Thursday, November 12, 2015

Calling All Stout Fans!!
Join us on December 19th for our First International Marmot Beer Festival!

For $25 in advance or $30 at the door, you get :
  • 2oz samples of 10 different Midnight Marmot Imperial Stout variations
  • 12oz pour of your choice of Marmot
  • Your very own “International Marmot Beer Festival” Snifter glass.
    • (Only First 125 Tickets will receive Snifter)
  • $10 Growler fills available to take with you.
    • (Limit One Per Person)

Style of Midnight Marmot to be available:

  1. Midnight Marmot Imperial Stout
  2. 2014 Cellared Midnight Marmot Imperial Stout
  3. IRISH Whiskey soaked Oak Chip Marmot Imperial Stout
  4. CANADIAN Whiskey soaked Oak Chip Marmot Imperial Stout
  5. SCOTTISH Scotch Oak Chip Midnight Marmot Imperial Stout
  6. AMERICAN Bourbon Soaked Oak Chip Marmot Imperial Stout
  7. Washington Raspberry and FRENCH Oak Chip Marmot Imperial Stout
  8. 2015 Midnight Marmot Nitro Imperial Stout
  9. 2014 Cellared Oako-Coco Nitro Marmot Imperial Stout
  10. Rootbeer Marmot Imperial Stout

Come enjoy 10 different versions of our Midnight Marmot Imperial Stout and take home your own "International Marmot Beer Festival" Snifter 
(First 125 tickets only).

Cheers! #DrinkLocal #MidnightMarmot

Monday, October 26, 2015

It isn't too late to sign up for our 2016 

Growler Club!

For just $100 you get:

-Custom stainless steel River City Brewing 2016 Growler Club Founding Member HydroFlask growler

-Custom River City Brewing Growler Club Founding Member Work Shirt

-$10 Growler Fills of Core Beers in RCB Growler Club Growler for 1 full year (January 1, 2016 to December 31, 2016 - unlimited number of fills in the Club Growler)

-$12 Growler Fills of Limited Release Beers in RCB Growler Club Growlers for 1 year (January 1, 2016 to December 31, 2016 - unlimited number of fills in the Club Growler, unless otherwise noted)

-One $3 pint whenever you come in to fill up your Club Growler

--$0 extra for the great feeling from being a Founding Member

Sign up today!

Need a Christmas present for a friend or family member this year? This would be perfect! Let us know if this is a gift for someone and we can great a custom Gift Certificate for you to give to them.

Cheers! ‪#‎DrinkLocal‬ ‪#‎RCBGrowlerClub‬

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

What's Happening This Week with 
River City Brewing

Tuesday, October 6th: 
  • $10 Growler Fill Tuesday 
  • All growlers (except TW Frankensour) are just $10

Thursday, October 8th: 
  • River City Red Night at Buffalo Wild Wings  
  • Northtown Mall location from 5:30-7:30
  • Swag giveaways during the Colts vs Texans game

Friday, October 9th:
  • Release of our Funkadelicious Fresh Hop Ale 
  • Tap Room Open from 3-10pm

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Are you ready for this year's Inland NW Craft Beer Festival?? Check out all the goodies we'll be pouring this year!

1) Wine Barrel Aged Huckleberry Ale:
Back again for 2015, Wine Barrel Aged Huckleberry! We picked up a Merlot barrel, two Shiraz barrels and a Sangiovese barrel from our neighbors, Barrister Winery. We filled them with our delicious Huckleberry Ale, let them sit for a month to absorb the wine and oak flavors and then have combined them back into one fruity, funky and fantastic beer. Rosy colored, sweet and tart with a dry finish, this beer is refreshing beer perfect for our summer weather. 5.2% ABV / 6 IBU

2) Oako-Coco Nitro:
Sure Midnight Marmot Imperial Stout is good, but this one-off version takes it to 11. We lovingly aged Midnight Marmot with Oak chips and Cocoa nibs and carbonated it with nitrogen. The result is a smooth, creamy head on a full-bodied stout complimented by chocolately flavors mixed with oaky, nutty bittersweet notes. This is a high intensity stout with lots of oak and cocao throughout the traditional stout malt flavors. M’mm M’mm extra good. 8.6% ABV / 59 IBU

3) Funkadelicious Fresh Hop Ale:
“Fresh Hop” Ale has a very specific meaning – it has to be made within 24 hours of the time the hops are harvested. For River City Brewing, that means a road trip to the Yakima Valley, this year to pick up Mosaic hops harvested during the prior day. We drive them home and dump them into a brew of pale ale with a high-attenuation west-coast style yeast so as much hop character comes through as possible. Fresh hop ales only happen once a year in celebration of the hop harvest, which is something every beer lover can support. Funkadelicious is our super fresh version of a fresh-hops pale ale. Ask about how to bring out the funk when you order one, enjoy the hoppy freshness and then start dreaming of next year’s harvest. 6.3ish% A.B.V. / 70 I.B.U.

4) TW Frankensour:
This beer has a history that is hard to believe and you may not want to drink one after you hear it. A friend bought a keg of 1997 TW Fisher Huckleberry Ale from a warehouse cleaning auction in 2013. We got a limited quantity of this surprisingly drinkable beer (a testament to the wonders of keg storage), which we mixed with an hoppy experiment that was fermented with a combination of lager and ale yeasts that had been aged already for a year in an oak wine barrel. We aged it another nine months, testing it along the way, to discover that we had created a beautiful abomination of a beer. Part fifteen year-old beer, part dual yeasted hoppy experiment, and aged past the weirdness into a delightfully funky franken-sour of beer that you have to drink to believe. IT LIVES! And you can drink it. 5.4% ABV /25 IBU

5) River City Randall:
Come by and see what’s on the River City Randall. We will have a couple of different beers and randall ingredients along the way that change throughout the day, so check in to see if it’s dark, light, fruity, spicy or just what. Any way it goes, it’s guaranteed to be good.

6) Firkin- Pumpkin Peach Ale Made The Hard Way :
A Firkin is a small keg which we use to create an experimental beer. We combine the wort of one of the beers in our line-up, but then add some special ingredients and yeast to let it ferment in the keg. As a result, it self-carbonates as it ferments, so the carbonation level is lower and the flavors more intense. This year we will offer Pumpkin Peach Ale Made The Hard Way.

7) 2015 Congratulator Eisbock (Friday Night Only):
Prepared for our anniversary party, the Congratulator Eisbock is more malty and higher alcohol than it’s baby brother name-sake dopplebock, but shares the lagered malty smoothness of this traditional beer. It packs a whallop, so consume carefully. Only available in limited quantities. 12.5% A.B.V. / 50 I.B.U.

8) 2015 Bourbon Barrel-Aged Vanilla Bean Stout (Saturday Only):
This is the evil twin to our year-round VB Stout. Like a soap opera, this evil twin is not as sweet, darker and richer. To create this beauty we added a traditional stout and whole vanilla beans to an Oola Distillery Waitsburg Bourbon Whiskey barrel and then let is set for 3 months. The result is not as sweet as our VB Stout, but an interesting contrast. It definitely has a full, rich body and a some oaky tartness from the barrel and aging. - Limited quantities available 6% ABV / 55 IBU


Dates & Times
Friday, October 2, 2015 4:00-8:00pm
Saturday, October 3, 2015 Noon-8:00pm
Avista Stadium
602 N Havana St.
Spokane, WA 99202


Tickets on sale now!
$20 advance tickets/$25 at the door while supplies last ($15 for Military with valid ID)
Designated driver admission is $5 and available at the door only (includes free water/soda)
Admission includes a commemorative tasting glass & six 5 oz. tastes
Additional tokens may be purchased at $2 each or four for $5
Washington Beer Lover members receive two bonus tokens when they present their member passports
This is a 21-and-over event

Friday, July 31, 2015

2015 Cascade Classic

One of our River City Red Cycling Team members just did something extraordinary.  Pat O'Neil won the Men's Category 3 Cascade Classic Stage Race.  There were four tough stages, a couple with lots of climbing.  Winning any stage race is an impressive feat, but winning a race with the class, history and toughness of the Cascade Classic is doubly impressive.

Pat was kind enough to take the time to write up a race report that he shared with the team, which we are now sharing with you.  So remember kids, if you eat your wheaties and ride ridiculously hard for several years, you too can do this someday.

Alex dropped by my house with his car ready to go, Thursday morning. 3 bikes loaded on it already and waiting for 2 more. We had the roof AND a trunk rack loaded for speed and brave attacks. If there were ever a car that met Rule #25, Alex's $700 Subaru qualified. ;) We checked into the Motel West, a nice place and perfect location for getting to all 4 stages. We met up with Cormac McGeough, a friend of Alex's to share the room. Cormac is a great kid, 18-19yo, new to a lot of road racing, but full of ambition and positive vibes. I had a GREAT time with Alex, Cormac and few other friends of Alex's that we met at the race!

Alex, Cormac and I rode the full 17mi circuit race course lap, when we got into Bend, which was a very smart recon idea. We talked that night about tactics for stage 1: I told Alex and Cormac I was not going to wait for the final climb up Bachelor to make a move...

The 1st stage (75mi RR) started at Wanoga Sno-Park on Mt Bachelor, I guess about a 100 3s and 4s combined. We climbed for a little while, some down, some more slight up, before beginning a long descent to the bulk of the race. Very early, a couple of guys popped off the front and dangled ahead with no real time on the field. This went on until maybe 15-20mi into the race when the pack kinda stalled near the bottom of a little descent. I was right at the front when that moment occurred and it was very instinctive what had to happen right then. I jumped as hard as I could and raced forward. I heard someone coming with me. Locked on the 2 guys ahead, I dug in, looking around briefly to see that we were leaving the field like an Atlas rocket leaving the earth's gravitational pull.

We overhauled the break quickly and injected the haste that makes a 30sec break into a 1, then 2, then 3 minute break. We got to rotating and it was apparent that we were 3 strong and 1 weak guy. The weak guy being a pretty small junior from a team that had quite a few guys in the field. Thinking that was probably key in our early success. Anyway, we'd rotate and the little guy unfortunately had to follow my pulls. He'd spin out for 15sec and then get out of the way. The other 2 guys and I rode really well, and strong, together.

Shortly after our break formed, we had a nervous moment where the officials pulled us over and neutralized everyone while the 2s went by (they had extra miles/loops built into their course). I hastily took the time to piss. At that point we had a minute-14sec gap, which the officials dutifully gave us back when we restarted. We quickly got our gap out to minute-30sec after that.
Mid race, we started to come up upon the 2s, on the only real hill in the middle of the course. I was really anxious about what was going to happen. If they slowed us down, we'd lose our gap. I was on the front and saw that our lead car was just going around the 2s cars, so I stayed right on him and pushed through, too. The motorcycle guy was yelling at the 2s to move over cause the 4s were coming through! lol. I corrected him to the field that we were 3s, dammit! We passed the 2s, sortof.  My break companions giving me shouts to ease up. I was kindof busting things up in our group, but all I was trying to do was successfully get around the 2s. Later I learned from one of the break guys that his powermeter was reading steadily in the 4-500s while I was pulling through the 2s. We dropped the Junior rider there, also.

The rest of the race was super smooth. Without the Junior, we rode like a tuned team time trial into the base of Mt Bachelor, building up almost a 6 minute lead. The field, of course, started to gain on us as we climbed the last 10 miles of sissy Mt Bachelor. ;) Actually, the wind was tough, though. I went in and out of some hamstring cramps, once falling behind my 2 other guys. But, we were all pretty spent, and eventually, it was me (2nd) and a guy from Portland (Ben) with a River City Cycling jersey taking the finish by 30 sec over our other guy (Jeremiah) a Seattle rider. We stayed mostly 2-3 minutes up over the best of the rest in the field.

I know Alex was being a good teammate, especially early on in my breakaway, not helping pull up the field. He also was getting sick, I realized, most the weekend. Sunday, I caught his bug and we both were heading home feeling like sh&*t!

Stage 2, TT: I knew I would be in yellow the next day. It was kindof weird to just "know" that. I'd been with the other two guys enough and was confident enough in my TT to just know what was going to happen. I followed my now regimen (since it was successful in Baker City for a TT win) of rolling on my road bike for an hour before the TT. I popped onto my TT bike, right before the start and rolled to the starthouse. In second place, the 3rd place rider was right there, in front of me, waiting to go, 30 sec down on me. We were ready to launch for the 9mile, slightly rolling course. But, where was GC man? I looked around. He was nowhere. My 30sec man left and I lined up. I got ready and glanced around again, not seeing him. I mumbled something like "where's GC?" and just before the starter let me go, the official said back to me "I guess you're the leader". This was the last thing I heard as I left the starthouse! :) I made 20sec on my 30sec man. A little bit hurt that I didn't catch him. GC lost 20sec for being late and a solid 40sec or so more over the course. I placed 3rd...

Stage 3, Crit: If you know me, you know something is going to get messed up... I thought the crit was supposed to be preceded by a TT podium and yellow jersey award/handout. As we started to get called into the crit, I realized none of that was going to happen. I guess the intent was just to call up the TT podium and GC man at the crit start. I had failed to grab my yellow jersey. I hastily asked some guys to pin my numbers on my RCR jersey, just before call ups. They were like "wha? who are you?", and I kinda groaned back, well, I was GC and needed them to help me before the callup. BUT, what a sensation, getting the call up and applause before the crit! At the gun, I got a good start and proudly dragged the field for the first lap, conscious of and proud to be in my angry red RCR jersey!
The crit was TOUGH! A long rectangle of just a block wide, it had this insane reduction in road into one short side of the course. Lots of curbing changes, throughout the course. The best I could do was stay near the front. The crit was a short 35min long and we finished safely, in the pack.

Stage 4, circuit RR: The final day was a morning 3-lap, 51mi course, with punchy little climbs and fun descents, throughout. I had about a minute gap, still, on my 2 guys from Friday and everyone else was 2-3 min or more behind. We decided the strategy was to be conservative and just watch out for dangerous break attempts on the climbs. I was relying/counting on general race aggression to keep it together and that pretty much worked. Our 3rd place guy, Ben, the River City guy, tried really hard to get something to go in the first couple of laps. He burned match after match, even on the flat and fast sections, working to cause a shift. But, we'd hit the climbs and I managed to stick with the main accelerations, encouraging others to finish off any slight gaps that would form. I also noticed that I got more room. Something about that yellow jersey meant to let me have some space, or get in where I wanted to go. It was really cool! Alex came up at least once and closed down some dangerous stuff, almost doing sole duty to close down some gaps for me! After the final punchy climb of the last lap, it started to dawn on me that I'd pulled it off. I must have been dreaming a little too much because when a final small break did in fact get a little time on the field, it included the 2nd place GC guy! But, it wasn't enough. His group pulled up into the final punchy finish 25sec or so ahead of us, not enough to shake the podium from my grip.

We drove home, totally spent, and sick or getting sick, but happy we did it!

Thursday, July 16, 2015


The heat may be getting to us because River City Brewing is getting ready to serve up a cold, malty Christmas in July.  We have dug into our cool, inviting cellar to come up with a line-up of some great winter beers and will turn them loose for one day only, Saturday, July 25th starting at 3 pm.  We have a limited quantity and expect a few to go faster than a snowball on a hot sidewalk so get out a Santa hat, find an ugly reindeer sweater and come help us celebrate Christmas in July!

The day’s line-up includes:
·         2014 Oako-Coco Nitro (~130 pints available)
·         2014 Deep Thaw Winter Warmer (~80 pints available)
·         2014 Congratulator Doppelbock (~60 pints available)
·         2014 Midnight Marmot Imperial Stout (~40 pints available)
·         2014 Bourbon Barrel Aged Stout (limit one 8 oz pour per person – limited quantities)
·         2014 Congratulator Eisbock (limit one 8 oz pour per person – limited quantities)
·         Firkin of Holiday Spiced River City Red (~80 pints available)
·         2015 True Stout

      The party starts at 3 pm and with limited quantities so if you want to be sure to get your favorite, be early.  Here is the fine print – no cover charge; one ticket will be given to each person who comes in to limit the purchase of the ’14 Bourbon Barrel Aged Stout and ’14 Congratulator Eisbock to one per person, but a ticket at the door does not guarantee you a pour of either beer; pours of the ’14 Bourbon Barrel Aged Stout and ’14 Congratulator Eisbock limited to 8 oz; no growler fills of cellar beers, Firkin or randall beers; people on both the nice list and the naughty list are welcome; ugly holiday sweaters and festive hats are not required for admission but strongly encouraged; you may not sit on the bartenders’ laps to tell them your beer wishes; we will be collecting new, boxed toys for the Toys for Tots campaign – if you bring a toy you will get a $2 off coupon for a pint; no whining when the cellar beers start to run out – that will get you put on the naughty list for sure.

Thursday, July 9, 2015


Our blog upkeep has been lame lately.  Everyone is running around making beer, talking about beer, tasting beer, occasionally tweeting, instagramming and facebooking about beer, and generally doing stuff that needs to be done.

As a result, this poor blog, once so loved, has languished.  It would be a sad cliche of many neglected blogs to say "we are going to be better" so no promises, but maybe it will happen. 

Then again, maybe not.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Spokane Craft Beer Week

There is a lot going on for Spokane Craft Beer Week.  Basically, if you like craft beer your only problem is going to be not drowning in all of the offerings.

For the official website of Spokane Craft Beer Week, go here:

For Rick Bonino's and the Spokesman beer blog, with lots of info on events this week and other stuff, go here:

For your Growler Fills of ALL AREA CRAFT BEERS, check out the Growler Guys locations in Spokane.  Info here and here:  AND

We are pouring our Big Barn Brewing collaboration beer all week - Barn City Flower Power Rye IPA and on Friday we are releasing Clocktower Imperial IPA for its annual run.

Here are the rest of our events this week:

Tuesday, 5/12, Genos from 4-6pm: Red, Inconceivable, and Riverkeeper on Tap. Pint Specials. Swag Giveaway.

Tuesday, 5/12, NoLi from 4-7: Collaboration release party on the patio. Pint Specials. Swag Giveaway.

Tuesday, 5/12, Lantern Tap House from 4-close: Firkin of Amarillo Dry Hopped Girlfriend Golden Ale. $2.50 River City pints after Running Club.

Wednesday, 5/13, Checkerboard Bar all day: $1.25 pints of River City, 5 beers on Tap.

Thursday, 5/14, Hub Tavern on Monroe from 4-7pm: 5 beers on Tap. Pint Specials. Swag Giveaway.

Friday, 5/15, River City Tap Room from 3-9pm: Release of our Clocktower Imperial IPA

Saturday, 5/16, Lantern Tap House from 5-10: Whole Hog Auction Fundraiser for Stella, must buy tickets in advance.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

So Much Support in Just a Few Short Months!

We are just two months into the release of our 2015 Riverkeeper IPA, are we are amazed at how much support has been given this year! 

As you all know, we here at River City Brewing have agreed to make a donation for every keg that will be sold now until the end of year, when we redesign the recipe and launch next year's IPA.We cannot express how grateful we are to all of the bars and restaurants in the area that have decided to support River City and our efforts to help protect our Spokane River! 

Below is a list of all of the establishments that have poured Riverkeeper IPA so far this year. If you are out and frequenting these restaurants and bars, please take a moment to thank them for being a supporter of our Spokane Riverkeeper, our Spokane River, and River City Brewing!

Eastern Washington:
The Lantern Tap House
David's Pizza
Crazy Moose Casino
Sunset Mart in Pullman
Mid Columbia Wine and Spirits in Kennewick
Black Pearl Restaurant
Famous Ed's
Andy's Bar and Grill
Underdog's Sports Pub and Grill
The Garland Theater and Bon Bon
Fast Eddies
Area 51 Tap House
The Growler Guys (North and South Hill)
Wingman Birdz and Brewz
Backyard Public House
Clinkerdagger Public House
Ellensburg Pasta Co.
Shooters 2.0
Checkerboard Tavern
Bowlz Bitez and Spiritz
Browne's Tavern
Hay J's Bistro
The Downriver Grill
Rocket Market
The Unforgiven Lounge

Northern Idaho:
Capone's in Hayden
Schweitzer Mountain
Capone's in Post Falls
Cork and Tap
The Lounge Fly
Nate's New York Pizza
Melone's Public House

Thank you again to each and every one of you! 
Cheers to you! 
#RiverkeeperIPA #DrinkLocal