Inland NW Craft Beer Festival 2013 – A New Beer Event, Kinda

The Washington Beer Commission told me today that The Spokane Oktoberfest will change its name to the Inland NW Craft Beer Festival for 2013. The change is intended to highlight the dynamic craft beer scene in the Inland Northwest region. In the coming weeks we will have more information about the event, which takes place on Friday, September 27 and Saturday, September 28.

“We will move away from the lederhosen and oompah music and focus on the amazing beer and breweries in this fast growing craft beer region,” said Eric Radovich, Executive Director of the Washington Beer Commission, which organizes and hosts the event. “We are looking to have 30 breweries at the event with some from western Washington and a handful from our neighbors in northern Idaho as well.”

“The Inland NW region is waking up to craft beer with a dozen new breweries in the past 16 months,” said Radovich. “We look forward to showcasing them all at our newly branded event at Riverfront Park in Spokane.”

The 2013 Inland NW Craft Beer Festival will take place in downtown Spokane’s Riverfront Park on Friday, September 27 (4-8pm) and Saturday, September 28 (Noon-8pm).

Stay tuned to the Washington Beer Blog or the Washington Beer Commission’s website ( for more information.