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While everyone's still catching their breath from a busy Craft Beer Week, several events are in the works for this week as well:


– Today is your last chance to get this month's Mead neighborhood commemorative pint glass at No-Li's LocALE Monday from 5 to 8 ($5, or free with a pint of Switch Hitter Golden Ale). 


– Inland Northwest Girls Pint Out meets at 6:30 at Steady Flow Growler House (get a free glass growler with a pint or taster tray purchase).


– Pilgrim's welcomes California's Humboldt Brewing for a free tasting starting at 3:30. 

– The #SpoBU Twitter meetup group has its monthly gathering from 4 to 6 at Bellwether.


– Bellwether's latest Community Pint Night benefits Higher Ground Animal Sanctuary, with $1 from every pint sold between 3 and 9 going to the Green Bluff rescue group.


– The North Side Growler Guys rings in the Memorial Day weekend with a Blast Off from 2 to 5, featuring beer specials, prize raffles and more.


– Green Bluff's 238 Brewing has an Honor Our Vets day from noon to 7 to benefit Women 4 Wounded Warriors, with the Inland Empire Car Show, Family Pitmasters barbecue and music by Darin Hildebrand.

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

Your weekly roundup

A few odds and ends from this past Spokane (and American) Craft Beer Week:

– Congrats to the winners of the homebrewers' contests at Orlison and Bellwether. Adam Boyd's Lederhosen Luau, a Citra dry-hopped Berliner Weisse with pineapple, will be commercially brewed and served in Orlison's taproom this summer. And Dillon Hueser, whose Northwest Pale Ale with brewing partner Cool Ricky won the Bellwether competition, will get to brew a commercial batch there (recipe to be determined). 

– No-Li took home two more medals in international competition. Spin Cycle Red earned one of the four gold medals in the Special/ESB/Best Bitter category and Born & Raised one of eight bronzes at the Australian International Beer Awards, where the brewery previously won bronze for Mosh Pit tart cherry and Rise & Grind coffee milk stout.

– Yesterday's Red, White & No-Li small-batch festival sold out well in advance, so you'll want to get the jump on tickets for the next one: the Backyard BBQ fest on Aug. 27, now on sale. In the meantime, check out No-Li's new Rockin' on the River summer concert series Saturdays at 7 on the patio through Sept. 10.

– Paradise Creek's tart blood orange saison/Berliner Weisse blend, brewed jointly with MickDuff's, was one of the Craft Beer Week collaboration highlights. Now you can take a video tour of the brewery housed in a historic Pullman post office.   

By the way, Paradise Creek's new hours take effect next week; the taproom will be closed on Mondays, but open earlier at 11:30 a.m. the rest of the week, through 10 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, 11 on Friday-Saturday and 9 on Sunday.  

– Finally, big thanks to Matt Hanson from Whistle Punk and everyone else who worked hard to make Spokane's second annual Craft Beer Week a success. Not only was it great fun, it helps build the kind of culture where every week becomes a craft beer week.

Craft Beer Week: The Weekend



The end of Spokane (and American) Craft Beer Week is in sight, but not before several more opportunities to indulge this weekend:


– Big Barn celebrates Armed Forces Day with $1 hot dogs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., plus $3 pints and $8 growler fills for members of the military; and owner/brewer Craig Deitz visits the North Spokane Total Wine from 3 to 5 for a Drink Local: Meet Your Craft Brewer event ($10 for beer samples, pizza and a discount growler fill coupon).

– Selkirk Abbey releases this year's barrel-aged Guilt imperial Belgian-style porter, and offers cigar pairings from Bulldog Pipe & Cigar for it and three other beers – 12˚ Belgian strong dark ale, Selkirk Grace Scottish ale and Infidel IPA – from 1 to 8 along with the Meltz gourmet grilled cheese truck.   

– Sorry, the Red, White & No-Li small-batch festival is sold out (though tickets for their next one go on sale today).

– Hopped Up taps a Creme Brulee Stout, with the Mustard's Last Stand sausage and hot dog truck arriving at 3 and live music by Wyatt Wood at 7; get an $8 growler fill with a pint purchase. 

– Twelve String has a release party for its Double Drop D Stout, accompanied by homemade chocolate brownies (while they last).

– Lager specialist Orlison, which has been experimenting with ales, is pouring 10 new small-batch versions from 2 to 9.

– The results of Bellwether's Brewers Showdown homebrewers' contest will be announced around 5, with the winner of the public vote getting to brew a batch on the house system.

New Boundary and 238 are each tapping their Indecent Chipotle Lime IPA collaboration.

– Perry Street is offering 20-ounce $5 pours of its Kolsch, Idaho 7 single hop pale, IPL, IPA and Doma Chronic Porter.

– Honey Blonde is the daily special at Black Label ($4 pints), with live music by Dylan Hathaway at 7. 

– Huckleberry's hosts a sour beer tasting from 2 to 4 ($5 for a flight of five samplers).

– The Area 51 taphouses at both the downtown and North Side Onion Bar & Grill are holding a local IPA competition all week, with voting on blind taste-test samplers of entries by Bellwether, Big Barn, Orlison, Perry Street, River City, Waddell’s, Wallace and Whistle Punk.

– Deschutes is featured in a tap takeover from 3 to 6 at The Blackbird, including the new Pinot Sauve wine barrel-aged Belgian-style ale, 2014 Abyss imperial stout, 2014 Black Butte XXVI imperial porter and the lemon-accented Hop Slice session IPA.

– Manito Tap House is pouring a 2015 Firestone Walker Sour Opal

– Goose Island's Bourbon County Stout is the daily special at Republic Pi.

– Steady Flow Growler House (which is offering $1 off pints and $2 off fills today for active/guard/reserve service members) and Waddell’s Brewpub (which has a special beer-infused fresh sheet menu) are doing local tap takeovers all week, along with weeklong beer specials at Laughing DogBlack Label and the Steam Plant plus $8 growler fills at Bennidito's Brewpub.



– New Boundary's Pints 4 Paws 5K Dog Jog at 11 a.m. benefits SpokAnimal ($35 entry fee; walkers and well-behaved, vaccinated dogs welcome).

– Bellwether hosts a community potluck from noon to 2, featuring beer specials and Young Buck brewer Cameron Johnson on hand with his Orange Creamsicle cream ale.

– Big Barn's first concert of the season features the band Big Red Barn from 2 to 5 p.m., with the Mac Daddy's food truck on hand and a visit from local maltster Joel Williamson of Palouse Pint from 3 to 6.

– Republic Brewing's Taste of Republic brewer's dinner at 7 features food from six local restaurants paired with the house beers ($40 per person; call 509-775-2700 for availability).

Craft Beer Week: Friday

Thank God it's Friday and we've made it through the first four days of Spokane (and American) Craft Beer Week. Here's what's in store for today, for those still standing (check back throughout the day for late-breaking updates):

Twelve String releases its rum barrel-aged, Mojito-infused Golden Strong Ale starting at noon, to be accompanied by a special Caribbean jerk chicken wrap from the 3 Ninjas food truck this evening.

– The four finalists – a saison, coffee stout, Green Bullet-hopped IPA and Citra dry-hopped pineapple Berliner Weisse – square off in Orlison's Backyard Beers of Summer homebrew contest starting at 4, with the winner (determined by your vote) having their recipe commercially brewed and served in the taproom.

– The Brewers Showdown homebrewers competition continues at Bellwether, along with the release of a bottle-conditioned hot pepper saison and  live music by the Marco Polo Collective at 8 ($6 cover).

– The South Hill Growler Guys welcomes Fremont for a tasting from 4 to 7, with the Summer Ale, Session Pale, Dark Heron IPA, The Sister imperial IPA and bourbon barrel-aged Abominable (better known as B-BOMB).

– From 5 to 7, Steady Flow Growler House (which is now doing Crowlers) features beers by newcomers Young Buck and Little Spokane from the downtown brewery incubator, with $1 from each growler or pint purchase supporting the incubator's soon-to-open Steel Barrel taproom; the Mac Daddy's gourmet mac-and-cheese food truck will provide nourishment.

– The Coeur d'Alene Growler Guys celebrates its six-month anniversary all day with 60 cents off pints, $6 pizzas and $6 crowler fills of selected local beers and ciders.

– Black Label taps a firkin of its Palouse SMaSH collaboration with Badass Backyard, brewed with locally produced Palouse Pint malt, at 6 p.m. ($2 pints) with Palouse Pint's Joel Williamson on hand from 5 to 7 followed by live music with Haley Young and Jay Condiotti.

– The Palouse SMaSH also will be pouring from 4 to 8 at Badass (usually open only on Saturdays).

– Hopped Up has a daylong release party for its Palouse English Pale Ale, also made with Palouse Pint malt, with Williamson stopping by from 7 to 9; don't forget the weekly special, $8 growler fills with a pint purchase.

– Waddell's is pouring its new summer seasonal The Black Berry kettle sour.

– River City's Randall for the weekend is Clocktower IPA over fresh oranges.

– Trickster's taps its Tricky SIMphony (Simcoe single-hop Cascadian dark ale) collaboration with Twelve String. 

– MickDuff's is serving its Sour Blood Orange Saison collaboration with Paradise Creek.

– Sorry, Big Barn's tasting class at the Spokane Valley Total Wine is sold out.

– The Area 51 taphouses at both the downtown and North Side Onion Bar & Grill are holding a local IPA competition all week, with voting on blind taste-test samplers of entries by Bellwether, Big Barn, Orlison, Perry Street, River City, Waddell’s, Wallace and Whistle Punk.

– Perry Street's Ben Lukes and four of his beers will be featured in a Meet the Brewer night from 5 to 7 at Manito Tap House.

– Firestone Walker's 2013 §ucaba barrel-aged barleywine is the day's specialty at The Blackbird.

– The Lantern Tap House is pouring Double Mountain's Off the Wagon Belgian-style barleywine,

– The Flying Goat has New Belgium's La Folie sour brown, while sister restaurant Republic Pi is pouring the Le Terroir dry-hopped sour.

– Steady Flow Growler House and Waddell’s Brewpub have local tap takeovers all week (with a special beer-infused fresh sheet menu at Waddell’s), along with weeklong beer specials at Laughing DogBlack Label and the Steam Plant plus $8 growler fills at Bennidito's Brewpub.

Craft Beer Week: Thursday

Four days in, Spokane (and American) Craft Beer Week shows no signs of slowing down. Here’s a look at what’s on today’s docket (keep checking back for late-breaking updates):

– Twelve String welcomes six of its local colleagues from noon to 10 for Guest Brewery Night, with a tap lineup including No-Li’s Copper Donkey aged in Dry Fly wheat whiskey barrels; Orlison’s Roast House Stout aged in Irish whiskey barrels; Perry Street’s wine barrel-aged Chardonnay Tripel; River City’s Midnight Marmot imperial stout conditioned over raspberries and French oak chips; Trickster’s tart Berliner Weisse (with raspberry syrup) and Waddell’s Strong Peach Sour.

– Hopped Up taps a spiced rum-barrel aged strong ale when it opens at 3, along with a sour aged for eight months; all week, get $8 growler fills of regular beers with the purchase of a pint.

– Orlison’s Barrel Aged Beer Night from 5 to 9 features 2 Finger Pour from Old Forester bourbon barrels, Toasted Dragon from 3 Howls gin barrels and Roast House Stout from 3 Howls hopped whiskey barrels.

– Badass Backyard Brewing, which normally operates only on Saturdays, will be open from 4 to 8 and pouring its Palouse SMaSH collaboration with Black Label, made with locally produced Palouse Pint malt.

– Bellwether has a Meet the Owners Night from 5 to 8, with tours at 5 and 7 and special guest Joel Williamson from Palouse Pint, and also launches its Brewers Showdown homebrewers' contest, which continues through Saturday; buy a flight and vote for your favorite among the five entrants.

– Sorry, the Perry Street brewers’ dinner at Durkin’s Liquor Bar is sold out.

– Everyone is invited by the Brewers Association to participate in a nationwide toast at 5 p.m. in honor of American Craft Beer Week.

– An Iron Goat pint night runs from 5 to 8 at the Flying Goat, while a special beer-themed trivia night starts at 6:30 in the Iron Goat taproom.

– Coeur d’Alene’s Filling Station on 5th brings in Montana’s Madison River Brewing for a tasting from 5 to 7 including Golden Willie cream ale, River Hopper pale, River Dropper IPA and The Juice double IPA, with $8 growler fills of each.   

– The Lantern Tap House hosts a No-Li night featuring the Big Juicy and Komrade imperial IPAs, plus a kettle sour, from 6 to 8 followed by live music by Buffalo Jones at 9.

– Wallace Brewing has a brewery tour with owner Chase Sanborn at 6:30, followed by a tasting; cost is $8.

– The Area 51 taphouses at both the downtown and North Side Onion Bar & Grill are holding a local IPA competition all week, with voting on blind taste-test samplers of entries by Bellwether, Big Barn, Orlison, Perry Street, River City, Waddell’s, Wallace and Whistle Punk.

– The Orange You Glad We Said Chocolate blood orange/chocolate porter collaboration by the Steam Plant and Waddell's is on tap at the North Spokane Growler Guys.

– The Blackbird features the Goat Breaker tart blood orange IPA collaboration by Iron Goat and Bale Breaker.

– Manito Tap House is serving a cellar release of Avery’s 2015 Mephistopheles imperial stout.

– Deschutes’ 2015 Abyss imperial stout is the day’s specialty at Republic Pi.

– Steady Flow Growler House and Waddell’s Brewpub have local tap takeovers all week (with a special beer-infused fresh sheet menu at Waddell’s), along with weeklong beer specials at Laughing DogBlack Label and the Steam Plant plus $8 growler fills at Bennidito's Brewpub.


Craft Beer Week: Collaborations

Like last year, the heart of the second annual Spokane Craft Beer Week is the collaborations produced by pairs of area breweries.

And like the Grinch, that heart has grown three sizes this year. Nineteen beers will be on tap at today’s Collaboration Celebration from 4 to 7 p.m. on the riverside patio at No-Li, up from last year’s six.

Ten dollars gets you in the door with tickets for your first five 4-ounce pours. Live music will be provided by Wyatt Wood.

Your beer choices will include:

Citraweizen, Northern Ales/Quartzite: A traditional banana-and-pear-accented, unfiltered wheat beer hopped with Citra for more fruit character (4.7 percent alcohol by volume, 10 International Bitterness Units).

Farm-Dog Berry Kolsch, Big Barn/English Setter:  Clean, crisp German-style ale/lager hybrid enhanced with elderberries for a taste reminiscent of wild huckleberries (6.3, 19).

Ryenot Steam Lager, Slate Creek/Wallace: American-style lager/ale hybrid with spicy rye malt and earthy, minty Northern Brewer hops (4.8, 18).

Dr. G’s American Gruit Ale, Bellwether/Mad Bomber:  Hopped herb beer with rosemary, sage, lemongrass and black pepper over a rye-accented malt body (8, 28).   

Palouse SMaSH, Badass Backyard/Black Label: Pale ale brewed with locally produced Palouse Pint pilsner malt and fruity/spicy Cleopatra hops (5.2, 34).

Sour SMaSH, No-Li/Orlison: Single-malt, single-hop kettle sour with tart lemon notes and a fruity character from Idaho 7 hops (5, 15).

Tart Saison, Perry Street/River City: Crisp kettle sour fermented with French saison yeast (5.5, 24).

Sour Blood Orange Saison, MickDuff’s/Paradise Creek:  Sessionable saison blended with Paradise Creek’s tart Berliner Weisse and infused with blood orange puree (5.4, 15).

Goat Breaker Blood Orange Tart IPA, Bale Breaker/Iron Goat: Slightly sour offering with a wheat and specialty malt body balanced by Citra and experimental hops (6.5, 70).

Indecent IPA, 238/New Boundary: Brewed with chipotle peppers and lime juice (6.5, 90).

Whistling Frog Patio Season IPA, Top Frog/Whistle Punk: Bright, citrusy and juicy (5.5, 55).

Tricky SIMphony, Trickster’s/Twelve String: Single-hop Cascadian dark ale made with four different forms of Simcoe: whole leaf, pellets, extract and lupulin powder (7.3, 15).

Orange You Glad We Said Chocolate, Steam Plant/Waddell’s: Big but smooth-drinking porter with Ghirardelli chocolate, cocoa nibs, fresh blood orange peel plus concentrate and spicy Nugget hops (7.5, 50).

Also on the darker side, look for the 5 Chimneys blend from five North Idaho breweries, made up of Josiah's Revenge imperial stout from Daft Badger; Downdraft's Anonymous Amber; Laughing Dog's imperial oatmeal stout; Slate Creek's Salmon Run Red and Selkirk Abbey's Guilt Belgian-style porter.

And to top it all off, there will be five variations on Spokane's Downtown Collaboration Cream Ale (5.5, 15): the straight base beer by River City; Black Label’s honey-cardamom version; the Steam Plant’s horchata take, with cinnamon and vanilla; and both an orange creamsicle and complex, dark-accented Penumbra interpretation by Young Buck.

For the rest of today's Craft Beer Week activities, see the post below.    

Craft Beer Week: Wednesday

The Collaboration Celebration (see post above) may be the big news today, but there’s plenty more going on during this third day of Spokane (and American) Craft Beer Week (keep checking back through the day for late-breaking updates):

– Twelve String has an IPA Day with $1 off pints and growlers from noon to 9, and also will be serving a cabernet barrel-aged porter and syrah barrel stout.  

– Hopped Up releases its new Wrong Way IPA (dedicated to those drivers headed east on one-way west Sprague Avenue in front of the brewery), with Magnum, Ahtanum and lots of Cascade hops, starting at 3; get an $8 growler fill of all regular beers with a pint purchase.

– Wallace Brewing has a release party for its Ryenot Steam Lager collaboration with Slate Creek from 3 to 8.

– Pilgrim’s in Coeur d’Alene hosts a free tasting featuring Montana’s Madison River Brewing beginning at 3:30, with the Salmon Fly Honey Rye, Dropper IPA, The Juice Double IPA, Copper John Scotch Ale and Black Ghost Oatmeal Stout.

– Orlison taps its first-ever firkin at 4, full of Not So Red Northwest Brown.

– Slate Creek will pour its Ryenot collaboration with Wallace when it opens at 5, along with the 5 Chimneys blended stout collaboration with Daft Badger, Downdraft, Laughing Dog and Selkirk Abbey (also on tap at Downdraft and Selkirk).

– Iron Goat is serving two returning recipes from last year's Year of the Goat small-batch series – Catalan Red and Oatmeal Pale – along with its Goat Breaker tart blood orange IPA collaboration with Bale Breaker.

– Daft Badger’s weekly Wednesday small-batch release is the return of Peach Perfect pumpkin peach ale, originally brewed in response to this infamous Super Bowl ad.

– Bennidito’s Brewpub releases its latest single-hop pale, starring Columbus.

– Bellwether’s beer-themed trivia night runs from 7:30 to 9.

– Moscow's Rants & Raves taps a small-batch medieval-style braggot honey beer at 6.

– The Area 51 taphouses at both the downtown and North Side Onion Bar & Grill are holding a local IPA competition all week, with voting on blind taste-test samplers of entries by Bellwether, Big Barn, Orlison, Perry Street, River City, Waddell’s, Wallace and Whistle Punk.

– The 2015 Lost Abbey Santo Ron Diego spiced rum barrel-aged strong ale and Fremont''s 2015 Kentucky Dark Star bourbon barrel-aged imperial oatmeal stout are the day’s specialties at Manito Tap House.

– The Blackbird offers a whiskey barrel-aged version of River City’s Midnight Marmot imperial stout.

– Deschutes’ 2014 Not the Stoic barrel-aged Belgian-style quad with pomegranate molasses will be pouring at The Lantern Tap House

– The Flying Goat has No-Li’s bourbon barrel-aged Rise & Grind coffee milk stout.

– Look for the 2015 Firestone Walker Velvet Merkin barrel-aged oatmeal stout at Republic Pi.

– Steady Flow Growler House and Waddell’s Brewpub have local tap takeovers all week (with a special beer-infused fresh sheet menu at Waddell’s), along with weeklong beer specials at Laughing Dog, Black Label and the Steam Plant.

Craft Beer Week: Tuesday

OK, we survived Day One of Spokane (and American) Craft Beer Week, let’s do it all over again today.

Here’s a rundown of what Tuesday has in store for us; check back through the day for late-breaking updates. (And thanks much to all who came out for our On Tap kickoff party at Perry Street last night.)

– Twelve String is serving its last three anniversary beers – Volume 2 Cascadian dark ale, Volume 3 imperial red and Volume 4 whiskey barrel-aged barleywine – as well as 2013 Dry Fly barrel-aged Electric Slide imperial IPA and cognac barrel-aged Grapefruit Sour from 3 to 9 p.m.

– Bellwether offers a flight of five beers with accompanying dessert pairings by Batch Bakeshop from 4 to 8 p.m. ($20), and taps its Dr. G’s hopped American gruit collaboration with Mad Bomber (brewed with rye, rosemary, sage, lemongrass and black pepper).

– Perry Street reprises last year ’s Night of the Living Kolsch ($2 for 12-ounce pours, $3 for pints) and introduces its new Taco Tuesdays (two for $5).

– Orlison’s monthly Community Pint Night benefits Camp Stix, with $1 from every pint sold between 5 and 9 p.m. supporting the summer camp for children with diabetes.

– No-Li will pour its American Craft Beer Week imperial porter (a recipe also being made by more than 100 other craft breweries across the country) for Brewsday Tuesday from 5:30 to 7:30.

– A firkin of River City’s passionfruit pineapple golden ale will be tapped at The Lantern starting at 6.

– English Setter releases its Elderberry Kolsch collaboration with Big Barn ($3.50 pints all week).

– Black Label has $4 pint specials on its Honey Spice downtown collaboration cream ale.

– Selkirk Abbey has tapped its North Idaho collaboration beer with Daft Badger, Downdraft, Laughing Dog and Slate Creek, a 5 Chimneys blend of dark ales from each brewery. 

– The Area 51 taphouses at both the downtown and North Side Onion Bar & Grill are holding a local IPA competition all week, with voting on blind taste-test samplers of entries by Bellwether, Big Barn, Orlison, Perry Street, River City, Waddell’s, Wallace and Whistle Punk.

– Manito Tap House is featuring a cellar release of North Coast’s Old Rasputin XVIII rye imperial stout, along with a No-Li tap takeover from 5 to 7 featuring whiskey barrel-aged Tandem imperial red.

– The 2015 Cuvee des Jacobins Rouge sour is today’s specialty pour at The Blackbird.

– Steady Flow Growler House and Waddell’s Brewpub have local tap takeovers all week (with a special beer-infused fresh sheet menu at Waddell’s), along with weeklong beer specials at Laughing Dog and the Steam Plant.

Craft Beer Week: Monday

Christmas comes in May starting today for local beer lovers with the kickoff of Spokane (and American) Craft Beer Week.

Here’s a rundown of today’s beer-related activities around the area. Look for more of the same here each day during the week.

(Because of the sheer volume of events, we aren’t doing our usual Monday look-ahead at the entire week. But you can still see what’s coming up by clicking on the “Events” calendar in the upper right corner of this page.)

– Twelve String and Trickster’s release their Craft Beer Week collaboration – a single-hop Cascadian dark ale brewed with four different forms of Simcoe (leaf, pellets, extract and dust) – at Twelve String from 3 to 9 p.m., with the Bite Me food truck.

– Variations on a cream ale jointly brewed by six downtown breweries will pour at River City from 3 to 9, including the host’s ginger version; the Steam Plant’s horchata take, with cinnamon, sugar and vanilla; Black Label’s Honey Spiced, with cardamom and homegrown honey; a cucumber-infused offering from Little Spokane; Orange Creamsicle from Young Buck, plus an Orlison offering. Get a four-ounce pour of each plus a pint of your favorite for $12.

– Perry Street presents a kickoff party co-sponsored by Spokane7 and this blog from 5 to 8, with brewery tours, beer specials and raffle tickets with each pint purchased toward On Tap and local brewery merchandise (plus the opportunity to talk beer with yours truly).

– No-Li offers its commemorative Mead neighborhood pint glass for $5 (free with a pint purchase of Switch Hitter Golden Ale) in its weekly LocALE Monday from 5 to 8.

– Limited-release No-Li beers will be featured in a tap takeover at Republic Pi from 6 to 8.

– Nectar Wine and Beer has a Prairie Artisan Ales tasting from 6 to 8 with the Oklahoma brewery’s Standard farmhouse ale, Flare gose, Funky Gold Simcoe dry-hopped sour, Phantasmagoria double IPA and Bomb! stout (on draft; the others are bottled). Get a flight of all five for $10.

– Manito Tap House hosts a daylong Fremont tap takeover, with two small-keg specailties.

– Firestone Walker’s 2015 Stickee Monkee bourbon barrel-aged Belgian-style quad is the daily specialty at The Blackbird.

– The Lantern Tap House features 2014 vintage Stone Double Bastard. 

– Dogfish Head's 120 Minute IPA is pouring at The Flying Goat.

– The Area 51 taphouses at both the downtown and North Side Onion Bar & Grill are holding a local IPA competition all week, with voting on blind taste-test samplers of entries by Bellwether, Big Barn, Orlison, Perry Street, River City, Waddell’s, Wallace and Whistle Punk.

– Orange You Glad We Said Chocolate orange/chocolate porter collaboration between the Steam Plant and Waddell's Brewpub goes on tap at both places today (look for beer specials all week at the Steam Plant, and a beer-infused fresh sheet menu at Waddell's).

– Black Label is doing $4 pints of SpoBock, plus $10 growler fills on most other beers.

– Steady Flow Growler House has a weeklong local tap takeover.

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Some odds and ends from the past calm-before-the-storm week in local craft beer, heading into Spokane Craft Beer Week:

– No-Li is among 100-plus breweries around the country invited to brew "The Biggest Small Beer Ever Made" – an imperial porter, with everyone using the same recipe – by the Brewers Association for American Craft Beer Week. (Check out their video poking fun at big beer.)

"We are honored to have been selected as the Washington state craft brewery to brew the recipe," says No-Li owner John Bryant. Look for it at next week's Brewsday Tuesday in the pub from 5:30 to 7:30.

– Speaking of No-Li, its next bottled barrel-aged offering is on the way: OMFG, which is Rise & Grind coffee milk stout conditioned over vanilla, chocolate and orange peel. The beer, which won a second-place people's choice award at December's Seattle Winter Beer Fest, will pour next Saturday at the Red, White and No-Li Small Batch Festival (which, sorry, is sold out).

– And speaking of small, Badass Backyard is the latest local brewery to be featured on the Seattle-based Northwest Beer Talk podcast.

– New Boundary is pouring a non-hopped Alaskan-style Water-Malone gruit (8 percent ABV), soured with watermelon, rosemary, yarrow and sweet gale.

– Finally, just in case you've been drinking under a rock all week, foreign-owned Budweiser somehow won federal regulators' approval to rename its flagship beer as America all summer. (And coincidentally, the America Clydesdales – er, InBev Clydesdales – will make a Spokane stopover next week for the Lilac Festival.)  

Going, going Argonne

Spokane Regional Transportation Council photo

Argonne Road is well on its way to becoming Beer Street in the Spokane Valley.

Millwood Brewing is taking its first solid steps on the north end, newcomer V Twin Brewing is making steady progress in the middle and Badass Backyard Brewing is looking to relocate its taproom to the south. The details:

MILLWOOD: The long-planned brewery in the former Cunningham Studio at 9013 E. Frederick (a block west of Argonne) is starting to put its pieces together.

A 10-barrel brew system was ordered last week from Hayden’s highly regarded LaBreck Stainless Works (which has also supplied the likes of MickDuff’s, Mad Bomber and the downtown brewery incubator), architectural plans have been submitted to the county for review and applications are in for state and federal brewing licenses.

“Things are looking good,” says co-owner Chuck Watkins, who’s hoping for an October opening. “We’re just going through the mountain of paperwork now.”

The name was changed from the former Mill Towne to avoid any potential trademark issues, he says.

V TWIN: Brewing equipment should start arriving this month for the motorcycle-themed brewery in a commercial strip at 2302 N. Argonne, Suite H (behind Glass Gods, across from McDonald’s, pictured above).

Co-owner/brewer Barry Black will have a 3.5-barrel electric setup from Colorado Brewing Systems that allows him to make 100-gallon batches of two different beers at the same time, or a single 200-gallon batch.

Construction continues on the space, and he’s awaiting his state and federal licenses. “If all goes well we hope to open in August, but fear September,” Black says.

BADASS: The already operating Millwood brewery is negotiating for space in the shopping area south of the freeway at Argonne and Mission (where Safeway formerly was located).

It recently learned that it can’t continue serving customers at its home-based brewery off Trent Avenue without costly improvements to bring it up to code. The new location also will have plenty of parking, which became an issue as Badass grew more popular.

There’s no projected opening date for the taproom yet, says owner/brewer Charlene Honcik, who adds that the single-barrel brewery operation itself “is staying in the backyard.”

BOTTLES: Back on the north end, in the meantime, don’t forget about this wine and beer shop next to Rocket Bakery at 3319 N. Argonne, which has an extensive bottled beer selection along with 18 taps for pours by the pint or growlers to go. 

Your weekly planner


– Trickster's today taps a tart Berliner Weisse, served straight or with a traditional raspberry syrup.

– New Boundary releases a Honey Wheat just in time for Cheney's Mayfest celebration.



– Four downtown breweries are having release parties Friday for the collaboration cream ale they brewed for next week's Spokane Craft Beer Week: Black Label's Honey Spiced (with cardamom and homegrown honey), River City's ginger version, the Steam Plant's Horchata take (with cinnamon, sugar and vanilla) and both berry and tiramisu variations plus the original by Orlison. (All will be pouring side-by-side, along with offerings from Little Spokane and Young Buck, at River City on Monday.) 



– Slate Creek taps a Slackline Saison (6.9 percent ABV) brewed with lemon peel and grains of paradise for tonight's Slate @ 8:00, with $3 pints, live music and pizza by the slice.



– Daft Badger has a "session" IPA (at 6.3 percent ABV) for its weekly Wednesday small-batch release. 


A look at the upcoming week in local craft beer:


– The new Rhythmic RyePA is the beer of the week at Twelve String, with $1 off pints and growler fills.


– Mad Bomber has a release party for its new imperial blonde ale (9.1 percent ABV) from noon to 4, with $4 pints and a guest appearance from noon to 4 by Post Falls' Up North Distillery.

– The Total Wine stores in North Spokane and the Valley are participating in a 1 p.m. webcast about this year's Sierra Nevada Beer Camp Across America collaboration mix pack (which will be available for sale); tickets are $10.

– Downdraft's Spring Fling Thing kicks off today with Bubbadogz hot dogs available starting at 2 p.m., small-batch beer releases including an India red ale and huckleberry pale at 5 and live music by Fair 2 Middlin' around 6.

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

A different vibe

Not surprisingly, there’s a reason why I write for a living instead of talking for a living. And if you’d like to hear for yourself, check out the new Social Hour podcast at the Spokane Vibe website.

Host Deece Casillas and sidekick Monica Stultz were kind enough to invite me on this week’s show to talk about the blog, Spokane Craft Beer Week (including the On Tap kickoff event next Monday at Perry Street) and the importance of buying me a beer if you spot me in the wild (actually, a simple smile and a “sup?” would suffice).

Stick around until the end to catch my feeble attempt at Ozzy Osbourne bat-head humor. (Like I said, there’s a reason …)

Meet-up at the malt shop

Palouse Pint is ready to start putting its malt where your mouth is tomorrow night.

After months of preparation, the first beers (and a whiskey) made with locally grown and produced malted barley will pour in a showcase event from 6 to 9 p.m. at Palouse Pint’s Spokane Business and Industrial Park facility in the Valley.

Tickets are $40 (available online at the above link), with proceeds benefiting Second Harvest Inland Northwest.

“We’ve been talking about this since December, or even November,” says Dan Jackson of LINC Foods, the local farmer co-op that owns the operation.

Palouse Pint’s initial malts are made with grains grown by co-op member Joseph’s Grainery in Colfax.

The first 5-ton batch was released as an English pale, but subsequent testing showed it didn’t reach the required kilning temperature and turned out to be a lighter pilsner malt.

A few breweries did what are billed as English-style beers with it based on the early label, including an IPA by Perry Street, a pale ale from Hopped Up and a mild “with a bit of a twist” by Young Buck.

The malt’s character will be particularly prominent in a pair of SMaSH (single malt and single hop) ales: one from Black Label and Badass Backyard brewed with fruity, piney, spicy Cleopatra hops, and another by Orlison with floral, herbal Tradition.

Big Barn brewed a Farm Mosaic IPA, while No-Li brings a California common (think Anchor Steam).

And Bellwether’s Thomas Croskrey, who specializes in Old World styles, has a pair of non-hopped gruits: one with yarrow, lavender, sage and grains of paradise, and a braggot (honey) version with chamomile, sage, lemon verbena, mugwort, allspice, juniper berries and coriander.

Along with the beers, Tinbender Craft Distillery did a speed-aged single-malt white whiskey.

In addition to the liquid goodness, you’ll be able to sample malt in its raw form: the original pilsner batch, another attempt at an English pale (which is awaiting test results) and a third batch made with soft white wheat instead of the usual barley.

“That should be kind of fun, especially if someone’s a brewer,” Jackson said.

But that’s not all you’ll get to eat. Clover’s Travis Dickinson and Culture Breads’ Shaun Thompson Duffy are preparing a menu including a pig roast and both pretzel rolls and tortillas made with Palouse Pint malt. The tortillas will be fried on the spot as part of a taco bar that will feature produce exclusively from LINC growers.    

A day to remember

Mad Bomber Brewing, founded by former Army Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) technicians – better known as the bomb squad – is again paying homage to its heritage.

The Hayden brewery’s third annual EOD Memorial Fundraiser on Saturday coincides with the EOD Memorial Weekend at Florida’s Eglin Air Force Base, home of the EOD Memorial Wall (pictured above) honoring those who lost their lives in the line of duty.

Along with live music, barbecue and a new beer release, the day, starting at noon, will build up to a 10 p.m. raffle drawing for a Mossberg MVP Flex bolt-action .223 rifle, which retails for $725. Raffle tickets are $10; you don’t need to be present to win.

All raffle proceeds, along with a portion of taproom sales, will benefit the EOD Warrior Foundation, which provides financial aid and other support for injured or ill EOD personnel, active and veteran, and their families.

The new beer, a fruity, citrusy Recon IPA (6.2 percent alcohol by volume, 85 International Bitterness Units) is described by brewery owner Tom Applegate as the “older, tougher brother” of the brewery’s previous St. Nicholas Pale –named after Staff Sergeant Nicholas Reid, an original Mad Bomber partner who was killed in an explosion in Afghanistan in December 2012.

The first pint of any beer is free on Saturday for those who show military ID, active or retired.