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Your weekly planner


– Orlison has tapped a Snowplough Imperial Chocolate Stout (8 percent alcohol by volume, 45 International Bitterness Units) brewed with Dominican cocoa nibs.

– A Hazelnut Praline Stout will be Wednesday's weekly small-batch offering at Daft Badger.

– Wednesday's grand opening of the growler station at the revamped Fred Meyer store on Sullivan Road will include a No-Li tasting from 3 to 5 p.m. 

– Iron Goat is donating a percentage of sales Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. to Spokane Arts.

– Rants & Raves turns into Rats & Ravens for a Halloween costume contest Saturday, with registration for kids (13 and under), teens (14 to 18) and families at 6 and awards at 7:30, and registration for adults and couples at 7:30 and awards at 9:30.   


A look at the upcoming week in local craft beer:


– Red Guitar Red is beer of the week at Twelve String, with $1 off pints and growler fills.


– No-Li's weekly Flights & Bites menu includes a salami/parmesan calzone paired with Komrade Imperial IPA, chicken pot pie with Amber Ale and vanilla cheesecake in a baked apple with Slacker Brass Ale; get all three for $15 after 5 p.m.  

– A Green Flash/Alpine tap takeover from 6 to 9 at the Flying Goat, to support breast cancer research through the Prevent Cancer Foundation, will feature the Treasure Chest 2016 pink IPA brewed with grapefruit juice, prickly pear juice, hibiscus and Mosaic hops.

– Waddell's Neighborhood Pub & Grille is offering $4 Alaskan Brewing pints, with purchasers entered in a drawing for one of the brewery's fire pits.


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

– A Mad Bomber brewer's dinner starting at 6:30 at Uva Italian in Coeur d'Alene will feature four fall-themed courses paired with accompanying beers; cost is $40.

– Firestone Walker beers will be on tap in a fundraiser for the Sandpoint Nordic Club from 4 to 8 at Idaho Pour Authority.

– Rants & Raves takes over the taps at the Coeur d'Alene Caruso's from 6 to 8, with $2 pints and pizza specials.


– A community pint night from 3 to 9 at Bellwether will benefit Higher Ground Animal Sanctuary, which receives $1 from each pint sold.

– The Coeur d'Alene Growler Guys welcomes Green Flash for a tasting from 4 to 7.

– MickDuff's debuts a special Blacktop Brown ale for a Friends of Scotchman Peak Wilderness benefit featuring live music by John Hastings. 

– Waddell's taps a SpoLite light lager (4 percent alcohol by volume, 22 International Bitterness Units).


– Pints Alehouse hosts an Avery barrel-aged beer event starting at 3 p.m., with draft selections including Rumpkin pumpkin ale aged in rum barrels, PumpKYn bourbon barrel-aged pumpkin porter with spices, Tweak bourbon barrel-aged coffee imperial stout, bourbon barrel-aged Uncle Jacob’s imperial stout, bourbon barrel-aged Vanilla Bean Stout, The Beast grand cru and Samael’s oak-aged strong ale (all in 5.5-ounce snifters), plus assorted bottled offerings.

– Pilgrim's presents a free tasting of holiday beers and ciders starting at 3:30.

– Downdraft's Halloween party from 7 to 10 will include live music, costume and carved pumpkin contests and the La Brasas Mexican Grill food truck.

– Music by Still Tipsy & The Hangovers headlines the Halloween party from 7 to 10 at MickDuff's.


– The Avery barrel-aged beer event continues from 3 to close at Pints Alehouse.

– Steady Flow's Halloween party from 4 to 6 features a costume contest in three categories: best overall, best impression and best zombie/walking dead.

– The Filling Station on 5th celebrates Halloween from 5 to 9 with a Fill Freak Fest including a costume contests with gift card and growler prizes.

– Mad Bomber will have discounted pints and treats all day with a costume contest starting at 8 for both singles and couples.

MickDuff's second annual Pray 4 Snow party from 7 to 10 includes a bonfire and live music by the Monarch Mountain Band; dress in your best retro ski gear. 

– Bellwether releases the latest in its weekly series of beers using produce from the owners' gardens, this time jalapeno.

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

Your weekly roundup

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

– V Twin Brewing’s grand opening Friday followed last weekend’s launch of the new Badass Backyard Brewing taproom to the south on Argonne, and they could have some company to the north before long.

Millwood Brewing still is awaiting a building permit for its project in the former Cunningham Studio on Frederick just west of Argonne. It hopes to have permits in place by the end of the month and begin interior remodeling with an eye toward opening by next spring.

And to the east, work is moving along at Sun Mountain Brewing on Greenacres Road, though no opening date has been projected.

– (UPDATED SUNDAY 10/23) Lagunitas’ Born Yesterday, a late entry, won the crowd favorite vote Friday at the first day of The Lantern Tap House’s Freshtival. fresh-hop beer festival, while MickDuff's Wet Hop was the people's choice winner on Saturday.

– Bellwether today resumes its weekly series of beers using ingredients from the owners’ gardens with a porter brewed with butternut squash and spiced with cinnamon, allspice and star anise. Look for a jalapeno beer next weekend, and a beet version after that.

– Coeur d’Alene’s Slate Creek set the stage for Spokane-area sales with a presentation to distributor KBI Craft on Wednesday. Those beers should start rolling out here soon.

Your weekend planner

Everything from gourds to Girl Scout cookies to more of the fall’s fresh hops are on this weekend’s local craft beer agenda. A recap of your options:

– The Steel Barrel kicks off its Pumptoberfest weekend today from 5 to 11 with a local taste of Elysian’s Great Pumpkin Beer Festival.

In the tap lineup are four familiar pumpkin offerings from the Seattle brewery – the standard Night Owl, imperial Great Pumpkin, Dark O' the Moon stout and coffee-spiked Punkuccino – plus four more rare specialties: the cinnamon-forward Blight, sessionable Steamy Hollow (a California common-style lager), big Ben's Old Fashioned and bigger Old Gourdfather barleywine.

The Steel Barrel crew is even hollowing out actual pumpkins to serve as pitchers (procured from Big Barn Brewing’s parent farm on Green Bluff, Bodacious Berries Fruits and Brews).

Activities continue Saturday with an Oktoberfest celebration featuring German music, bratwurst, drinking games, a costume contest (with beer prizes) and the requisite 20-ounce mugs ($15 each, first fill is free).

Things wrap up Sunday with more pumpkin beers from Elysian and Uinta plus other seasonals, rotating Randall-infused offerings and fall-themed cocktails.

– Local craft beer again meets its sugary match at the fourth annual Craft Beer & Cookie Fest, Saturday from 4 to 7 at the area Girl Scouts program center, 1404 N. Ash.

Attendance has grown each year so far from roughly 100 people to 200 to 300. The brewery count also continues to increase, up to nine this year: Alaskan, Badass, Black Label, English Setter, Iron Goat, Lagunitas, New Boundary, River City and Waddell’s.

Unlike previous events, this year’s beer and cookie pairings aren’t being revealed ahead of time.

Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door, which includes three 4-ounce beer samples and accompanying cookies plus a bratwurst sandwich from Nick’s Shameless Sausages. A limited number of VIP tickets, featuring five pours plus a souvenir glass, are $25 in advance, $30 at the door.

– The Lantern Tap House’s annual Freshtival – delayed a week because of last weekend’s windy conditions – runs today from 4 to 10 and Saturday from 2 to 10 in the outdoor tent.

Fourteen fresh hop beers will be on tap each day, from Oregon and southern Idaho today, and Washington and North Idaho tomorrow (see our previous post for details). Participants will vote for their favorite each day.

Admission is $10, which includes a tasting glass and five drink tokens (6-ounce pour for two tokens, full pint for five); extra tokens are $1 each.

– A fresh-hop offering also will be featured for New Boundary’s Oktoberfest celebration, Saturday starting at 6 p.m. in the Cheney taproom.

The rye pale ale, clocking in around 6 percent alcohol by volume and 40 International Bitterness Units, was brewed with locally grown Cascade, Centennial, Chinook and Columbus hops contributed by customers.

The itinerary also includes prize giveaways, bobbing for apples, live music, happy hour pricing (limited-release 20-ounce mugs available) and German sausage and barbecue from Hungry Hound. 

Moving beyond Belgians

Selkirk Abbey is branching out beyond its Belgian roots.

The Post Falls brewery is launching a new brand, Northern Cross, to broaden its appeal with more familiar offerings. The first release, an IPA, is expected early next month.

Owner Jeff Whitman says his heart is still with Belgian beers, but the new label will allow him to explore other styles without diluting the Selkirk concept.

“We’re trying to have some fun with this,” Whitman says. “We’ve deliberately made Selkirk Abbey kind of a pinky-out, nose-in-the-air brand. This will be more feet on the table, yukking it up.”

While Selkirk makes a big, Belgian-inspired Infidel IPA, Northern Cross IPA will fall in the classic Northwest style, with substantial additions of old-school Cascade and Centennial hops.

“Cascade is a fantastic hop that people seem to have forgotten about,” Whitman says. “Everybody has jumped on board with the new melony, fruity, tropical hops – which are outstanding, and we plan to use, too – but we’re going back to the reason the Northwest is known for hops.”

At around 6 to 6.5 percent alcohol by volume and 90 International Bitterness units, he says, “it should be fairly hoppy for an area that likes its hops.” Dry-hopping begins Monday, with the release scheduled a couple of weeks later.

It’s the first of several planned beers under the Northern Cross label. An amber is in the pilot stages, with a robust Russian-style stout in the works.

“We’re just going to do whatever we feel like,” Whitman says. “We’re all pretty excited about it. Hopefully we’ve done a good enough job with our specialty beers that people will trust us with the more accessible stuff.”

Dubbel-barreled: Back on the Belgian side, Selkirk Abbey on Friday releases a barrel-aged version of its 8˚ dubbel on draft in the taproom, aged for eight months in Dry Fly triticale whiskey barrels.

While barrel-aged dubbel was included in the blend for last year’s Cuvee de la Nuit Profonde (and will continue to be part of this year’s version), this is the first time it’s being offered by itself.

“The two barrels that we put in the Cuvee last year just made us cry that we weren’t releasing it on its own, they were so good,” Whitman says. “But we didn’t have enough of it, and we still don’t have a lot.”

In addition to four 5-gallon kegs for draft sales at the taproom, which are sure to go fast, there will be a limited 50-case run of 22-ounce bottles. 

The new orange and Black

8 Twin Brewing is preparing to start its engine.

The motorcycle-themed brewery from Barry and Kim Black has its grand opening Friday from 2 to 10 p.m. at 2302 N. Argonne, in a business strip across from McDonald’s.

“It’s been a long time in the making, that’s for sure,” says Barry Black, who brewed at home for 10 years before deciding to take the commercial plunge. “There’s been a lot of late nights, a lot of back and forth.”

The L-shaped taproom, which wraps around the southeast corner of the building, is done up in Harley-Davidson colors with orange walls and black trim and tables (chalkboard-topped for doodling). Motorcycle parts hang on the walls, and silver metal inlays of the brewery’s bike logo accent the black bartop.

Like the brewery itself, which takes its name from a type of engine, the beers have motorcycle-related themes. The six core offerings are the homebrew recipes Black says were most popular with his friends and family.

There’s a straightforward, filtered Wheat Glide, after the Harley Street Glide (5.7 percent alcohol by volume, 42 International Bitterness Units); a single-malt, single-hop SMaSH & Grab (6.9, 31) with rich Maris Otter malt and spicy Chinook hops; a Rye Open (6.5, 33) with hints of pepper; and one of Black's favorites, a lightly roasty Brake Line Brown (6, 40) which may see some smoked malts in future recipes.

Most distinctive is the Suicide Shifter IPA (7.5, 138), the third-place winner at last year’s local Battle of the Homebrews, which gets some smoothness from honey and a complex, lingering hoppiness from a combination of Simcoe, Columbus, Chinook, Centennial and Amarillo. Rounding out the group is an I Pee Ale amber (8, 80) that wasn’t available for advance tasting.

Also pouring Friday will be a pair of small-batch offerings, a Thumpin Punk-Kin pumpkin ale (6.4, 38) and the vanilla KB Porter (5.6, 24) that finished fourth in 2014’s Battle of the Homebrews. Cranberry and crisp apple ciders from nearby One Tree fill out the 10 taps for starters.

Black is brewing two barrels (four kegs) at a time on an electric brewing system that he’s been busy dialing in with his scaled-up homebrew recipes.

There’s just one drawback: With all the work getting up and running, he says, “I’ve barely been able to ride my Harley this year. It’s been sitting in the garage crying.”

Your weekly planner


– Girlfriend Golden through fresh peaches is the Randall for the weekend at River City.

– Orlison has tapped a firkin of double dry-hopped Shin Splints IPA.



– Nectar Wine and Beer hosts a fresh-hop tasting today from 6 to 8, with flights of six selections for $10.



– Hopped Up today releases a sessionable Palouse IPA (5.2 percent alcohol by volume, 45 International Bitterness Units) brewed with locally produced Palouse Pint English pale and crystal/biscuit malts along with Ahtanum and Cascade hops; Palouse Pint's Joel Williamson will be on hand starting at 6:30 with malt samples.

– Slate Creek is tapping its annual Backyard Harvest Rye IPA fresh-hop beer, with hops contributed by customers, for tonight's Slate @ 8:00, with $3 pints starting at 8 p.m. along with live music by Mark Holt and food from Las Brasas Mexican Grill.

– Selkirk Abbey on Friday launches a limited release of barrel-aged 8˚ Belgian dubbel on draft in the taproom and in 22-ounce bottles.

– Beers from Big Barn, Iron Goat, No-Li, Payette, Twelve String and Waddell's will pour for the Fall Festival at JJ's Tap and Smokehouse on Friday and Saturday from 4 to 10, along with live music and food specials in the outdoor tent. 



– The weekly Wednesday small-batch release at Daft Badger is an imperial IPA (8.3 percent alcohol by volume, 65 International Bitterness Units).


A look at the upcoming week in local craft beer:


– Browne's Addition is the featured neighborhood for this month's LocALE Mondays at No-Li; get a free souvenir pint glass with a purchase of Crony brown ale between 5 and 8 p.m.

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


– Orlison's community pint night from 4 to 9 benefits Friends of the Centennial Trail, which will receive $1 from each pint sold; a special ice cream will be served by Annie's Artisan Creamery using the brewery's coffee-infused Roast House Stout.

– No-Li's weekly Flights & Bites menu includes a baked Granny Smith apple florette and Slacker caramel sauce paired with Rise & Grind coffee milk stout, kielbasa, apples and beer caramelized onions with Crony brown ale and a bacon cheddar ranch hush puppy with Big Juicy IPA. Get all three for $15 after 5 p.m. 


– A free Oskar Blues tasting begins at 3:30 at Pilgrim's, with the standard IPA, Passion Fruit Pinner session IPA, Old Chub Scotch ale and Ten Fidy imperial stout.

– The Palouse-Two Rivers chapter of Beer Choir holds its inaugural event from 7 to 8 p.m. at Rants & Raves in Moscow.


– Orlison launches a monthly Beers With Blaine series from 5 to 6 with a Beer 101 brewing process presentation by head brewer Blaine Serrin. 

– A Beer Valley pint night from 7 to 10 at Beerocracy features fresh hop Leafer Madness imperial IPA and Black Flag imperial stout, plus Owyhee Amber and Green Cross IPA.  


– V Twin Brewing has its grand opening from 2 to 10 p.m. at 2302 N. Argonne.

– After being postponed last weekend because of high winds, The Lantern Tap House's Freshtival runs from 4 to 10 p.m. in the outdoor tent, featuring 14 fresh-hop beers from Oregon and southern Idaho. Admission is $10, which includes a tasting glass and five drink tokens (6-ounce pour for two tokens, full pint for five); extra tokens are $1 each.

– The Coeur d'Alene Growler Guys welcomes Beer Valley for a tasting from 4 to 7 featuring fresh hop Leafer Madness imperial IPA, Dark Dog porter and Black Flag imperial stout.

– Elysian's Great Pumpkin Beer Festival comes to the Steel Barrel from 5 to 11 with four rare releases – the cinnamon-forward Blight, sessionable Steamy Hollow (a California common-style lager), big Ben's Old Fashioned and bigger Old Gourdfather barleywine – plus the more familiar Night Owl, imperial Great Pumpkin, Dark O' the Moon stout and coffee-spiked Punkuccino. PItchers fashioned from actual pumpkins will be available.


– The Steel Barrel celebrates Oktoberfest from 1 to 10 p.m. with big steins of beer, bratwurst, German music, a costume contest and drinking games. 

– The Lantern Tap House's Freshtival, today featuring 14 fresh-hop beers from Washington and North Idaho, continues from 2 to 10 in the outdoor tent.

– Northern Quest's Oktoberquest runs from 3 to 9 with $1 tastes of more than a dozen seasonal beers from regional breweries and beyond (including Germany's Spaten, Hofbrau and Bitburger) plus German food, wine and spirits, costume contests and more, with a grand prize drawing for a trip to Germany. 

– Cheney's New Boundary Brewing also has an Oktoberfest starting at 6 p.m., featuring the release of a fresh-hop beer made with hops contributed by the community plus prizes, live music, German sausages and barbecue.

– The fourth annual Craft Beer and Cookie Fest from 4 to 7 at the Girl Scouts program center, 1404 N. Ash, will pair beers from Badass, Black Label, English Setter, Iron Goat, New Boundary, River City, Waddell’s, Alaskan and Lagunitas with assorted Girl Scout cookies. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door, which includes three beer and cookie samples plus a sausage sandwich (limited VIP tickets with five pours and a souvenir glass are $25/advance, $30/door). 


– The Steel Barrel wraps up its Pumpkin Fest weekend from 1 to 10 with pumpkin beers from Elysian and Uinta plus other seasonals, a rotating Randall and fall-themed cocktails.

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

Your weekly roundup

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

 –Time is running out to make reservations for a pair of beer dinners at the beginning of next week.

On Monday at 6, Casper Fry presents a five-course No-Li dinner featuring fried pig ear salad accompanied by Big Juicy IPA; blackened catfish with Pumpkin Pie PA; coffee-pressed duck breast with Rise & Grind coffee milk stout; smoked boudin Scotch egg with Spin Cycle Red, and pistachio cream pie with Red White & No-Li pale. Cost is $65; call (509) 535-0536.

And on Tuesday at 6, Prohibition Gastropub hosts a five-course dinner paired with River City and Ninkasi beers. The menu includes green pea and watercress soup, an arugula salad, duck confit ravioli with pumpkin cream sauce, roasted lamb and a deconstructed lemon tart. Cost is $65; call (509) 474-9040.

– Growler stations are up and running at the Fred Meyer stores in the Spokane Valley and at Wandermere, each featuring 10 taps pouring local and regional beers and ciders. However, there are no plans for growler fills at the South Thor store, as previously announced.

The Cork & Tap wine and beer bar at the Valley store is scheduled for a grand opening Oct. 26.

– Orlison is launching a series of Beers with Blaine events the third Thursday of each month, featuring head brewer Blaine Serrin. First up next Thursday at 5 is a Beer 101 session covering the basic brewing process.

– The new Victory Sports Hall next to Crafted in Coeur d'Alene is offering $2.50 local beer pints on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Featured this weekend is Paradise Creek's Lupular Fallout black IPA.   

Beyond the backyard

Badass Backyard Brewing has gotten the green light to open its new taproom today.

With final inspections passed, a grand opening party is set from noon to 8 at 1415 N. Argonne, next to Chan’s Bistro in the Argonne Mission Center. Regular hours will be Thursday through Saturday from 4 to 8.

But Badass still will live up to its name. As always, the beer will be brewed in a detached shed at Charlene Honcik and Kendra Wiiest’s house nearby in Millwood.

The brewery, which opened in August 2015, didn’t plan on an external taproom quite this soon. But it faced costly improvements to bring its original home-based taproom up to code, and had limited parking – which is plentiful at the new location, just a block south of Interstate 90.

With their clientele growing, Wiiest said, “We just realized it was time to go somewhere where we could accommodate more customers and be open more often.”

The new space, a former Good Feet store, is styled after the home taproom, which was only open on Saturdays. Corrugated metal fronts the long, winding bar, the wall behind is done up in brick and an opposite wall is covered with wood from pallets at the old place.

“One of the biggest requests from our customers is that we have the same atmosphere,” Wiiest said.

Along with the six standard beers – Daring Diva Razzberry Wheat, Not Your Average Blonde, 50/50 Amber, Adrenaline Seeker IPA, Board Breaker Brown and Big Air Black Stout – Wiiest has been brewing several small-batch specialties that will be on tap for the opening.

Those include a pilsner, pumpkin ale, an IPA made with locally produced Palouse Pint malt, a fresh-hop double IPA with homegrown Willamette and Centennial, a huckleberry session stout and a bourbon barrel-aged imperial stout. Cider and wine also will be served.

“I’ve been brewing like crazy,” Wiiest said.  “Every single keg we have is completely full.”

She’s been making the main beers on a borrowed one-barrel (30-gallon) system, which almost doubles the previous capacity but still is tiny. Plans call for further expansion as the taproom business grows.

“We’re still focused on building from the ground up,” Wiiest said, without bank loans. “Everything we’re putting into this, we’re doing ourselves.”     

Lantern fresh hop fest postponed

The Lantern Tap House has postponed its Freshtival fresh-hop beer festival, originally scheduled for Friday and Saturday, until next weekend, Oct. 21-22.

With wind gusts of up to 50 mph forecast for Friday, Lantern owner Mike Dolmage says, "I feel that it is a potentially dangerous environment in the tent." The event takes place in an outdoor tent adjoining the business.

Your weekly planner


– The seasonal Midnight Marmot Imperial Stout returns today at River City.

– Perry Street's Scotch ale is back on tap.



– Hopped Up has tapped its seasonal Punkin Porter.

– Selkirk Abbey is pouring a barrel-aged Guilt imperial porter.

– Enoteca is offering special $5 Sierra Nevada and Beer Valley flights this week. 

– Steady Flow Growler House has Dogfish Head's 60, 90 and 120 Minute IPAs for sample trays, full pours and growler fills.

– Bellwether releases a cucumber gruit on Saturday – with dandelion leaf, basil and spearmint in place of hops – the first in a weekly series of small-batch beers brewed with ingredients from the owners' gardens.    

– New Boundary hosts a Seahawks potluck on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. with happy hour prices all day. 

– Casper Fry is taking reservations for a five-course No-Li brewers dinner on Monday. Cost is $65; call (509) 535-0536.



– Slate Creek's seasonal Fly'n Kilt Scotch ale has returned for tonight's Slate@8:00, with $3 pints from 8 to close along with live music and food by Las Brasas Mexican Grill.  

– Black Label has tapped a Fox's Fresh Hop pale made with homegrown Chinook and finished with Citra over a Maris Otter malt base.

– The seasonal Break Off the Line vanilla bourbon stout is back at English Setter.

– Cheney's New Boundary is serving a small-batch Eagles Punch, a variation on its Lemon Kick hard lemonade made with lime and aged on tequila-steeped wood chips.

– Hopped Up is offering $10 growler fills today and Thursday in advance of being closed Friday and Saturday for a family wedding.

– The North Spokane Growler Guys is serving a four-beer flight Friday from 5 to 8 – including Ballast Point's Pineapple Sculpin, Elysian's Dark O' the Moon pumpkin stout, a blackberry porter and a green apple cider – paired with Emmerson's Cupcakes from Coeur d'Alene.



– Instead of a Wednesday small-batch release, Daft Badger this week will bring back a large batch of its Bourbon Barrel Stout.


A look at the upcoming week in local craft beer:


– Twelve String taps a bourbon barrel-aged double Drop DD chocolate stout; beer of the week is the regular Drop D stout, with $4 pints and $8 growler fills.

– Browne's Addition is the featured neighborhood for this month's LocALE Mondays at No-Li; get a free souvenir pint glass with a purchase of Crony brown ale between 5 and 8 p.m.


– No-Li's Oktoberfest-themed weekly Flights & Bites offerings are chicken schnitzel in Wrecking Ball gravy paired with Pumpkin PiePA, a potato dumpling with butternut squash, bacon and bleu cheese with Spin Cycle Red and a mixed berry strudel with Oyster Stout; get all three small-plate pairings for $15 after 5 p.m.  


– Pilgrim's presents a free Grand Teton tasting starting at 3:30 including the Sweet Grass pale, a Citra/Chinook fresh hop IPA, Pursuit of Hoppiness imperial red, barrel-aged imperial farmhouse ale and Wake Up Call imperial coffee porter.


– Republic Brewing's annual Oktoberfest opens at 2 p.m. with Bavarian-style beers, games, prizes for those in costume and German-style food from The Hive Catering.

– The South Hill Growler Guys hosts a Grand Teton tasting from 4 to 7 featuring the fresh hop IPA along with Pursuit of Hoppiness imperial red, barrel-aged imperial farmhouse ale, Wake Up Call imperial coffee porter and vintage 2015 Black Cauldron imperial stout.

– A Sockeye tasting runs from 4 to 7 at the Coeur d'Alene Growler Guys with El Jefe salted lime Mexican-style lager, Socktoberfest, barrel-aged Apple Jacked amber and Huggy Bear dark sour.

– The Filling Station on 5th hosts its Fill Freshtival starting today at 5 featuring 10 fresh hop beers plus prizes and food specials. 

– Twelve String taps a rum barrel-aged imperial pumpkin porter

– The Valley Total Wine has a Meet Your Craft Brewer tasting from 6:30 to 8:30 (brewery to be announced); cost is $10.


– Badass Backyard Brewing plans to open its new taproom from noon to 8 at 1415 N. Argonne (in the Argonne Mission Center), pending final inspections.

– Republic Brewing's Oktoberfest continues from noon to 10.

– Sandpoint's 219 Lounge holds a fresh hop festival from 1 to 7 with brewery reps, brats and sauerkraut, and live music.

– The Fill Freshtival continues at Coeur d'Alene's Filling Station on 5th.

– The Northpointe Total Wine has a Meet Your Craft Brewer tasting from 3 to 5 (brewery to be announced); cost is $10.

– Moscow's second annual Scotstoberfest with the Border Highlanders runs from 5:30 to 9:30 at Rants & Raves. 

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

Fight to the fresh

UPDATE: The Freshtival has been postponed until next weekend, Oct. 21-22, because of Friday's forecast for wind gusts up to 50 mph. That could create unsafe conditions in the outside tent, Lantern owner Mike Dolmage says.


Get ready for a fresh-hop smackdown this weekend at The Lantern Tap House.

The South Perry pub’s fourth annual Freshtival on Friday and Saturday features 14 fresh hop beers on tap each day in the outside tent – from the Southern Region (Oregon/southern Idaho)  on Friday, and the Northern Region (Washington/North Idaho) on Saturday.

Customers will vote for their favorites, with the winners announced at 9 each night. The tent is open Friday from 4 to 10, and Saturday from 2 to 10.

The initial tasting package costs $10, which includes a commemorative glass (good for both days) and five drink tokens; you get a 2-ounce pour for two tokens, or a full pint for five. Extra tokens are $1 each.

There will be live music inside the Lantern each night at 9, with Lucas Brown on Friday and Troubadour on Saturday.

The beer lineup includes:


Beer Valley Leafer Madness Imperial IPA (Chinook, 9 percent ABV)

Breakside Citra Tall Guy IPA (6.8)

Crux Crystal Zwickle Belgian Pale (6)

Deschutes Chasin’ Freshies IPA (Centennial, 7.4)

Double Mountain Killer Randall Knife IPA (Mosaic, 7)

Ecliptic Altair Pale (Amarillo/Simcoe, 5.4)

Fort George Amarillo IPA (6.5)

Grand Teton Mega Blend IPA (Citra/Chinook, NA)

HUB Estate Fresh Hop (Willamette/Cascade, 5)

Laurelwood Free Range Red (Cascade, 6.1)

Ninkasi Total Crystalation IPA (Crystal, 6.7)

Ordnance Fresh MJ IPA (Centennial, 6.6)

Payette Johnny Cashmere (4.2)

Pfriem Citra Pale (5.5)


7 Seas Hop Prophet IPA (Citra, 6)

Bale Breaker Piled High IPA (Simcoe, 7.2)

Cloudburst/Bale Breaker Citra Slicker IPA (Citra/Loral, 6.2)

Black Raven Fresh Hop Pale (Amarillo, 5.7)

Fremont Cowiche Canyon Pale (Citra/Simcoe, 6)

Georgetown Johnny Utah Pale (Citra, 5.6)

Iron Goat Citra/Mosaic IPA (6.6)

MickDuff’s Citra IPA (NA)

Paradise Creek Loral IPA (6.8)

River City Funkadelicious (Amarillo, 5.8)

Schooner Exact Amarillo IPA (6.1)

Trickster’s Wet Spot Simcoe IPA (7)

Twelve String Simcoe IPA (6.5)

Waddell’s 100 Year Session IPA (NA)

GABF gold for PSB

Perry Street Brewing today won a gold medal for its Session IPL at the Great American Beer Festival in Denver, the nation’s largest beer event.

And Kootenai River Brewing in Bonners Ferry became the Inland Northwest's first repeat winner, receiving bronze for its McGreagor Scottish Ale – duplicating its showing in that category two years ago. 

Those are the fifth and sixth medals for area breweries since the competition started 30 years ago. Previous gold medal winners were No-Li for Crystal Bitter (now Spin Cycle Red) in 2012 and the former Coeur d’Alene Brewing for its Centennial Pale Ale in 1988, while Laughing Dog earned bronze for its IPA in 2012.

"We're so excited," says Perry owner/brewer Ben Lukes (pictured). "That was definitely the one (assistant brewer) Riley (Elmer) and I always championed as the best beer we do."

At 4.6 percent alcohol by volume and 45 International Bitterness Units, the IPL (India pale lager) is hopped with Mosaic and Simcoe and fermented with Czech pilsner yeast. "I just love the way the cleanness of that yeast allows those hops to pop through," Lukes says. 

It hasn't been available since summer, but now will return soon on a year-round basis. In the meantime, Perry just tapped another hoppy lager, an Amarillo fresh hop dubbed The Freshness (5.5 ABV).  

Perry Street and Kootenai River were among 254 breweries to win medals in this year's contest, which attracted a record 7,227 entries from 1,752 brewers across the country in 96 style categories. There were 52 entries in the session category that Perry won, and 46 in the Scottish category.

Breweries can enter the medal competition without participating in the actual event. Regional breweries pouring beer at this year’s festival were Waddell’s Brewpub, Post Falls Brewing and Moscow’s Rants & Raves. 

Seattle's Georgetown topped 311 other entries in the prestigious American-style IPA competition to take gold for its Bodhizafa, and also finished first among coffee beers with Gusto Crema (both of which were served at the recent Inland Northwest Craft Beer Festival).

Breakside brought home three medals: gold, rye beer, Rye Curious; silver, classic English-style pale ale, ESB; and bronze, Australian/international-style pale ale, Lunch Break ISA. Fellow Portland brewery The Commons won silver for other Belgian-style ales with Petite Classique, and bronze in specialty saisons with Creme de Peche. 

And Montana's Uberbrew, from Billings, won four medals – gold in imperial India pale ale for Humulus Insani and in American-style wheat beer with yeast for White Noise, silver in double red ale for Average at Best and bronze in American-style black ale for Alpha Force Double Tap – and was named Small Brewing Company of the Year.

Overall, Oregon breweries totaled 21 medals to 14 for Washington, six for Montana and two for Idaho. Other Northwest winners include:

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Still fresh at five

Just a reminder – among this weekend’s busy craft beer schedule, there are a few events of particular interest to fresh-hop fans:

– Today, River City releases its Funkadelicious Fresh Hop, brewed with newly harvested, fruity Amarillo (5.8 percent alcohol by volume, 60 International Bitterness Units).

– Just a few blocks to the west, the Steel Barrel hosts a Fremont Fresh Hop Festival starting at 6 featuring all four of the Seattle brewery’s single-hop offerings – Centennial, Simcoe, Citra and Mosaic – plus the organic Cowiche Canyon blend.

There also will be prize raffles and beers Randalled through fresh homegrown hops; adjoining eatery Zona Blanca is preparing a fresh-hop ceviche.

– And on Saturday, Manito Tap House will pour more than two dozen fresh-hop beers from around the region as part of its fifth anniversary celebration.

You’ll find those five Fremonts, plus local offerings including Funkadelicious, Iron Goat’s Citra/Mosaic, Twelve String’s Mosaic red, Perry Street’s Simcoe and MickDuff’s Wet Hop.

And there will be the likes of Bale Breaker’s Piled High and Citra Slicker, Georgetown’s fresh Johnny Utah and Eddie Haskell, Deschutes’ Hop Trip, Boundary Bay’s Amarillo, Breakside’s Citra Tall Guy, Pelican’s Elemental Santium, Laurelwood’s fresh Free Range, Beer Valley’s fresh Leafer Madness and Crux’s Dr. Jack.

The freshies start flowing at 11 a.m. An anniversary party from 5 to 9 will include trivia contest giveaways, a prize piñata, $1 off pints and free souvenir glasses while supplies last; the bar area will be standing-room only to fit in more folks.      

Putting Old Iron in the fire

A third brewer is getting ready to set up shop at Spokane’s downtown brewery incubator.

Travis Thosath of TT’s Old Iron Brewery is finalizing lease arrangements and preparing to apply for permits with an eye toward opening around the end of the year.

“It’s a unique opportunity that I couldn’t pass up,” Thosath says. “I’ve been spending as much time down there as I can, learning the big system.”

The incubator in the Luminaria Building north of Second and Madison, with its attached Steel Barrel taproom and Zona Blanca ceviche bar, has a seven-barrel system designed to be shared by up to five brewers. Little Spokane and Young Buck are the original tenants.

While he looks forward to someday opening his own place, Thosath says, “In the meantime, the co-op is awesome. I have a lot to learn. It’s the right fit for me.”

Thosath started hobby brewing with malt extracts some 20 years ago before getting serious and switching to all-grain brewing in 2014, and got some commercial experience helping out at Zythum Brewing last summer.

He’s developed a variety of recipes, some of which use rye along with barley for spicier flavors. “It puts a little twist on things, something a little different,” he says.

Like the brewery itself, the beers will have car-related names. Old Iron is a reference to the vintage autos at Thosath’s home southeast of Spokane, including two Model Ts – a 1920 touring and 1926 roadster – plus a 1955 Buick and his regular ride, a 1956 Chevy truck that he rebuilt.

“It will be a little bit of an education for people,” he says.

There’s still plenty of educating to do about beer itself, Thosath adds: “So many people haven’t tapped into the craft beer world yet. There’s a lot of opportunity there. You just have to get them to try it.”

Your weekly planner


– Cheney's New Boundary is celebrating Eastern Washington University homecoming with $1 off pints today, including special red beers while they last.

– English Setter has brought back its fall Open Season Apple, brewed with fresh, unpasteurized cider from Green Bluff.



– No-Li launches a monthly Firkin First Friday series from 5 to 8 with a blackberry-infused version of its amber ale. 



– Pints Alehouse is pouring what it calls "the greatest lineup of hop-centric beers we have ever tapped at once," including the Bale Breaker Piled High, Fremont Cowiche Canyon and Pfriem Citrus fresh hops; Melvin's Hubert pale, IPA and 2x4 imperial IPA; and Knee Deep's Breaking Bud IPA and Hoptologist imperial IPA. 

– No-Li launches its weekly Thoughtful Thursdays today, with Pumpkin PiePA on tap; 100 percent of proceeds from sales between 5 and 8 goes to the brewery's Giving From the Source community fund.



– A Dangerous Outcome strong ale (9.2 percent alcohol by volume, 70 International Bitterness Units) is today's weekly small-batch release at Daft Badger.

– Crafted Tap House hosts a New Belgium tap takeover Thursday night featuring the 25th-anniversary Fat Tire and Friends collaborations with other breweries around the country.


A look at the upcoming week in local craft beer:


– G-String Blonde is beer of the week at Twelve String, with $4 pints and $8 growler fills.

– Browne's Addition is the featured neighborhood for this month's LocALE Mondays at No-Li; get a free souvenir pint glass with a purchase of Crony brown ale between 5 and 8 p.m.

– Northern Ales in Kettle Falls has released a sessionable (4.2 percent ABV) Cascade fresh hop pale.


– No-Li's weekly Flights & Bites starting at 5 features three sliders paired with house beers – chicken and waffle (with beer syrup) and Chai Spice Rise & Grind, fried PB&J and Big Goosey IPA and steak/bleu cheese with Born & Raised IPA – for $15.


– Pilgrim's presents a free Elysian tasting starting at 3:30, including four pumpkin beers – the standard Night Owl, Punkuccino coffee, Dark O' the Moon stout and Great Pumpkin imperial – plus Break Beat and Day Glow IPAs.


– Twelve String has a release party starting at noon for its Mosaic Fresh Hop Red IPA.

– Iron Goat is the guest for Steady Flow Growler House's Fill Up the Town tap takeover, with food by Shameless Sausages; a portion of proceeds benefits the WSU Veterinary Teaching Hospital.  

– Nectar Wine and Beer welcomes its October brewery of the month, No-Li, with a tasting from 6 to 8; get a flight of six featured beers for $10 including Switch Hitter golden ale, Red, White and No-Li pale, Spin Cycle red, Crony brown, Born & Raised IPA and barrel-aged Wrecking Ball imperial stout with ancho chilies. 


– River City releases its Funkadelicious fresh hop pale, brewed with Amarillos from this year's crop. 

– Wallace's North Idaho Mountain Brew observes Oktoberfest today and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. with a pretzel party tonight.

– Post Falls Brewing kicks off its three-day Oktoberfest celebration at 2 p.m. with live music by Son of Brad at 6, food trucks and a Dr. Roktoberfest beer release.   

– The Steam Plant releases its seasonal Pumpkin Ale and a Boiler 6 India pale lager made with locally produced Palouse Pint malt for First Friday starting at 3, along with new menu items incorporating spent brewing grain (flatbread and pretzel bite samples will be available).

– A Hop Valley tasting at the Coeur d'Alene Growler Guys from 4 to 7 features Double D Blonde, VIP Vanilla Porter and Alpha Centauri imperial IPA. 

– Iron Goat hosts a Goat Grrls group art show by women employees for First Friday; a reception from 5 to 8 features food specials and live music by Buffalo Jones.

– An Oktoberfest beginning at 5 in Post Fall's Q'emlin Park, to benefit the Historical Society, will include beer by Daft Badger, Downdraft, English Setter, Laughing Dog, No-Li, Orlison, Paradise Creek, Post Falls Brewing, Rants & Raves, River City, Selkirk Abbey, Twelve String and Wallace.  

– The Coeur d'Alene Capone's has its 25th anniversary party from 5 p.m. on with specials, prizes and music by The Rub and Working Spliffs.  

– Coeur d'Alene's Grille From Ipanema hosts a brewer's night with Mad Bomber – which makes the house special Ipanema Black Brazilian-inspired ale – from 5:30 to 8, with two-for-one specials on the beer.

– All four of Fremont's single fresh-hop beers – Centennial, Simcoe, Citra and Mosaic – plus the organic Cowiche Canyon Simcoe/Citra blend will be on tap, along with other beers Randalled through fresh hops, for a tasting event starting at 6 at the Steel Barrel.

– Twelve String taps a cask of Roundabout Confusion harvest ale conditioned over chile peppers.


– Manito Tap House celebrates its fifth anniversary with a Fresh Hop Festival featuring at least 25 beers starting at 11 a.m., plus giveaways (trivia contests and a prize pinata) and $1 off pints (with free logo glasses while supplies last) from 5 to 9; the bar will be standing room only to fit more people inside. 

– Arbor Crest's second annual Oktoberfest today and Sunday from noon to 5 includes a seasonal beer release from in-house Square Wheel Brewing plus a German menu by Catered For You and live music from Benton and Gallagher, and Ryan Larsen.

– North Idaho Mountain Brew's Oktoberfest continues from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. in Wallace with a full German menu, accordion music and special Figtoberfest beer release.

– Post Falls Brewing's Oktoberfest continues from noon to 10 with live music by Current Flow and the Devon Wade Band.

– Brewery-in-progress Four Eyed Guys will tap a watermelon Beer Goggle Gose at 3 p.m. at Bellwether, where it was brewed.  


– Arbor Crest's Oktoberfest continues from noon to 5.

– Post Falls Brewing's Oktoberfest continues from noon to 8. 

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