Young Buck Brewing
154 S. Madison St., Spokane, WA
One of three budding breweries sharing an incubator system in the growing downtown brewery district, along with Little Spokane and TT's Old Iron. In addition to distribution to outside accounts, the beers are served in the adjacent Steel Barrel taproom alongside several guest handles (and food from neighboring Zona Blanca ceviche bar). Young Buck specializes in sours (some barrel-aged) and IPAs, while Little Spokane and the classic car-themed TT's turn out creative interpretations of familiar styles.
This project by local homebrewer Cameron Johnson is one of two initial tenants in the Incubator Brewery, which has a seven-barrel system that can be shared by up to five budding commercial brewers who want to test the waters without having to open their own businesses. The adventurous Johnson so far has specialized in small-batch sours including an unflavored gose, raspberry Berliner Weisse, peach sour, cherry Kriek lambic and Brett-finished Farmhouse Funk saison, and has collected more than 40 wine and spirits barrels for further aging experiments. His first beer on the big system is a complex Cascadia IPA hopped with Cascade and dry-hopped with Columbus, accented with cacao nibs, vanilla beans and anise, and conditioned over bourbon barrel chunks and French oak chips.