This year’s Spokane Craft Beer Week was all about the collaborations – special beers made jointly by two or more area brewers. And in case you missed those last week, several still should be kicking around at their respective breweries (while supplies last).
Look for the likes of:
Raspberry-Rosemary Sour (4.5% alcohol by volume): Ruddy brew made with raspberry, cranberry, rosemary, basil and vanilla bean wears its fruit up front with an herbal finish. By Bellwether (2019 N. Monroe St.) and For the Love of God (brewery in progress at 2617 W. Northwest Blvd.)
Slurricane Strong Shandy (8): Supercharged version of the typically lighter beer/fruit juice blend uses passionfruit, orange and lemonade to mimic a Hurricane cocktail. Black Label (19 W. Main Ave.)/V Twin (2302 N. Argonne Road)
Inland Empress (4.9): Mellow but flavorful, this grain-forward dark English mild showcases a variety of locally produced LINC malts. Grain Shed (1026 E. Newark Ave.)/Iron Horse (Ellensburg).
Altered Yeast (4.7): A shout-out to the ’80s-vintage Altered Beast video game, fermented with both ale and lager yeasts for a clean, crisp character and finished with lots of bright, citrusy Lemondrop hops. Mountain Lakes (201 W. Riverside Ave.)/River City (121 S. Cedar St.)
Rain Bow Cream Ale (5.3): Easy-drinker dosed with edible glitter, honoring Spokane Valley’s Silver Bow Fly Shop. Millwood Brewing (9013 E. Frederick Ave.)/Mountain Lakes.
Silver Bow Black IPA (6.7): Rain Bow’s swim buddy is a dark, lightly roasty, moderately hoppy take on the IPA style. Millwood Brewing/Mountain Lakes.
Regretless (4.8): Complex concoction with an almost tart fruitiness from warm fermentation with Norwegian farmhouse yeast plus conditioning on apricots and tangerines, and a spicy finish from Szechuan peppercorns. Iron Goat (1302 W. Second Ave.)/The Hidden Mother (taproom in progress).
Steam Punk Belgian Strong Blonde (8): Straightforward take on the classic style is fairly soft and spicy with notes of orange peel. Steam Plant (159 S. Lincoln St.)/Whistle Punk (122 S. Monroe St.).
New Kids On the Maibock (6): Variation on the traditionally pale-hued German lager gets its rich amber color from caramel steam malt. Black Label/Masters Brewhouse (831 S. Main St., Deer Park).
Indian Summer New England India Pale Lager (6): The lager yeast used for this hybrid brew cleared up the typical haze of a New England IPA but left the trademark juiciness behind. Black Label/Humble Abode (1620 E. Houston Ave.)
Honey, You’re Driving Me Hazy (7): New England-style IPA brewed with wildflower honey and fermented with Norwegian farmhouse yeast is smooth and fruity with a hint of honey in the finish. Bellwether/Humble Abode.
Swayze-Taur Hazy IPA (7.1): Juicy with a complex hop character from a combination of the experimental, tropical HBC 344 with Cashmere, Citra and Mosaic. Perry Street Brewing (1025 S. Perry St.)/Bale Breaker (Yakima).
Also look for one final keg of Whistle Punk’s hazy IPA collaboration with Seattle’s Fremont to pop up in the taproom at some point.
Beers with benefits
A release party for Big Barn’s Brenna A Stewardship Red Ale runs Friday from 3 to 8 p.m. at the Green Bluff brewery (16004 N. Applewood Lane). A portion of proceeds from the beer, named after the “Deadliest Catch” reality TV fishing vessel whose original owner died from ALS, will support research into the disease.
Two versions will be tapped Friday, with the customer favorite to be brewed as the official release over the next year. There also will be food from the Mixed Plate truck, live music, a raffle and auction plus commemorative pint glasses for the first 50 guests.
In conjunction with Hoopfest, No-Li is donating $10 from each keg sold in Washington next month to the Ignite Basketball Association youth program. As a buildup to that, get a souvenir Hoopfest pint glass with the purchase of Red, White & No-Li pale ale on Thursdays this month at the brewery (1003 E. Trent Ave.).
Among the other recent releases at area breweries:
A light, crisp Tropical Fling Honey Blonde (5.8) by Young Buck at the Steel Barrel (154 S. Madison St.)
A Simcoe Single Hop IPA (6.4) at Daft Badger (1710 N. 2nd St., Coeur d’Alene).
The dry, piney Gnar Kill IPA (6.5) at Post Falls Brewing (112 N. Spokane St.)
The seasonal Bluff Top Belgian (6.3) has returned at Big Barn.
No-Li is rolling out a tropical-tinged Jet Juice IPA (7.5) in six-pack cans and draft.
Save the date
The Spokane Valley Steady Flow Growler House (328 N. Sullivan Road) presents a parking lot party Friday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. with beer specials and games including a cornhole tournament.
Hopped Up (10421 E. Sprague Ave.) hosts its seventh annual car show June 1 from 1 to 5 p.m. with food from Big Rod’s Texas BBQ, and follows with a rummage sale the weekend of June 8-9.
Iron Goat celebrates its seventh anniversary June 8 from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. with live music starting at 2. Admission is a $5 donation to Second Harvest food bank.
Pints for Puppies on June 8 from noon to 8 p.m. at English Setter (15310 E. Marietta Ave.) benefits the Northwest Service Dog Alliance. For every $10 in gift cards to office supply or dollar stores that you bring to donate, get $2 off a beer.
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