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Some odds and ends from the past week in local craft beer:

– Washington State University’s second annual Know Barley Know Beer day has been scheduled for July 15 in the Spokane area.

Unlike last year, when local malting was still in the discussion stage, this year’s event begins with a 1 p.m. tour of the Palouse Pint facility at the Spokane Business and Industrial Park in Spokane Valley. It proceeds to WSU’s barley variety field trials west of Reardan before finishing with beers at Orlison’s production brewery in Airway Heights.

– Badass Backyard Brewing has launched a Rally.org fundraising campaign for the creation of an offsite taproom in the Spokane Valley. The home-based Millwood brewery is negotiating for space in the in the shopping area south of the freeway at Argonne and Mission (where Safeway formerly was located).

– Downdraft is offering a rewards program, with a $5 credit toward their next visit for new customers, a free pint for every 10 stars earned (one star for each purchase of $4.75 or more) and a free beer on your birthday.

– Brewery collaborations are becoming more common around here, but Bellwether is taking that a step further. It recently brewed a braggot (honey beer) in conjunction with Green Bluff’s Hierophant Meadery, using hand-collected green walnuts; look for that sometime next month.

In the meantime, Bellwether is opening on Sundays for the summer from 1 to 7 p.m. starting this weekend, with discount growler fills. 

Gold medalist

Scott White (back right) and brother Kevin got to brew their Kaniksu Gold recipe last month with Waddell's brewers Bryan Utigard (front right) and Adam Wardle.

Priest River homebrewer Scott White has been making his Kaniksu Gold Belgian-style blonde for two years. Tomorrow, he finds out how it really tastes.

Waddell’s Brewpub will tap a commercial batch of the beer in a release party Saturday from 2 to 5 p.m., with White in attendance. Getting to brew a seven-barrel batch with Waddell’s was his prize for winning the popular vote at last spring’s Battle of the Homebrews.

Scheduling issues delayed the date, but White and his brother Kevin got in for their brew session late last month.

“I’m kind of chomping at the bit to try it,” White says. “I’m really hoping it will be good.”

According to Waddell’s head brewer Bryan Utigard, there’s nothing to worry about. “It’s very delicious,” he says. “Some really awesome saison flavor comes through, since there’s nothing to cover that up.”

The straightforward recipe (6.5 percent alcohol by volume, 21 International Bitterness Units) – with a little Munich malt in addition to two-row, light hopping with Goldings and fermentation with a French saison yeast – was easy to scale up to commercial quantities, Utigard says.

White first brewed the beer for the original Battle of the Homebrews in 2014, where he finished second. (The event didn’t take place this year.)

Having it brewed commercially brings a bonus: White can buy the beer from Waddell’s to serve at the July 8 anniversary party for Priest River’s Infinity Café, which he and his wife bought a year ago.

Your weekly planner


– Orlison is celebrating Hoopfest weekend with $3 pints of its two large-batch ales, Shin Splints IPS and the new Orangelicious Golden, in the downtown taproom.

– River City has $3 pints on all beers through the weekend (get your first pint for $1 if you wear your Hoopfest jersey). 

– Young Buck is pouring a barrel-aged Kriek sour cherry beer at the downtown brewery incubator's Steel Barrel taproom.  



– Lager specialist Orlison has released its second full-production ale, an Orangelicious Golden (5.2, 15) brewed with lactose and conditioned with vanilla and fresh orange zest; it's on at the taproom now and starting to make its way around town.

– Black Label today tapped an Indaba Stout (6.2, 37) using the local coffee company’s Bowl & Pitcher Dark Roast. The new collaboration is a replacement for the previous Espresso Stout.  

– Iron Goat is pouring a Belgian-style pale with a sweet cherry fruit addition.



– No-Li is pouring an apricot bourbon-aged Jet Star imperial IPA for today's Brewsday Tuesday from 5:30 to 7:30.

– Slate Creek tonight taps a new small-batch Crash Pad Belgian-style dubbel (6.5 percent alcohol by volume, 22 International Bitterness Units).

– A chardonnay barrel-aged cream ale (6.9 percent ABV) will be Wednesday's weekly small-batch offering at Daft Badger.

– Bellwether celebrates the rerelease of its Albion heather ale, and brewer Thomas Croskrey's 35th birthday, on Thursday from 3 to 9.


A look at the upcoming week in local craft beer:


– Jam Session IPA is the beer of the week at Twelve String, with $1 off pints and growler fills.


– Bale Breaker, No-Li, Payette and Wallace are serving for the second annual HOPFEST at Hoopfest beer garden, starting at 9 after The Alumni Game featuring former Gonzaga University players at the Spokane Convention Center; admission is $10 ($15 with game ticket).


– Waddell's has a release party from 2 to 5 for Kaniksu Gold Belgian Blonde, the winning recipe from last year's Battle of the Homebrews, which its creators got to brew on Waddell's commercial system.

And as always, keep coming back for more information about everything happening throughout the week.

Fill ‘er up, Freddy

Fred Meyer is getting into the growler game in Spokane.

The Portland-based retail chain has filed a state liquor license application for a growler station at its Spokane Valley store at Sprague and Sullivan. That’s part of a major remodel scheduled for completion in October.

“We’re using Spokane as a test market for a whole new look and feel for Fred Meyer,” said Melinda Merrill, the chain’s community affairs manager. That will involve more food-related offerings, including growler stations, and less general merchandise, she said.

Future stations are planned at the other Spokane stores on North Division and South Thor, which will undergo less extensive renovations, Merrill said.

There already are growler stations at 32 of the 132 Fred Meyer stores in Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Alaska, according to the company’s website, including one that opened in the Coeur d’Alene location last fall. They tend to have 10 to 12 taps of local and regional beers, plus a cider or two.

Shandy town


– No-Li is pouring four of the specialty beers it took to last weekend's Washington Brewers Festival – Summertime McLovin' strawberry kettle sour, BJ Cream Dream (Big Juicy IPA infused with orange and vanilla), sour-dosed Winter Rewind winter warmer aged in Malbec barrels, and Black Ball (whiskey barrel-aged, coffee-infused Wrecking Ball imperial stout) – on its patio today from 5 to 8.       


No-Li and the other local Washington Beer Awards winners weren’t the only area breweries making a big impression at last weekend’s Washington Brewers Festival.

Pullman’s Paradise Creek poured the second-most beers – a total of 4,190 – during the three-day event at Marymoor Park in Redmond. It attracted long lines all weekend for the popular Huckleberry Pucker Shandy, a lemonade-spiked version of its regular tart, fruity Berliner Weisse.

Iron Goat (3,005) and Twelve String (2,993), perennial favorites at the festival, finished eighth and ninth in the token count, respectively.

Tacoma’s hot Triplehorn Brewing topped the list with 4,519 pours. Hometown Redmond breweries Black Raven and Postdoc were third and fourth, with Seattle’s Fremont rounding out the top five.

No-Li was named Large Brewery of the Year and won five individual medals in the Washington Beer Awards, which were judged earlier in the month and announced at the festival. River City, Waddell’s and Big Barn were the other Spokane-area winners.    

No-Li wins large in state awards

No-Li is the big winner in this year’s Washington Beer Awards, taking home Large Brewery of the Year honors along with individual medals for five beers.

River City, Waddell’s and Big Barn were the other Spokane-area award winners. Results were announced today at the Washington Brewers Festival in Redmond.

“I’m overwhelmed with excitement that Spokane represented so well, and we’re bringing back over the mountains the Brewery of the Year for the city,” said No-Li owner John Bryant.

 “I’m just super, super proud of everybody. The respect brewers out of Spokane get as a collective team is pretty awesome.”

There were 950 entries from 139 brewers statewide in the fourth annual competition. Seattle's Reuben's Brews and Tacoma's E9 had the most individual beer medals, with six each.

No-Li took gold for Poser in the American-style pale category, silvers for Spin Cycle Red (bitters), Born & Raised IPA (English ales) and Crony (American brown and black ales), and bronze for Oyster Stout (specialty and historical beers).

River City won gold for its Huckleberry Ale (American-style fruit beer), silver for Congratulator Doppelbock (strong lager) and bronze for Wine Barrel-Aged Huckleberry Ale (wood and barrel-aged beers).

Waddell’s received a silver for its Scottish (Scottish shilling ales) and bronze for Alligator Stout (American-style stouts), while Big Barn earned bronze for Mountain Smoke Porter (smoke beers).

Among the other Eastern Washington winners:

– Ice Harbor (Kennewick): Tangerine Exbeerience Hefeweizen (fruit wheat beers).

– Icicle (Leavenworth): silver, Dirtyface Amber (European amber and dark lagers); bronze, The Decline (British strong ales).

– Northern (Kettle Falls): gold, Okanogan Highlander (Scottish shilling ales).

– Old Schoolhouse (Winthrop): gold, Barleywine (barleywines); silver, Epiphany Pale Ale (American-style strong pale ales).

– Paradise Creek (Pullman): bronze, Invective Stout (Irish stouts).

– Republic: silver, Ramblin Rye Ale (wheat/rye beers).

– Riverport (Clarkston): gold, Bambalam black IPA (American brown & black ales); silver, Barrel Two Batch One sour blonde (wood & barrel-aged beers).

– Snipes Mountain (Sunnyside): bronze, Bandolero Rye Baltic Porter (strong lagers) and Hop Jelq IPA, with Stephanie Rodriguez (pro-am).

– Ten Pin (Moses Lake): gold, Shrunken Head Pin (session) and Groove Pineapple Wheat (fruit wheat beers); bronze, Head Pin IPA (American-style strong pale ales and American-style India pale ales).

Ten Pin was named Small Brewery of the Year, while E9 earned mid-sized honors. It's the first time the contest has given brewery of the year awards in addition to individual category medals. 

Your weekly planner


– No-Li is tapping a bourbon caramel version of its Crony brown ale (a silver medal winner at today's Washington Beer Awards) on Sunday for Father's Day.



– Post Falls Brewing has food trucks and live music all weekend for Father's Day, plus $1 off beers for dads.

– Green Bluff's 238 Brewing introduces a new Strawberry Blonde today.

– Cheney's New Boundary is pouring a pilot Calypso SMaSH (6 percent ABV, 56 IBU) starring that fruity, floral hop over toasty Vienna malt.

– The North Side Growler Guys hosts Ballast Point for a tasting today from 5 to 8 featuring three IPAs – the sessionable Mango Even Keel, Pineapple Sculpin and Watermelon Dorado imperial – plus Coconut Victory at Sea imperial porter.

– A Dogfish Head tap takeover starting at 6 at Adelo's Pizza includes the 60, 90 and 120 Minute IPAs along with Bitches Brew imperial stout and the English-style strong Immort Ale.



– The North Side Growler Guys is offering $2 off Pints for Pops on Father's Day, among other specials.

– Bring in your father for a free pint on Sunday at Laughing Dog.

– A watermelon-infused Switch Hitter Golden Ale is today's specialty pour for No-Li's Brewsday Tuesday from 5:30 to 7:30.

– Daft Badger releases a big-batch version of its formerly small-batch hefeweizen on Wednesday.


A look at the upcoming week in local craft beer:


– Whistle Punk takes over the taps at The Observatory this week for the downtown Spokane bar's Lush in Space concert series, continuing nightly through Friday.

– Tricky SIMphony, a Cascadian dark ale collaboration with Trickster's using four forms of Simcoe hops, is this week's featured beer at Twelve String, with $1 off pints and growler fills.


– Fremont comes to Pilgrim's for a free tasting starting at 3:30 p.m., including Shine Pilsner, Summer Ale, Session Pale Ale, Homefront IPA and The Sister Imperial IPA.

– The Blackbird's European Beercation dinner at 6 features seven courses paired with beers from England, Scotland, Germany and Belgium. Cost is $70 per person (includes tax and tip); call (509) 392-4000.

– Moscow's Tapped has a Laughing Dog tap takeover from 6 to 8, with a portion of proceeds supporting Humane Society of the Palouse.  


– Orlison holds a release party for Lederhosen Luau pineapple Berliner weisse, the winner of its recent homebrew contest, starting at 3 and also taps a firkin to be announced.  

– Ruination double IPA highlights a tasting of five Stone beers from 4 to 7 at the South Hill Growler Guys, along with the new Mocha IPA and Citrusy Wit.

– The Coeur d'Alene Growler Guys hosts Mad Bomber for a tasting from 4 to 7 featuring Booby Trap Blonde, Recon IPA, Devil Bird Scotch-ish and Double Tap Imperial Blonde.


– Hopped Up celebrates its third anniversary starting at 2 with the Mustard's Last Stand hot dog truck and music by Particlehead at 7.

– Steady Flow welcomes No-Li from 4 to 6 with food from the Mac Daddy's and Nick's Shameless Sausages trucks; $1 from each pint or growler fill will be donated to Rite Care of Spokane childhood speech and language programs.

– The Lantern's Summer Concert Series continues with Double Mountain beer specials and music at 9 by Misty Mountain Pony Club.


– The Filling Station on 5th celebrates Father's Day with several Stone specialties, including a free can of Arrogant Bastard for all dads along with a logo pint glass, and also debuts a monthly breakfast featuring food from the adjoining Collective Kitchen.

And as always, keep checking back for more information on everything happening throughout the week.

Raising its ceiling

Hopped Up Brewing blew the roof off the joint in its third year if operation.

Actually, last November’s windstorm did that (well, partly, anyway). And a new one goes on next week, which co-owner/brewer Steve Ewan says will “change the looks of the place a little bit” – though the former IHOP restaurant’s familiar A-frame design will remain recognizable.

As it celebrates its third anniversary Saturday, the Spokane Valley brewery isn’t quite shooting for the sky, but hopes to continue its gradual progress.

“We’re just steadily growing a better following,” Ewan says. “We’re getting better comments on the beer all the time. We’re definitely moving forward at a pretty good pace.”

The flavor-infused small batches that were introduced in January have proved popular – everything from chai brown to wild cherry cream to habanero IPA. The keg of watermelon tapped last Saturday blew the same day, Ewan says.

Last fall’s apricot-infused Autumn Smash Sour might make a return appearance for Saturday’s party, which starts at 2. There definitely will be a “super-fresh” batch of Mad Hopper IPA that has been, well, hopped up, Ewan says: “I dry-hopped it a little harder.”

Growler fills will be only $8 all day, he says, “for Father’s Day and the anniversary all in one.”

Live music by Particlehead and Erin Parkes will start around 6, and the Mustard’s Last Stand hot dog truck will be on hand.

Music and other events will continue through the summer – the fourth annual Hopped Up on Art, Music and Beer festival is set for Aug. 20 – and the brewery will explore further food options over the coming year.   

Best of the fest

Local brewers are putting some of their best beers forward for this weekend’s Washington Brewers Festival at Marymoor Park in Redmond.

The annual event will feature more than 500 beers from 111 breweries statewide, several of those from the Inland Northwest.

No-Li is pouring an all-specialty lineup including three variations on the recently released Big Juicy IPA – raspberry/blackberry Berry Merry BJ (Friday only), vanilla/orange BJ Cream Dream (Saturday) and passion fruit Passionate BJ (Sunday) – along with Summertime McLovin’ strawberry/lemon kettle sour (Saturday/Sunday), sour-dosed Winter Rewind winter warmer aged in Malbec barrels (Saturday) and whiskey barrel-aged, coffee-infused Wrecking Ball imperial stout (Sunday).

Barrels also are big with other area brewers:

– Orlison is serving barrel-aged Roast House Stout (Friday), Toasted Dragon and 2 Finger Pour.

– Twelve String will have rum barrel-aged Imperial Coconut Porter, cognac barrel-aged Grapefruit Sour and a rotating tap with barrel-aged Volume 3 imperial red, Volume 4 barleywine and 2013 Electric Slide imperial IPA.

– Along with its familiar whiskey barrel-aged Goatnik imperial stout and Cap’n Kidd Scotch, Iron Goat is pulling out some of its rare, superb gin barrel-aged Head Butt IPA.

– Pullman’s Paradise Creek is bringing a tequila barrel-aged Belgian quad, and Clarkston’s Riverport its Barrel Two Batch One sour blonde.

The Steam Plant rounds out the local list with a lineup including its Centennial Barley Wine on Friday.

Of course, folks traveling from these parts might be more interested in checking out some of the breweries they don’t usually get to sample. Among the more interesting offerings:

– In addition to those Big Juicy tweaks, other infused IPAs include Fremont’s The Sister imperial with lime and basil, Slippery Pig’s rhubarb version, Strong Arm’s sessionable Tenderfoot Hibiscus and Ten Pin’s Alpha Brett.

– Among several takes on the increasingly popular gose tart wheat beer style are fruit-infused versions from Wingman (lime) and Postdoc (blackberry, and Brett barrel-aged with plum).  

– Honey makes an appearance in Pike’s Hive Five, Yakima Craft’s Scottish with honey and heather and Slippery Pig’s burly (12 percent ABV) Hogsbreath Honey Wheat.

– If you’re in a Thanksgiving sort of mood, Flying Lion has a Sweet Potato Porter aged on hickory and white ash (Friday), Foggy Noggin its seasonal Cranberry Frost English Golden Strong (Saturday) and Schooner Exact its barrel-aged Whiskey Dick Cantwell imperial pumpkin (which we remember, barely, from last fall’s Inland Northwest Craft Beer Festival in Spokane).

– Other heavy hitters include Sound’s Old 88 Wheat Wine, Geaux’s barrel-aged, fruit-infused Geaux Naked Barleywine (Friday), Strong Arm’s Denunciation triple IPA (Friday), 192’s barrel-aged Shticky Blonde Shtrong (Friday) and Fremont’s rotating tap featuring variations on its barrel-aged Abominable winter ale (B-Bomb) and Dark Star imperial stout.

– A slew of tasty-sounding rotating selections too numerous to list also are on the menus at Postdoc, Reuben’s, Silver City and Triplehorn. You’ll just have to go see for yourself.

Vote for Girls Pint Out logo’s name

 Girls Pint Out is drinking beer and taking names!

The national craft beer organization for women, dedicated to building community amongst beer drinking women across the nation, received nearly 200 submissions with suggestions of potential names for its iconic, stein-pounding logo.

The six finalist are Anita Pint, Holly Hoppy, Beernadette, Polly Pints, Hoptilda and Citra Belle. Name the Logo voting ends June 17. Which finalist name is your favorite?

After a brief hiatus in mid-2015, the Inland Northwest Girls Pint Out chapter currently meets approximately once a month for all kinds of activities, from Paint & Pints to beer and food pairings, and more. Look for Girls Pint Out events and other local beer happenings in our On Tap calendar.

Your weekly roundup

Some odds and ends from the past week in craft beer:

– At long last, the downtown brewery incubator has launched. The much-delayed project, with its attached Steel Barrel taproom and Zona Blanca ceviche bar, opens its doors to the public tomorrow (Sunday) starting at 3, with two more weeks of soft opening before a grand opening June 30. Hours are Wednesday through Sunday from 3 p.m. to close (around midnight on weekdays, later on weekends).

Along with the house beers from Young Buck and Little Spokane, the 30 taps (not all full yet) are pouring the likes of Fort George’s 3-Way IPA, Dogfish Head’s 120 Minute IPA and Bitterroot’s Red Dread Imperial Red.

– Mark your calendar: Only 42 more shopping days before River City’s second annual Christmas in July, coming up July 23. Look for lawn games, live music, food trucks, beer specials and photos with Santa.

– Around the corner, Iron Goat continues to settle into its new downtown home. Its license to sell wine went into effect this week, and more importantly, the patio is now open – meaning dogs can again legally come onto the premises (they’re not allowed inside anymore because of the kitchen).

– Speaking of licenses, Slate Creek has received its license for distribution in Washington. Look for its beers in the Spokane area next month.

– Finally, a new Nielsen survey shows that close to half (47 percent) of craft beer drinkers imbibe on weekends only. So get cracking, Monday will be here before you know it.

Party in the Panhandle

The Coeur d’Alene area is party central for craft beer fans on Saturday, with three back-to-back events:

– Things kick off with Daft Badger’s daylong Summer Party starting at 11 a.m. Beer attractions include the return of Scotch Scotchy Scotch ale and the debut of Badgers Bounty IPA in 22-ounce bottles, joining Summer’s Envy IPA and Josiah’s Revenge imperial stout in the bomber lineup; also, 20 cases of Summer’s Envy will be sold at half price ($3/bottle, $30/case) while they last.

There also will be raffles on the hour for growlers, grunts and other merchandise, pulled pork sandwiches for $5 and live music by Nu Jack City and the Les Moore Duo. Ride your bike to the party and get your first pint for free.

– Bike riders also will want to head up to the Hayden Capone’s at 1 p.m. for the start of the fourth Hayden Bicycle Pub Crawl. After a half-hour there, the group will depart for similar stops at The Porch Public House and Daanen’s Delicatessen before finishing up at 4 at Mad Bomber. For more information, call Chris at (208) 755-4356.

– Those bikers will reach Mad Bomber just in time for the 10th anniversary party of the IDHOPS homebrew club from 4 to 8. Club members recently brewed a batch of Oktoberfest-style OctoAle on the Bomber’s seven-barrel system; a portion of each pint sold will benefit Newby-ginnings of North Idaho, which provides assistance to military veterans and their families.        

Three’s a crowd-pleaser

I don’t know about you, but it’s been last summer since I had a good 3-Way.

Now the much-anticipated IPA collaboration from Fort George is back for the season to warm the hearts of hopheads throughout the Northwest. A limited supply hit Spokane this week and has started rolling out to select accounts (Rocket Market was my hookup).

For the past four years, Astoria-based Fort George has paired with two other breweries to create the recipe. Its new partners may be the most prestigious yet, in pure IPA terms: Jackson, Wyoming’s Melvin Brewing (which just announced it will open a brewery in Bellingham), who won gold at the 2012 Great American Beer Festival for both is regular and 2x4 imperial IPAs, and Baker City’s Barley Brown’s, whose Pallet Jack turned the trick in 2013.

While some hard-core drinkers were disappointed with last year’s more sessionable (5.7 percent ABV) collab with Georgetown and Pfriem, the new version returns to the burlier territory (7.4) of 2014’s beloved release with Boneyard and Block 15, though there’s not much malt sweetness in the golden-hued body. The hops are Apollo for bittering, Simcoe, Citra and Mosaic in the kettle and double dry-hopping with Citra, Mosaic and Galaxy.

As usual, the aroma hits huge, with a complex tropical and citrus fruitiness (particularly pineapple and grapefruit) balanced by more dank, grassy notes. The flavors starts off fruity and juicy before yielding to a pithy, piney bitterness which builds on the palate as you proceed but doesn’t overwhelm.

And when you’re all finished, there are no commitments – though you know you’ll want another one soon.

Beer pairings

The Elk Public House and Moon Time are getting beers of their own.

White Hart Lager is being brewed by Ninkasi as a regular house beer for the Elk, while Georgetown has produced a Moon Time Lake Beer in honor of the Coeur d’Alene pub’s 20th anniversary.

Both will be pouring at the Elkfest music festival Friday through Sunday at The Elk.

White Hart, named after one of the English pub signs hanging on the Elk’s walls, is based on Ninkasi’s Helles Belles light Munich-style lager. It will be a fixture at the Elk and also served regularly at its sister establishments, which include The Two Seven and Geno’s in Spokane and The Porch in Hayden Lake along with Moon Time, said Marshall Powell, general manager for the restaurants.

Moon Time Lake Beer is an easy-drinking blonde ale at 5.2 percent alcohol by volume. It’s brewed with wheat and corn grits (which lighten the body) and hopped with spicy Summit, Saaz and Crystal.

There’s a single 15-barrel batch, with those 30 kegs being divided among the Washington and Idaho locations, Powell said.

Moon Time will celebrate its anniversary July 9 with a parking lot party along the lines of Elkfest, featuring bands and barbecue.


Your weekly planner


– The Coeur d'Alene Growler Guys features Firestone Walker for a tasting Friday from 4 to 7 including Pivo Pilsner, DBA English-style pale, Luponic Distortion IPA, Wookey Jack black and the barrel-aged §ucaba barleywine.

– Pyramid will be in the house for a tasting at the North Spokane Growler Guys on Friday from 5 to 8, featuring five gallons of the limited-release H7 imperial IPA.

– Daft Badger's Summer Party on Saturday from 11 to 8 will include the debut of Badgers Bounty IPA in 22-ounce bottles (and half-price Summer's Envy bottles while they last), plus food specials, raffles, prizes and music by Nu Jack City and the Les Moore Duo; ride your bike and get your first drink free.

– Big Barn, No-Li, Orlison and Wallace will be among the 100-plus regional brewers pouring at Sierra Nevada's Beer Camp Across America festival Saturday in Seattle.



– Orlison is releasing its first large-batch ale, Shin Splints IPA, in cans, with six-packs and cases available in the tasting room starting today.

– Daft Badger is offering the first drink free on Friday for teachers, administrators and other school employees.

– The Lantern launches its summer concert series Saturday with Deschutes beer specials and music at 9 by the Josh Clauson Trio.


A look at the upcoming week in local craft beer:


– No-Li's LocALE Monday neighborhood pint glass series continues with a souvenir Downtown glass available each Monday this month from 5 to 8 p.m. for $5, or free with a purchase of Big Juicy IPA.

– G-String Blonde is this week's featured beer at Twelve String, with $1 off pints and growler fills.



– The Fizzics portable draft beer system will be showcased at the Valley Total Wine from 5 to 7.


– The fourth annual Hayden Bicycle Pub Crawl starts at Capone's at 1 p.m. and proceeds to The Porch and Daanen's Delicatessen before finishing up at Mad Bomber; for more info call (208) 755-4356.

– North Idaho's IDHOPS homebrew club celebrates its 10th anniversary at Mad Bomber from 4 to 8, featuring the release of an Oktoberfest-style OctoAle brewed by club members on the Bomber's system; sales benefit local veterans' organization Newby Ginnings.

– The Coeur d'Alene Casino kicks off its monthly summer Music, Micros and BBQ series with an all-you-can eat dinner from 5 to 9 accompanied by North Idaho craft beers, followed by music by Current Flow from 7 to 10.   

And as always, keep coming back for more information on everything happening throughout the week.