Catching up with more news from the week in local craft beer:
• With one month to go, the third annual Spokane Craft Beer Week is taking shape. Events are starting to be posted online, including another kickoff party hosted by On Tap at Perry Street on Monday, May 15 and the usual Collaboration Festival at No-Li that Thursday, May 18.
This year’s collaboration list is longer than ever, with pairings including the likes of Twelve String and Chewelah’s Quartzite; Young Buck with both downtown brewery incubator partner Little Spokane and with Whistle Punk, soon to open nearby; Sandpoint-area neighbors Laughing Dog and MickDuff’s; Coeur d’Alene’s Daft Badger and Post Falls Brewing; Paradise Creek and Waddell's; and No-Li, the largest local brewery, with one of the smallest, Badass Backyard, brewed on the latter’s half-barrel home system.
Keep an eye on the website and on this blog for further details as they’re announced.
• Big Barn will pour at a four-course Cheers For Kids beer pairing dinner April 28 at the Washington Cracker Company building downtown, to benefit Vanessa Beehan Crisis Nursery. Tickets are $75, which includes a commemorative pint glass (or for $100, also get a limited-edition growler with a fill voucher plus entry into a special prize drawing).
• Square Wheel beers are beginning to make their way out of the parent Arbor Crest Wine Cellars tasting room. Look for the IPA on tap at the North Spokane Onion Bar & Grill.
• Young Buck has released Warp1 IPA, the first in a series of 10 variations on a basic recipe (following the Ludicrous Speed triple IPA and Lite Speed session pale). The initial offering, double dry-hopped with Cascade, Chinook and Nugget, is available at downtown locations including The Big Dipper and the Davenport Hotel’s Peacock Room Lounge as well as Young Buck’s home base, The Steel Barrel.
• Finally, a fruity neighbor is on its way to the downtown brewery district. One Tree has announced plans for a Cider House at 111 S. Madison, across the street from The Steel Barrel and around the corner from Orlison.