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A look at the upcoming week in local craft beer:

MONDAY

– Rhythmic RyePA is beer of the week at Twelve String, with $4 pints and $9 growler fills.

TUESDAY

– Today is the deadline to buy tickets for Prohibition Gastropub's five-course Dinner Under the Stars on Saturday, with accompanying beers from Bellwether and Elysian; tickets are $65, call (509) 474-9040.

WEDNESDAY

– Laughing Dog will be featured in a free tasting at Pilgrim's starting at 3:30.

– The #SpoBU Twitter meetup group holds its monthly gathering at Iron Goat from 4 to 6.

THURSDAY

– Bellwether has a community pint night benefit from 3 to 9 to send kids to camp through Spokane Youth for Christ.

– Slate Creek is on board for this week's Brews Cruise on Hayden Lake from 7 to 9; tickets are $39 (includes beer and hors d'ouevres).

FRIDAY

– The Coeur d'Alene Growler Guys welcomes Lagunitas for a tasting of Aunt Sally dry-hopped sour, IPA, Lucky 13 imperial red and Cappuccino Stout from 4 to 7. 

– Fremont's Sour Weiss Grapefruit, Summer Ale, The Brother Imperial IPA and Rusty Nail bourbon barrel-aged stout will pour in a tasting starting at 5 at Bottles.

SATURDAY

– A community pint fundraiser from 2 to 10 at Mad Bomber supports Pediatric Stroke Warriors, with raffles and barbecue.

– The Lantern Tap House's Summer Concert Series features $4 pints from New Belgium and music by Big Red Barn at 9.

As always, keep checking back for more information about everything happening throughout the week.

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Catching up with more news from the past week in local craft beer:

– The inaugural Spokane Brewers Festival has added 17 more breweries – 238, Big Barn, Black Label, Hopped Up, Iron Goat, Laht Neppur, Little Spokane, New Boundary, Perry Street, Post Falls, Rants & Raves, Slate Creek, St. Brigid's, Steam Plant, Ten Pin, Top Frog and Young Buck – plus D’s Wicked Cider, bringing the total number of participants to 30.

The Aug. 12-13 event in the Spokane Arena parking lot also has been trimmed to two days, Friday and Saturday, dropping the previously planned Sunday (some breweries expressed concerns about staffing all three days).   

Volunteers are being sought to help in various ways both days in return for T-shirts and beer tasting tokens (to be used off-duty); sign up here.

– Perry Street today released a single keg of its Tart Saison aged on fresh blackberries, while Iron Goat has brought its gin barrel-aged Head Butt IPA back under a secret password ("precisionishness").

– Young Buck has brewed its first full batch on the downtown brewery incubator’s seven-barrel system, a Cascadia IPA that’s lightly oaked with large late additions of Cascade hops. Look for it at the Steel Barrel Taproom around the beginning of August.

– It’s official: Home-based Badass Backyard Brewing has signed a lease for its new offsite taproom in the Argonne Mission Center in Spokane Valley, next to Chan’s Bistro. Renovations will begin once permits are approved.

– Elsewhere in the Valley, Twelve String next week will begin bottling five of its beers in 22-ounce bottles – Mango Mambo, Red Guitar Red, Batch 201 IPA, Electric Slide imperial IPA and Drop D Stout – with product expected in area stores the following week.

– Finally, Laughing Dog has decided to discontinue the food service it started at its Sandpoint-area pub in March and is selling the wood-fired pizza oven it was using for flatbreads. The silver lining: With food gone, dogs will again be allowed inside the previously canine-friendly taproom.

And the taproom will be moving from its original location into the larger new production facility Laughing Dog built nearby, where brewing operations began last week.  

Hunga who?

Moscow’s budding craft beer scene got another boost with this week’s arrival of Hunga Dunga Brewing.

The taproom rather quietly opened its doors Monday downtown at 333 N. Jackson, in a renovated Quonset hut that formerly housed a feed and garden supply store. Hours are 4 to 11 p.m., seven days a week.

Owners have been equally quiet when it comes to returning messages, but here’s what we can tell you so far:

– They’re not shy about their hops, based on the opening beer lineup: Summer Ale (5.8 percent alcohol by volume, 74 International Bitterness Units), Oatmeal Pale (6.1, 67) and Red Rye (6.3, 59). A black IPA is on the way, according to Facebook comments.

In a January interview, co-owner Graham Lilly told us that the focus would be on “big, but very clean and great-tasting beers.”

– The initial food menu includes two entrees – a Brewhouse Beef platter with paprika pesto and vegetables, and Smoked Red Ale Sausage with homemade sauerkraut and IPA mustard – along with a few small plates and a gourmet S’more for dessert. Selections will rotate seasonally.

– Taproom aside, the goal is to become a production brewery distributing throughout the area, with a canning line. The 15-barrel brewing system is capable of turning out 4,500 barrels per year.

– As for the name, that comes from a wacky skit in the Marx Brothers film “Animal Crackers.” As Lilly previously said: “We take our beer very seriously, but we are making beer, after all.”

Hunga Dunga joins the Rants & Raves brewery/restaurant just down the street at 308 N. Jackson, which opened in January and began brewing in April. Tiny Moscow Brewing, which got things rolling locally in 2013, closed recently and was for sale at last report. 

Holly July Christmas

River City Brewing had such a merry little “Christmas in July” in its taproom last summer that it’s going full Griswold this year.

Saturday’s second annual celebration, from 2 to 10 p.m., will spill out into the brewing space and parking lot as well, with the additions of food trucks, live music and games.

“We had such a good time with it last year, we decided to go all out this year and make it bigger and better,” said Emily Schwartz, the downtown brewery’s marketing and sales director.

Like last time, the taproom at 121 S. Cedar will be decorated for December, and then some.

“I got full rein this year, and I’m a bit of a Christmas fanatic,” said Schwartz. “I’ve been borrowing stuff from all of my friends. We’ll have seven Christmas trees, inflatable yard ornaments, tons of lights and garlands, the whole nine yards.”

Servers will again be dressed in holiday costumes, with Christmas music on the sound system and classic movies on TV. Santa himself will be on hand for photos with customers from 2 to 4 p.m. (actually, that’s one of Schwartz’s friends, but don’t tell the kids).

Speaking of costumes, the winner of an ugly sweater contest at 4 will receive a Hydro Flask insulated stainless steel growler.

Live music kicks off at 5 in the brewery with the pop trio Friends of Mine, followed at 7:30 by the nine-piece R&B ensemble L.O.S. (Left Over Soul).  The 3 Ninjas and Mac Daddy’s food trucks will be in the parking lot along with cornhole and ladder ball games.

And yes, there will be beer – including the last remaining keg of 2014 Deep Thaw winter warmer (which hasn’t been brewed since, and was tasting great at January’s anniversary party) and both the rich, original 2015 and drier 2016 renditions of the anniversary Congratulator Doppelbock.

Five variations on the winter seasonal Midnight Marmot imperial stout also are coming out of the cellar: last year’s regular and nitro versions, plus the final taproom releases of Marmot conditioned over French oak and raspberry, whiskey-soaked oak chips, and oak chips and cocoa beans (aka Oako-Coco, also on nitro).  

Some of those specialties are in smaller sixth-barrel kegs, Schwartz said: “It’s definitely first come, first serve on those so be sure to get there early.”

On the more summery side, there will be two soured options – the Tart Saison collaboration with Perry Street Brewing and Gose-Away, a “recovery” beer brewed with energy drink-style electrolytes plus cranberry, acai and orange – along with the spring seasonal Clocktower Imperial IPA, summer seasonal Inconceivable Imperial Pilsner and a small-batch Munich Helles light lager. 

“It will be hot, and we want people to be able to hang out all day,” Schwartz said of the lighter offerings.

You’ll buy beer tickets at the door for $3 each, with an eight-ounce pour for one ticket and a full pint for two. Since it’s an all-ages event, it’s also worth mentioning that River City makes its own root beer.

And in the true Christmas spirit of giving, donations of nonperishable food will be collected for the Our Place Community Ministries food bank in the West Central neighborhood.  

Brett, tart American summer

Fans of the funk are in for a real treat this week, with back-to-back Brett and sour beer events at The Blackbird and Pints Alehouse:

– While wild Brettanomyces yeast often is used in sours, not all Brett beers are sour. On its own, it can produce notes of everything from what’s politely called “barnyard” to tropical fruit.

The Blackbird is pouring four examples of that from its bottle cellar in a flight night Thursday from 6 to 10 p.m., including a 2014 vintage of Logsdon Farmhouse Ales’ peach-infused, oak-aged Peche ’n Brett saison – which owner Patrick McPherson says is “one of my favorite Brett-based beers.”

There’s also the 2015 Beltane elderflower saison from Port Townsend’s Propolis Brewing, which specializes in herbal ales, and its dry-hopped sister, Zephyros. “They’re fantastic, but people just aren’t aware of Propolis,” McPherson says.

Rounding out the quartet is Black Raven’s French-inspired 2015 Raven de Garde strong pale, which has a secondary fermentation with Brett plus dry hopping. You can get four-ounce pours of each for $13.50.

“It gives people an opportunity to drink some of these when they might not want to drop a lot of coin for a bottle of something they’ve never had,” McPherson says. “It’s a nice way to try them out.”

– The first-ever sour festival at Pints, on Friday and Saturday starting at 3 p.m., features nine draft selections that owner Derek Quist calls “a combination of some personal favorites, and a few I’ve never had.”

The former includes The Bruery’s Oude Tart barrel-aged Flemish red – “one of my favorite sours of all time,” according to Quist – from 2013. “That was around the time we opened,” he says. “We’ve been sitting on it for three years.”

One new to him is the current vintage of Almanac’s Wakatu hoppy sour. “That’s a brewery I wasn’t familiar with six months ago,” Quist says. “They make sours that are just off-the-charts delicious.”

He’s also particularly psyched for Bear Republic’s 2015 Tartare, which is a Berliner Weisse, and a pair of offerings by Belgium’s De Proef: Sour Barrel #3 and Flanders Fred, a collaboration with Portland’s Hair of the Dog.

The lineup also includes Firestone Walker’s 2014 Agrestic, Avery’s 2016 Raspberry Sour, Rodenbach’s 2015 Grand Cru and Pelican’s 2015 Cherry Poppin’ Dory brown. All will be available in 12- or 5.5-ounce snifters, plus 32-ounce cans to go from Pints’ brand-new Crowler machine.

Quist also is offering discount prices on bottled sours to go from Pints’ extensive stash. “We have a pretty intense collection,” he says.

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UPDATE THURSDAY 7/21

– Oskar Blues' Beerito amber lager, Gubna imperial IPA, G'Knight imperial red IPA and Old Chub Scotch ale will pour for a tasting Friday from 4 to 7 at the Coeur d'Alene Growler Guys.

 

UPDATE WEDNESDAY 7/20

– The list of beers for today's Double Mountain tap takeover starting at 6 at The Steel Barrel has been updated to seven – Vaporizer Pale; the Hop Lava, Clusterf#ck single-hop and Pale Death Belgian IPAs; IRA (India red ale); Moon Patrol Russian imperial stout and the first keg of Molten Lava Imperial IPA ever tapped in Washington – plus the brewery's Jumpin' Jack Flash Heirloom Cider. 

 

UPDATES TUESDAY 7/19

– A Strawberry Rhubarb Pale Ale will be Wednesday's weekly small-batch release at Daft Badger.

– The North Spokane Growler Guys hosts Paradise Creek for a tasting Thursday from 5 to 8.

– Selkirk Abbey will be featured in this Thursday's brew cruise by Hayden Lake Cruises; tickets are $39 (includes beer and hors d'oeuvres), through the website.

– The Steam Plant releases its new Wild Strawberry Sour on Friday, brewed with 270 pounds of hand-pureed berries.

 

A look at the upcoming week in local craft beer:

MONDAY

– Hunga Dunga Brewing opens for business today in Moscow, with food service starting at 5 p.m.; hours will be 4 p.m. to late daily.

– Red Guitar Red (formerly Valley Red) is the beer of the week at Twelve String, with $4 pints and $8 growler fills; get the same pricing on the last two Christmas in July beers still pouring, Roundabout Confusion and Twelve Strings of Winter.

THURSDAY

– Five Diamond Knot offerings are lined up for a tap takeover Thursday from 5 to 7 at Steady Flow Growler House.

– Georgetown's L.A. Woman Crystal Kolsch, Roger's Pilsner, Bodhizafa IPA and Porter will be tapped for a pint night from 6 to 8 at Crafted in Coeur d'Alene.

FRIDAY

– A sour festival Friday and Saturday at Pints Alehouse will include kegs of 2013 Bruery Oude Tart, 2016 De Proefbrouwerij Sour Barrel #3, 2016 Hair of the Dog/De Proef Flanders Fred, 2016 Almanac Wakatu, 2014 Firestone Walker Aggrestic, 2016 Avery Raspberry Sour, 2015 Rodenbach Grand Cru, 2015 Pelican Cherry Poppin’ Dory and 2015 Bear Republic Tartare, plus special prices on all bottled sours.

– The collaboration beers from New Belgium's 25th-anniversary Fat Tire & Friends mixed pack – Allagash Fat Funk, Avery Fat Wild, Hopworks Fat Sour Apple, Firestone Walker Fat Hoppy and Rhinegeist Fat Pale – will be featured in a tasting starting at 5 at Bottles, with a newly opened patio and the Couple of Chefs food truck on hand.

SATURDAY

– River City's Christmas in July returns for a second summer from 2 to 10 p.m. with food trucks, live music, games, Santa photos and plenty of cellared winter beers.

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

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Catching up with more news from the past week in local craft beer:

– Craft breweries are coming to Coeur d’Alene’s Art on the Green for the first time. The 48th annual event Aug. 5-7 will include an adult beverage garden with beers from Mad Bomber and Slate Creek, along with Summit Cider and local wines; hours will be Friday and Saturday from noon to 9 and Sunday from noon to 5.    

– The Spokane Brewers Festival has announced the first dozen breweries for its inaugural event Aug. 12-14 in the Spokane Arena parking lot: Badass Backyard, Bellwether, Downdraft, English Setter, Icicle, Iron Horse, No-Li, Northern Ales, Orlison, Paradise Creek, River City and Waddell’s. Look for more to be revealed in coming days.

– Laughing Dog on Friday began brewing at its new, expanded production facility near the original brewery and pub north of Sandpoint.

– Moscow’s Hunga Dunga Brewing Company is busy making beer and training servers in preparation for its opening sometime later this month.

– The next two Thursday brew cruises by Hayden Lake Cruises will feature Selkirk Abbey next week and Slate Creek on July 28. Tickets are $39, available through the website.

– The Steam Plant has a Wild Strawberry Sour on the way in the next few weeks, and in the meantime has made another batch of its popular Blood Orange Pale to last through the summer.

– Finally, for those who understand all this Pokemon Go stuff a bit better than yours truly, Young Buck, BellwetherSelkirk Abbey and Post Falls Brewing have posted about the presence of Pokemon on their premises. Happy hunting.

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UPDATE SATURDAY 7/16

– Coeur d'Alene's Filling Station on 5th has announced the lineup for its 12-tap Firestone Walker takeover tonight at 8: the Berliner-style Bretta Weisse and raspberry Bretta Rose; Opal saison; STiVO collaboration pilsner with Russian River; Pale 31 American pale; DBA British pale and the barrel-fermented, unfiltered UDBA; session Easy Jack, black rye Wookey Jack and Luponic Distortion Revolution No. 002 IPAs; Parabola barrel-aged imperial stout and Stickee Monkee barrel-aged quad (enter the raffle for a free growler).

  

UPDATES TUESDAY 7/12

– Daft Badger's weekly Wednesday small-batch release will be a fruit-infused Huckleberry Hound Pale Ale.

– Payette's five fifth-anniversary beers – Tumblewheat Red, Berry'd Alive Smoked Porter, Outlawed and C.R.E.A.M. imperial IPAs and Bo-He-Man imperial pilsner – will pour in a tasting Thursday from 5 to 8 at the North Spokane Growler Guys.  

 

A look at the upcoming week in local craft beer:

MONDAY

– Drop D Stout is the beer of the week at Twelve String, with $4 pints and $8 growler fills.

WEDNESDAY

– Ballast Point will be featured in a free tasting of six IPAs at Pilgrim's starting at 3:30: the session Mango Even Keel, Watermelon Dorado double and regular, grapefruit, pineapple and habanero Sculpin.

THURSDAY

– Bellwether taps a summery Barefoot ginger blonde ale, with the 40 Below dessert shop on hand making snow fluff with the beer (plus other alcoholic and non-alcoholic versions).

FRIDAY

– Deschutes comes to the South Hill Growler Guys for a tasting from 4 to 7, including the new Black Butte XXVIII anniversary imperial porter along with last year's, plus 2014 Abyss imperial stout.

– Beerocracy will be pouring Dogfish Head's 60, 90 and 120 Minute IPAs from 6 to 10, along with merch raffles.

– The Steam Plant will tap a 2015 reserve keg of its Coal Bunker Porter.

SATURDAY

– Newport’s Top Frog celebrates its third anniversary from 1 to 8 p.m. with the grand opening of its long-awaited taproom pouring 13 beers plus live music, games and food. 

– Downdraft introduces a lemon wheat Lemmy Weizenheimer as part of the Treaty Rock-a-Palooza party in Post Falls, with kids' activities, car show, food trucks, live music and more from 3 to 10; proceeds support the Kootenai Boys & Girls Club.

– Special beers from Daft Badger, Downdraft, MickDuff's, Paradise Creek and Post Falls Brewing – developed as collaborations with the Warriors of the Rotating Tap (WORT) homebrew club – will be flowing for Bands-Brews n' BBQs from 5 to 10 p.m. in Plummer, Idaho, with the winner of the crowd voting to be brewed commercially. There's also live music and competition barbecue; admission is $15 for adults, $5 for ages 6-13 (free for kids 5 and under).   

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

Top Frog’s big leap

Top Frog is starting its fourth year of operation with a taproom of its own.

Saturday’s third anniversary party at the brewery near Newport marks the grand opening of a project owner/brewer Casey Brooks started working on before last summer’s second anniversary.

“It’s just really, really nice to have it done,” Brooks says. “I sat on the front porch the other night – there was a nice, cool breeze – drinking a beer, and thought, this is what I did it for.”

All 13 taps will be full tomorrow, including such new offerings as a barrel-fermented nut brown ale, raspberry mango shandy, Smoke Jumper cream ale and an IPA hopped with Mosaic, Simcoe, Citra, and Amarillo.

The family-friendly gathering from 1 to 8 p.m. also will include bratwursts and hot dogs on the grill, horseshoes and other games, and live music by the likes of Scotia Road and Skookum Creek.

The 1,000-square-foot taproom addition doubled the size of the brewery, which previously was open to the public only at random hours or by appointment. Brooks did almost all the work himself, with some help from friends, during off hours from his railroad day job.

The fact it was the first new commercial building in Pend Oreille County in nine years also slowed the process down some, he says, since “none of the building inspectors had ever done one.”

“Everything has taken a lot of time, and some extra money, but not as much as you would think for as long as it’s taken,” he says.

For starters, the taproom will be open Saturdays from 4 to 8 p.m., through Brooks is considering Friday hours as well. “Everybody from Spokane is going to the lake and they’re driving right by us,” he says.

It’s also available for private events, with discount pint prices. Brooks already has hosted wedding, bachelor and retirement parties, and has been getting a few dozen customers on Saturdays by word of mouth even before the formal opening.

He’s looking at doing crowler-type cans and pint-sized growlers along with regular fills, as well as resuming Idaho draft distribution to Priest River, Oldtown and eventually Sandpoint.

For now, the focus is on the taproom, which has something no other area brewery can boast: a hitching post.

That was put up by one of Brooks’ former bosses who rides horses with his friends in the timberland around the brewery. “It just adds to the atmosphere,” he says.

More barley, more beer

There’s been a lot of growth in the local craft malting scene since last summer’s first Know Barley Know Beer field day by Washington State University.

The Spokane-based LINC Foods farm co-op opened its Palouse Pint malting operation in February and has been producing malt used by local brewers on a limited basis.

And WSU’s Sustainable Seed Systems Lab is experimenting with six new barley varieties specifically tailored to the needs of craft brewers.

“They have a unique pedigree, so they should have unique flavors,” says Kevin Murphy, the professor who oversees the project.  “It should give growers and brewers a lot more varieties to choose from.”

The second annual Know Barley Know Beer day starts Friday at 1 p.m. with a tour of the Palouse Pint facilities at the Spokane Business & Industrial Park in Spokane Valley.

Palouse Pint so far has produced three varieties of barley malt – pilsner, English pale and C-40 biscuit – as well as malted white wheat. Maltster Joel Williamson also just finished a Vienna malt that’s being tested for quality.

Williamson is working with Baronesse, an old-school European barley variety grown by LINC member Joseph’s Grainery in Colfax that hasn’t typically been used for malting.

The new varieties being tested by Murphy’s team have been bred with malting in mind. Friday’s event will proceed to trial fields west of Reardan at 3 p.m.

Those varieties also are being grown at 10 other locations around the state, Murphy says – mostly on the Palouse – to see how they react to different conditions. “They’re doing really well in the field, so farmers should like them,” he says.

If all continues to go smoothly, Murphy says, they’ll be produced in larger quantities so maltsters and brewers can try them out.

Several local brewers already have been experimenting with the Palouse Pint malt. Friday’s event wraps up at 4:30 at Orlison’s brewery in Airway Heights with the tasting of a small-batch pale ale brewed with the pilsner and biscuit malts.

“I can’t tell you how excited I am to try that,” Murphy says.

Extra innings

No-Li’s baseball beer is coming back in bottles for a limited run.

Switch Hitter Golden Ale should start showing up next week in 22-ounce bottles at area Total Wine and WinCo stores, and possibly selected Rosauers and Yoke’s supermarkets, along with displays of Spokane Indians merchandise.

“It helps build the Spokane brand,” says No-Li’s John Bryant. “Baseball is a big part of that brand.”

The mellow, softly malty beer (5 percent alcohol by volume, 15 International Bitterness Units) made a brief debut in bottles last summer as All-Star Game Golden Ale, in conjunction with the Northwest League/Pioneer League all-star contest at Avista Stadium.

It has since been on tap at No-Li’s pub under the Switch Hitter name, and also pours at Indians home games (along with two No-Li IPAs, Big Juicy – the only place you can get that on draft besides the pub – and Born & Raised).

Fewer than 100 cases were bottled for the current release, Bryant says.

No-Li also is working on a recipe and label for a special beer in conjunction with the return of the Chinese Lantern Festival in Riverfront Park this September.   

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Catching up with more news from the past week in local craft beer:

– Pilgrim’s Market in Coeur d’Alene debuted a revamped growler station that offers the option of counter-pressure fills to preserve freshness.

The Pegas CrafTap system purges growlers of oxygen and fills them under pressure to prevent more air from creeping in, which means the beer won’t go stale as fast if it’s stored for a while before drinking.

Pilgrim’s eight draft offerings also can be poured from regular taps to accommodate wide-mouthed growlers that don’t fit in the CrafTap, and to serve samples. Selections are listed on a large video screen that’s connected to the TapHunter network online.

– Iron Goat has released a new large-batch Mosaic IPA (5.2 percent alcohol by volume, 72 International Bitterness Units).

– New Boundary is pouring an Orange Creamsicle Blond (6, 12) brewed with orange peel and zest plus milk sugar to mimic the classic frozen treat, and also has received federal label approval to begin bottling its Lemon Kick hard lemonade.

– Enoteca is offering $1 off pint pours all weekend in celebration of Post Falls Days.

– The Steam Plant has introduced a summer menu with several dishes incorporating the house beers and spent grains from the brewing process, which are now used in all hamburger and other sandwich buns.

– The Full Sail brewer’s dinner previously scheduled for July 17 at Hills’ Restaurant and Lounge has been postponed, but another tasty-sounding option has surfaced: Prohibition Gastropub on North Monroe is serving a five-course Dinner Under the Stars on July 30 accompanied by beers from nearby Bellwether as well as Seattle’s Elysian. Check out the menu here; tickets are $65, by calling (509) 474-9040.     

Beers on the beach

Sandpoint’s Beerfest returns for its third year Saturday with offerings from a dozen mostly regional breweries and cideries on the lawn at Trinity at City Beach, on the scenic shore of Lake Pend Oreille.

There’s no admission charge for the event, which runs from noon to 5 p.m.  A souvenir pint glass costs $6 and drink tokens are $2 each, or six for $10; you get a 4-ounce taste for one token, a full pour for three.

A token also is good for bottled water or MickDuff’s root beer for kids and designated drivers. Children accompanied by a legal guardian are allowed, but dogs need to stay at home.

Participating breweries include San Diego’s Ballast Point along with locals Downdraft, Laughing Dog, Mad Bomber, MickDuff's, Orlison, Post Falls Brewing, River City, Slate Creek, Twelve String and Waddell’s, plus Summit Cider.

All will be under the big tent, with several other pop-up tents nearby to guard against nasty weather (the forecast calls for thunderstorms).

Trinity will have food for sale, and live tunes will be provided by Still Tipsy and the Hangovers.

And for those who get a bit too tipsy, Bonner Cab is offering free taxi rides within a 10-mile radius from 3 to 5:15 p.m.

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UPDATES THURSDAY 7/7

– Coeur d'Alene's Moon Time pub celebrates its 20th anniversary Saturday starting at 2 p.m. with live music by Carey Brazil, Robby French, Hey! is for Horses and Folkinception, plus the Moon Time Lake Beer blonde specially brewed by Georgetown.

– Ninkasi is Nectar Wine and Beer's brewery of the month, with Helles Belles lager, Ginger and Juice apricot saison, the Hop Cooler, Maiden the Shade and double Tricerahops IPAs and Ground Control imperial stout on tap through July.  

– Bellwether has released a dark English-style mild made almost exclusively with local malt from Palouse Pint

 

UPDATES WEDNESDAY 7/6

– The Coeur d'Alene Growler Guys will have all six of Sierra Nevada's Beer Camp Across America collaboration beers on tap for a tasting Friday from 4 to 7.

 

A look at the upcoming week in local craft beer:

TUESDAY

– Archtop Amber is this week's featured beer at Twelve String, with $1 off pints and growler fills, while Christmas in July continues with discount pours of High Note black IPA, Roundabout Confusion harvest ale and Twelve Strings of Winter. 

WEDNESDAY

– Pilgrim's celebrates the grand opening of its upgraded growler station with 15 percent off fills starting at 3:30 p.m. 

THURSDAY

– Perry Street releases a sour saison brewed with 60 pounds of raw local honey to support the HoneyLove bee advocacy organization.

SATURDAY

– 238, New Belgium, No-Li, River City, Slate Creek and Waddell's will be pouring in the beer garden at the Spokatopia Outdoor Adventure Festival from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Camp Sekani Park.   

– The third annual Sandpoint Brewfest, featuring more than two dozen mostly local beers along with live music and food, runs from noon to 5 on the lawn at Trinity at City Beach; a $20 tasting package includes a souvenir glass, beer cozy and six (4-ounce) drink tokens. 

– Mad Bomber has a release party from noon to 4 for Ipanema Black, a Brazilian-style black ale that will be featured at the new Grille From Ipanema location in Coeur d'Alene's Riverstone. 

– Oskar Blues is the subject of a presentation and tasting from 3 to 5 at the North Spokane Total Wine; cost is is $10.

– Western Washington breweries will be featured in the Coeur d'Alene Casino's monthly Music, Micros and BBQ, with all-you-can-eat barbecue from 5 to 9 for $18 and live music by Eclectic Approach from 7 to 10.

– The Lantern Tap House's summer concert series continues with Iron Goat beer specials and music by Milonga at 9.

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

A new Arena for local beer

A major new Spokane beer event makes its debut a month from now.

The Spokane Arena today announced the Spokane Brewers Festival, featuring craft breweries from throughout the area in the Arena parking lot Aug. 12-14 along with food vendors and live music.

“We thought there was a real need for a food and beer festival here that hasn’t been met yet,” says Matt Gibson, the Arena’s general manager.

The immediate feedback from social media has been encouraging, he adds: “We’re finding out that a lot of people are interested in this, more so than some of the other things we do.”

Gibson says the original idea was for a fall festival in conjunction with the Spokane Chiefs hockey team, but when that timing didn’t work out, the thinking turned to a summer event.

Organizers of the Oregon Brewers Festival, which returns for a 29th year in Portland later this month, have provided valuable help with the planning, he says.

“There are so many craft breweries popping up all over the place and so much good beer out there,” Gibson says. “We just wanted to create a fun event where you don’t have to pitch out a lot of money to come and have a good time.”

Like the OBF, there’s no admission fee; you’ll pay for drinks and food as you go. A plastic tasting mug will cost $7, and drink tokens will be $1 each. You’ll get a 2-ounce sample for one token, or a full 10-ounce pour for five.

Brewery commitments are being wrapped up from throughout the Inland Northwest, Gibson says.

“We’re working hard to secure a large number of breweries,” he says. “We want the brewmasters here talking about their beers, to make it an educational event.”

There will be at least a half-dozen food vendors, he says, with some “varied and exotic offerings.” Music will focus on a “bluesy, folky vibe,” in keeping with the laid-back nature of the event.

All ages will be welcome, with River City sponsoring a root beer garden for minors and designated drivers.  Event hours will be Friday and Saturday from noon to 9 p.m., and Sunday from noon to 6.