Friday, August 4, 2017: Taps open from 4:00pm to 8:00pm.
Saturday, August 5, 2017: Taps open from 11am to 8:00pm.
Is there parking?
Yes! The western and eastern most parking lots at the Arena will be open available to you for $10 (premier) and $6 per stall.
Will there be a line to get in?
You may see a line at the east entrance of the Festival grounds. Don't let it scare you. It moves quickly. Why may there be a line? Spokane Brewers Festival policy is to check the identification of all who enter the festival to ensure they are of proper drinking age. To help the line move quickly, please have your ID ready.
What types of ID do you accept?
No matter what your age, please be prepared to show proper identification as proof of age in order to gain access to the festival. Valid ID includes: valid state driver license with a photo; valid ID card issued by a state with photo, name, date of birth and physical description; a valid passport; or a valid United States military identification card. We are unable to accept any foreign driver's license (with the exception of Canada). Note that the identification cannot be expired at the time of the Festival.
Can I bring my child?
Due to a decision made by the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board, the Spokane Brewers Festival will not be allowed to permit anyone under the age of 21 to the grounds this weekend. We are currently working with local Liquor Control Board officers and the state of Washington to change this decision at future festivals. We apologize for this inconvenience.
For anyone who has already purchased their tickets and is inconvenienced by this change, please call the Spokane Arena Box Office at 509-279-7455 to discuss a refund.
For any additional questions or concerns, please contact the Spokane Arena at 509-279-7000.
Can I bring someone under the age of 21 as my designated driver?
NO. Due to a decision made by the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board, the Spokane Brewers Festival will not be allowed to permit anyone under the age of 21 to the grounds this weekend. Designated drivers MUST be 21 years of age.
Can I bring my pet?
Animals are not allowed on the festival site except for service animals while performing their qualifying services. If you bring an animal that does not qualify, you will be asked to remove the animal.
What does it cost to enter the Festival?
Tickets for the Spokane Brewers Festival are $25 before Thursday, August 3 and $30 on Friday, August 4 and Saturday, August 5. Tickets include a wristband good for full admission the entire weekend, a souvenir clear plastic mug and 13 tokens, each of which are good for a 2oz micropour. Full 10oz pours are five tokens each. Additional tokens may be purchased for $1. The token sales booth accepts cash and credit cards ($10 minimum for card purchase please).
Tokens will be sold until 7:30pm on each night. Tickets and tokens are non-refundable. However, the tokens are good at the next year's festival; you may save them for next year or the year after that.
If you leave and plan to come back, make sure to bring your mug with you. If you forget your mug, you will have to purchase a new one..
When do ticket and token sales stop?
Token sales stop precisely at 7:30pm each night. Be aware of this when scheduling your visit to the Festival. Because lines may exist, we recommend that you don't come to the Festival on either night after 7:15pm. Chances are that by the time you get to the front of the line we may close and you will be unhappy. We want you to be happy. So come prepared and allow yourself plenty of time.
When do taps close?
Taps close at 8:00pm each night. This means no beer is poured after those times. You can hang out for a little while after that but we all have to go home at SOME point… maybe an hour later? Thanks, guys.
Why aren't the mugs made of glass?
The Spokane Regional Health Department has asked us to use plastic for safety reasons. Our mugs are a high-quality, 12-ounce, BPA-free mug.
Does the Festival accept credit cards or checks?
Neither the token sales booth nor the food booths accept checks. Credit cards are allowed, however.
Will any of the beers run out?
Perhaps. Be prepared for beers to run out toward the end of each evening. Why? The Festival purchases a minimum of kegs from each of the participants. For a variety of reasons, some beers appeal to the sampling appetites of many and therefore sell faster so there is a good chance that the beer "everyone is talking about" may run out on Friday or Saturday night. If you are coming to taste specific beers we recommend you come earlier in the day.
Is there any food on site?
Yes! Please click the "Food" tab above to see which food vendors will be on site.
Can I bring outside food and beverage into the venue?
Yes, you may bring in your own food and non-alcoholic beverages. Be prepared for security to check what you bring in.
Is there anything to do besides taste beer?
Tasting beer is the focus of the Spokane Brewers Festival but there are many other activities as well. The River City Root Beer Garden offers free handcrafted root beer for designated drivers (no tasting mug purchase required) or will sell to drinkers for $1. Live LOCAL music from the region will be offered on each day. Our souvenir stand will sell Festival merchandise and a handful of beer related vendors will sell their wares.
Is smoking allowed?
No. Smoking of any kind, including e-cigarettes, is not allowed at the Spokane Brewers Festival. If you need help with quitting, please visit QuitDay.org which works to reduce the number of people who smoke when they drink, the Quit Smoking Community, and the American Cancer Society, which supports a tobacco-free lifestyle.
Is there any alcohol besides beer on the premises?
The Festival will feature local area cideries as well as brewers!
Are there any gluten-free beers available?
Yes! Check out the cideries in attendance for gluten-free options throughout the weekend!
Is there water available?
We will feature rinse stations at the Festival. The water is potable. Additionally, bottled water will be available for purchase.
Is the event ADA friendly?
Yes! Accessible tables provide knee space: tables are a minimum of 27" high, 30" wide and 19" deep, with tabletops no higher than 34".
How do brewers qualify for the event?
The Spokane Brewers Festival is open to craft breweries as defined by the Brewers Association: annual production of six million barrels of beer or less; less than 25 percent of the craft brewery is owned or controlled (or equivalent economic interest) by an alcoholic beverage industry member that is not itself a craft brewer; and a brewer that has a majority of its total beverage alcohol volume in beers whose flavor derives from traditional or innovative brewing ingredients and their fermentation (flavored malt beverages are not considered beers). If a brewery meets these guidelines, they are welcome to apply by clicking HERE.
I'm a brewer and I want to apply. How?
Sign up HERE or you may contact Matt Gibson at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 509.279.7000.