Another fond memory, one of the most relaxed beer tasting occasions we have had.
Since the first anniversary of the opening of Spokane Valley’s first brewery, Twelve String Brewing Co., is December 11, I thought I would reminisce about our late summer visit.
After a long day of running errands in Spokane, we happened to find Twelve String, in an industrial park in Spokane Valley. They had fenced in a small ‘patio’ in the parking lot looking into the brewery providing a relaxing sanctuary before heading home. In the early evening shade we met a few people, regulars and other first timers, while enjoying a flight of their nine beers & a bowl of pretzels.
From the name of the brewery you might get the impression music is important to the brewer; every first Friday they have live music and he joins the jam sessions on occasion. Woodworking is another major hobby, you can’t miss the incredible woodwork throughout the taproom. I hadn’t even tasted the beer and I knew this guy was very talented; his wife informed us he had been a home brewer for about thirty years and the experience showed.
When we sat down the two people already on the patio asked if we knew what we wanted, relaying our newness they were quick to offer favorites of their own before we even viewed the tap menu: Archtop Amber and Jam Session IPA. I had to try them all, so we shared the flight. Two more couples arrived, both new customers like us. One couple chose to try the flight as we did and the other each had their usual style favorites. Conversation flowed naturally and we thoroughly enjoyed our time.
From the slightly grassy, lightly carbonated blonde to the stout that reminded me of my grandfather’s iced coffee in aroma and taste we enjoyed each one. There are four IPA’s and they are all different, I enjoyed three immensely while my husband was more interested in the fourth. Both suggested beers were terrific, but I am glad we had the flight. The summer seasonal, Mango Mambo, is an easy drinking, mildly fruity wheat beer. It is still on tap due to demand. The fall seasonal, Roundabout Confusion Harvest Ale is also on tap. We haven’t been to Spokane since that day, but this is a place I look forward to repeating a visit.