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CraftED Puts Your Taste Buds to the Test

craft brewing sealPut the fun in fundraising at CraftED Kittitas County, a benefit promoting craft beer, the local craft beer community, and Central Washington University's Craft Brewing Program.

On mystery taps, four local, independent breweries— Dru Bru, Iron Horse Brewery, Roslyn Brewing Company, and Whipsaw Brewing— will feature their version of a Northwest Ale.

The FUNdraising will be held from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m., April 20, at Bruce's Place, 600 N Main St, in Ellensburg. Attendees will purchase a flight of four beers, blind taste this Northwest classic style and complete their CraftED tasting sheet by matching the ale to its brewery. Each correct answer will receive a raffle ticket, with raffles occurring every 30 minutes starting at 6:30 p.m. The flight of four beers is $6.99.

After challenging your taste buds, you can purchase a pint of your favorite brew. Each pint sold will include a commemorative pint glass, featuring all four breweries.  Complement your Northwest ale by purchasing a specially paired small bite prepared by the chefs at Bruce’s Place.

A percentage of the proceeds from the event will go to the CWU Craft Brewing Foundation account for future equipment purchases.

For more information on the CWU Craft Brewing or CraftED Kittitas County, contact Katie Kuntz,, 509-963-1386.

Nationwide, craft breweries currently employ an estimated 121,843 full- and part-time workers in a variety of roles including many manufacturing jobs. Locally, craft brewing is a growing part of the economic development of central Washington.

CWU Craft Brewing Program trains students to be knowledgeable professionals for this ever growing industry, which now represents a 12 percent market share of the overall beer industry. The program is celebrating its two-year anniversary of offering the only Bachelor of Science Degree in Craft brewing in Washington State.

Media Contact: Valerie Chapman-Stockwell, Public Affairs, 509-963-1518,
April 13, 2017