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Spokane Brewers Festival draws crowds

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SPOKANE, Wash. -

Saturday was the second day of Spokane's first-ever Brewers Festival. Organizers estimated thousands of people showed up over the course of the two day event to sample more than 90 brews from across our region. The beer industry is a big one nationally, supporting millions of jobs, and it's an industry that is only growing in the Lilac City.

"It really is making this into a destination,"said Matt Gibson, General Manager with the Spokane Arena where the festival was located. "It started with wine in Walla Walla, and the Tri-Cities. Spokane has a number of amazing wineries that they make in town, and it's the same with beer."

The Brewers Festival is helping Spokane get its name on the map. The beer industry has been growing for the last eight years nationally, and in Washington, the Brewers Association estimates $1.6 billion in economic impact in a year.

"I can't fathom what it's going to be like a year or two from now, but it's just growing," Gibson said.

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