiasts across the Inland Northwest. Running from Monday, May 15 through Sunday, May 21, this year's Craft Beer Week offers daily events featuring nearly 40 regional breweries and a half-dozen beer bars. From new beer releases to brewery tours, food and beer pairings to brewer meet-and-greets, the week offers something for all beer lovers. Below are some of the week's highlights; find the complete schedule at spokanecraftbeerweek.com.

On Tap Kickoff Party

Spokane Craft Beer Week kicks off at Perry Street Brewing. Come take a tour of the brewery and grab a raffle ticket for the chance to win some beer-related prizes. PSB is donating $1 from every pint sold to the Spokane Humane Society. Mon, May 15 from 5-8 pm • Perry Street Brewing, 1025 S. Perry

Volume Vertical & Funky Barrel Day

12 String is rolling out the final four versions of their Anniversary Ale, and Volumes 2 through 5 will be on tap so drinkers can taste the beers side by side in a vertical flight, or just get a pour of their favorite vintage. Some wacky barrel-aged beers are also slated for the taps. Tue, May 16 from 3-9 pm • 12 String Brewing Co., 11616 E. Montgomery Dr., Spokane Valley

Corn Hole Tournament

To outsiders, it may just seem like a game where you attempt to toss a beanbag into a hole. But for dedicated craft beer drinkers, it might as well be an Olympic sport. Black Label Brewing is challenging anyone up for the beanbag-tossing task to come participate in their inaugural corn hole tournament. Prizes will be awarded, and $4 pints will be available to hydrate athletes and spectators alike. Wed, May 17 from 5-10 pm • Black Label Brewing Co., 19 W. Main

Collaboration Beer Festival

One of Craft Beer Week's most notable aspects, the Collaboration Beer Festival solicits craft breweries from around the region to pair up for the purpose of creating a joint brew. Hosted at No-Li, this year's festival presents a record number of beers, with more than 16 individual "collab-brews" pouring. $10 will get you five 4-ounce drink tickets; additional tickets can be purchased. Thu, May 18 from 4-7 pm • No-Li Brewhouse, 1003 E. Trent

Friends of Bellwether: Brewer's Showdown

After you've had your fill of collaboration beers, head over to Bellwether Brewing and taste your way through yet another lineup of brews. The beers at this event were created by friends of Bellwether's two brewer owners, including many notable names from the local homebrewing community. The lineup consists of a Kölsch, a witbier, an IPA and a quick-aged old ale. Tasters can order a $8 flight of all the beers, then vote for their favorite. The competition kicks off Thursday and runs through Saturday; the winning beer will be brewed on Bellwether's main system. Thu, May 18 from 5-9 pm, Bellwether Brewing, 2019 N. Monroe

Friday Firk-Off with Fremont Brewing

PSB hosts Seattle's Fremont Brewing in a celebration of all things firkin. Four experimental firkins (two from each brewery) will be tapped at 6 pm, then it's a race to see who can kill the cask first. Prizes will be awarded to the person who blows each firkin, and there's a rumor that a secret, small-batch offering from Fremont will also be on draft. It's sure to be un-firk-gettable. Fri, May 19 from 6-10 pm, Perry Street Brewing, 1025 S. Perry

Iron Goat's owners are celebrating five years of beer. - YOUNG KWAK
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Iron Goat's owners are celebrating five years of beer.

Iron Goat Brewing 5th Anniversary Party

Celebrating five years of making craft beer in Spokane (and one year in their downtown brewpub), Iron Goat Brewing is throwing a party that features live music on the outdoor patio, special limited beer releases, a taco bar, and the brewery's very first canned beer. A portion of the proceeds collected from the event benefit Second Harvest food bank. Sat, May 20 at 11 am, Iron Goat Brewing Co., 1302 W. Second

Pints 4 Paws Race

There's no better way to burn off some of the excessive calorie intake of Craft Beer Week than to complete a 5K. To close out the week, New Boundary Brewing is holding its second annual Pints 4 Paws run to benefit SpokAnimal. The $35 entry fee includes a 24-ounce custom stainless water bottle, snacks, and a victory hot-dog lunch. Well-behaved, vaccinated canines are welcome on the course. New Boundary also will offer $1 off growler fills until 4 pm. Sun, May 21 from 11 am-3 pm, New Boundary Brewing, 505 S. First St., Cheney

Participating Breweries

Badass Backyard Brewing (Spokane Valley)

Bellwether Brewing Co. (Spokane)

Big Barn Brewing Co. (Mead)

Black Label Brewing Co. (Spokane)

Daft Badger Brewing (Coeur d'Alene)

Downdraft Brewing Co. (Post Falls)

English Setter Brewing Co. (Spokane Valley)

Four-Eyed Guys Brewing Co. (Spokane)

Hopped Up Brewing Co. (Spokane Valley)

Little Spokane Brewing Co. (Spokane)

Iron Goat Brewing Co. (Spokane)

Laughing Dog Brewing (Sandpoint)

MickDuff's Brewing Co. (Sandpoint)

New Boundary Brewing (Cheney)

No-Li Brewhouse (Spokane)

Northern Ales (Kettle Falls)

Orlison Brewing Co. (Spokane)

Post Falls Brewing Co. (Post Falls)

Paradise Creek Brewery (Pullman)

Perry Street Brewing (Spokane)

Quartzite Brewing Co. (Chewelah)

Rants & Raves Brewery (Moscow)

Republic Brewing Co. (Republic)

River City Brewing Co. (Spokane)

Riverport Brewing (Clarkston)

Selkirk Abbey Brewing (Post Falls)

Slate Creek Brewing Co. (Coeur d'Alene)

Steam Plant Brewing Co. (Spokane)

Top Frog Brewery (Newport)

Trickster's Brewing (Coeur d'Alene)

Twelve String Brewing Co. (Spokane Valley)

Waddell's Brewpub (Spokane)

Wallace Brewing Co. (Wallace)

Whistle Punk Brewing (Spokane)

Young Buck Brewing (Spokane)

Zythum Brewing Co. (Fairfield)

238 Brewing Co. (Mead)

Pie + Pints Pop-up @ Lumberbeard Brewing

Fridays, 5-7 p.m. Continues through Oct. 29
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