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On Tap: Craft Beer Week celebrates work of local breweries

Like the breweries it celebrates, Spokane Craft Beer Week is growing up fast.

While several breweries and taphouses held special events for last year’s American Craft Beer Week, this year is the first officially organized observance under the local name.

Some of the highlights among the many listings already filling up the website ( for the May 11-17 festivities:

• No-Li bookends the week with a pair of major events. On May 12, it hosts a Collaboration Beer Festival featuring six joint releases by a dozen area breweries: a Belgian golden strong with sweet orange and lavender from Twelve String and Laughing Dog; a raspberry gose (sour wheat) from Ramblin’ Road and MickDuff’s; a SMaSH (single-malt and single-hop) bock by Waddell’s and Wallace; a red IPA from the Steam Plant and English Setter; a lavender rye pale ale by Big Barn and River City; and a yet-unspecified sour from Iron Goat and Paradise Creek.

And May 16 is No-Li’s third No Boundaries on the River small-batch beer festival, with a dozen barrel-aged, infused and other special offerings.

• Also on May 16, Twelve String will serve several reserve beers “Straight Out of the Barrel,” while Ramblin’ Road will tap a new barrel-aged, Belgian-inspired beer each day during the week.

• Local beers will be pouring exclusively all week at the Lantern, the Hop Shop and both Growler Guys locations.

• Our own On Tap blog is featured May 14 at Perry Street Brewing, with raffles, beer specials and brewery tours.

That only scratches the surface. Look for a full rundown with more details here in two weeks.

Brewery watch

• Mark Irvin, who founded Northern Lights Brewing in 1993 and saw it grow into the rebranded No-Li in partnership with industry veteran John Bryant, has left the brewery to regroup.

With No-Li poised for a major expansion, Irvin said, “A big part of it for me is, was I willing to commit the financial resources, the time and energy to make this thing fly. I just felt it wasn’t the right thing for me at this time.”

He plans to spend time with his family and on his bike before making his next move, in the brewing business or otherwise.

• Modern Monk has launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise $15,000 toward renovations for its upcoming one-barrel nanobrewery on North Monroe Street. For details, see 192962040/modern-monk-brewery .

Freshly tapped

• No-Li’s new spring seasonal, Brass Monkey (8 percent alcohol by volume, 30 International Bitterness Units) – a strong golden ale brewed with sweet orange peel – mimics the beer cocktail of the same name, made by mixing malt liquor and orange juice.

• The Steam Plant’s seasonal 1889 Imperial IPA (8, 80), after the year of the great Spokane fire, features fruity hop aromas and flavors balanced by caramel malt sweetness.

• Mad Bomber’s crisp, clean Misfire Light Ale (3.5, 17) is an accidentally lower-alcohol version of the brewery’s Boobytrap Blonde, the product of dialing in a bigger new seven-barrel brewing system.

Save the date

• The sixth-anniversary celebration at the Lantern Tap House wraps up today with the tapping of a special small-batch grapefruit IPA by Iron Goat.

• Big Barn, English Setter, Iron Goat, Orlison, Paradise Creek, Perry Street, Steam Plant, Twelve String, Waddell’s and Wallace, plus One Tree Hard Cider, are participating in this year’s Micros for Mamas on Saturday. The event at Felts Field benefits Spokane YoungLives, which supports teen mothers; tables are sold out, but standing tickets still are available at

• Beers, wines and spirits from the Northwest and beyond will be poured at the Spokane Cork, Keg and Spirits Festival on Saturday at Mirabeau Park Hotel. See for ticket information.

• A pair of beer dinners are scheduled next week. Rock City Grill will pair River City beers with a four-course menu on Tuesday; cost is $55 (includes tax and tip), call (509) 455-4400 for reservations.

And Saranac Public House will feature beers from Selkirk Abbey, No-Li, Perry Street, Iron Goat and Black Label for a five-course meal on Wednesday; cost is $50 (includes tax and tip), call (509) 473-9455.

• The IBU homebrewers group will celebrate National Homebrew Day on May 2 at Nu Home Brew & Bottles in Spokane Valley with brewing sessions, a hot dog cookoff, merchandise discounts and raffles; call (509) 808-2395 for details.

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