In our last weekly roundup, we told you about some of the new Spokane-area breweries on the horizon. But there’s plenty happening in North Idaho as well:
• Rathdrum’s Westwood Brewing is taking shape in a 1896-vintage former bank building – said to be the oldest in Kootenai County – previously occupied by the Westwood Saloon. It’s on track to open its bar operation April 21, followed by an accompanying restaurant toward the end of May and an in-house brewery later in the year.
• Bent Tree Brewing in Athol is looking at an early summer launch for its home-based business, which will include limited distribution off a half-barrel system, a growler club and homebrewing classes.
• Hayden’s Bombastic Brewing has its state and federal licenses and is awaiting Kootenai County and Panhandle Health District approval. The self-described "gypsy brewery" will contract with larger breweries for mainstream offerings and produce specialty beers on a smaller in-house system.
• And Paragon Brewing in Coeur d’Alene, which has been operating as a restaurant and pub the past three years, continues working toward an onsite brewery. In the meantime, it’s been contract brewing house beers at MickDuff’s in Sandpoint, with a Windy Bay IPA scheduled to join the previous Hiawatha Pale and Red Dog Brown in a couple of weeks.