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

• Community Pint has announced an opening date of Aug. 4. The combination 24-tap beer bar, growler fill station and bottle shop in the former Jones Radiator space at 120 E. Sprague is owned and operated by longtime homebrewer TJ Wallin and his wife Sarah.

• The Nu Home Brew shop in Spokane Valley is in the final licensing stages to start brewing and selling its own beer as Genus Brewing. Initial plans call for serving a rotating variety of small-batch (5 to 30 gallon) offerings in-house; owner Peter McArthur hopes to have that up and running by mid-August.

Bellwether, which in February did a series of beers with Purple Egyptian barley (locally grown by Palouse Heritage and malted by Palouse Pint), is doing the same thing next month with another ancient specialty strain, Scot's Bere. Two small-batch recipes will be released each Thursday in August with accompanying loaves baked with the grain by Culture Breads.

• Waddell's was the winner in the second Battle of the State Breweries on Thursday at Steady Flow Growler House, unseating original champion Daft Badger in a blind tasting. And look for a five-way competition next Saturday at the Coeur d'Alene Growler Guys featuring Mad Bomber, Paradise Creek, River City, Slate Creek and Waddell's.    

Your weekend planner

FRIDAY

– The Steel Barrel's patio party from 5 to 9 will feature beers by Laughing Dog, Little Spokane, Paradise Creek and Young Buck (which will have a mojito-style firkin of lime and mint-infused gose) along with dry-rubbed pork ribs by Zona Blanca. 

Bottles in Millwood has a Lagunitas tasting starting at 5 including Dark Swan sour (fermented with wine grapes), the 12th of Never and Born Again Yesterday pale ales and A Little Sumpin' Extra imperial IPA, plus food from the Mac Daddy's truck. 

– Hopped Up will be closed Friday and Saturday for a family wedding.

SATURDAY

– Lost Boys' Garage hosts a Paradise Creek pint night from 5 to 7 with $4 beers plus prize giveaways. 

– English Setter's next Pints for Pups runs from 5 to 8, with $1 from every pint sold supporting SCRAPS. 

Bellwether presents a concert by Jerad Finck and Chris Chilton from 7 to 10 with a special Nintendo-inspired beer dubbed Goomba Juice. Tickets (a few are left at the brewery) are $15, which includes your first beer, a souvenir glass and a copy of Finck's "Criminal" EP.

– The Lantern Tap House's Summer Series continues with Boneyard taster and pint specials plus live music by Scott Ryan at 9.

Millwood Brewing looks future, past

The next local brewery is quietly taking shape in the Spokane Valley.

Millwood Brewing sits just off Argonne on Frederick, but it won’t be hard to find. A large 1940s farm windmill in a corner of the parking lot will boast the brewery logo on its flag. And once you get closer, you’ll see a rooftop weather vane of a French bulldog perched on a bone.

Inside, the theme will be nostalgic with neighborhood and beer memorabilia along with other antiques and vintage-style fixtures.

“There are going to be a lot of things people will be talking about,” says Shelley Watkins, who’s developing the project along with her husband, Chuck.

“I know so many people around here,” the West Valley High School graduate says. “They’re going to walk here, ride their bikes here. It’s going to be a really nice gathering place.”

The Watkins bought the former Cunningham photo studio three years ago, but it took a year to get a zoning change, another year to develop plans and yet a third to nail down building permits.

With construction in full swing, they hope to open for business at the end of October. That will largely depend on how soon they get their sizable 10-barrel brewing system from LaBreck Stainless Works in Hayden and can start making beer.

Plans call for seven regular offerings plus seasonals and small-batch specialties, along with house root beer and cream soda.     

There will be ice cream for floats, and a kids’ table in one corner of the taproom near a stone fireplace with a leather couch and chairs. A mezzanine seating area above will look into the brewery through large glass windows.

Antiques will line a catwalk nine feet above the main bar, including railroad crossing signs and blinking stoplights. Walls will be adorned with old Millwood photos and beer signs that belonged to Shelley Watkins’ father, who worked for the former Joey August distributorship.

“I’m all about vintage,” she says. “I’ve got a lot of antiques.”

The bartop will be fashioned from a pine slab with a winding “river” cut through the middle, filled with rocks collected from the Watkins’ Pend Oreille River cabin and elsewhere.

A glassed garage-style door will open onto a covered patio on the north side of the building, where food trucks will park. That faces the Millwood Trail, a pedestrian and bicycle path along an abandoned railroad right-of-way that’s scheduled for development next summer.

And there are actual railroad tracks as well, adding to the ambience. “They don’t come by that much,” Shelley Watkins says, “but when they do, they’re loud.”       

Gallup: Suds still top tipple

Beer remains the most popular alcoholic choice in the United States, a newly released Gallup Poll reports.

Forty percent of the drinkers surveyed said they prefer beer, to 30 percent for wine. Beer was down 3 percent and wine 2 percent compared to last year’s poll, though that’s within the survey’s margin of error and may not mean much.

Liquor was up more significantly to an all-time high of 26 percent, from last year’s 20 percent.

Beer is more popular among men – 62 percent, compared to 19 percent of women – while 50 percent of women preferred wine, to 11 percent for men. Those with less education and more middle-range incomes also lean to beer.

Wine and beer were roughly even in the 2012 and 2014 surveys, at around 35 percent each, but the beer gap has widened since as the craft beer movement gained momentum.

Overall, 62 percent of poll respondents said they drink alcohol at least occasionally. That’s in line with Gallup’s historic average, with a peak of around 70 percent in the late 1970s and early 1980s.  

Your weekly roundup

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

Iron Goat on Wednesday sent its first shipment of beer to the Seattle area. The brewery has more than doubled its production capacity since moving to its larger downtown location last spring, allowing for wider distribution of both bottles and draft.

No-Li is pulling out of the Oregon market – at least for now – to keep up with growing demand in its core territory of Washington and parts of Idaho.

Spokane’s largest brewer expects to produce 14,000 barrels this year, up from last year’s 11,500. With production all but maxed out at the brewery here, No-Li has been brewing at Hale’s Ales in Seattle to help supply Western Washington accounts.

No-Li continues to work toward an expanded Spokane production facility, and plans call for resuming Oregon distribution when supplies allow.

• Progress continues on Twelve String’s larger new home in the Valley on First just west of Pines (a couple of miles from its current location), with a new roof taking shape. If all goes smoothly, the relocated taproom could open by the end of the year.

There’s also a new head brewer on board, Kevin Pierce, who spent the past 17 years at Anacortes Brewery.

• Finally, some good news for the Montana craft community: Gov. Steve Bullock has signed legislation raising production limits on the state’s brewers.

Breweries haven’t been able to sell beer in their taprooms – a significant source of income – if they made more than 10,000 barrels a year. The new law increases that to 60,000 barrels.

That should lead to more locally brewed beer for Montana drinkers, some of which might even make it over our way.

Ho-ho-hot!

If you’re more down with winter wonderland than summer sauna, River City has a party for you.

The downtown brewery’s third annual Christmas in July on Saturday features reserve kegs of winter seasonal beers plus food, live music and holiday decorations – lots of decorations.

“I think we’ve got even more than last year,” says River City’s Emily Schwartz, a confessed Christmas junkie. “The brewery will be very well lit-up.”

But, fortunately for heat-stroke considerations, there’s no ugly sweater contest this time.           

“It’s too darned hot,” Schwartz says. “I felt bad for the people who came in sweaters last year, even if they brought something else (to change into).”

The forecast calls for partial cloud cover atop 92-degree temperatures with a chance of stray showers, some relief from the previously predicted 100 and sunny.

The beer lineup includes such cellared treats as the 2015 and 2016 vintages of Congratulator Doppelbock along with the coffee-infused version of Mad Latvian Baltic porter, which replaced Congratulator in the winter rotation this year.

There also are several takes on Midnight Marmot imperial stout: conditioned on oak chips soaked in Canadian and American whiskeys; Oako-Coco, aged on oak chips and cocoa nibs and served creamy from a nitro tap; and a wine barrel-aged Congratulator/Marmot blend dubbed Horned Marmot Shadow Ram.

All except the Mad Latvian are in limited quantities (5 to 10 gallons), so for this Christmas, don’t be late; doors open at 2.

More befitting current conditions, there also will be a lemon zest-infused Huckleberry Ale pouring outside in the parking lot along with the return of the Gose-Away tart wheat with cranberry, blueberry, orange and energy drink-style electrolytes.

River City’s regular offerings also will be on tap, including the recently released seasonal Kung Fu Death Monkey imperial IPA. Beer tickets cost $3 each (8-ounce pours for one ticket, full pints for two).

Also look for food from the Couple of Chefs and Nick’s Shameless Sausages trucks, music in the outdoor tent by Dimestore Prophets at 5 and L.O.S. (Left Over Soul) at 7:30 and such lawn games as cornhole and ladder ball, with water misters to help everyone keep cool.  

You can get your picture taken with Santa from 2 to 4, and in the true Christmas spirit, nonperishable food items again will be collected for the West Central Community Center. 

Your weekend planner

FRIDAY

– Washington State University's third annual Know Barley Know Beer field day begins at 3 with a discussion of new craft malting varieties at Spillman Agronomy Farm in Pullman, followed by tastings at Hunga Dunga and Moscow Brewing (the latter of which will have a beer made with all-local Palouse Pint malt); the event is free and open to the public. 

– The South Hill Growler Guys hosts a Yakima Craft tasting from 4 to 7 featuring Una Mas pale with lime and cilantro, 1982 Amber, Vern IPA and Heather Scottish. 

– Beer Valley comes to the North Spokane Growler Guys for a tasting from 5 to 7 of Hop Shoot Pale, Owyhee Amber and Leafer Madness imperial IPA.   

– The Lantern Tap House hosts a Deschutes night starting at 5, with music by Bennie and the Vinyls.

– Black Label presents a Blacked Out Comedy Show starting at 8 (no cover, 21 and older only).

– The Viking's grand opening weekend following its recent remodel runs through Sunday with live music plus food and drink specials.

– Daft Badger has tapped a big batch of its Peach Perfect pumpkin/peach hefeweizen (originally brewed in response to Budweiser's infamous Super Bowl ad).

– The fifth-anniversary bourbon barrel-aged imperial tart porter is pouring again at Twelve String.

Badass Backyard has brought back both the big, candy-spiked Fireball Braggot honey beer it brewed for last month's Braggotfest and the Whitewater Snow IPA that debuted during May's Spokane Craft Beer Week

– The Long Distance Lemon Wit is on tap again at 238 on Green Bluff along with a Cucumber Kolsch.

– The Goatorhead triple IPA has returned at Iron Goat for the first time in more than a year.

SATURDAY

– The inaugural Great Northwest Barbecue & Beer Festival beginning at 11 a.m. at The Old Airport Armory in Hayden, Idaho, will offer beers from Mad Bomber, Orlison, Paragon, Post Falls Brewing, Selkirk Abbey (including its new Northwest-style Northern Cross line) and Bombastic, which debuts its Sleuth porter and Wisdom IPA. Tickets start at $8 in advance. 

– River City's third annual Christmas in July from 2 to 10 p.m. features reserve kegs of past winter seasonals plus the release of this year's Gose-Away tart wheat, along with food vendors, live music, games and photos with Santa.

– Newport's Top Frog celebrates its fourth anniversary from 2 to 8 with new beers plus the return of Raspberry Ale, food vendors and live music.  

– A parking lot party from 3 to 8 at Waddell's Brewpub will include a new Strawberry Berliner Weisse (plus a habanero-infused Strawberry Fire version) and the return of Dragon Slayer habanero/cilantro pale; admission is $15, which includes a burger and your first beer.

– Badass Backyard and Mojo Cyclery present a bicycle brewery crawl starting at 5 with planned stops at One Tree Hard Cider, V Twin, Twelve String, English Setter and Hopped Up.

‚Äč– Rogue comes to Steady Flow Growler House for a pint and trivia night from 6 to 8. 

Bombastic on the barbie

North Idaho’s newest brewery will release its latest beers at a new barbecue festival on Saturday.

Bombastic Brewing’s Sleuth imperial porter and Wisdom IPA will make their debuts at the Great Northwest Barbecue & Beer Festival by the Coeur d’Alene Airport in Hayden.

Other local breweries will include Mad Bomber, Orlison, Paragon, Post Falls Brewing and Selkirk Abbey, with both its original Belgian-inspired beers and newer Northwest-style Northern Cross line. Also look for North Idaho Cider and spirits from Up North Distillery.

Bombastic, which doesn’t have a taproom, is introducing its beers through events like last month’s initial release party at Enoteca in Post Falls. (You can sign up online for info about future releases.)

Sleuth is brewed with dark wheat malt and honey for a roasty aroma and smooth flavor. The initial Wisdom is a hazy New England-inspired IPA with a Northwest hop bite, but that recipe will evolve over time.

Bombastic also is bringing its easy-drinking, Citra dry-hopped Puddle pale (which poured at Enoteca) and a traditional Belgian witbier that has been on tap at North Idaho Cider, its neighbor in the airport business incubator.

The barbecue festival runs from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. at the Old Airport Armory. Drummin Up BBQ, Boars Nest and Daley’s Cheap Shots will have food for sale along with a barbecue competition, grilling demonstrations, a vintage barbecue display and pie-eating competitions.

There will be country and folk music by local artists throughout the day, leading up to a concert by former “American Idol” contestant Kristy Lee Cook at 9. Games will include bounce houses and an inflatable water slide for kids (bring their swimsuits) and mechanical bull riding for adults.

Admission is $9.43 (including fees) in advance online, $10 at the door ($6 for active military and veterans with ID, free for kids 12 and under). The concert is an additional $25; various ticket packages are available online.

A portion of proceeds benefits Rathdrum’s Running W Ranch, a therapeutic riding center for people with disabilities. 

Hop oil pipeline

Perry Street, the first Spokane brewery to experiment with the recently released lupulin hop powder, now is playing with hop oil.

He Who Spelt It … Dealt It, a new spelt wheat IPA collaboration with Missoula’s Draught Works, uses steam-distilled El Dorado hop oil along with regular Denali and Simcoe pellets. The result is an intense, mouth-coating but clean bitterness that belies its IBU count of 65 and a deep, distinctive hop character.

“It doesn’t necessarily remind me of fresh hop beer, but it’s definitely got that green oil flavor to it,” says Perry’s Ben Lukes.

“It’s a super-fun product. It’s going to be another great tool to use to make awesome hoppy beer.”

Sierra Nevada pioneered the distilled hop oil process two years ago with the release of its Hop Hunter IPA, billed as delivering “intense wet hop flavor year-round.”

Now it’s being produced and sold as Hopzoil by Glacier Hops Ranch in Whitefish, Montana, which Lukes and Draught Works’ Kyle Sillars got to know when they worked together at Big Sky. “Kyle got in touch and said, we’d better use it,” Lukes says.

And use it they did. “We went to the high end of the scale and really jammed it through,” he says – though that still meant only 65 milliliters of oil in a 200-gallon batch.

The bitterness came through even more when the beer turned out lighter than expected, at 5.5 percent ABV, because the malted spelt wasn’t particularly cooperative in the mash.

Lukes and Pillars, who both have been brewing New England-style IPAs that get their haziness in part from malted wheat, wanted to use spelt in a beer instead to see how the flavor would compare.    

“We didn’t find much difference, but there’s so much hop presence, I don’t know that it would come through anyway,” says Lukes.

Customer reaction since the beer was tapped Saturday has been generally positive, he says, though some find it too overwhelming to order a second pint. “It definitely ruins your mouth for a while if you’re going to be tasting other beers,” Lukes says.

He next plans to produce a beer bittered with carbon dioxide hop extract, with hop powder in the middle and oil at the end –“all the newest innovations in one beer.”

But the oil will be dialed down a bit. “We’re going to go back to the range they recommend and not be so gung-ho about it,” he says.

Tap in print moves to Wednesday

Our print On Tap column in The Spokesman-Review moves from its longtime home in Friday’s 7 entertainment section to the Wednesday Food section starting today.

The former Dining page on Fridays has been discontinued so the content that previously appeared there, including beer and wine coverage, will run on Wednesdays instead.

The On Tap blog remains right here at spokane7.com. Keep coming back every day for the latest and most complete local craft beer news.     

Beach beers

Sandpoint’s lakefront Beerfest is set to make a bigger splash when it returns for a fourth year on Saturday.

The brewery count has increased from 12 to 16, and organizers are hoping to double the 500-plus people who were served at last year’s event.

It runs from noon to 5 p.m. on the front lawn of the Trinity at City Beach restaurant. Beers will be poured under two large tents, with several smaller ones scattered around to provide some shade from the expected 90-degree heat.

Admission is $20, which includes a souvenir pint glass and six drink tokens. You get a full pour for two tokens, a 6-ounce sample for one; extra tokens are $3 each.

An early bird package is available online for $40 that also includes a “brewsie” (coozy) and a pulled pork sandwich. Proceeds support the Greater Sandpoint Chamber of Commerce’s tourism promotion efforts.

Designated drivers get in for $5, which includes two root beers from hometown brewery MickDuff’s. Children accompanied by a parent or guardian are allowed, though not encouraged, but dogs are prohibited.

 Live music will be provided by Tennis from noon to 2, followed by The Hophedz featuring Megan Turner.

A partial list of beer offerings has been released, including:

• Ballast Point – Grapefruit Sculpin IPA, Manta Ray Double IPA

• Downdraft – Third Channel IPA, Exit 5 Brown

• Hunga Dunga – Dry Hopped Pale Ale, Cold Brew Coffee Stout

• Laughing Dog – Huckleberry Cream Ale, Anubis Imperial Coffee Porter

• MickDuff’s – Se Habla Cerveza?, Lake Paddler Pale

• Paradise Creek – Huckleberry Pucker Shandy, Postal Porter

• Post Falls Brewing – OPC Hefeweizen, Stoney MacGuyver IPA

• Sockeye – Sour Puss American Sour, Velvet Falls Cream Ale

Also pouring will be Mad Bomber, Rants & Raves, Sawtooth, Slate Creek, Twelve String, Trickster’s, Waddell’s and Wallace Brewing.  Cider will be served by Summit and Whiskey Barrel.

Your weekly planner

UPDATE SATURDAY 7/8

– Perry Street has tapped a new Spelt Wheat IPA collaboration with Missoula's Draught Works, hopped with Denali, Simcoe and steam distilled El Dorado oil.

 

A look at the upcoming week in local craft beer:

TUESDAY 

– The seasonal Slackline Saison has returned at Slate Creek.

WEDNESDAY

– Badass Backyard taps the latest in a series of beers by guest brewers, Tanner's Belgian IPA.

THURSDAY

Nectar Wine and Beer in Kendall Yards welcomes its July brewery of the month, Ballast Point, with Sea Rose tart cherry wheat, Bonito Blonde, Orange Vanilla Fathom India pale lager, Mango Even Keel session IPA and the unfiltered and pineapple versions of Sculpin IPA on tap.    

FRIDAY

Orlison has tapped a pair of small-batch specialties: its latest New England-style IPA and a Pineapple Gose.

New Boundary is pouring $3 pints of its new Pony-Up Peach Wheat today and Saturday in honor of the Cheney Rodeo.

SATURDAY

– The annual Sandpoint Beerfest runs from noon to 5 at Trinity at City Beach with more than 30 beers and live music; admission is $20, which includes a souvenir glass and six drink tokens (full pints for two tokens, 6-ounce samples for one).  

– Hopped Up hosts a Jacked Up 4x4 truck show with Rock Star Wheelers from 2 to 6 with live music by Armed & Dangerous, kids' activities (face painting, root beer, ice cream) and the Azar's food truck. 

– The next Summer Series installment at The Lantern Tap House includes Crux pint and taster tray deals plus live music by The South Hill at 9.

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

Freedom of choice

The Brewers Association is issuing its own declaration of independence.

The Denver-based trade group has released a “Certified Independent Craft” seal that approved craft brewers can use to distinguish their products from more mass-market brands.

At last report, more than 900 of the 5,200-plus qualifying breweries across the country (many of whom don’t bottle or can anyway) have signed up for the seal since it was announced last week. You won’t actually see it in stores for a while, though, since brewers need to work through their existing inventories of packaging and labels first.

It’s the latest step by the Brewers Association to try to identify true craft breweries and distinguish them from their more corporate competitors.

The association has developed a three-part definition of “craft brewer.” Two of those parts – production size and brewing methods – have been fudged in recent years so larger players like Sam Adams and Yuengling can continue to count toward craft beer’s growing market share.

So the focus has shifted to the third part (which hasn’t changed), independent ownership: “Less than 25 percent of the craft brewery is owned or controlled … by an alcohol industry member that is not itself a craft brewer.”

That rules out breweries partially or wholly owned by Anheuser-Busch InBev (Elysian, 10 Barrel, Redhook, Kona, Widmer, Golden Road, Goose island et al) and MillerCoors (including Hop Valley, Leinenkugel and Saint Archer).

The fear is that those brewing behemoths will use their distribution muscle to crowd out craft beer on the shelves in favor of their own brands, and their financial clout to cut prices to levels where craft can’t compete.   

(The particularly hated Anheuser-Busch came out with a response video to the Brewers Association seal that’s been much-mocked in craft circles for its “we’re-all-in-this-together” message).

But several breweries with bigger, more benign parents also will be prohibited from using the seal – including Lagunitas (Heineken), Ballast Point (Constellation Brands), Pyramid (North American Breweries) and Founders (San Miguel).

And let’s not even get started on the increasing number of breweries being sold to private equity firms, which doesn’t violate the Brewers Association rules (since they’re not competing brewers) but raises its own set of questions.

It’s getting to where a purist can’t keep it all straight without carrying a scorecard – which, of course, is the idea behind the Certified Independent Craft seal. But since it’s voluntary, just because you don’t see a seal won’t mean it’s not the real craft deal.

If you don’t want to bother with all the label-inspecting and hair-splitting, here’s a simple solution: Drink local. You know exactly where the money’s going – back into your own community – and you’re getting the freshest beer possible (particularly on draft).

Our forefathers – many of whom were homebrewers themselves – would be proud. 

Downtown drafts in CdA

The latest addition to the area’s beer festival lineup arrives Saturday in Coeur d’Alene’s McEuen Park.

The Downtown Coeur d’Alene Brew Fest, from 1 to 7 p.m., features 28 local and regional beers and ciders plus food vendors and live music.

Admission is $25 at the gate, which includes a souvenir tasting mug and six 5-ounce pours; extras are available for $2. Designated drivers and children get in free.

The beverage lineup includes:

• Ballast Point – Grapefruit Sculpin IPA, Manta Ray double IPA  

• Daft Badger – Double D’s Pilsner, Summer’s Envy IPA

• Elysian – Superfuzz Blood Orange Pale, Space Dust IPA

• Fremont – Summer Ale, Interurban IPA

• Grand Teton – 208 session ale, Bitch Creek American Brown

• Northern Cross (Selkirk Abbey) – Pale, Stout

• Orlison – Orangelicious Golden Ale, Hill Climb Honey Wheat

• Payette – Fly Line Vienna Lager, Recoil IPA

• River City – Huckleberry Ale, Riverkeeper IPA

• Slate Creek – Norse Nectar juniper pale ale, Mountain Hop imperial IPA

• Sockeye – Velvet Falls cream ale, Sour Puss fruit sour

• Waddell’s – Blackberry Sour, Left Hook IPA

• North Idaho Cider – Wild Cherry, Citrus Sour

• 2 Towns Ciderhouse – Ginga Ninja, Made Marion

Food will be provided by Smokin Mikes, The Bibby Booth, Tacos Camargo and O’Houlis Kettle Corn, with entertainment by Native Sun Band from 1 to 3:30 and The Sara Brown Band from 4 to 7. 

Your weekend planner

A look at the weekend's happenings in local craft beer:

FRIDAY

– Cole's Bakery & Cafe presents a Ground Breaker night from 4 to 7 with gluten-free beers from the Portland brewery (made from chestnuts, lentils and brown rice) and accompanying small bites incorporating them.

– The Coeur d'Alene Growler Guys hosts a Laughing Dog tap takeover from 4 to 7 featuring De Achtste Hond peach sour, Huckleberry Cream, Devil Dog imperial IPA and the imperial Pecan Porter.

– Waddell's wine-barrel aged Blackberry Sour, a gold medal winner at this year's Washington Beer Awards, will be featured at the Newport Highway Growler Guys from 5 to 7.

– The Filling Station on 5th features four versions of Ballast Point's Sculpin IPA from 6 to 9 – grapefruit, pineapple, unfiltered and regular – with brewery prize giveaways. 

– Black Label has tapped a Drink N' Debate Porter in conjunction with the Sunday night shows of the same name at the Spokane Comedy Club.

River City is filling growlers for $10 all weekend.

– The South Hill Growler Guys is offering a half-price fill with the first two at regular price (32- or 64-ounce) through the weekend.

– Selkirk Abbey has discount glass pours and growler fills of its regular beers this weekend.

SATURDAY

– Thirty local and regional beers and ciders will pour for the inaugural Downtown Coeur d'Alene Brew Fest from 1 to 7 p.m. in McEuen Park, along with food and live music; admission is $25, which includes a souvenir mug and six 5-ounce samples (extras $2 each),

– Big Barn is donating $1 from every pint sold to colon cancer research.

SUNDAY

– The next Spokane Brew Run Run starts at 1:30 p.m. at No-Li and proceeds to Black Label, Steel Barrel, River City and Iron Goat; runners and bicyclists welcome.