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Ninth Annual Beer Olympics Raises Funds for Pullman School Pantry

Beer Olympic competitors dunk the employees of the Pullman school pantry

The ninth annual Beer Brigade Beer Olympiad has passed, crowning another Beer Bridager champion.

Birch and Barley has been open for ten years and started its beer brigade party after its first year of operation, said Jill Bielenberg, general manager and co-owner. With the first night being such a success, Birch and Barley decided to take it a step further.

“The second year of this celebration, we decided to add the Olympics portion, just to bring in a bit more fun camaraderie and give adults a chance to dress up and be goofy,” Bielenberg said. “It just brings people together in the community, especially our cup club, but other people are welcome too.”

The Mud Club, also known as the Beer Brigade, allows customers to get beer deals, first-hand information on brewery events throughout the year, as well as free entry to the Beer Olympics each year, Bielenberg said.

The event consisted of six different games, one game for each of the five breweries and a cider company, Bielenberg said. Burwood Brewing Co., No-Li Brewhouse Spokane, Common Language Brewing Company, Boneyard Beer, Another Round Brewing Co. and Trailbreakers Cider were all in attendance.

“Each year we just pick a different roster and always try to bring people from the area, and then we usually get one that’s as local as possible,” Bielenberg said.

With 17 teams competing, the best costume of the 2022 Beer Olympics went to The Peaches from A League of Their Own, with Kari Simpson dressed as Coach Jim and her three softball players, Erin Carroll, Rachel Koon and Hailey James.

“I think it’s a great opportunity to meet new people in the community, maybe you wouldn’t meet on a given day in your normal life and it’s fun,” Simpson said. “You can just engage and enjoy great food. It’s so much fun to bond with a name, so I encourage everyone to be here and make those connections.

The games included many different challenges for participants to complete within a time frame, including a game called the “drunk simulator”, where challengers put glasses on kaleidoscope glasses and toss tennis balls at their partners, trying to catch them for the best score, Bielenberg says.

“There’s just a handful of different goofy and funny stuff. We call it the Olympics and in all of our promotions we talk about having to be incredibly athletic and all those things, but [we want people] having fun and being goofy,” Bielenberg said. “But everything is timed and scored and at the end we do the best costume, the best team name and then the highest points.”

Not only does the Beer Olympics call for great beer, food, games and prizes, but there’s also a charity dunk tank, Bielenberg said. This year, the dunk tank raised $410 for the Pullman School Food Pantry.

“We donate a minimum of $5 for free balls and our employees go there to get drenched and it’s always for charity,” Bielenberg said. “This year is for the Pullman School Food Pantry program and this organization serves the most needy and food insecure families in Pullman.”

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