Spokane’s two newest breweries will make their public debuts April 1.
Young Buck and Little Spokane are among at least 12 breweries and cideries that will be featured during Craft Beer Day at the inaugural Chef’s Week PNW. There also will be a Q&A session with local brewers and a homebrew contest.
When it comes to restaurants, said organizer Aaron Crumbaugh, “There’s so much more that goes into it than just the food. There’s the wine, the spirits, the beer. This is a celebration of food and drink, the story of where it comes from and the people behind it all.”
After wineries are featured on opening day Wednesday and distilleries March 31, beer tasting will run from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 1 at the Washington Cracker Co. building downtown at 304 W. Pacific Ave. For $10, you get 10 sample tokens.
Along with Young Buck and Little Spokane, both of which will be opening soon at the downtown brewery incubator, participants include a recent arrival, Chewelah’s Quartzite Brewing. “It’s a good way for them to market their beer and their brand,” Crumbaugh said of the newcomers.
Others lined up so far are locals Iron Goat, Orlison, Steam Plant and Black Label, Western Washington’s Wander and Propolis, and California’s Lagunitas, as well as cider from Spokane’s Liberty and the Olympic Peninsula’s Finnriver.
While details still are being finalized, one of Young Buck’s offerings will be an unblended sour made with four wild yeasts including three strains of Brettanomyces, plus two strains of Lactobacillus bacteria and one of Pediococcus.
The homebrew competition will include seven IPAs and seven stouts. The winners in each category receive a $100 cash prize and will have their beers poured at the eight-course tasting dinner that closes the activities on April 2.
For more information on all the events, see the related story on this page or visit www.chefsweekpnw.com.
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