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Summer into fall

More than 100 regional beers and ciders will pour for the 25th annual Fall Fest this weekend at Schweitzer Mountain Resort.

This year’s event at the Sandpoint-area resort has been extended to four days, from Friday through the Monday holiday.  And there’s an expanded layout for the drinks tent (also including wine), food court, soda tent, kids’ activities, arts and crafts vendors and the music stage, with 11 bands performing through the weekend.

Beer tasting packages with souvenir glassware range from $15 for a five-ounce taster and four fills, to $40 for an 18-ounce copper mug and three fills; those can be pre-ordered online (plus fees) through midnight today, and will be sold onsite while supplies last. Extra drink tokens will be available for sale, and you can skip the packages and just buy tokens to get your beers poured in a regular plastic glass.

Beer tent hours are Friday from 4 to 8 p.m., Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Monday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Here’s the posted tap list (subject to change):

Alaskan: White Wheat, Big Mountain pale

Alpine: Duet and Windows Up IPAs

Bale Breaker: Field 41 pale, Dormancy stout

Ballast Point: Dead Ringer Oktoberfest, Sculpin IPA

Barley Brown’s: Saison, Point Blank red

Bayern: Pilsener, Dragon’s Breath dunkelweizen

Big Sky: Shake a Day IPA, Slow Elk stout

Black Raven: Kitty Kat Blues blueberry pale, Coco Jones coconut porter

Boise Brewing: Burn One Down brown, Black Cliffs stout

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Your weekly roundup

Catching up with the latest craft beer news from around the Northwest:

• Fresh hop season has officially arrived with Wednesday's taproom release by Seattle's Two Beers, always an early bird in this much-anticipated category. Look for that one to show up soon here in cans and on draft, and for a whole slew of counterparts to follow including several local versions (we hear Perry Street will be doing one as part of its hazy New England IPA series).

• Ninkasi is joining the growing wave of brewers putting their beer in cans. The Eugene brewery announced it will release three yet-undisclosed offerings in 12-ounce cans early next year; according to Brewbound, that means 45 of the nation's largest 50 craft breweries will be canning.

• Missoula's Big Sky has launched GRIZ Montana Lager as an officially licensed beer for the University of Montana (where the brewery was birthed by a pair of business school students). Plans call for regional distribution including Washington and Idaho.

• While no Spokane breweries will be pouring at this fall's Great American Beer Festival for the first time in recent memory, the just-released list does include Pullman's Paradise Creek and Moscow's Rants & Raves.

• Finally, Dick Cantwell, the longtime Seattle brewing fixture who left Elysian in the wake of its sale to Anheuser-Busch two years ago, is back in the beer business: He's joined with Colorado's New Belgium and Belgium's Oud Beersell to purchase a bankrupt San Francisco brewery, Magnolia Brewing Company. They plan to expand on Magnolia's traditional English-centric lineup with new offerings including sours blended with authentic lambics from Oud Beersell.

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SATURDAY

– Day two of Steady Flow Growler House's second anniversary celebration includes merchandise giveaways for the first 25 people through the door starting at 11, growler fill discounts and a parking lot party featuring a special Paradise Creek beer release along with games and prizes including a "golden growler" raffle at 5.

– Laughing Dog's 12th anniversary party from noon to 8 features an anniversary nut brown ale, the Old Tin Can burger truck, music by Harold’s IGA and a bicycle raffle to benefit Panhandle Animal Shelter.

– Hopped Up presents its fifth annual Art, Music and Beer Festival from 1 to 10 with arts and crafts vendors, food from the Mustard’s Last Stand and Tacos Tijuana trucks and music by Random Generation at 2, Sean Behrens and Nick Nelson at 4, Slightly Committed at 6 and Dreamtime with the Devadasi belly dancers at 8.

– Orlison marks the second anniversary of its downtown taproom from 2 to 9 with new beer releases, prize raffles, cornhole games and the Shameless Sausages truck.

– The Inland Northwest Home Brewers Conference from 4 to 8 p.m. at Coeur d’Alene’s Elk Point event center will feature brewing presentations, local beers for sale, cigars, food and live music; admission is $10.

Whistle Punk has tapped the second in a series of single-hop IPAs made with powdered lupulin, this time Mosaic.

– The latest in a series of hazy, juicy New England-style IPAs at Perry Street (Generation 12) is a fresh batch of the previous recipe, hopped with Mosaic, Citra and Simcoe.

– River City's Randall for the weekend is a Golden Mojito (Girlfriend Golden through fresh limes and mint).

Twelve String has four barrel-aged beers on tap: Gin Grapefruit Golden Strong Ale, Cabernet Porter, Barili Port Stout and Bourbon Drop DD Double Stout.

Selkirk Abbey is pouring the final keg of its Scotch ale, Grace.

Mi casa-brew, su casa-brew

Saturday is an opportunity for homebrewers from throughout the region to get together under the same roof.

Idaho Homebrewers of the Panhandle Society (IDHOPS) is hosting an Inland Northwest Home Brewers Conference from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Elk Point event center in Coeur d’Alene.

While everyone is welcome, the IDHOPS crew is particularly hoping to see their counterparts from Spokane’s Inland Brewers Unite (IBU) and Post Falls’ Warriors of the Rotating Tap (WORT).

“The overall goal is just to get the homebrew community together,” says IDHOPS’ James Hook. “A few of us go back and forth (between groups), but not too much.”

Elk Point, on Potlatch Hill overlooking Lake Coeur d’Alene, just got its pub license to sell beer and wine, he says. Beers will be on tap Saturday from Daft Badger, Mad Bomber, Selkirk Abbey and Wallace Brewing.

There will be speakers from the various homebrew clubs, and possibly some professional brewers as well.

Admission is $10, which includes your first two drink tickets. Food also will be available for sale, along with smokes from Bulldog Pipe & Cigar. Live music will be provided by Hanna Rebecca.

“It’s more a social gathering than a conference, but maybe we can turn it into a conference someday,” says Hook. “Hopefully it will turn into something we can do annually.”  

Chapter and anniversary

In the local craft beer community, “A” stands for August, and for anniversary.

No fewer than four such celebrations are on tap for this weekend, at Badass Backyard, Laughing Dog, Orlison and Steady Flow Growler House:

– Steady Flow has a two-day party to mark its second year of operation Friday and Saturday starting at 11 a.m.

The first 25 people through the door receive free koozies for growlers on Friday and crowlers on Saturday. Both days, get $2 off regular 64-ounce growler fills and $3 off three-packs of 32-ounce crowler cans.

A Crux pint night Friday will feature the Farmhouse, Flanders-style Better Off Red and Half Hitch imperial IPA. An all-day parking lot party Saturday will include a pair of Paradise Creek specialties – a lambic and an infused IPA – along with games and prizes.

And both days, while they last, look for the likes of pFriem’s Kumquat Farmhouse, Dogfish Head Lupu-Luau IPA, Ballast Point Orange Vanilla Fathom, Deschutes 2016 Abyss, Georgetown’s Raspberry Gose and Rocketman IPA, Grand Teton Oud Bruin, Avery Raspberry Sour, Waddell's habanero-spiked Strawberry Wildfire, No-Li’s guava/blueberry Unbreakable Sour, Avery Mephistopheles imperial stout, Firestone Walker Stickee Monkee Belgian-style quad and Locust Watermelon Cider. 

– Also in the Valley, Badass celebrates its second anniversary Friday from 2 to 11 p.m. with three new beer releases – a blood orange Mojo Dandy Shandy, Terrain Red IPA with Ekuanot hop powder and Rossi Coffee Stout with Bumper Crop cold brew – along with the Aboutoo Cream Ale from Nu Home Brew’s Genus Brewing and Whiskey Barrel Cider’s Dam Hard and Fubarb.

Try your hand at the keg toss contest starting at 4 for your choice of a hat, shirt or tank top. The One Night Stand BBQ truck will be on hand, with food also available from neighboring Chan Bistro.

– Orlison has been around since 2009 (counting its inception as Golden Hills), but its downtown taproom is turning two. The celebration Saturday from 2 to 9 p.m. will feature an array of specialty beers including gin barrel-aged Toasted Dragon Asian-style lager, both regular and rye whiskey barrel-aged Southern Sun IPA, a coffee amber, a Belgian-style pale and an American pale with Lemondrop and Huell Melon hops.

There also will be prize raffles, cornhole games and food from the Shameless Sausages truck.

– And in North Idaho, Laughing Dog has a full decade on everyone else with its 12th anniversary party Saturday from noon to 8 p.m. Look for an anniversary nut brown ale, the Old Tin Can burger truck, music by Harold’s IGA from 2 to 6 and a bicycle raffle to benefit Panhandle Animal Shelter (drawing at 5:45 p.m., must be present to win).

Sadly, it will be the first anniversary without the original laughing dog of label-art fame, Benny – who passed away last December at age 13 – though his son Ruger carries on the family tradition.

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Perry Street's Ben Lukes and Riley Elmer conjure up a collaboration with Georgetown's Matt Edwards. (Perry Street photo)

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

• Perry Street has taken advantage of a golden opportunity to collaborate with Georgetown.

On Tuesday in Seattle, brewers from both made a mash-up of their gold medal winners at last fall’s Great American Beer Festival – Perry’s Session IPL (India pale lager) and Georgetown’s Bodhizafa IPA – dubbed BodhiLite IPL.

Like the Perry IPL, it’s sessionable (4.5 percent alcohol by volume) and fermented with Czech pilsner yeast, with oats added for that smooth Bodhizafa body. The hop bill is a blend of the IPL’s Simcoe and Mosaic with Bodhi’s Citra and Chinook.

Perry’s Ben Lukes says he pitched the idea to Georgetown’s local sales rep and things took off from there.

“(Georgetown co-founder) Manny (Chao) dug our beers, so we said, dude, let’s go for it,” Lukes says. “We decided to get it out before this year’s GABF.”

Lukes hopes to snag as much of the 18-barrel batch for Spokane as possible; keep an eye out for details about a release party at Perry.

In another coup for Perry Street, it’s one of 68 breweries nationwide selected for this year’s Denver Rare Beer Tasting on Oct. 6, during the Great American Beer Festival. Its chardonnay barrel-aged tripel will pour for the event, which benefits Pints for Prostates.

• Daft Badger’s Blood Orange IPA, which has been selling out fast in limited runs of 22-ounce bottles, is coming to cans.

The Coeur d’Alene brewery is working with Spokane’s Spokes Mobile Canning to produce 400 cases of 16-ounce four-packs, arriving as soon as late September. Like the bottles, the cans will mostly be sold out of the taproom along with a few in-town accounts.

The Blood Orange, by the way, won the people's choice award at last weekend’s Ales for the Trail, topping Orlison’s Orangelicious.

And farther up north in Idaho, Laughing Dog has begun canning its 219 Pilsner.

• Post Falls Brewing will become the official outlet for Summit Cider, which is closing its taproom in Coeur d’Alene. A launch party on Thursday will feature food from Jupiter Jane Traveling Café and music by Devon Wade.

• Pullman’s Paradise Creek is in the final stages of an expansion that will double its production capacity, from the former 7-barrel brewhouse with 15-barrel fermenters to 15 and 30, respectively. The new production facility along the Bill Chipman Palouse Trail will have a Trailside taproom, with the main pub remaining in Pullman’s Old Post Office building.

• Finally, Redhook returned to Seattle proper with Thursday’s opening of its Brewlab on Capitol Hill, with an 8-barrel system focusing on experimental recipes. Redhook's former brewery in Woodinville was closed earlier this summer by its parent company, Craft Brew Alliance, though the Forecasters pub there remains in operation.      

Your weekend planner

A look at the upcoming weekend in local craft beer:

FRIDAY

– Bottles in Millwood has a five-beer Bellwether tap takeover starting at 5, with Second Breakfast hefeweizen, the Hazy Disposition and Fibber McGee's IPAs, Patrick Horn brown ale and Fernweh Baltic porter plus food from the Mac Daddy's truck.

– Yakima Craft comes to the North Spokane Growler Guys for a tasting from 5 to 8. 

– Pints Alehouse's annual Sour Fest continues with 11 sour beers on tap.

– Iron Goat taps its Goat in the Boat passion fruit IPA collaboration with Bellingham's Boundary Bay, which was brewed for Saturday's Washington Beer Collaboration Festival in Seattle. 

– River City releases its seasonal Inconceivable Imperial Pilsner (7 percent ABV).

– And a few blocks west, The Steel Barrel is pouring a new Bull Moose Russian imperial stout from house brewery Little Spokane.  

SATURDAY

– Joseph's Grainery in Colfax, which grows the Baronesse barley malted locally by Palouse Pint, hosts its second annual Harvest Day from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. with beers and spirits made with the malt plus live music. Admission is free, but registration is required.    

– Twenty breweries and two cideries are lined up for this year's Brewsfest from 1 to 6 p.m. at Silver Mountain Resort in Kellogg, Idaho, along with live music. Tickets are $30.95 in advance, $35.95 at the gate, which includes the gondola ride up the mountain, a souvenir mug and six tasters. 

– Selkirk Abbey is the featured brewery for Music, Micros & BBQ from 5 to 9 at the Coeur d'Alene Casino; cost is $18 for all you can eat (beer separate).  

– Pints Alehouse's annual Sour Fest continues with 11 sour beers on tap.

Peak of their craft

The region’s longest-running beer festival, Silver Mountain’s Brewsfest, returns on Saturday for its 24th year.

Twenty breweries and two cideries are lined up for this year’s event at the four-season resort outside of Kellogg, Idaho. The gondola starts running at 9:30 a.m. and taps are open from 1 to 5:30 p.m.

There’s live music during the festival by Soul Proprietor and The Sara Brown Band, continuing afterward in the Gondola Village with the Sara Brown Trio.

Tickets are $30.95 in advance, $35.95 at the gate, which includes the gondola ride up the mountain, a souvenir mug and six 3.5-ounce tasters (extras $1 each); beer tickets also can be used for wine, soda and water. For another $15, add admission to the mountain bike park.

Children are welcome (at the full ticket price), as are well-behaved and leashed dogs. You can bring your own chairs, or rent them at the resort.

Here’s the beer and cider lineup:

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Works of tart

Pints Alehouse presents its second annual Sour Fest from Thursday through Sunday, with 11 of the tart concoctions on tap.

That includes a rare local offering from Portland’s Cascade Brewing, one of the most acclaimed sour breweries in the country: Sang du Chene (“Blood of the Oak”), a blend of strong, soured blonde and tripel ales aged in toasted French and American oak puncheons, Cognac hogsheads and wine foudres.

“That was super-special for us to get, and certainly the one I’m most excited about pouring,” owner Derek Quist says.

But overall, he adds, “We tried to make sure we really covered the entire spectrum of what sours can be, from kriek (cherry) beers to big, acidic sours.”   

The lineup also features:

– Pfriem’s Kettled Sour Passionfruit, brewed with passion fruit, guava, kiwi and pineapple (5.5 percent alcohol by volume), and Peche peach lambic (5.8).

– Almanac’s Mariposa, a mixed-culture Brett farmhouse ale aged on plums and dry-hopped with fruity El Dorado and Azacca (6.8).

– Stillwater’s Fear of Ghosts, a smoked sour farmhouse wheat (6).

– The Blueberry Jack collaboration by Almanac and Stillwater, a Brett-fermented blonde ale aged with blueberries and blackberries and dry-hopped with Citra, Mosaic, El Dorado, Simcoe, Galaxy, Nugget and Sterling (7).

– Goose Island’s Halia, a farmhouse ale aged in wine barrels with whole peaches (7.5).

– Firestone Walker’s Bretta Weisse, a classic Berliner Weisse-inspired wheat beer (4.9).

– Avery’s Apricot Sour (7.3).

– Double Mountain Devil's Kriek, a Flanders-style red aged on Bing and Van cherries (9.3).

– Heathen’s Mojito, with fresh mint and lime(5).

All are available (while they last) starting at 3 p.m. each day, as 5.5-ounce snifters or full pours (10 to 12 ounces, depending on the beer). Most also will be available to go in growlers or crowler cans.

An extra, third day was added to this year’s event by popular demand, Quist says.

“Some of our customers have indicated that they don’t come to some of our events because they’re so crowded,” he says. “Spreading it over three days should make it more comfortable for everyone.”  

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Catching up with more local craft beer news:

• With temperatures finally beginning to dip, it's not too early to start thinking about No-Li's next FrostFest.

This year will be a bigger version of the winter small-batch beer festival, moving from the brewery grounds to the Spokane Arena concourse on Dec. 9. Along with a dozen one-off brews, many of them barrel-aged, it will feature a winter carnival atmosphere with entertainment and food; wear your "festive winter attire" for a chance to win prizes.

Tickets must be purchased in advance; cost is $30, which includes a T-shirt, taster glass and five 4-ounce pours. You can order five more for $10, and add that night's Spokane Chiefs hockey game for another 10 bucks.

• Speaking of No-Li, the charitable-minded brewery has sold almost all of the 400 custom T-shirts it had made for its latest "Spokane Has Heart" fundraiser; only 11 remained as of Monday morning (small and XXL). The shirts are being sold at $25 each to raise $10,000 for Teen Closet, which provides free clothing for foster youth and other young people in need.

• Here's one for the "whalez, bro" crowd: Nectar Wine and Beer in Kendall Yards on Thursday hosts the only Eastern Washington release event for Unicorn Tears, the highly limited and coveted (not to mention cheekily named) collaboration between Fremont and Perennial Artisan Ales.

It's an imperial oatmeal milk stout aged in bourbon barrels with cherries, at 12.9 percent alcohol by volume. The Nectar event starts at 6; you can buy one bottle per person, and one 10-ounce pour from the keg that will be tapped (along with other Fremont beers).

• Finally, the tap count at Selkirk Abbey is back up to 12 after dropping to eight for a while – the better to showcase the Post Falls brewery's newer Northwest-style Northern Cross line, along with its original Belgian-inspired beers. 

Your weekend planner

SATURDAY

– More than 30 breweries and cideries will pour at Ales for the Trail from 2 to 8 at McEuen Park in Coeur d'Alene, to benefit the North Idaho Centennial Trail Foundation. Tickets are $30, which includes your first six 5-ounce tasters (additional servings $2 each); there will be food for sale and live music.

– Lost Boys' Garage hosts a Bellwether tap takeover starting at 5 with the Second Breakfast hefeweizen, Barefoot pale, Honey Hop braggot IPA and Fernweh Baltic porter. 

– Four Mad Bomber beers will be featured for $2 per pint in a tap takeover from 5 to 8 at The Local Deli in Rathdrum, with music by Wyatt Wood. 

– The Lantern Tap House's Summer Series continues with Georgetown taster tray and pint specials and music by Buffalo Jones at 9. 

– Green Bluff's 238 Brewing releases its peach hefeweizen brewed with fruit from the bluff.

Beerocracy will have outside seating and more than 30 beers on tap for the Garland Street Fair from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

– River City's Randall for the weekend is Huckleberry Ale through fresh lemon and basil..

SUNDAY

– Big Barn releases a Raspberry Braggot (honey beer), with the Farmer's Daughter food truck on site from noon to 6 and a performance by Minnesota folk duo Winona Forever at 2.

V Twin is hosting a potluck for the Seattle Seahawks exhibition game at 5.

Enoteca in Post Falls is pouring $2.50 pints of Great Divide's Hop Disciple IPA all day long.

One more for the trail

After a big leap last year, Ales for the Trail returns this weekend with another step forward.

The fifth annual event to benefit the North Idaho Centennial Trail Foundation is Saturday from 2 to 8 p.m. in Coeur d’Alene’s  McEuen Park. It features 32 breweries and cideries – up from last year’s 26, and double the 16 from the year before.

Tickets are $30, which includes your first six 5-ounce pours (extras are $2 each). There also will be food from Veraci Pizza, The Wurst Guy and Taco Works, and live music by Kosh and Nu Jack City. Ride your bike and park it in the free corral.

The lineup includes:

Alaskan – Alaskan Amber, Icy Bay IPA

Badass Backyard – Daring Diva Raspberry Wheat, Warpath Robust Porter

Bale Breaker – Field 41 Pale Ale, Topcutter IPA

Big Sky  – Shake-A-Day IPA, Moose Drool

Boise Brewing – Broad Street Blonde, Hip Check IPA

Deschutes – Hop Slice Summer Ale, American Wheat

Downdraft – Project Pale, Third Channel IPA

Fremont – Summer Ale, Lush IPA

Grand Teton – Ale 208, Grapefruit Gose

Great Northern - Buckin' Horse Pilsner, Big Mountain Tea Pale Ale 

Iron Goat – 2nd Avenue Saison, Back East IPA

Kona – Hanalei IPA

Kootenai River – Huckleberry Wheat, Osprey Pilsner

Mad Bomber – Booby-Trap Blonde, Fatman IPA

New Belgium – Dayblazer Easygoing Ale, Fat Tire amber, Voodoo Ranger IPA

Orlison – Hill Climb Honey Wheat, Orangelicious

Powderhaus – Prusik Pilsner, Double Deadfall red

Radio – Hoppy Pilsner, ESB

Rants & Raves – Huck Ya, Bud huckleberry wheat, Duckface Blonde, Frosty Ass IPA, Dragon Hunter Red  

Redhook  –  Bicoastal IPA

River City  –  Huckleberry Ale, Riverkeeper IPA

Selkirk Abbey  – Huckleberry Chapel wit, Infidel IPA

Slate Creek  –  High Route Hefeweizen, 6 Weight IPA

Twelve String – Arpeggio Pale, PineIPApple

Trickster's – El Dorado pale, Juice Box IPA  

Also look for beers by Daft Badger, Laughing Dog, Paradise Creek and Post Falls, and ciders from Coeur d’Alene Cider (Semi-Dry), North Idaho Cider (Wild Cherry, Citrus Sour) and Summit Cider (Sundance hibiscus/rose hip/lavender, Blue Balls blueberry/blackberry/raspberry).

Beer, honey and history

Solace Mead & Cider adds beer to its lineup today, just in time for a special Renaissance-themed Night Market at Kendall Yards.

The joint tasting room by Green Bluff’s Hierophant Meadery and Twilight Cider will now be pouring beer from two taps, beginning with a pair of Hierophant collaborations that debuted at Bellwether Brewing’s recent Braggotfest.

Casus Fortuitous is a gruit (herbed beer) that was jointly brewed by Bellwether, Young Buck and others, aged in merlot barrels and mixed with Hierophant’s Gilead vanilla poplar mead. There’s also a blend of Young Buck’s gose (tart wheat beer) and Hierophant’s Matricaria chamomile mead.

Those two braggots – a honeyed beer/mead hybrid style that dates back to the Middle Ages – are appropriate fare for the special Renaissance fair version of the weekly Night Market starting at 4 p.m.

It aims to transport visitors back to the year 1527 through music, dance, storytelling and other re-enactments in conjunction with The Spokane Entertainer’s Guild. Costumes are encouraged.       

Hierophant plans to feature a variety of local beers in the future, both on tap and in bottles.    

Your weekly roundup

Catching up with some national and regional news from the past week in craft beer:

• Craft production nationwide continues to grow at a slower pace than in recent years, according to new numbers from the Brewers Association.

The trade group's midyear report shows a 5 percent growth rate during the first six months of 2017. That follows last year's final figure of 6 percent, which was the first time it had dropped below 10 percent since 2009.

In a more competitive market, larger brewers who distribute regionally and nationally account for most of the slowdown, while many smaller breweries continue to thrive through taproom sales and local distribution.

There were 5,562 operating breweries across the country as of June 30, the association says, up from 5,301 at the end of last year – with another 2,700 being planned.

• The craft beer ranks took another potential hit with Thursday's announcement that craft pioneer Anchor Brewing is being bought by Japan's Sapporo.  

Anchor, which was founded in 1896 and revived under new ownership in the mid-1960s, is considered the first modern microbrewery for its rise to prominence in the 1980s with a variety of then-unfamiliar beer styles. It was ranked as the nation's 22nd largest craft brewer last year by the Brewers Association, which now must decide whether it continues to fit that definition.

The association says craft breweries must be less than 25 percent owned by another brewer that isn't itself craft. Lagunitas was dropped from the rolls after its acquisition by Heineken – the world's second-largest brewing conglomerate – but Firestone Walker still is considered craft following its purchase by Belgium's more modestly sized Duvel Moortgat.

• Two longtime Northwest breweries who lost their craft designations several years ago are seeing their sales continue to slump.

Second-quarter numbers from what's called the Craft Brew Alliance – but is 32 percent owned by Anheuser-Busch InBev – show that Widmer sales were down 13 percent while Redhook declined 24 percent, perpetuating recent trends.

Your weekend planner

FRIDAY

– No-Li launches its latest "Spokane Has Heart" fundraiser, in support of Teen Closet, which provides free clothing for foster youth and other young people in need throughout the Inland Northwest. Buy a limited-edition shirt at the No-Li pub for $25 and all proceeds go to the nonprofit.

– Community Pint, a 24-tap beer bar, growler station and bottle shop, opens at noon in the former Jones Radiator at 120 E. Sprague.

SATURDAY

– The Spokane Brewers Festival continues from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. in the Spokane Arena parking lot.

– Six Bellwether beers will be paired with specialty sausages and condiments for Beer, Brats & Fancy Mustard starting at 6:30 at the newly opened Petunias Marketplace. Cost is $28, and reservations are required; call (509) 328-4257.   

– The Lantern Tap House's Summer Series continues with Laurelwood taster tray and pint specials and live music by Nat Park and the Tunnels of Love at 9.

– River City's Randall for the weekend is Girlfriend Golden though watermelon and mint.

– Northern Ales in Kettle Falls taps the first release from its sour program.

SUNDAY

– Moscow's Rants & Raves brings its beer and BBQ truck to Up North Distillery in Post Falls from 2 to 8.