image courtesy of WABC Spokane, WA - There is an old saying "be careful what you ask for" and in that saying this writer has this to respond, ok. Since it's inception the Washington Beer Commission has felt for some time a commission for those who lived West of the Cascades than those who lived throughout Washington. This is not a slap in the face, but the fact is, if you read the WABL newsletters that arrive each month, you would notice something amiss, a lack of E. Washington breweries.

What is clear though, is that in less than two weeks, the city of Spokane and Central / Eastern Washington (depending on whom you talk to) will play host to this years WABC Oktoberfest. With a list of around 20 different breweries (and a total of 50 different beers) participating this first year event shows promise. Tickets have been on sale for some time and so far we haven't seen one location sell out yet.

We have included the current list of beers being offered (special thanks to the WABC for supplying this to us).

We would advise that if you make the drive you seek accommodations, in or around Spokane.

Alpine Brewing-Oroville, WA

  • Alpine Bohemian Pilsner (ABV: 5.2% )
    A golden colored, full bodied example of this popular beer.
    A very slight maltiness is balanced with a generous dose of noble hops, which gives this beer a wonderful hoppy aroma without making it too bitter. Extremely “süffig” (quaffable).
  • Alpine Amber Lager (ABV: 5.2% )
    A classic Bavarian “Märzen” with a rich malty aroma. This amber-colored and full-flavored lager beer is brewed from a classic recipe. A conditioning time of 6 to 8 weeks guarantees the exceptional balance, smoothness and full body typical of true German beers.
  • Alpine Weizen-Bock (ABV: 6.5%)
    The golden color of our summer seasonal indicates a full-bodied beer with a velvety smooth taste which accentuates its malty character. This delicate flavor is in harmony with the fruity, estery, banana-clove flavor one expects from Weizenbeers fermented with an original Bavarian yeast strain. Imported aroma hops provide a delicate, subdued balance to the natural sweetness of the malts.

C. I. Shenanigans-Spokane, WA

  • Oktoberfest Lager (ABV: 6%)
    A copper golden malty forward, slightly sweet nutty, crisp, clean Vienna style lager
  • Washington Blonde (ABV: 4.5%)
    Very pale in color, bright, clean, refreshingly dry finish
  • Buttface Amber (ABV: 5.4%)
    Dark copper in color also bright, malty, slight sweet, very faint fruity aroma, and finishes with touch of roast

Diamond Knot Brewing-Mukilteo,WA

  • Vienna (ABV: 5.8%)
    Vienna Style Ale. Our answer to an Oktoberfest! Reddish amber in color, the ale has a bright, crisp flavor with a complete malty finish
  • India Pale Ale (ABV: 6.2%)
    Cooper-colored with a malty character up front. Intensely bitter with hints of grapefruit and cedar imparted by multiple heavy-handed addition of Galen & Columbus hops.

Elliott Bay Brewing-Burien, WA

  • Organic Washington Pumpkin Ale (ABV: 7.6%)
    Brewed with organic pumpkin meat from Oregon. Mild pumpkin flavor pairs well with a blend of whole organic spices to produce a delicate balance of “seasonal” flavor, aroma in a fairly strong ale.
  • Hop Von Boorian (ABV: 5.5%)
    Belgian Inspired IPA. Our twist on the typical Northwest IPA. Brewed with a Belgian yeast strain, it had the character of a Belgian Trippel with the drinkability and through-the-roof hoppiness of a Northwest IPA.

Elysian Brewing-Seattle, WA

  • Night Owl Our Original Pumpkin Ale (ABV: 5.9%)
    Brewed with over 7 lbs. of pumpkin per barrel. Made with Pale, Munich and Crystal malts, green and roasted pumpkin seeds, and pumpkin in the mash, boil and fermenter. Bittered with Magnum hops. Spiced in conditioning with nutmeg, clove, cinnamon, ginger and allspice. Starting gravity 14.9°Plato (1.060) alcohol 4.6% by weight, 5.9% by volume.
  • Avatar IPA (ABV: 6.3%)
    A new incarnation of India Pale Ale-Brewed with Pale, 45° Crystal, Munich and Cara-hell malts. Bittered with German Northern Brewer and finished with Glacier and Amarillo hops. Dried jasmine flowers added in the boil and whirlpool. Starting gravity 15.6° Plato (1.064), alcohol 5.2% by weight, 6.3% by volume.

Fremont Brewing-Seattle, WA

  • Universale Pale Ale (ABV: 5.2%)
    Fremont is the self-proclaimed “Center of the Universe” and Universale, our flagship product, honors the namesake of our unique location. Universale Pale Ale offers a distinctive Northwest twist on the classic pale ale, using a select blend of organic Gambrinus pale roasted malt and Old World malts balanced with classic Northwest hops to achieve a heavenly beer of rich malt flavor and subtle hop spice. This is beer. Enjoy.
  • Interurban India Pale Ale (ABV 6.2%)
    Named after Fremont’s most famous outdoor sculpture, Waiting for the Interurban, Interurban India Pale Ale offers the adventurous beer lover a warm embrace of organic Gambrinus roasted pale malt swirled with a hand-selected blend of flavor malts and filled with the rich spice of Chinook, Centennial and Cascade hops. Interurban India Pale is a session beer, eminently drinkable throughout the year.
  • Mystere du Rayon (ABV: ??%)
    If we told you, it wouldn’t be a Mystery

Georgetown Brewing-Seattle, WA

  • Manny’s Pale (ABV: 5.2%)
    Manny's Pale Ale: A careful selection of Northwest hops, premium barley, and our unique yeast give this ale a rich and complex malty middle with a snappy hop finish. It's truly a micro that finishes crisp, clean, and smooth
  • Lucille IPA (ABV: 7.2%)

Golden Hills Brewery-Reardan, WA

  • Clem’s Gold (ABV 5.0%)
    A premium gold lager with a bold taste and a crisp finish.
  • Lizzy’s Lager (ABV: 5.3%)
    Red Lager. Ale like in its malt character, lots of crystal malt with a dry lager finish.
  • Ben’s Brown (ABV: 4.5%)
    Dark Lager. An extremely sessionable lager, with notes of roast, coffee and chocolate.

Iron Horse Brewery-Ellensburg, WA

  • Irish Death (ABV: 7.8%)
    Dark Strong Ale. Dark, Strong, Smooth, Slightly Sweet
  • TBA

Laht Neppur Brewing-Waitsburg, WA

  • Autumn Warmer (ABV: 8%)
    Spiced Holiday Ale. 3 different spices plus sweet orange peel & honey give this ale, flavors reminiscent of Thanksgiving desserts.
  • Oatmeal Porter (ABV: 6%)
    Robust Porter. Strong coffee & chocolate flavors. Not for the timid.
  • Hefeweizen (ABV: 5%)
    Light, easy drinking, hef with loads of wheat character.

Mac & Jacks Brewing-Redmond, WA

  • African Amber (ABV: 5.4%)
    The Northwest’s original, unfiltered and dry hopped amber ale. African Amber’s pioneering and innovative style is proof that drink-ability does not have be achieved by sacrificing flavor.
  • Black Cat Porter (ABV: 4.8%)
    Hints of chocolate and coffee accent this rich and creamy brew. Blackcat’s smooth approachable flavor demonstrates that dark beers can be enjoyed by all.

Northern Ales-Northport, WA

  • Smoked North Porter (ABV: 6%)
    Peated smoked porter, robust, balanced to perfection.
  • Flume Creek IPA (ABV: 6.5%)
    Solidly bitter with citrus hops

Northern Lights Brewing Co.-Spokane, WA

  • Copperfest (ABV: 5%)
    Munich Style Ale: Light copper color and a deep, slightly nutty malty flavor, the result is a beer with a true German beer flavor. Soft and smooth with a splash of hops in a bouquet and finish.
  • Chocolate Dunkel (ABV 6.5%)
    German Style Dunkel. Rich dark ale comes with roots of German origin. Generous portions of crystal, Munich, and chocolate malt combine to create an ale of extraordinary complexity. Slightly sweet with caramel and chocolate flavors.
  • Pale Ale (ABV: 5%)
    American Pale Ale. Generously hopped with a blend of cascade and Columbus hops. Rich and spicy fruit hop bouquet and a smooth full flavored taste with a crisp dry finish.

Palouse Falls Brewing-Pullman, WA

  • TBA
  • TBA

Paradise Creek Brewery-Pullman, WA

  • Over the Hop (ABV: 6.27%)
    Crisp Herbal NW IPA with a lingering hop finish. This 2 week dry hopped IPA presents NW premium hops at their finest.
  • Postal Porter (ABV: 5.7%)
    Smooth creamy porter has some subtle roastiness & subdued dryness.
  • Dirty Blonde (ABV: 5.2%)
    Quite dark for a blonde ale. Malty body has a nice caramel tone with an initial hit of hops that quickly fades into a sweet floral finish.

Pike Brewing-Seattle, WA

  • Auld Acquaintance (ABV: 5%)
    Holiday Ale. A winter treat infused with orange peel, cinnamon, nutmeg, and coriander. Festive and flavorful with subtle spices on the nose and palate.
  • Kilt Lifter-Scotch Style Ale (ABV: 6.5%)
    Layers of rich, sweet, powerful malt; earthy, like a freshly baked bread. A subtle underlying smokiness from a small addition of peated single-malt Scotch whiskey malt adds complexity. Round and satisfying with light hop notes.

Riverport Brewing-Clarkston, WA

  • Schanauzen Honker (ABV:4.7%) Oktoberfest.
  • Grande Ronde Rye (ABV:4.8%) Rye

Schooner Exact Brewing-Seattle, WA

  • King Street Brown Style (ABV: 5.5%)
    King Street Brown is a sure pleaser for those wanting a slightly more malty experience.
    Our brown is light and sessionable with a drier finish. A blend of chocolate and special Belgian malts lend a roasty flavor nuanced with hints of stone fruit.
  • Gallant Maiden (ABV: 5%)
    A light, refreshing Bavarian style wheat ale. The specialty Bavarian yeast gives this beer its spicy qualities with the slightest nuance of banana. We ferment at low temperature to further focus the clove and spice characteristics.
  • Terry’s Pilsner (ABV: 4.0%)
  • 3 Grid IPA (ABV: 6.7%)
    Better known as IPA, the India Pale Ale is the hopheads favorite. Aggressively hopped with Yakima Valley Hops , this brew is a true Northwest crowd pleaser. The alchemists at Schooner Exact balance the hoppiness with a hint of malt, making this IPA one you can drink all night long.

Snipes Mountain Brewery-Sunnyside, WA

  • Snipes IPA (ABV: 6.8%)
    A firm malt backbone balanced with full hop flavors and aromas of Yakima Valley hops.
  • Fall Seasonal-TBA

Snoqualmie Falls Brewing Co.-Snoqualmie, WA

  • Harvest Moon (ABV: 5.3%)
    Highly hopped Munich, 2-row pale and light crystal malts, finished with noble German hops.
  • Haystack Hefeweizen (ABV: 5.3%)
    German inspired wheat beer. Crafted from 60% malted wheat, 2-row pale and Vienna malts, and finished with nobleteina hops. Fermented with American Ale Yeast.
September 24th, 2010 to September 26th, 2010
Washington Beer Commission presents Oktoberfest, Riverfront Park
507 N. Howard Street Spokane, WA 99201-0811

About the Washington Beer Commission

The Washington Beer Commission, the first of its kind commodity commission in the United States, was formed in 2006, when the Washington State Legislature authorized the creation of the Beer Commission to promote the state’s microbreweries.

When the former Director of the Washington Department of Agriculture, Valoria Loveland, appointed the first set of six Commissioners in November 2006, she sketched out in broad strokes the task set before the new Commission:

"Simply put, Washington produces some of the finest beer in the country and our new Beer Commission will help spread the word about these wonderful products. Our microbrews emphasize quality and flavor, and are a signature product of the Evergreen State. And our renowned hops, barley and wheat are the perfect premium ingredients for the nation’s best craft brewers.”

Since 2007, the Commission has been putting on as many as four festivals each year in order to showcase for the public some of the state's many fresh, locally produced, and award-winning ales and lagers. More than 10,000 people each year attend these events, where they have an opportunity to interact with some of the brewers and owners from many of the state's more than 100 small, craft breweries.

In 2009 the Commission hired Eric Radovich as its Executive Director. Radovich has more than 15 years of experience in marketing, public relations, and event planning. "After an extensive search for a high caliber marketing professional who can also produce successful events and serve as a strong representative of the brewing industry, we are very excited to have Eric on board to take the Washington Beer Commission to the next level," commented David Mudd, member of the Washington Beer Commission and head of the Executive Director search committee.

Thus the Commission is now poised to forge ahead with a number of marketing and promotial intiatives aimed at raising awareness of the great quality and value of Washington-brewed beer in both local and regional marketplaces. [more]


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