Trestle Brewing Company is playing host to its first ever Trestle Brewfest Saturday despite the fact their beer is not yet available to the public.It turns out that getting a federal brewing license to sell beer is a long process, one that Mike Ingram, who owns the brewery, anticipated would be over when he began planning the event.
Even so, the event will have no shortage of regional craft beers and ciders. Participating breweries include Wallace Brewing, Whiskey Barrel Cider, Deschutes Brewery, Sierra Nevada, Big Sky Brewing Co., Sockeye Brewing and Riverport Brewing Company. Together, tasters will have 28 beers to choose from.
“It’ll be an eclectic mix of all varieties,” Ingram said, “from easy drinking to higher alcohol stouts and porters.”
As an additional perk, either the owner or brewery rep from each brewing company will be present to answer question and talk about their product, something Ingram believes “says something pretty cool for something out here in the middle of nowhere.”
Live music will be provided by Spokane Johnny and Maxie Ray Mills, who will play a wide range of “beer music,” Ingram said, including rock, country, folk and everything fun in between.
Admission includes tickets for five 4-ounce beer samples, a commemorative pint glass and raffle ticket for door prizes, courtesy of the participating breweries. Food will be offered for sale by the Doghouse of Orofino and Brewfest T-shirts will be for sale. Proceeds from the event will go towards rural volunteer fire districts in Lewis and Idaho counties.
And while the inaugural Trestle Brewfest is lacking its own offering at the event, Ingram said it will undoubtedly be there next year.
WHAT: Trestle Brewfest
WHEN: 1 to 7 p.m. Saturday
WHERE: Ferdinand Community Gym in Ferdinand
COST: $15/person in advance or $20/person at the door; advance tickets are available at Trestle Brewing Company in Ferdinand or Riverport Brewing Company in Clarkston.