Wednesday, March 13, 2019 / by Matt Bergman
This is a craft beer lovers dream! Before I started doing this I really didn't know how many good local breweries that we had here in the Inland North West. I have heard of a few of the big ones but I did't find some of these hidden gems until I started the Ale Trail. A bunch of local breweries got together and thought it would be fun to highlight all the local breweries and give local people intensives to come and check them out. This Ale Trail did just that.
How it works is you go to one of the participating local breweries and you ask for the Ale Trail map. Once you get it every brewery you go to on the map you collect a stamp for that brewery. Once you collect 12 stamps for 12 different breweries you can turn it in and collect a 32oz mini growler. This growler can not be bought and only earned.The map will tell you the hours the breweries are open and what you can amenities that it has there, food,snacks and what not. You might be saying to yourself "Matt we have kids", this is a great point and the good news is that a good amount of these allow kids in them. None of these breweries are rowdy places at all and I would feel comfortable to bring anyone there. They have all types of beers ones that a new beer drinker would like, to beers that a long time beer lover would like. It is a cool way to go and try new beer and support local people
I love this because yes I love beer but also it gets me to go all over the Inland North West. There are breweries all over the place. We have one that is in Ellensburg and every time I am driving to or from Seattle my friends and I will stop by. They have breweries in North Idaho and it is always fun to go travel there and check some of then out. They even have one all the way out in Republic. But a the majority of them are here in Spokane. Pretty much anywhere you live in Spokane there will be one 15 to 20 minutes from your house. I have gone around and checked out more of Spokane than I ever have once I started the Ale Trail. It was a reason for me to go and venture out. There is a group of them downtown where you can walk from place to place.
Another reason why I love the Ale Trail is I found out about way more craft beer events and competitions. They will have festivals where you can get a sample glass and go and sample the beers that they made just for the event. Also they will do competitions between different breweries where they all brew a similar type of beer and then after you tried them all you get to vote one which one you like the best. I honestly did not know that I could have so much fun just because of me starting this Ale Trail.
This Ale Trail is super fun and a great thing about it is there is no time limit on it. So you do not have to feel rushed into going to the breweries any faster than you want. It is important to always be careful about drinking and driving so make sure you're practicing safe driving habits. This Ale Trail is a blast and fun to complete but it is not worth your life or another life to get it done. When in doubt Uber out!
So if you need to get out of your house for a hour or so while someone is showing your house to a potential buyer or you're just looking for something fun to do try out the Inland NW Ale Trail.