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One down for V Twin

V Twin is gearing up for its first birthday party.  

The motorcycle-themed Spokane Valley brewery celebrates its anniversary Saturday from 1 to 10 p.m. with pint discounts, drawings and food starting at 4.

Owner/brewer Barry Black hopes to have an Oktoberfest ale ready for one of his 12 beer taps, along with the likes of the best-selling Suicide Shifter IPA; the newer, lighter, more balanced Hop On Let’s Ride IPA, his latest favorite; and the popular Hella Jalapeno pilsner.

Black doesn’t get out on his Harley as much as he’d like these days. He stays busy brewing two-barrel batches on his electric system, along with occasional small-batch specialties.

Also in the works are a pumpkin ale, a new stout and a barleywine. “I just keep experimenting,” says Black.

Overall, he says, “We’re just trying to survive. The first year is definitely a learning curve. It’s been a good experience, up and down, sad and glad.”

While business hasn’t quite met his expectations so far, Black soon hopes to begin self-distributing beer to local bars and restaurants.

“It’s been a crazy ride of a year, for sure,” he says. “Hopefully we’re into the home stretch.”

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