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SCBW: Collaboration Festival

The centerpiece of Spokane Craft Beer Week arrives today with the third annual collaboration festival at No-Li Brewhouse.

Sixteen beers jointly brewed by pairs of area breweries will pour from 4 to 7 p.m. under what's shaping up as partly sunny skies on No-Li's riverfront patio.

Admission is $10, which includes your first five 4-ounce tasters (extra drink tickets available for purchase). Proceeds go toward a $3,000-plus donation for a security system at the Native American community’s Salish School of Spokane, which was recently vandalized.

There's a chance the event could sell out, and some of the beers could go fast, so be sure to get there early.

The lineup will again feature pretty much something for every taste:

– On the sour side, look for:

• Hoppy versions from Paradise Creek and Waddell's (The Fantastic Collab, with Comet in the boil and Amarillo dry-hop) and from Rants & Raves and Riverport.

• Passion Fruit Guava Sour from Black Label and Iron Goat.

• A Tart Saison blend of Little Spokane's Mi Reina saison and Young Buck's Gose (sour German wheat beer).

• And a Simon & Gruitfinkel gose-style gruit (herbed beer) from Bellwether and Four-Eyed Guys, brewed with locally produced Palouse Pint wheat and barley malts and flavored with parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme.

– Belgian-themed offerings include a Witty Comeback witbier (wheat beer) from Whistle Punk and Young Buck brewed with lemon, orange and coriander, and the RiverSon's Noble Rye-der rye pale with European noble hops from Orlison and River City.

– Mexico is the inspiration for a Dos Cervezarias lager from Laughing Dog and MickDuff's, and A Study in Blue and Green from Little Spokane and New Boundary, a chicha (corn beer) with blue maize and lime.

– Lager lovers also will want to check out English Setter and Steam Plant Brewing's Steam Setter Red Honey Lager, and the I Got Your Bock maibock from Northern Ales and Republic Brewing.

– Big Barn and Top Frog teamed up for a Barn Hopping Lemon Drop honey wheat beer with Palouse Pint malt, lemon and lemongrass.

– Quartzite and Twelve String came up with a Rockin' and Rollin' IPK, a lighter session-style IPA fermented with kolsch yeast – an ale yeast that works at cooler temperatures to produce some of the smooth, crisp character of a lager – and hopped with Mosaic, Simcoe and Idaho 7.

– Stronger, hoppier offerings come from Perry Street and Trickster's – the Double Team Supreme, a hazy New England-style IPA with Loral hop powder and Mosaic – and from Daft Badger and Post Falls Brewing, an imperial Stoney MacBadger IPA with white wheat, lemon-lime Motueka hops in the boil and a Citra/Simcoe dry hop.

– Finally, the area's largest brewery, No-Li, and smallest, Badass Backyard, produced a hoppy, roasty Cascadian dark ale featuring Zeus, Mosaic and Equinox.

No-Li also will release 22-ounce bottles of the golden ale it brewed for next month's inaugural Crave NW food and drink festival in Spokane Valley.  

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