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NWBN Hop Tips, Mid-May, 2017

Spring is in full swing. Here are some great events to enjoy.


May 19-28, Central Oregon Beer Week, various locations, Bend/Redmond, OR -
Enjoy beer fests, tastings and dinners throughout the Central Oregon area. Info:

May 27, Heater-Allen 10th Anniversary Party, Heater-Allen Brewing, McMinnville, OR -
Enjoy a great lineup of Heater-Allen beers including some collaborations and surprises. There will be two tasting locations, one in the brewery and one in the tasting room, live music, food and fun. Info:

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May 15-21, Spokane Craft Beer Week, Various locations, Spokane, WA -
Enjoy beer festivals, tastings, special releases, fun and games and much more at the many events throughout the week. Info:

May 17, WA Beer Night-Triplehorn Brewing, Diamond Knot Alehouse, Mukilteo, WA -
Enjoy beers from Triplehorn at this month's WA Beer Night and win some fun stuff. Info:

May 17, Knot Our Average Beer Night, Diamond Knot Brewpub@MLT, Montlake Terrace, WA -
This monthly event features a special version of one of their beers. Info:

May 18, Der Blokken Brewer's Night, Brewmaster's Taproom, Renton, WA -
Enjoy awesome beer and swag from this great brewery in Bremerton. Info:

May 18, 1st Annual Brew Night at the Zoo, Point Defiance Zoo, Tacoma, WA -
Sip handcrafted beers from local breweries while enjoying the zoo. Toast the new Washed Ashore exhibit at the zoo which will be illuminated for the evening. The aquarium will also be open to view various species of sea life. Food will be available from Lancer Catering. Proceeds will benefit animal care, conservation and education at the zoo. Info:

May 19-21, Grand Opening Party, CRFT Beer, Auburn, WA -
This new taproom in Auburn is having their grand opening party all weekend with 41+ taps of beer and ciders, raffles, great food trucks and fun. Info: CRFT BEERS on Facebook.

May 20, Chuckanut South Nut Brewery Tour, Chuckanut South Nut Brewery, Burlington, WA -
Learn how the great beers at Chuckanut are made at their newest location in Burlington. Valley Hand Pies food truck will be on hand serving English style individual savory and sweet pies to pair with the great Chuckanut beers. Info:

May 20, 6th Annual Gig Harbor Beer Festival, Uptown Gig Harbor Pavilion, Gig Harbor, WA -
This event will feature more than 25 breweries, Tilted Tree Cidery and Heritage Distillery as well as live music and fun. Advanced tickets suggested as this even has sold out for the past five years. It benefits the Gig Harbor Kiwanis. Info:

May 20, Bothell Block Party & Brewfest, Downtown Bothell, Bothell, WA -
3pm – 8pm. Enjoy beverages from local breweries, cideries and wineries, food from locally owned food trucks and live music. Advance tickets on sale now and will be available at the door while supplies last. Info:

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British Columbia

May 26-June 4, Vancouver Craft Beer Week, Multiple Locations, Vancouver, BC -
Enjoy many beer events throughout the Vancouver area to celebrate all things beer. A special collaboration beer was made to honor the festival and is a Hazy Pale Ale infused with Guava and Passionfruit. A portion of the proceeds for this beer will be donated to the BC SPCA. Info:

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May 27, 25th Annual Great Alaska Craft Beer and Homebrew Festival, Dalton City-SE Alaska State Fairgrounds, Haines, AK -
Enjoy craft beer from 25 breweries and distributors, many from AK, live music, food and games. In addition, the winners of the Homebrew Competition will be announced at the festival. Connoisseur Tasting tickets with early admission are available. A gourmet brewers' dinner will take place in Harriett Hall the evening before the tasting, (May 26th). Info:

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Northern California

May 19, Nuclear Free Strong Brew Fest, Triple Rock Brewing, Berkeley, CA -
4pm-10pm. Enjoy some of the rarest and coolest big beers at this fest. Entry is free and it benefits Lindsay Wildlife Experience a local non-profit connecting people with wildlife to inspire responsibility and respect for the world we share. Info:

May 27, Sacramento Red, White and Brewfest, Cesar Chavez Plaza, Sacramento, CA -
Enjoy 100+ craft beers and ciders, live music and fun. Advance tickets are on sale for general admission and VIP. Info:

April 22, Cider Summit San Francisco, Civil War Parade Ground-The Presidio, San Francisco, CA -
Enjoy 150+ ciders including regional favorites and international classics, cider cocktails and apple spirits, cider and food pairing pavilion and snack and juice sampling. Info:

April 29, Legendary Boonville Brewfest, Mendocino County Fairgrounds, Boonville, CA -
Enjoy 80+ breweries, food and merchandise available for sale, music and camping available. Benefits local non-profit charities. Info:

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That's it for now. If you have events you'd like posted please email me at Cheers!