The craft beer industry is growing in Eastern Washington and North Idaho and our local tourism board is working to showcase all of that growth with the Inland Northwest Ale Trail.
One of those breweries, Iron Goat, got its start just over a year ago, and it's distributing all across Spokane, North Idaho, the Palouse and Tri-Cities, and it's happy to be part of the Ale Trail. The Ale Trail is a good way to show off all the great things happening in our microbrew industry, and a fun way for you to enjoy a lot of great beer.
The Ale Trail map shows 16 breweries in our area that stretch from Republic to Spokane to Wallace, Idaho. Visit 10 of those 16, buy a beer, get a stamp and a mini-growler is your reward. But the fun of course is in the journey.
"It has been extremely successful," Heather Brandt at Iron Goat said. "On a Saturday we will see anywhere between 50 and 100 maps come in, people that have never tried us and people that are traveling through Spokane to go to all the local breweries so it is pretty exciting."
Brandt started Iron Goat with her husband and a couple of friends.
"There was just four of us with a passion for brewing really good hand-craft beer and we have found really good success so far in Spokane," she explained.
That's also the story with another brewery, Budge Brothers -- two men with a passion for making great beer.
"They're pretty much just northwest style beers for the most part," Brad Budge explained. "They're really fresh and tasty all the ingredients are from within 100 miles of here."
For Budge Brothers, the Ale Trail is also paying off.
"It's great. We have seen a huge increase in business since it started. The last few weeks we have seen hundreds of people come through with the maps," Budge said.
To get your start on the journey you can pick up a map at any of the 16 local breweries.
For more information to help you get started on your journey along the Inland Northwest Ale Trail, click here.