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A look at the upcoming week in local craft beer:

MONDAY

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

WEDNESDAY

Pilgrim's presents a free Lagunitas tasting starting at 3:30.

THURSDAY

– A pFriem tap takeover starting at 5:30 at The Steel Barrel will include the Rye Lager, Blonde IPA, Winter Ale and Belgian Strong Dark, plus free swag and a shuffleboard tournament.  

FRIDAY

– The Lantern Tap House's fourth annual Ugly Sweater Weekend kicks off with Deschutes beer specials, happy hour pricing across the board for those wearing their worst and a Spokane Beard and Mustache Club contest at 7 for best holiday beard, Santa beard and kids' build-a-beard ($10 entry fee, proceeds benefit River's Wish Animal Sanctuary).

Big Barn is offering homemade pheasant jalapeno poppers at 2:30 p.m. and again at 5:30 (for potluck baked potato night), while supplies last.

SATURDAY

– Trickster's fourth anniversary party from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. features a pair of special beer releases – wine barrel-aged Professor Funkhouse sour porter, and bourbon barrel-aged, soured Daedric Druid stout – plus barbecue from the Iverson's Smokin Pig truck from 1 to 6.  

– Daft Badger's inaugural Holiday Market from noon to 8 includes several gift vendors along with a visit from Santa from 1:30 to 3:30, live music by Dimestore Prophets from 5 to 8, and German-style food and mulled wine.

– Hopped Up holds an Ugly Sweater Gathering starting at 2, with raffle prizes and 10 percent discounts for those in garish garb.

– The Lantern Tap House's Ugly Sweater Weekend continues with the annual Holiday Round at 7, open to anyone who wants to sing or play a seasonal tune (sign up through lanterntaphousesarah@gmail.com).

SUNDAY

– Twelve String's fifth anniversary party from noon to 5 features a special bourbon barrel-aged tart imperial porter, plus complimentary food from O'Doherty's Irish Pub & BBQ catering. 

– Daft Badger's Holiday Market continues from noon to 5.

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

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UPDATE SUNDAY 12/4

– A mint chocolate chip version of No-Li's Rise & Grind coffee milk stout (a medal winner in Belgium last week) took the people's choice award in two of the three sessions at Seattle's Winter Beer Fest on Friday and Saturday. No-Li previously swept all three sessions in 2014 with a vanilla and coffee-infused Rise & Grind, and had one second-place finish last year with the barrel-aged OMFG version featuring vanilla, chocolate and orange peel.

 

Catching up with more news from the local craft beer scene:

– The calendar is rapidly filling up with holiday events aimed at area beer lovers (more details to come here on the later happenings):

• Paradise Creek introduces its Peppermint Porter at tonight's Marshmallow Roast from 6 to 8 at the Pullman brewery, with s'mores, hot chocolate and house-smoked bacon over cheesy cornbread.

• Ugly sweater parties are coming to Bottles next Friday, The Lantern Tap House next Friday and Saturday, Hopped Up next Saturday and The Filling Station on 5th on Dec. 17.

• Daft Badger's inaugural Holiday Market next Saturday and Sunday (a prelude to a larger event planned next year) will include several vendors along a visit from Santa, live music and German-style food and wine.

• Manito Tap House launches its 12 Beers of Christmas on Dec. 12, with a new specialty keg tapped each day through the 23rd.

• The 12 Odells of Christmas on Dec. 15 at The Filling Station on 5th features a dozen offerings from the Colorado brewery. 

• And looking ahead to the coming year, Perry Street will host its first Frosted Formal on New Year's Eve.

– Post Falls Brewing tapped two new beers today: a big, Galaxy-hopped Intergalactic Imperial IPA (8.6 percent alcohol by volume, 138 International Bitterness Units) and lighter, German-style Slusher Kolsch (6.1, 10).

– Young Buck's latest release is a Black IPA (6.7, 75) brewed with orange zest and chocolate, and hopped with Nugget and Columbus. 

Downdraft has a small-batch "The Upside Down" Third Channel IPA (a "Stranger Things" homage) infused with blackberries, blueberries and clover honey. 

– Finally, last call for tickets to two beer dinners on Monday: the Winter Jubilee at Perry Street and Casper Fry ($65), and Bellwether's Five small-course pairing event with the Inland Northwest Culinary Academy ($25).

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UPDATE FRIDAY 12/2

– River City is tapping a First Friday firkin of blended Riverkeeper IPA and Midnight Marmot imperial stout; Randall for the weekend is Afternoon IPA through mango and habanero.

– A limited quantity of this year's Cuvée de la Nuit Profonde barrel-aged blend from Selkirk Abbey is available at the taproom in 22-ounce bottles starting today.

 

UPDATES THURSDAY 12/1

– Black Raven is December's brewery of the month at Nectar Wine and Beer, with a tap lineup including Frost Beak Black Lager, Trickster IPA, Coco Jones Porter, Three Sundays Tripel, Festivus Holiday Ale and Splinters Bourbon Barrel Scotch Ale; get a flight of all six for $10 today from 6 to 8, with a brewery rep and swag.  

Hopped Up has tapped its winter seasonal Destroy My Sweater, brewed with homegrown spruce tips, plus an Orange Vanilla Porter. 

– Chewelah's Quartzite is pouring an Inkler's Point Winterfest, a traditional Oktoberfest recipe beefed up with caramel and rye malts.

 

UPDATES WEDNESDAY 11/30

Perry Street is pouring a reserve quarter-barrel of last year's barleywine.

– Slackline Saison returns to Slate Creek's tap lineup tonight, with $3 pints from 8 p.m. on plus live jazz by Rhys Gerwin.

 

UPDATES TUESDAY 11/29

– A Twelve String tap takeover at Pints Alehouse from Friday through Sunday features a fresh hop IPA firkin plus whiskey barrel-aged Electric Slide imperial IPA, bourbon barrel-aged Volume 3 red IPA, Volume 4 barleywine and drop DD double stout (regular and chocolate) and a cognac barrel-aged, grapefruit-infused sour pale. Owner/brewer Terry Hackler will be on hand for Friday's opening. 

– Daft Badger's weekly Wednesday small-batch release is a German-style gose (tart wheat beer).  

– This week's Tuesday Flights & Bites menu at No-Li includes a chicken and waffle taco paired with Slacker orange/vanilla ale, a pork mole taco and dirty rice with Red, White & No-Li pale and a steak fajita with Komrade double IPA; get it all for $15 after 5 p.m. 

 

A look at the upcoming week in local craft beer:

MONDAY

– Waddell's has released its Mt. Spokane Lost Woods winter seasonal; look for $4 pints at the brewpub during December.

– Don't Fret Porter is beer of the week at Twelve String, with $1 off pints and growler fills.

– Today is your last chance to snag this month's Audubon neighborhood souvenir pint glass for No-Li's LocALE Monday; get one free with a Jet Star imperial IPA purchase between 5 and 8.

TUESDAY

Bellwether is donating $1 from every pint sold to Real Restoration, which serves girls and women exploited by the sex trade in Nepal.

WEDNESDAY

Pilgrim's welcomes Portland's gluten-free Ground Breaker Brewing, the gold medal winner in that category at this year's Great American Beer Festival, for a free tasting starting at 3:30 featuring Olallie Ale (with blackberries and rose hips), Coffee Pale Ale and the Heyday and No. 5 IPAs.

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

– Deschutes beers will be on tap in a fundraiser for Selkirk Outdoor Leadership and Education from 5 to 8 at Sandpoint's Idaho Pour Authority, along with complimentary appetizers and raffle items.

THURSDAY

– A Beer Valley tap takeover starting at 5:30 at The Steel Barrel will include Pigskin Pale, Leafer Madness imperial IPA, Black Flag imperial stout and Highway to Ale barleywine.

– Manito Tap House hosts a gluten-free Ground Breaker tasting from 6 to 8.

FRIDAY

– The South Hill Growler Guys hosts an Orlison tasting from 4 to 7 with the Toasted Dragon Asian-style pilsner, Old Fashioned cocktail-inspired 2 Finger Pour, HiMark Farms fresh hop pale, Shin Splints IPA, Snowplough imperial chocolate stout and barrel-aged Roast House stout lager.

– Downdraft's First Friday Ugly Sweater Christmas Party from 5 to 10 will feature the release of this month's small-batch offering, a porter (as picked by customers in a Facebook poll), along with food and live holiday music.

SATURDAY

– Get your family photo taken with Santa at Green Bluff's 238 Brewing (which is on a Christmas tree farm) from noon to 3.

– A Selkirk Abbey tasting from 2 to 5 at the Coeur d'Alene Growler Guys includes the newly released Atonement tripel and Cuvée de la Nuit Profonde barrel-aged blend along with Saint Thomas black saison, Infidel IPA and Guilt imperial coffee porter.

– The 20th annual 12 Ales of Christmas party starting at 6:30 at Capone's in Coeur d'Alene offers eight-ounce pours of a dozen winter seasonals plus buffet food and a goodie bag including a souvenir T-shirt; tickets are $55.

SUNDAY

– The Santa photos continue from noon to 3 at 238 Brewing.

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

Twelve going on 20

Since Saturday is the 20th annual 12 Ales of Christmas party at Capone’s in Coeur d’Alene, you should know the drill by now:

– Eight-ounce pours of a dozen seasonal offerings from local and regional brewers, starting at 6:30 p.m., with a scorecard to vote for your favorites? Check.

– A buffet full of food, DJ music and goodie bags including souvenir T-shirts? Check.

– An ugly sweater contest with gift cards for the winners, plus more prize drawings all night long? Check.

– And after all that imbibing, a free cab ride home for customers living in Coeur d’Alene? Safety check.

You get all that for $55. Tickets are available at the pub, but you might not want to wait too long; the event sold out in advance last year.

Along with familiar favorites, the beer lineup will feature some newcomers this year, including Selkirk Abbey’s Guilt imperial coffee porter and Paradise Creek’s Peppermint Porter.

And for the first time, a hard cider will be part of the mix: One Tree’s Tipsy Elf, a blend of the Spokane Valley cidery’s cranberry and caramel cinnamon flavors.

“We’re trying to get more locals involved,” says Capone’s manager Tyler Geigle.

No-Li big in Belgium again

Another even-numbered year, another No-Li win at the Brussels Beer Challenge.

Rise & Grind coffee milk stout won a silver medal in the coffee beer category at the fifth annual competition in Belgium last week, which attracted a record 1,250 entries from 36 countries around the world.

That’s a repeat of its showing in 2014, when No-Li also took gold for Blackfill barrel-aged imperial stout and an honorable mention for Spin Cycle red.

And at the first Brussels event in 2012, the brewery won silver medals for Spin Cycle’s predecessor, Crystal Bitter, and for the former Silent Treatment pale.

The new award brings No-Li’s medal total in national and international competitions to 21 over the past five years.

It’s also the third in the past month, and the fifth this year. Earlier in November, No-Li took home silvers for Spin Cycle from Germany’s European Beer Star awards, and for Red, White & No-Li pale from the Great International Beer & Cider Competition in Providence, Rhode Island. And in May, it won gold for Spin Cycle and bronze for Born & Raised IPA at the Australian International Beer Awards.

No-Li also has medaled at Japan's International Beer Competition. Overseas entries are coordinated through the Denver-based Brewers Association trade group.

Deschutes led the way among Northwest breweries in Brussels this year with gold medals for Chainbreaker White IPA, Down ‘N Dirty IPA and Obsidian Stout, plus certificates of excellence for Flanders Black, Sagefight IPA and Swivelhead India red ale. Fellow Oregon brewer pFriem received the special American Revelation – Fermentis Trophy for its Super Saison.

Other gold medals went to Fremont for its bourbon barrel-aged Dark Star stout, Reuben’s for Robust Porter and Alaskan for Kicker Session IPA. Taking bronze were Pelican for its Tsunami and Udder Tugger stouts and Caldera for Mogli Imperial Chocolate Porter, while Gigantic earned a certificate of excellence for Massive! Barleywine.

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A few news leftovers from this Thanksgiving week in local craft beer:

– Tickets went on sale Friday for next year's Palouse Cabin Fever Brew Fest, Feb. 11 at the Palouse Community Center.

Look for them at locations including Bellwether and Black Label in Spokane, Hunga Dunga and Rants & Raves in Moscow and Paradise Creek in Pullman. Those are among the participating breweries for the fifth annual event along with Riverport in Clarkston, Laht Neppur in Waitsburg and more to be announced.

Tickets tend to sell out in advance for the popular, partially outdoor event in the tiny town north of Pullman on Highway 27. The cost is $20, which includes a commemorative glass and six 4-ounce tastes (extra tastes $1 each, full pints $3).

– Fast-growing Iron Goat continues to expand its production capacity with the addition of two 30-barrel fermenters. It's also putting a 7-barrel fermenter back into service to create smaller-batch specialties.

– Waddell's has begun brewing its blackberry sour year-round, accompanied by another rotating kettle sour, currently a kiwi peach. 

– Badass Backyard Brewing is now open on Sundays from noon to 7, and is offering a 10 percent discount all the time to military, police and fire personnel as well as 911 emergency operators (the owners' former occupation).

Selkirk’s second helpings

Selkirk Abbey is serving up some of the tastiest leftovers imaginable.

Six specialties from the cellar will join the new Atonement tripel and this year’s Cuvée de la Nuit Profonde barrel-aged blend to fill the brewery’s eight taps for Big Beer Black Friday starting at 10 a.m.

The lineup also includes three straight barrel-aged beers – the 8˚ dubbel (8.1 percent alcohol by volume), Guilt imperial porter (8.3) and Grace Scotch ale (6.4) – along with the 10˚ quad (9.8), 12˚ strong dark (13.1) and Saint Joseph imperial  saison (9.2).

For those looking for something a little lower-octane, the standard lineup still will be available by the bottle.

Selkirk Abbey is making up for lost time with Atonement (hence the name), its first take on the classic strong, golden Belgian style.

“We’ve spent so much time concentrating on the darker abbey styles and our saisons, and we’re so committed to everything being just so, that we couldn’t get to it until now,” owner Jeff Whitman says.

At 8.6 percent, it’s deceptively drinkable, with a fruity nose and dry, spicy body from the Belgian yeast. The recipe includes pilsner, Vienna and wheat malts along with Hallertau and Saaz hops.

A limited, 70-case run of 22-ounce bottles is awaiting labels before shipping out to stores.

The dark, rich Cuvée de la Nuit Profonde also goes down smooth for its strength (9.2 percent). The beer is a blend of 8˚, 10˚ and Guilt aged anywhere from six to 18 months in a variety of barrels including burgundy, cabernet franc and malbec wines plus wheat and rye whiskeys.

Whitman finds it similar to last year’s initial offering but with more chocolate notes. Given the variations from barrel to barrel, he says, “No way in God’s green earth were we going to be able to produce the same beer, but it’s close.”

Both the Atonement and Cuvée will be featured in a tasting Dec. 3 from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Coeur d’Alene Growler Guys.

Signs of the Cross: In other Selkirk news, the first release under the brewery’s new, non-Belgian Northern Cross label – an old-school Northwest-style IPA hopped with Cascade and Centennial – has started making its way into the draft market.

At around 6 percent alcohol by volume and 85 International Bitterness Units, it has some caramel malt richness and a hop character that leans to the piney, resiny side. Look for its debut soon at Nate’s New York Pizza in Post Falls.

Thankful fills

UPDATE FRIDAY 11/25: Perry Street has tapped a Flanders-style red infused with cold-pressed cranberries.

 

A recap, and update, of this holiday week’s growler fill specials and other activities at area breweries (unless otherwise noted, all are closed Thursday and reopen Friday):

Badass Backyard: today, $12 growler fills; Friday, mention Black Friday and get $1 off your first pint; Saturday, $1 off growler fills for Small Business Saturday.

Bellwether: today, $10 growler fills of regular beers ($12 strong/specialty) plus rosemary heather sour release; closed Friday; Saturday, Christmas tree decorating party plus year-old barleywine release; Sunday, mulled ale.

Big Barn: Friday, Holiday Christmas Memories opening day with U-cut Christmas trees, wagon rides, beer and chili (continues Wednesday-Sunday through Dec. 22), plus Trades of Hope shopping party from 3 to 5; Sunday, Scotia Road concert 2-5 p.m.

Downdraft: Through Monday, 20 percent off growler fills with coupon.

English Setter: Today, $11 growler fills; Friday, $4 pints until 4 p.m. plus food specials.

Hopped Up: Today, $8 growler fills of regular beers ($2 off on specialties); Friday, $12 pitchers ($14 specialties), music by Ken Osburn at 7.

Iron Goat: Live music at 8 p.m. by Don and Thomas Thomsen on Friday and Vinyl Butter on Saturday.

Mad Bomber: Open Thursday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Perry Street: Today, $2 off growler fills plus food specials.

Post Falls: Thursday, open 10 a.m.-1 p.m. with growlers for the price of two pints.

River City: Today, $1 pints and $10 growler fills; closed Friday.

Selkirk Abbey: Today, $2.50 off growler fills of core beers (through December); Friday, Big Beer Black Friday with eight specialties on tap.

Slate Creek: Open Thursday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. for last-minute growler fills and pints.

Steam Plant: Friday, release of seasonal Stack Frost Winter Ale. 

Steel Barrel (Little Spokane/Young Buck): Today, $1 off drinks all night long with a donation of cash or canned food for Second Harvest; closed Friday.

Trickster's: Friday, $1 off pints and growler fills.

Twelve String: Today, $1 off bottled beers to go, $12 grunt fills of barrel-aged beers, $4 pints/$9 growler fills of Mosaic Fresh Hop Red IPA.

238: Friday through Sunday, pre-select and tag Christmas trees for cutting.

Waddell’s Brewpub: Today, $9 growler fills of selected beers; Friday, $3 pints ($5 imperials).  

Bellwether’s bounty

Bellwether is rolling out a cornucopia of beers for Thanksgiving week and beyond:

– First up is this year’s winter seasonal Ancestry Ale, a big (7.4 percent alcohol by volume), dark gruit that releases at the taproom today. Like last year, it includes both bitter and sweet orange peel, allspice, cinnamon and grains of paradise. But this time around, there’s chamomile instead of mugwort and elderberries replace the previous rose hips.

Like mugwort, chamomile adds bitterness when boiled for a longer time but has a cleaner, more tea-like character, says brewer Thomas Croskrey. The elderberries contribute a purplish tinge and “sort of a winelike tannic quality that lingers in the aftertaste,” he says.

The beer will likely show up at a few area restaurants and bars as well. “I would have thought it was a little too weird, but we’ve had some interest already,” Croskrey says.

– Wednesday will see the release of the fifth beer in Bellwether’s small-batch garden series, a sour with rosemary from Croskrey’s garden and heather. It’s similar to the regular Albion heather ale, but without the smoked malt, he says.

Albion, by the way, will return to the tap lineup in a couple of weeks after aging for a couple of months. “It tends to sell really quickly, and heather has been a little difficult to get hold of lately,” Croskrey says. “I think I’ve secured a source now for wild-grown Scottish heather. I’m pretty excited about that.”

The garden series is scheduled to wrap up with two more weekly releases:  a pumpkin rosemary sage sour, and a kale hefeweizen.

– Bellwether will be closed Thursday and Friday for the holiday, but reopens Saturday with a Christmas tree decorating party. Help trim the tree (bring a small ornament if you like) and get your first pint for $4, plus free popcorn.

The beer specialty will be the return of Hearthstone Barleywine after aging for a year. That will be followed after it blows by the rest of last year’s Storytime Wheatwine, and then the Armchair Ryewine.

– The week wraps up with the launch of a Sunday series of warm mulled ales. They will be different each week, including some with cider, but most will be based on the Ancestry, Croskrey says.

“I actually like it warm better than cold,” he says. “I think it’s going to be awesome as a mulled ale.”

The series will continue at least through December, and possibly the rest of the winter if it proves particularly popular.

– Croskrey also has brewed two beers with the winners of Bellwether’s homebrew contests.

A porter with home-smoked chipotle peppers, cinnamon and cacao nibs – the champion in the Blank Slate Challenge with the Inland Brewers Unite (IBU) club on Learn to Homebrew Day earlier this month – is expected on tap by mid-December.

Joining it by year’s end, if not before, will be the chai stout that won an earlier competition during May’s Spokane Craft Beer Week. It includes a spice blend that focuses on cardamom and clove, plus buckwheat honey and some lactose to mimic the steamed-milk creaminess of a chai latte.   

“I’m really excited for both of them,” Croskrey says. “They’re going to be great.”

– Also coming next month is a red ale with pine resin and rose hips that was brewed in collaboration with Four Eyed Guys, which is wrapping up the licensing process to open its own brewery.

Bellwether just released another collaboration last Saturday, with Young Buck, a Winter Woods IPA featuring birch bark, juniper berries and fir tree resin.

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UPDATES TUESDAY 11/22

– This week's Tuesday Flights & Bites menu at No-Li includes biscuits and gravy paired with Spin Cycle Red, a turkey sandwich with cranberry cream cheese and Poser pale, and a marinara-topped meatball sandwich with Big Juicy IPA; get it all for $15 after 5 p.m. 

– No-Li also has tapped a First Frost Huckleberry Pale Ale.

– The big barrel-aged Cream Ale (6.9 percent alcohol by volume, 17 International Bitterness Units) returns as Wednesday's weekly small-batch release at Daft Badger.

 

A look at the upcoming week in local craft beer:

MONDAY

– The final keg of Mosaic Fresh Hop IPA is beer of the week at Twelve String, with $4 pints and $11 growler fills.

– Iron Goat is taking $2 off growler fills all week long for the holiday.

– New Boundary taps a limited-release Graffle Pie spiced, strong (9.2 percent alcohol by volume) graf brewed with apple cider for its Arts & Ales night; look for it throughout the week.

– The Audubon neighborhood is featured on the souvenir pint glass for this month's LocALE Mondays at No-Li; get one free with a Jet Star imperial IPA purchase between 5 and 8.

TUESDAY

– Bellwether releases this year's Ancestry Ale winter gruit, made with elderberries, chamomile, orange peel, allspice, cinnamon and grains of paradise. 

WEDNESDAY

– Bellwether releases the latest in its Garden Ale series, a sour brewed with heather and homegrown rosemary. 

– The Palouse-Two Rivers chapter of Beer Choir meets from 7 to 8 p.m. at Riverport Brewing in Clarkston.

FRIDAY

English Setter has $4 pints before 4 p.m., along with food specials.

– Selkirk Abbey is pouring eight specialties for Big Beer Black Friday.

– Mention Black Friday at Badass and get $1 off your pint.

– Goose Island's annual Bourbon County Stout releases at the North and Valley Total Wines. 

Big Barn hosts a Trades of Hope Christmas shopping party from 3 to 5.

SATURDAY

Bellwether offers your first pint for $4 if you help decorate its Christmas tree (bring a small ornament if you like), and also releases an aged year-old Hearthstone Barleywine.

Badass is offering $1 off growler fills for Small Business Saturday.

SUNDAY

Bellwether begins a series of Sunday mulled warm ales through the holidays.

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

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

– Charitable efforts are in full swing heading into this holiday season:

• Through November, No-Li is donating $1 for every case of 12-ounce bottles and cans sold at Rosauers supermarkets to Tom's Turkey Drive, which provides Thanksgiving meals to families in need. Donations are being accepted at Rosauers stores today, and online.

• Orlison's downtown taproom is collecting nonperishable food and cash donations for the Second Harvest food bank through the end of the month.

• Get $1 off per pint at Post Falls Brewing this weekend for every shelf-stable item brought in for the Post Falls Food Bank.

• The Coeur d'Alene Growler Guys Coat Drive continues through Wednesday; receive $5 off your purchase by donating a new or gently used coat to the Union Gospel Mission.

• Manito Tap House is contributing $1 from every pint of Red, White & No-Li pale ale sold through Wednesday to help a Spokane Valley family recover from a home fire that badly burned a mother and daughter. No-Li last weekend raised more than $15,000 for the cause by selling discount cases of Big Juicy IPA at the brewery.

– Selkirk Abbey is preparing to pour four specialty beers for Black Friday, and conducting a Facebook poll of eight contenders: the new Atonement tripel and Cuvee de la Nuit Profonde blend; barrel-aged versions of the 8˚ dubbel, Guilt imperial porter and Grace Scotch ale; and 10˚ quadruple, 12˚ Belgian strong dark and Saint Joseph imperial saison.

– New Boundary is releasing its popular Lemon Kick hard lemonade in 22-ounce bottles for sale at the taproom and outside distribution.

Four Eyed Guys has passed its state liquor license inspection and plans to begin brewing next week pending final federal approval. It's starting out as a small distribution-only brewery.

–  Post Falls Brewing's Washington distribution has begun, with the first keg landing at Steady Flow Growler House.

– Bombastic Brewing, which is lining up permits to open at the Panhandle Area Council business incubator in Hayden, has launched both a YouTube beer review channel and a craft beer drinker survey.

– Perry Street Brewing and Casper Fry have announced their second annual Winter Jubilee Beer Dinner on Dec. 5. It begins with a tour and first course and beer at the brewery, then moves down the street to Casper Fry for the remaining four courses (built around a local Cascano Farms pig) and beers. Cost is $65; for reservations, call (509) 535-0536 or (509) 279-2820.

– Iron Goat has won this year's commercial Rehabilitation & Preservation award from Spokane Preservation Advocates for restoring the former Jones Automotive Building downtown as its brewery and taproom.     

Birth of a partnership

The Inland Northwest’s leading brewery is teaming up with the region’s original brewery.

No-Li has begun brewing and canning its flagship Born & Raised IPA at Hale’s Ales in Seattle for distribution to Western Washington and Oregon. That both saves on shipping costs and frees up brewing capacity in Spokane, which is stretched to the limit, owner John Bryant says.

Born & Raised cans for Eastern Washington and Idaho distribution will continue to be packaged at No-Li using a mobile canner, along with all of the canned Big Juicy IPA and Red, White & No-Li Pale.

The brewery’s canned beers previously were produced at Orlison’s facility in Airway Heights, but that arrangement has ended.  

No-Li is on track to produce 11,200 barrels of beer this year, Bryant says, close to its practical limit of 12,000 barrels. He continues to search for sites for an expanded brewery, preferably in the city of Spokane, though outlying locations like the Spokane Valley and West Plains haven’t been ruled out.  

“We haven’t given up,” Bryant says. “But it’s not easy to find a 25,000-square-foot warehouse with 25-foot ceilings and loading docks.”

In the meantime, the Hale’s agreement buys some breathing room, and brings some regional brewing history full circle. Hale’s, which was the state’s third craft brewery following Redhook and Grant’s, launched in Colville in 1983 and moved to Spokane in 1992 before consolidating its operations in Seattle.

“It’s kind of an honor to work with a guy like that,” Bryant says of Hale’s founder Mike Hale. “We get to surround ourselves with really talented people, and our cultures are similar. We’re pouring Hale’s beers here now, and they always have Born & Raised on tap.”

No-Li’s activities at Hale’s are overseen by another industry veteran, Al Triplett, who worked at Redhook for 24 years before becoming a brewery consultant in 2008. He’s played a significant role behind the scenes as No-Li’s “life coach” for the past three and a half years, Bryant says.

Along with extensive laboratory testing, blind tasting panels are used to make sure the Born & Raised brewed in Seattle is consistent with what’s produced in Spokane. “We don’t just want it to be good on paper,” Triplett says.

In other No-Li news:

– This year’s bottled barrel-aged release, Tandem imperial red aged in bourbon barrels, will be out in time for No-Li’s Frost Fest small-batch festival on Dec. 10 (which is sold out). Bottles will be available there, and later at select accounts around the area.

– A limited run of Frost Fest amber ale in 22-ounce bottles is close to sold out at local stores. It will be followed before year’s end by a limited-release coconut porter.

– Red, White & No-Li will continue as a seasonal 22-ounce bottle through March, and will be available year-round in 12-ounce cans.    

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UPDATE FRIDAY 11/18

– River City's Randall for the weekend is River City Red through allspice and orange zest.

– Iron Goat is serving a small-batch Boyd's Smoked Brown (6.9 percent alcohol by volume, 43 International Bitterness Units).

Pilgrim's presents a free Grand Teton tasting Saturday from noon to 2 featuring Fresh Hop IPA and Bitch Creek ESB.  

 

UPDATES THURSDAY 11/17

Selkirk Abbey has released its first strong (8.6 percent alcohol by volume), golden Belgian-style Tripel.

– The vanilla KB Porter, a temporary small-batch offering when V Twin opened last month, is back on tap as a full batch. 

 

UPDATES WEDNESDAY 11/16

– The Steam Plant on Friday releases a small-batch Heirloom Harvest Holiday Ale brewed with locally grown organic pumpkins.

– A Sockeye tasting Friday from 5 to 8 at the North Spokane Growler Guys features Woolybugger wheat, Huggy Bear Dark Sour and Winterfest. 

– New Boundary will have a watch party for the EWU/Portland State football game Friday starting at 7, with two limited releases: Cheney Brewers Reserve (CBR) #1, a golden ale lightly hopped with Cascade (4.5 percent alcohol by volume, 12 International Bitterness Units; $2 pints, no growler fills), and Pine-O-Mite ginger/pineapple pale hopped with Amarillo and Zythos (6, 40). Wear your Eagles gear and get $1 off pours.

– Waddell's has tapped a Brute Squad Imperial IPA (9.5 percent alcohol by volume, 80 International Bitterness Units) in honor of "The Princess Bride."

 

UPDATES TUESDAY 11/15

– This week's Tuesday Flights & Bites menu at No-Li includes cream cheese stuffed sweet peppers with Slacker, a strawberry-filled puff pastry with Amber Ale and sausage/bacon-wrapped asiago stuffed mushrooms with Big Juicy IPA; get it all for $15 after 5 p.m. 

– Harper's Oatmeal Stout is back at Slate Creek following a lengthy absence.

– Wednesday's weekly small-batch release at Daft Badger is a Peppermint Patty Porter with chocolate, peppermint and cold brew coffee.

 

A look at the upcoming week in local craft beer:

MONDAY

– Jam Session IPA is beer of the week at Twelve String, with $4 pints and $9 growler fills.

– The Audubon neighborhood is featured on the souvenir pint glass for this month's LocALE Mondays at No-Li; get one free with a Jet Star imperial IPA purchase between 5 and 8.

FRIDAY

– The Lantern Tap House's fifth annual Flannel Fest today and Saturday features No-Li beers, with happy hour pricing for those who show up wearing flannel; music by Buffalo Jones at 9.

– A Waddell's tap takeover from 5 to 8 at Poole's Public House (North Side) will include Left Hook IPA, Connie Mack's Reserve, Lost Woods Winter Ale and the house Scotch Ale; get a flight of three six-ounce pours for $5 and growlers for $12, plus prize raffles and live music.

– Post Falls Brewing hosts a food drive Friday through Sunday for the Post Falls Food Bank; get $1 off a pint for each shelf-stable item donated.

SATURDAY

– The Coeur d’Alene Growler Guys celebrates its first anniversary with an Avery tasting from 2 to 5 featuring the Demons of Ale series – The Beast grand cru, Samael’s oak-aged strong ale and Mephistopheles stout – plus the bourbon barrel-aged Uncle Jacob’s imperial and Tweak coffee stouts. For $35, you get three-ounce pours of each plus a souvenir snifter, pizza and breadsticks, and the opportunity to buy 32-ounce grunts of the beers; space is limited.

– Young Buck and Bellwether release a collaboration Winter Woods IPA – brewed with Douglas fir resin, birch bark and juniper berries – at Bellwether beginning at 3, with Young Buck's coffee/pepper amber ale also on tap.

– Black Label's Beers for Boobs fundraiser from 4 to 11 (with live music) benefits a local woman battling breast cancer, with $1 from each beer sold supporting the cause plus proceeds from raffles for various items including a Lookout Pass ski getaway for two.

– The Lantern Tap House's Flannel Fest continues, with a '70s karaoke battle between the Lantern and No-Li crews at 10 p.m.

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

Chip off the ol’ ice block

New Belgium is back with another ice-cream inspired beer in conjunction with Ben & Jerry’s.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ale follows last fall’s Salted Caramel Brownie Brown Ale collaboration between the Colorado brewery and the Vermont ice cream maker.

While that was a new flavor that was developed into both a beer and an ice cream, Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ale is based on one of Ben & Jerry’s longtime best-sellers.

New Belgium brewers added cocoa nibs, vanilla beans and brown sugar to a blonde ale base with a touch of caramel malt to mimic the ice cream. The bright golden result (6 percent alcohol by volume, 12 International Bitterness Units) is on the sweeter side but far from cloying, with a fairly dry finish.

After being introduced in New Belgium’s mixed Folly Pack, the beer has been rolling out locally in six-packs and draft (look for locations near you here). 

Like last year’s project, a portion of the proceeds benefits Protect Our Winters, a snow sports-based nonprofit that fights global warming – which, no matter what you think of the beer itself, will leave a good taste in your mouth.   

Your weekly roundup

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

– Red, White & No-Li pale is rolling out year-round in 12-ounce cans, joining the brewery’s Born & Raised and Big Juicy IPAs.

The Citra-hopped beer, introduced as a fall seasonal in 22-ounce bottles, won a silver medal at last weekend’s Great International Beer & Cider Competition in Rhode Island. At $10 per six pack, the cans are a bargain compared to the bottles, which run $6 and up.

– Speaking of No-Li cans, the brewery raised more than $15,000 for a Spokane Valley family that lost its home in a fire by selling cases of Big Juicy at the discount price of $25 yesterday and today.

– The Coeur d’Alene Growler Guys is conducting a coat drive through Nov. 23 for the Union Gospel Mission. Bring in a new or gently used coat and get $5 off your purchase.

– In some overlooked election returns, a porter won the Facebook poll and will be brewed as December’s small batch at Downdraft, topping both a double IPA and sour cherry rye.

– Bellwether today releases the latest in its small-batch garden series, an unhopped, Bavarian-style wheat beer brewed with homegrown beets plus dandelion leaf.

Orlison is pouring a new Cranberry Wheat Ale (and nonalcoholic Pineapple Soda), while Badass has a fresh hop IPA and tart Berliner weisse. 

– And Badass, by the way, is extending the hours at its new Spokane Valley taproom, opening at 2 p.m. (instead of 4) on Fridays and Saturdays and closing at 9. Thursday hours will remain 4-9 p.m.