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On Tap: Washington brewers open the taps for annual open house event

Terry Hackler, owner of 12 String Brewery. (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)
Terry Hackler, owner of 12 String Brewery. (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)

Breweries across the state again are hosting a slew of special activities for the seventh annual Washington Beer Open House on Saturday.

Here’s what Spokane-area breweries have planned for the event organized by the Washington Beer Commission (all run from noon to 5 p.m., unless otherwise indicated):

Badass Backyard: Tours from noon to 4 of the half-barrel, home-based brewery in Millwood (3115 N. Butler Road), which remains in operation though the taproom recently moved to 1415 N. Argonne Road; park in the gravel driveway on the south side of the house.

Black Label: Brewery tours by request at 19 W. Main Ave.

English Setter: Brewery tours throughout the afternoon at 15310 E. Marietta Ave., Spokane Valley.

Iron Goat: Brewery tours plus a special Restaurant Week food menu with beer pairings; possible release of this year’s spring seasonal Irish Kate imperial red. The brewery is at 1302 W. Second Ave.

Perry Street: Guided brewery tour at 3 p.m.; happy hour pricing from 2 to 4 p.m., at 1025 S. Perry St.

River City: Pouring a tropical fruit-infused Afternoon IPA plus the seasonal Mad Latvian Baltic Porter and Midnight Marmot Imperial Stout at 121 S. Cedar St.

Steam Plant: Brewery tours on the hour from 3 to 6 p.m.; vertical tasting of the past five years of Stack Frost Winter Ale (five 5-ounce samples for $12). Located at 159 S. Lincoln St.

Top Frog: Tours of the recently expanded Newport brewery, plus the release of an imperial stout aged in Jack Daniels whiskey barrels. Located at 221 Vista Drive in Newport, Washington.

Twelve String: Brewery tours at 11616 E. Montgomery Drive, Suite 26, in Spokane Valley, and the release of two barrel-aged beers: a kitchen-sink “WTF” blend and an unmarked mystery barrel.

Young Buck: Brewery tours available for small groups, with samples of sour beers that are barrel-aging at 154 S. Madison St.

Serial brewers

Two Spokane breweries are launching special series of beers that will explore emerging ingredients and styles:

Bellwether this week introduced its Purple Egyptian Barley Project. A variety of small-batch beers are being released each Thursday through April 6 using the distinctive grain (which Bellwether brewer Thomas Croskrey says tastes like Grape-Nuts cereal), which is grown locally by Palouse Heritage and malted by Palouse Pint in Spokane Valley.

The beers will be accompanied by breads baked with the barley from Spokane’s Culture Breads. Customers who sample at least six of the seven releases (so there’s still time starting next week) will receive a souvenir pint glass and be eligible to vote for their favorite; a full batch of the winner will be brewed for May’s Spokane Craft Beer Week.

Perry Street is preparing a yearlong series of hazy, juicy New England-style IPAs, which are rapidly catching on across the country but still relatively unknown in this area. A special yeast creates the cloudiness, along with residue from large amounts of hops added at the end of the brewing process.

Brewer Ben Lukes said it will allow him to experiment with a variety of fruit-forward hops. The first version, which could come out as soon as next week, used Citra throughout the brew and was massively dry-hopped with Denali and Mosaic powder.

Freshly tapped

Orlison’s Orangelicious Golden Ale (5.3 percent alcohol by volume, 15 International Bitterness Units) – brewed with milk sugar, vanilla bean and freshly grated orange zest to mimic a Creamsicle – has returned in 22-ounce bottles and six-pack cans this time in addition to draft.

Iron Goat’s Nan’r Nan’r Boo Boo Weizen (5.9, 30) is an unfiltered Bavarian-style wheat beer with a pronounced banana and clove aroma.

V Twin has tapped a citrusy Road Rash IPA (6.5, 85) hopped with Warrior, Summit, Sorachi Ace and Jarrylo.

No-Li is pouring a raspberry-infused version of its Rise & Grind coffee milk stout (6.1, 22).

Bellwether on Saturday will unveil its Dew of the Sea collaboration with One Tree, a blend of rosemary porter and cider.

Twelve String on Wednesday releases its seasonal Spring Reverb extra pale ale, this year a single-hop Amarillo.

Save the date

The Coeur d’Alene Growler Guys on Friday taps three versions of Epic Brewing’s acclaimed Big Bad Baptist barrel-aged imperial coffee/cocoa stout: a 2015 vintage of the regular beer plus the cinnamon-spiked Big Bad Baptista and special reserve Double Barrel.

The Inland Northwest chapter of the national Girls Pint Out organization meets Saturday at 5 p.m. for beer cocktails at Enoteca in Post Falls, while the new Palouse chapter has its first event March 2 from 6 to 7:30 at Moscow’s HungaDunga Brewing.

Nine bars and breweries are participating in the Sandpoint Winter Carnival’s Weird & Wonderful Beerfest& Bar Crawl on Saturday from 2 to 6 p.m.; pick up a souvenir tasting glass and six drink tokens for $20 (extra tokens $2 each) at the 219 Lounge, MickDuff’s Beer Hall and Trinity at City Beach.

Twelve String has a joint release party with Barili Cellars on Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. for the winery’s Liquorosso Port and a Drop D Stout aged in the used wine barrels (accompanied by homemade stout brownies).

A “Spokane Rocks” party Tuesday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Manito Tap House will feature special kegs from Perry Street, Iron Goat and No-Li.

River City launches this year’s version of Riverkeeper IPA on March 3 at Numerica Credit Union downtown; a portion of proceeds from the beer’s sales benefits the Spokane Riverkeeper environmental program.

Several barrel-aged beers by Twelve String will be featured at Steady Flow Growler House from 6 to 8 p.m. on March 4.

Perry Street celebrates its third anniversary March 10-11 with beer specials, live music and raffles. Look for full details in the next On Tap.

Send beer news, comments and questions to senior correspondent Rick Bonino

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