The newest name on the Spokane brewing scene has been in the works for a while.
With that dispute recently settled, the renamed Newman Lake brewery is starting to move forward, distributing beer to select accounts around town while working toward a taproom.
“We’ve just been getting kegs out there, making a lot of different beers and looking for a place to sign a lease,” says co-owner Matt Hanson.
(As for the new name, Whistle Punk is an old logging term, and Hanson’s family was long involved in the timber industry.)
Beers from the three-barrel system have been on tap so far at such locations as Bellwether Brewing, both Bennidito’s, Jones Radiator, Post Street Ale House and the Baby Bar.
Recent releases have included a bright, fruity Citra IPA – relatively low in bitterness at 50 IBU, but full of flavor and aroma – and a Fresh Hop IPA (currently on tap at Bennidito’s Brewpub and coming to Jones), made with homegrown Cascade and Centennial, that's crisp and nicely bitter with citrus and spice notes.
A Winter Rye IPA is rolling out next, along with a holiday seasonal brown ale spiced with orange peel, ginger, nutmeg and cinnamon.
And longer-range, an imperial stout is going into bourbon barrels with cocoa nibs and vanilla beans. That one might end up in 750-milliliter bottles.
Hanson says a website will launch soon, along with more visible events like tap takeovers.