At 2 years old, Manito Tap House is throwing itself a beer party.
The South Hill gastropub is marking its special day with a parking-lot Beerthday Bash from noon to 10 p.m. Saturday. Those of legal drinking age and willing to pay $5 to get in are invited.
On tap: 10 brews, including Iron Goat’s Dry Fly Barrel-Aged Goatnik; the Fremont Kentucky Dark Star, an imperial oatmeal stout; and a gin barrel-aged version of Sound Brewery’s Monk’s Indiscretion, said Patrick McPherson, Manito’s general manager and a co-owner. Staff will also pour a successful test batch of Iron Goat’s Triple IPA.
Three bands will perform. An auction will benefit Second Harvest (among items up for bid: tasting parties at No-Li and Iron Goat). Nourishment will include burgers, a smoked brisket burrito, and a chicken or tofu curry wrap.
Beer will run $6 a glass, McPherson said, with the size of the glass depending on the beer. Food will run around $6 to $12.
The restaurant is at 3011 S. Grand Blvd.
Oktoberfest changes gears
You’ll have to find your chicken dance music elsewhere.
The event formerly known as Oktoberfest is now the Inland NW Craft Beer Festival. Tickets are on sale for the annual tasting event, set for Sept. 27-28 at Riverfront Park in downtown Spokane.
The festival will showcase about 30 breweries from Washington and Idaho pouring more than 70 beers, including fall seasonal releases, acording to a press release from the Washington Beer Commission.
Tickets cost $15 a day in advance or $20 at the gate. Admission includes a tasting glass and five 5-ounce samples. More “taste tokens” cost $1.50 each. Designated drivers get in for $5 and receive free water and soda. Go to www.washingtonbeer.com.
Maple K Farms hosts open house
Maple K Farms in Colfax, which raises grass-fed Highland cattle, will host a “farm walk” from 12:30 to 4 p.m. Sept. 16.
Tom and Cheryl Kammerzell, who raise their cattle on dryland pasture, will talk about how they manage their pastures and created water systems for their livestock while striving to protect water quality.
Cost: $25, or $15 for students, interns and members of the Tilth Producers of Washington. Add $5 to register the day of the tour. Go to www.tilthproducers.org, or call (206) 632-7506.