SPOKANE, Wash. – It may seem like the building that will house the brewery popped up quickly on Perry Street, but the idea for a brewery in the neighborhood was brewing for a long time in the mind of a Montana man.
Perry Street Brewing owner and brewer Ben Lukes worked at Missoula, Montana’s famed Big Sky Brewery, home of Moose Drool, where he spent years learning the craft and the business of brewing. His wife is from Spokane and together they picked Perry Street as the ideal spot to set up shop, since they themselves enjoyed spending time there.
The Lukes set out to create a neighborhood-oriented brewery, something they felt Spokane was lacking.
“What we put together here is family-friendly, so we want people to just be able to walk down the hill, have their kids if they’re with ‘em, come in and, you know, have a little music on, be able to relax and enjoy the place,” Lukes said. “Like a gathering spot for the neighborhood.”
Lukes said his beers branch out form the Northwest Craft theme, though Perry Street Brewing will have some of those, too. On tap for the opening, Lukes will have some beer styles from around the world including a Czech-style Pilsner and a French Beer de Garde.
It is the 16th craft brewery in Spokane. Perry Street Brewing was scheduled to open Thursday at 2 p.m.