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Beer & Justice at Heathen Feral Pub

The Clark County Volunteer Lawyers Program (CCVLP) is hosting a “Beer and Justice” event at Heathen Feral Pub from 5 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, June 14. CCVLP is a small nonprofit organization governed by a board of directors and funded by grants from the Legal Foundation of Washington, Clark County Department of Community Services, and other small grants and donations. Attorneys volunteer their time and provide free services such as consultations, preparation for court appearances, referrals, and even direct representation. To learn more about CCVLP, visit ccvlp.org.

The Beer and Justice evening is the CCVLP’s first such community fundraising event. All donations made at the event go to Campaign for Equal Justice, which leverages additional funding to multiply dollars raised and grant these funds back to legal aid organizations in the county, such as CCVLP and NW Justice Project. This event is vital to the continued success of our programs. So drink, eat, be merry, and donate! For more information, email Elizabeth Fitzgerald, CCVLP’s executive director, at eleanor@legalfoundation.org.

Editor’s note: this even was originally scheduled to be held at Loowit Brewing, but had to change locations due to construction/remodeling at Loowit. We can’t wait to see the new, improved Loowit!

 

Volcano Views & Brews: Reintroducing Grizzly Bears to the North Cascades

How many times have you awoken in the middle of the night and thought to yourself, “What the world needs now…is more grizzly bears.” You’ll be relieved to know that you’re not alone—many people at Western Wildlife Outreach are working hard right now to reintroduce grizzly bears to the North Cascades. Two of those people, Lorna and Darrell Smith, will share their stories.

Western Wildlife Outreach began in 2002 as the Grizzly Bear Outreach Project, a science-based community education project. Their work expanded to include the Selkirk Ecosystem of northeastern Washington and northwestern Idaho. These two areas were identified by scientists working to implement the Endangered Species Act as having the best chance for recovering grizzly bear populations in Washington. Today, Western Wildlife Outreach has expanded its focus to include maintaining healthy populations of other large carnivores—namely black bears, cougars, and gray wolves—throughout Washington State and the Northwest. They provide information about ecology, animal behavior, safety during any human-animal interactions, and recovery under the Endangered Species Act. They help the people understand these elusive creatures while partnering with government agencies, non-government organizations, and the public to create wildlife-safe communities.

Learn more about your “local” grizzly bears at the next Volcano Views and Brews, happening from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, April 18, at Loowit Brewing in downtown Vancouver. There’s a $5 suggested donation to offset costs, and beer and nibbles will be available to purchase. Loowit is located at 507 Columbia St. You can also hear the same presentation on Thursday, April 20, at the Hop N’ Grape in Longview. Volcano Views and Brews is a monthly lecture series hosted by the Mount St. Helens Institute. Click here to learn more.

St. Patrick’s Day in the Couve

Are you ready to lift a pint or two in memory of ol’ St. Pat? Well, there’s a cartload of local places where you can get your Irish on, eat some Irish-inspired food, and—most importantly—drink beer. Here’s a brief (but by no means exhaustive) list of what’s happening in your neck o’ the woods:

Brickhouse Bar & Grill,  109 W. 15th St.: a full-on, Old School St. Patrick’s Day celebration with bagpiping by the Vancouver Firefighters Pipes & Drums, Irish dancing with the Yeats Academy Molly Mallone Dancers, a performance by Northwest Stomp, live music with Tony Smiley at 10 p.m., corned beef and cabbage, Guinness and other Irish stouts, Irish red beer, and Irish whiskey from open on March 17 until 2 a.m. on March 18.

Shanahan’s Irish Pub and Grill, 209 W. McLoughlin Blvd.: party starting at 10 a.m. March 17, and lasting until the wee hours of March 18, featuring lots of Guinnes Irish stout and corned beef and cabbage.

Doomsday Brewing Safe House, 1919 Main St. in downtown Vancouver: party from 4 to 11 p.m. with a limited five-gallon batch of Irish stout. Each pint of the special release will get you a raffle tickets to win Doomsday gift cards. Live music by A Foot Ahead from 8 to 10 p.m., and $4 pints of Killbox Keylime Kolsch. Wear leprechaun gear and get $1 off pints.

Loowit Brewing, 507 Columbia St.: Irish-style beers are $3.75 per pint. Three Irish-style beers will be on tap, including MacManus Irish Stout on nitro, Durry Quill Irish Cream Ale on nitro, and Two-Sixteen Irish Red. You can also snap a pic at Loowit’s St. Paddy’s Selfie Station (see the adorable example above).

The Grocery Social & Cocktail, 115 W. 7th St.: open 2 p.m. to 2 a.m with $10 Grasshoppers (green Chartreuse, creme de menthe, creme de cacao, and vanilla ice cream), $10 Redeye Whiskey (Double V Distillery’s Irish-style whiskey), and corned beef and cabbage.

Low Bar, 1013 Main St.: a Low Bar-style St. Paddy’s Day celebration with Irish whiskey flights, Irish beers, and Irish stews, from open until close. “No dyed green stuff,” (according to Low Bar’s Facebook page), just “stuff for the adults.”

Volcano Views & Brews: 100 Classic Hikes in Washington

Washington is a beautiful state with big mountains, big rivers, big lakes, a big coastline, big trees, big animals, and big tracts of public lands traversed by thousands of miles of trails that offer some of our country’s most awe-inspiring hikes. Come and hear about 100 of our great state’s classic, not-to-be-forgotten, and un-replicatable-anywhere-else hikes with award-winning author Craig Romano. Learn about the very best hikes in the state—short, day-long and overnight. From the misty wild Olympic Coast to the sun-kissed Blue Mountains, explore trails covering every facet of Washington’s incredible geographical diversity.

As you listen, enjoy some classic Washington craft brews at Loowit Brewing in downtown Vancouver— because that’s where the next Volcano Views and Brews is happening from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 15. There’s a $5 suggested donation to offset costs, and beer and nibbles will be available to purchase. Loowit is located at 507 Columbia St. in downtown Vancouver.

Romano is the author and co-author of 16 books, including “Day Hiking Mount St. Helens.” Romano has hiked every mile of every trail (including the winter ski and snowshoe trails) within the 110,000-acre national volcanic monument, as well as having climbed the volcano and explored miles of surrounding trails while researching this, his 14th book. The book also includes hikes in the adjacent Dark Divide and Siouxon Roadless areas and the Chehalis and Cowlitz River valleys. Learn more at craigromano.com.

Volcano Views & Brews: 100 Classic Hikes in Washington

Washington is a beautiful state with big mountains, big rivers, big lakes, a big coastline, big trees, big animals, and big tracts of public lands traversed by thousands of miles of trails that offer some of our country’s most awe-inspiring hikes. Come and hear about 100 of our great state’s classic, not-to-be-forgotten, and un-replicatable-anywhere-else hikes with award-winning author Craig Romano. Learn about the very best hikes in the state—short, day-long and overnight. From the misty wild Olympic Coast to the sun-kissed Blue Mountains, explore trails covering every facet of Washington’s incredible geographical diversity.

As you listen, enjoy some classic Washington craft brews at Loowit Brewing in downtown Vancouver— because that’s where the next Volcano Views and Brews is happening from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 15. There’s a $5 suggested donation to offset costs, and beer and nibbles will be available to purchase. Loowit is located at 507 Columbia St. in downtown Vancouver.

Romano is the author and co-author of 16 books, including “Day Hiking Mount St. Helens.” Romano has hiked every mile of every trail (including the winter ski and snowshoe trails) within the 110,000-acre national volcanic monument, as well as having climbed the volcano and explored miles of surrounding trails while researching this, his 14th book. The book also includes hikes in the adjacent Dark Divide and Siouxon Roadless areas and the Chehalis and Cowlitz River valleys. Learn more at craigromano.com.

 

Loowit Brewing Four-Year Anniversary Party

Loowit Brewing Company, that venerable stalwart of the Vancouver craft brew scene, is now four years old—and brew-lovers across the North Bank are invited to help celebrate from 4 to 10 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 22. The tasting room is expanding the number of its taps for the day and pouring brew-o-philes frothy pints of its Super Ninja Triple IPA, released in honor of this anniversary. You can also sample the 2016 bourbon barrel-aged War Tortoise Imperial Stout, and both beers will be available in 22-ounce bottles to take home. But wait, there’s more! You can also get bottles of the award-winning Grimlock Rye Porter, which took home a silver medal at the 2106 World Beer Cup and earned a gold medal at the 2106 Washington Beer Awards.

There will be live music from the band Three for Silver, and monumentally delicious cheese sandwiches and mac-and-cheese will be available from that foodie fave, Pimento Cheese Kitchen. (Mmmmm, cheese!). Loowit Brewing Company is located at 507 Columbia Street, and offers live music most nights in the tasting room. For more information, visit loowitbrewing.com or follow Loowit on Facebook at facebook.com/loowitbrewing.

Loowit Brewing Anniversary Party

Loowit Brewing Company, that venerable stalwart of the Vancouver craft brew scene, is now four years old—and brew-lovers across the North Bank are invited to help celebrate from 4 to 10 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 22. The tasting room is expanding the number of its taps for the day and pouring brew-o-philes frothy pints of its Super Ninja Triple IPA, released in honor of this anniversary. You can also sample the 2016 bourbon barrel-aged War Tortoise Imperial Stout, and both beers will be available in 22-ounce bottles to take home. But wait, there’s more! You can also get bottles of the award-winning Grimlock Rye Porter, which took home a silver medal at the 2106 World Beer Cup and earned a gold medal at the 2106 Washington Beer Awards.

There will be live music from the band Three for Silver, and monumentally delicious cheese sandwiches and mac-and-cheese will be available from that foodie fave, Pimento Cheese Kitchen. (Mmmmm, cheese!). Loowit Brewing Company is located at 507 Columbia Street, and offers live music most nights in the tasting room. For more information, visit loowitbrewing.com or follow Loowit on Facebook at facebook.com/loowitbrewing.

Washington State Beer History at Loowit Brewing

Beer: we drink a whole lot of it in Washington—and our state’s brewers are known as some of the best in the nation (if not the world)—but how did Washington’s beer become so great? Not surprisingly, beer is closely intertwined with Washington’s growth, and you can hear the whole fascinating story this Sunday, Aug. 14, at Loowit Brewing. Respected beer historian and author Michael F. Rizzo will give a special presentation, “Beer in the Evergreen State,” from 3 to 5 p.m.

Brewing history touches every corner of Washington. When Washington was but a humble territory, homesteader operations like Colville Brewery helped establish towns. In 1865, Joseph Meeker planted the state’s first hops in Steilacoom. Today, nearly three hundred breweries and brewpubs call Washington home. Rizzo unveils the epic tale of brewing in Washington in his new book, “Washington Beer: A Heady History of Evergreen State Brewing,” and he’ll share it with you while you listen and sip an award-winning Loowit craft brew.

Rizzo’s book will be available for purchase at the event, courtesy of Vintage Books, Southwest Washington’s largest independent bookstore. Loowit will also put together samplers of its best beers, so you can try several. Loowit Brewing Company is located at 507 Columbia St. in downtown Vancouver. Questions can be directed to Vintage Books at 360-694-9519.

Washington Beer History at Loowit Brewing

Beer: we drink a whole lot of it in Washington—and our state’s brewers are known as some of the best in the nation (if not the world)—but how did Washington’s beer become so great? Not surprisingly, beer is closely intertwined with Washington’s growth, and you can hear the whole fascinating story this Sunday, Aug. 14, at Loowit Brewing. Respected beer historian and author Michael F. Rizzo will give a special presentation, “Beer in the Evergreen State,” from 3 to 5 p.m.

Brewing history touches every corner of Washington. When Washington was but a humble territory, homesteader operations like Colville Brewery helped establish towns. In 1865, Joseph Meeker planted the state’s first hops in Steilacoom. Today, nearly three hundred breweries and brewpubs call Washington home. Rizzo unveils the epic tale of brewing in Washington in his new book, “Washington Beer: A Heady History of Evergreen State Brewing,” and he’ll share it with you while you listen and sip an award-winning Loowit craft brew.

Rizzo’s book will be available for purchase at the event, courtesy of Vintage Books, Southwest Washington’s largest independent bookstore. Loowit will also put together samplers of its best beers, so you can try several. Loowit Brewing Company is located at 507 Columbia St. in downtown Vancouver. Questions can be directed to Vintage Books at 360-694-9519.

Volcano Views & Brews: Skiing and Sleeping on the Summits of 20 Cascade Volcanoes

Who’s adventurous enough to climb, ski and sleep on the 20 highest Cascade Range volcanoes…in just 30 days? Dr. Jon Kedrowski, that’s who—and you can hear all about it at the next Volcano Views and Brews, happening from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, July 26, at Loowit Brewing in downtown Vancouver. “20 Peaks in 30 Days: Skiing and Sleeping on the Summits of the Cascade Volcanoes” promises to be incredibly popular, so come at 6 p.m. and get a good seat, grab a brew or two, and get ready for an extraordinary travelogue which will take listeners on a multimedia tour of the volcanoes, including the sunrises, sunsets, weather, climate, and volcanology plus spectacular ski descents. There’s a $5 suggested donation to offset costs.

Kedrowski—an author, avid ski mountaineer, expedition guide, and veteran Mt. Everest climber—traveled up the West Coast starting with California’s Mount Shasta on May 1, 2014, and finishing with Mount Baker in Washington on May 31 of the same year. Kedrowski not only climbed and skiied the volcanoes, but he also spent the night on the summits of some of the most iconic mountains of the Pacific Northwest, including peaks like Mount Hood, South Sister, Mount Thielsen, Mount Adams, and Mount Rainier. In 2011, Kedrowski was also the first person to spend the night on the summits of the 58 Colorado 14ers and wrote his first book, “Sleeping on the Summits: Colorado 14er High Bivys.” His new book, “Skiing and Sleeping on the Summits: Cascade Volcanoes” will be available to purchase at the event.

Volcano Views and Brews: Fishers Make a Comeback

What’s cuter than a ferret but wilder than a weasel? (Ferret owners may insist that NOTHING is cuter than a ferret, but everyone is entitled to his or her own opinion regarding polecats.) Give up? It’s the fisher—Martes pennent—a native of the Washington Cascades that was wiped out in the last century due to trapping and habitat loss. Now, fishers are being successfully reintroduced to the woods of Washington, including many sites in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest near Mount St. Helens.

Come to the next Volcano Views and Brews at Loowit Brewing on Tuesday, Jan. 19. You’ll see LOTS of adorable pictures of fishers and hear the dramatic story of their return during the presentation by Dr. Tara Chestnut, a wildlife ecologist and an instrumental part of the team that has made the wild fisher comeback possible.

Loowit will open its doors at 5 p.m. so that you can find a good seat, order some amazing brewed-on-site craft beer, get some munchies, and talk about volcanoes and stuff with your friends. The presentation begins at 6:30 and the event will go until about 8 p.m. Loowit Brewing is located at 507 Columbia St. in downtown Vancouver. Volcano Views and Brews is held once a month and is sponsored by the nonprofit Mount St. Helens Institute, and the $5 suggested donation goes to help them in their mission. For more information, visit www.mshinstitute.org.

The Last Starfighter & Loowit

Have you seen The Last Starfighter, the 1984 sci-fi film starring Lance Guest, Catherine May Stewart, and Robert Preston? No? Well, Roger Ebert gave the film two and a half out of four stars, but his opinion notwithstanding, the film has become a cult classic. And where else can you see ALL the cult classics, except for the Kiggins Theatre? This landmark downtown movie house will show The Last Starfighter daily from Jan. 15-19.

The film tells the story of Alex Rogan, a video game-loving teenage boy recruited by an alien defense force to fight in an interstellar war. The Last Starfighter—along with Disney’s Tron—has the distinction of being one of cinema’s earliest films to use extensive CGI to depict its many starships, environments, battle scenes, and other objects.

The film’s five-day run at the Kiggins is sponsored by the friendly folks at Loowit Brewing, just down the street and around the corner at 507 Columbia in downtown Vancouver. You can check out Loowit Brewing—and we heartily recommend that you do, since this successful brewing operation makes some of the North Bank’s finest craft beer—or you can order a Loowit brew from the concession stand in the Kiggins’ lobby, or upstairs in the beautiful Marquee Lounge.

Loowit Beer Wins

Vancouver’s Loowit Brewing Company once again proves its prowess in the brewing room with two Washington Beer Awards: a silver medal for its British-style Extrabeerestrial ESB and a bronze medal for its German-style Der Couvensteiner Dunkelweiss. This is the third year in a row that Loowit has brought home medals from this state-wide competition, bringing its medal count to a total of five. The 2015 competition drew 716 entries from more than 107 breweries from all over Washington, with 50 trained beer judges evaluating over a hundred styles of beers.

Loowit Brewing—open to the public and located at 507 Columbia Street in downtown Vancouver—was founded in 2010 by longtime friends and Vancouver residents Devon Bray and Thomas Poffenroth. In October 2012, Loowit began brewing commercially and opened its tasting room doors so that everyone could enjoy its small batch, hand crafted ales brewed with Pacific Northwest flair.

Live Music at Loowit Brewing

Vancouver’s very own Sidewalk Boogie Band jams at the Loowit Brewing Company tap room every Friday night. Come get your boogie on with the band, and sample one of the ‘Couve’s finest craft brews any time from 4 to 10 p.m. On Saturday night, there’ll be live music with The Whiskey Achievers, The Livin’ Free Band, and The Pearls from 6 to 10 p.m. There’s no cover charge and all ages are welcome. And if you’re still looking some a hoppy place to watch the Superbowl, Loowit is hosting a superbowl party with three televisions AND a giant projection screen and free pizza (yes, we said free!). Football fans should bring food or clothing donations for the Clark County Food Bank and WARMcouver; in return, they’ll get happy hour prices for the duration of the game. Loowit is located in downtown Vancouver at 507 Columbia St. For more details, visit its Facebook page.

Brews, Bands & Balls at Loowit

Vancouver’s very own Sidewalk Boogie Band jams at the Loowit Brewing Company tap room every Friday night. Come get your boogie on with the band, and sample one of the ‘Couve’s finest craft brews any time from 4 to 10 p.m. On Saturday night, there’ll be live music with The Whiskey Achievers, The Livin’ Free Band, and The Pearls from 6 to 10 p.m. There’s no cover charge and all ages are welcome. And if you’re still looking for a hoppy place to watch the Superbowl, Loowit is hosting a superbowl party with three televisions AND a giant projection screen and free pizza (yes, we said free!). Football fans should bring food or clothing donations for the Clark County Food Bank and WARMcouver; in return, they’ll get happy hour prices for the duration of the game.

Loowit is located in downtown Vancouver at 507 Columbia St. For more details, visit its Facebook page. In the meantime, to pique your beer lovin’ palate, here’s what’s on currently on tap:

  • Double Flagon Abbey Ale
  • Assassin’s Guild Black IPA
  • Der Couvensteiner
  • Two-Sixteen Red Ale
  • Tiger Squadron Pale Ale
  • Shadow Ninja IPA

Live Music at Loowit Brewing

Vancouver’s very own Sidewalk Boogie Band jams at the Loowit Brewing Company tap room every Friday night. Come get your boogie on with the band, and sample one of the ‘Couve’s finest craft brews any time from 4 to 10 p.m. On Saturday night, there’ll be live music with The Whiskey Achievers, The Livin’ Free Band, and The Pearls from 6 to 10 p.m. There’s no cover charge and all ages are welcome. And if you’re still looking some a hoppy place to watch the Superbowl, Loowit is hosting a superbowl party with three televisions AND a giant projection screen and free pizza (yes, we said free!). Football fans should bring food or clothing donations for the Clark County Food Bank and WARMcouver; in return, they’ll get happy hour prices for the duration of the game. Loowit is located in downtown Vancouver at 507 Columbia St. For more details, visit its Facebook page.

Butterflies and Bigfoot

It's almost time for another Volcano Views & Brews, the North Bank's popular series that combines those seemingly unalike yet both iconically Northwestern things, volcanoes and beer. This next installment—the "season finale," sponsored by the Mount St. Helens Institute—will be held at 6:30 p.m. on two dates in two locations: Monday, May 19, in Kelso, and Tuesday, May 20, in Vancouver. The topic is "Of Butterflies and Bigfoot," and the presentation will be given by prolific author and noted biologist Dr. Robert Michael Pyle.

The wildlands around Mount St. Helens are famous for the abundance of Bigfoot reports they have generated. Fewer people may be aware that the Gifford Pinchot National Forest is also good butterfly country. Dr. Pyle has researched and written extensively about both of these phenomena. His book, "Where Bigfoot Walks: Crossing the Dark Divide," is considered to be the most compelling account of the Northwest's Sasquatch tradition; and another of his books, "The Butterflies of Cascadia," acquaints readers with the lives that flit by on the bright wings of summer. In this program, Dr. Pyle will bring Bigfoot and butterflies together in a fascinating blend of natural history and lore that will open listeners' minds to all that resides (or might reside) in our wild woodlands.

For Vancouvrians, you can have a bite and a brew at Loowit Brewing Company while learning about Bigfoot and butterflies; if you live closer to Kelso, come to the Kelso Theater Pub. Check websites for directions, menus, what's on tap, and when happy hour begins.

Volcano Views & Brews

Here's what's on tap at Loowit Brewing on Tuesday, April 15: the next "Volcano Views & Brews" evening, widely attended by those who have a more than passing interesting in vulcanology, which isn't the study of Mr. Spock (sorry, North Bank Trekkies) but is, rather, the study of the fascinating volcanoes that populate our wild and wonderful Northwest landscape—most notably our stumpy northerly neighbor, Mt. St. Helens.

This series, sponsored by the Mount St. Helens Institute, brings entertaining and informative speakers to local brewpubs for happy hour and a little volcanic enlightenment. April's special guest is WSU biology professor Dr. John Bishop, and he'll be speaking on "The Paradox of Enrichment and Other Stories of Colonization on the Pumice Plain."

Loowit Brewing has been the host for the series for quite a while now, and attendees are indeed happy with the happy hour, which begins at 5 p.m.—plenty of time for quaffing and noshing before the presentation begins at 6:30 p.m. The lecture and discussion are free and no registration is necessary, although a $5 donation would be welcomed. Volcano Views & Brews is held year-round on the third Tuesday of each month in Vancouver, and on the fourth Tuesday of each month (April 24 this month) in Longview at the Hop N’ Grape, 924 15th Ave.

Volcano Views & Brews

Here's what's on tap at Loowit Brewing on Tuesday, April 15: the next "Volcano Views & Brews" evening, widely attended by those who have a more than passing interesting in vulcanology, which isn't the study of Mr. Spock (sorry, North Bank Trekkies) but is, rather, the study of the fascinating volcanoes that populate our wild and wonderful Northwest landscape—most notably our stumpy northerly neighbor, Mt. St. Helens.

This series, sponsored by the Mount St. Helens Institute, brings entertaining and informative speakers to local brewpubs for happy hour and a little volcanic enlightenment. April's special guest is WSU biology professor Dr. John Bishop, and he'll be speaking on "The Paradox of Enrichment and Other Stories of Colonization on the Pumice Plain."

Loowit Brewing, located at 507 Columbia St. in downtown Vancouver, has been the host for the series for quite a while now, and attendees are indeed happy with the happy hour, which begins at 5 p.m.—plenty of time for quaffing and noshing before the presentation begins at 6:30 p.m. The lecture and discussion are free and no registration is necessary, although a $5 donation would be welcomed. Volcano Views & Brews is held year-round on the third Tuesday of each month in Vancouver, and on the fourth Tuesday of each month (April 24 this month) in Longview at the Hop N’ Grape, 924 15th Ave.