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New Boundary bows out

It’s a blue Christmas for fans of New Boundary Brewing.

The Cheney brewery will close its doors after Saturday following two and a half years of operation. Until then, all growler fills are only $8.

Along with several standards, the taplist includes owner/brewer Shane Noblin’s first-ever barleywine, released last Friday following six months in a bourbon barrel. With a big barrel character, it’s an easy drinker considering the 12.5 percent alcohol by volume.

“In the 20-odd years I’ve been brewing, it’s the first time I ever did one,” he says. “They take so long to age, even when I was homebrewing, I didn’t want to wait.”

Now time has run out for New Boundary. There are several reasons for the closure, Noblin says. While business was up the first half of the year, he says, it took a plunge in the second half.

Things have generally been slow in Cheney, Noblin says, and Spokane businesses have provided more competition than he expected when he moved from Alaska to open Cheney’s first brewery since 1910.

“We could have kept going,” he says. “It’s not like we weren’t making money. But it’s not as profitable as I thought it would be.

“I don’t think the product was bad, and I thought my prices were fair. It’s location, and marketing. I still get people who say, ‘I didn’t know we had a brewery in town.’ “

And the time demands grew tiring, says Noblin, who sometimes put in 14-hour days when he brewed and worked the taproom afterward.

He’s also an on-call firefighter, a career he’s interested in pursuing. And at age 42, he wants to spend more time with his wife and two teenage children.

“That’s probably the major deciding factor, to be honest,” he says. “It got to where I couldn’t go camping, or do other things with the family, because I had to be here.”

Noblin hopes to find a buyer for the brewery, with its five-barrel electric system.  ”Hopefully somebody will pick it up and run with it,” he says. “We’ve got two people looking at it now.”

And he hasn’t ruled out a return to brewing himself one of these days: “I might not be done yet. We’ll see.”

Your weekend planner

A look at the weekend in local craft beer:

SATURDAY

– Steady Flow Growler House hosts a Barrel Aged Cornucopia featuring some 20 barrel-aged beers from 4 to 7.

The Filling Station on 5th taps a 2014 bourbon barrel-aged Port Older Viscosity imperial stout, plus the Cuvee des Jacobins Rouge sour red.    

– Daft Badger has released both a small-batch chocolate peanut butter porter and a full batch of its Kahlua Porter.  

– Tequila barrel-aged Mango Mambo is back at Twelve String.

SUNDAY

– Manito Tap House continues its annual 12 Beers of Christmas with pFriem's Pruim plum Lambic-style ale. A different specialty keg will be tapped each day through Dec. 23; follow on Facebook and Twitter for announcements.

Big Barn is taking $1 off pints of its Midnight Harvest black IPA, brewed with homegrown hops.

– The Filling Station on 5th is donating $2 from all pints sold Sunday through Wednesday to the Salvation Army.

Loaded to the barrels

Fans of barrel-aged beers have plenty to look forward to over the coming week, with events at Pints on Thursday, Steady Flow on Saturday and Beerocracy on Monday:

– Eight offerings from Twelve String will pour Thursday from 5 to 10 at Pints Alehouse.

For stouts, there’s the Heavenly Black Fog imperial stout from Heaven Hill bourbon barrels and Bourbon de Cocoa chocolate imperial stout from Woodford Reserve bourbon barrels, plus the new anniversary Volume 6 tequila barrel imperial stout. Also look for the Red Heaven imperial stout/imperial IPA blend and an Alternate Tuning sour imperial IPA.

Rounding things out are the Volume 4 anniversary barleywine aged in Woodinville Whiskey barrels, and the Belgian-accented Ardennes the Menace dark strong (also from Woodinville barrels) and Gin Fusion Confusion gin barrel golden strong.

– Steady Flow Growler House’s Barrel Aged Cornucopia, on Saturday from 4 to 7, will feature no fewer than 16 wood-conditioned creations:

• Deschutes’ bourbon barrel-aged Black Butte XXVII anniversary imperial porter, with cocoa nibs, pomegranate molasses and apricot puree.

• Dogfish Head Palo Santo Marron wood-aged imperial brown.

• Epic’s Big Bad Baptist, with coffee beans and cocoa nibs, plus the Double Barrel version with barrel-aged beans.

• Firestone Walker’s bourbon barrel-aged Velvet Merkin oatmeal stout and Pacific Gravity Weizenbock.

• Stone’s bourbon barrel W00tstout with pecans, wheat and flaked rye.

• Georgetown’s bourbon barrel-aged Chopper’s Imperial Red.

• Ballast Point Barmy imperial golden with apricots and orange blossom honey.

• Fremont’s bourbon barrel-aged Dark Star imperial oatmeal stout.

• Iron Goat’s Dry Fly bourbon barrel-aged Cap’n Kidd Scotch ale.

• Twelve String’s rum barrel-aged Imperial Coconut Porter.

• Waddell’s French oak-aged Blackberry Sour.

• Grand Teton’s whiskey barrel-aged Black Cauldron imperial stout.

• Crux Banished Wild Farmhouse sour aged in red wine barrels.

• 2 Towns Ciderhouse’s La Mure sour Lambic-style cider aged in pinot noir barrels with Oregon-grown Marion blackberries.

There also will be merchandise raffles during the event. The beers will be tapped at noon, and will continue to pour on Sunday as available.

– Finally, Beerocracy is featuring some two dozen offerings for its Barrel-Palooza on Monday. Look for the likes of :

• Deschutes' 2016 and 2017 Abyss imperial stout, plus this year's rum and tequila barrel variants.

• Deschutes’ bourbon barrel-aged Black Butte XXIX anniversary imperial porter with turbinado sugar, cocoa powder, cinnamon and cayenne.

• Fremont's 2016 and 2017 bourbon barrel-aged Dark Star imperial stout, plus this year's coffee and Spice Wars versions.

• This year's regular and coffee cinnamon B-Bomb winter ale from Fremont.

• Fremont's 2017 Rusty Nail bourbon barrel-aged imperial oatmeal stout with licorice and cinnamon bark.

• Crux’s 2017 bourbon barrel-aged Tough Love imperial stout with blackstrap molasses and spices, plus 2016 and 2017 Better Off Red wine barrel-aged Flanders-style red.

• Firestone Walker's 2016 and 2017 Krieky Bones cherry sour and 2016 Pacific Gravity Weizenbock.

• Two Beers' Overhang bourbon imperial porter.

• Georgetown’s bourbon barrel-aged Chopper’s Imperial Red.

• Avery's Amicitia sour aged in cabernet sauvignon barrels.

Your weekly roundup

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

• Tickets are on sale for the next Palouse Cabin Fever Brew Fest, Feb. 18 at the Community Center in the small farming community north of Pullman.

Participating breweries for the sixth annual event include Badass Backyard, Bellwether, Big Barn and Black Label along with Pullman's Paradise Creek; Moscow's Hunga Dunga, Moscow Brewing and Rants & Raves; Clarkston's Riverport and Waitsburg's Laht Neppur.

The popular indoor/.outdoor event always sells out well in advance. Tickets are $20, available in Spokane at Badass and Black Label.

• Cheney's New Boundary Brewing today announced it will close its doors Dec. 23 after two and a half years. The previously planned barleywine release still is set for Dec. 15. 

• No-Li took home a bronze medal for Spin Cycle Red in Belgium's recent Brussels Beer Challenge. Spokane's biggest brewery has won more than 20 medals at international competitions over the past six years.

• FInally, fundraising efforts continue to help pay the medical bills of late Iron Goat co-founder Paul Edminster with the auction of a custom-made guitar, built with the same wood used for the large public bench in the brewery taproom. Tickets are available online for $11; the drawing will be Dec. 21 at Iron Goat (you don't need to be present to win).   

Six down for Twelve String

If all goes as planned, Sunday will mark Twelve String’s last anniversary at its current location.

The Spokane Valley brewery is preparing to move to larger quarters nearby on First Avenue just west of Pines Road. But in the meantime, it has a party to throw to celebrate its sixth year of operation.

This year’s anniversary beer is an imperial stout aged for about eight months in tequila barrels. At 9.7 percent alcohol by volume, it’s a bit bigger than the brewery’s regular Double Drop D.

“These were the nicest tequila barrels I’ve ever gotten,” says Twelve String’s Terry Hackler, who has experimented with all sorts of barrel-aged beers. “The tequila flavor is really smooth.”

There again will be free sliders and sides from O’Doherty’s BBQ catering. Doors will open an hour earlier than usual, at 11 a.m., with the party continuing until 5.

“We always have people lined up to get in, and we’re going to be here anyway,” Hackler says.

He’s considering monthly events on Sundays, when the taproom is usually closed, with the next one likely on Jan. 28. A spring version of the annual fall BarrelFest also is in the works.

Around that time, Hackler is hoping to be moving to the new location, which will eventually include a kitchen along with the expanded taproom and brewery.

The former contractor is doing the remodel himself. With a new roof on the building, he now can work on the inside over the winter as well as the outside, as conditions allow.

“I’m making a lot of progress,” Hackler says. “We’re still hoping for late spring or so to at least have a basic taproom open. It’s all about time and money and now weather. I’m just plugging away.”

The time crunch has been eased by the midyear hiring of a head brewer, Kevin Pierce, who spent 17 years at Anacortes Brewing. His first solo creation, the Tremolo Scotch Ale, has been a big seller.

“He’s probably doing 99 percent of the brewhouse side now, which is great for me,” Hackler says.

Your weekend planner

A look at the weekend in local craft beer:

SATURDAY

– Bellwether hosts a Holiday Shoppe from 1 to 10 p.m. with gift baskets of its own and from Hierophant Meadery, Twilight Cider Works and more, plus table braggot beer/mead blends, aebelskivers and live music; get photos taken with Santa from 2 to 6 for $8, to benefit Higher Ground Animal Sanctuary.

– The Lantern Tap House has an ugly sweater contest sponsored by Deschutes, with $5 pints all day (look for the 2013 Abyss imperial stout on tap) and prizes at night along with a Holiday Round singalong at 7:30.

– River City's Randall for the weekend is Sparky Red through elderberries and allspice.

– Iron Goat has tapped an imperial Goatmeal Stout aged in Dry Fly triticale whiskey barrels.

– The Viking is the first Eastern Washington establishment to pour Samuel Smith Oatmeal Stout on draft.

SUNDAY

Twelve String celebrates its sixth anniversary from 11 a,.m. to 5 p.m. with a tequila barrel-aged double stout and food from O'Doherty's BBQ.

Badass Backyard hosts a Gingerbread House Build Party starting at 4 with Christmas-themed drinks, music and decorations (bring your own construction materials).

A Community Christmas

Christmas is coming early to Community Pint, thanks to Firestone Walker.

The California brewery is taking over 10 of the Spokane craft beer bar’s taps for a Christmas party Thursday from 5 to 10 p.m., along with two selections each from Fremont and Georgetown.

The “green” beers in the Firestone lineup include:

– The STiVO Keller Pils collaboration with Russian River.

– DBA (Double Barrel Ale), a cask-fermented English-style pale.

– The flagship Union Jack IPA.

– The latest in the Luponic Distortion series of IPAs using experimental hops, the new No. 008.

– Mocha Merlin coffee oatmeal stout.

There also are five more exclusive “red” selections:

– The Sour Opal interpretation of a traditional Belgian gueuze.

– Krieky Bones sour cherry Flanders-style red.

– Velvet Merkin bourbon barrel-aged oatmeal stout.

– The barrel-aged Pacific Gravity Weizenbock strong wheat beer.

– This year’s XXI Anniversary Ale barrel-aged blend.

Along with full pours, three different four-ounce taster packages will be available: Rudolph (four green pours, two red) for $14, Dasher (six green, four red) for $24 and Blitzen (nine green, five red) for $30. That will continue through Sunday, as supplies last.

Also look for Georgetown’s Chardell chocolate coffee stout and Hansen Brothers imperial black IPA, plus Fremont’s Winter Ale and Lush IPA.  

Your weekly roundup

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

• Perry Street Brewing and Casper Fry are again teaming up for their third annual Winter Jubilee progressive dinner Dec. 11. The evening begins with the first course and beer at Perry at 5:30, along with a brewery tour, then moves down the street to Casper's for the final four courses and beers. Tickets are $65, which includes tax and tip; for reservations, call the brewery at (509) 279-2820 or the restaurant at (509) 535-0536.

• The folks behind the Mac Daddy's mac-and-cheese food truck, a familiar sight at local breweries and beer events, have opened a brick-and-mortar Mac Daddy's Gourmet Pub & Grill up north at 415 W. Hastings Road. The sports bar features several local beers among its 12 taps; look for a house IPA soon from Young Buck along the lines of its latest Pinus Maximus.

Four-Eyed Guys has upped its game with the acquisition of a four-barrel fermenter and brite tank from Republic Brewing. The distribution-only brewery will run multiple batches into those from its one-barrel brewhouse as it works to expand production.   

Utara Brewing reports that it is fully funded and moving toward a spring opening in Sandpoint. The British-style curry and ale house will be located in the former Lightning Lube at 214 Pine St.

• Green Bluff's 238 Brewing has announced that it's closed now until spring, though it will open Saturday from noon to 2 p.m. for growler fills.    

Your weekend planner

A look at the weekend in local craft beer:

‚ÄčSATURDAY

– Santa will be on hand for photos on Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 238 Brewing

Trickster's celebrates its fifth anniversary from noon to 8 with a cask of stout on vanilla, coffee beans and French oak chips, an ugly sweater contest at 4 and free food from Iverson's Smokin Pig BBQ with beer purchase.

– River City's third annual International Marmot Beer Festival from 3  to 8 features eight variations on its seasonal Midnight Marmot imperial stout; get 2-ounce tasters of each plus a 12-ounce pour of your favorite for $20 in advance, $25 at the door.  

Paradise Creek is pouring free samples of its limited Peppermint Porter plus hot chocolate and s;mores from 6 to 9 p.m. following Pullman's annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony.

– The 21st annual 12 Ales of Christmas runs from 6:30 to 11:30 p.m. at Capone’s in Coeur d’Alene; for $55, you get 7-ounce pours of a dozen winter beers, an all-you-can-eat buffet, a custom T-shirt and a goodie bag (plus a free cab ride home in the Coeur d’Alene area).

– Post Falls Brewing is donating $1 from every pint sold through Sunday to the Post Falls Police Department's Holidays for Heroes to buy gifts for families in need.

Bombastic is pouring $20 growler fills of Mango Wisdom IPA and Sleuth Porter from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

English Setter has tapped a new Red Wheaten Retriever.

SUNDAY

– The Coeur d'Alene Growler Guys hosts its first beer yoga class at 9:15 a.m. Tickets are $15 in advance at the store, which includes a pint of beer, cider or kombucha. 

– Bellwether's Hygge Holiday Market from 3 to 7 will include handmade leather goods, jewelry and soaps along with locally roasted coffee, fresh aebelskivers and hot mulled ale.

River City shifts gears

River City is closing its downtown taproom at the end of the year to concentrate on distribution and bottling.

"We have had a great time serving our beer and pretzel menu to the Spokane community, but we are ready to focus on the production side of our operation including bottling in the new year," the brewery says in a press release.

"There are lots of places to drink River City beer throughout our region so we feel as if the Tap Room has served its purpose as we introduced our beers, but now it’s time to refocus our attention on making, kegging and bottling beer. We will be changing up our core beers (and) introducing some new limited releases & collaborations, as well as continuing to produce award-winning beer."

Following Saturday's International Marmot Beer Festival, starting Sunday, all pints will be $2,50 and growler fills will be $10 until the taproom closes Dec. 30. River City still plans to host "garage parties" on First Fridays starting in February along with other special events.

The move comes at a time when brewers across the country are feeling competitive pressures as the number of breweries continues to grow, but overall sales are starting to slow down.

Not having food service put River City's taproom at a disadvantage compared to other downtown breweries that do offer food, says Emily Schwartz, the brewery's marketing and sales director who also managed the taproom.

"Moving forward with things like a bottling line, one-offs, a barrel-aging program, it just made sense to put all of our efforts, focus and funds into that aspect of what we're doing," she says.

River City's owners operated a restaurant brewpub with their former Coeur d'Alene Brewing, but said they were not interested in serving food when they opened River City in early 2013. The taproom was added that November.

In another change, Schwartz will be moving to King Beverage to oversee the distributor's craft beer operations. KBI Craft represents River City and fellow locals Orlison and Selkirk Abbey along with other smaller craft breweries from outside the area.

Schwartz says she will focus on building business for those breweries and training other KBI representatives about craft beer.

Midnight rambler

For a relatively small mammal, River City’s Midnight Marmot sure gets around.

The downtown brewery celebrates its seasonal imperial stout with the third annual International Marmot Beer Festival on Saturday from 3 to 8 p.m.

It will feature seven variations on the rich black elixir using ingredients from around the globe, including:

– Oranges and star anise from China.

– Coconut from the Pacific Islands.

– Vanilla and coffee beans from South America.

– Thai chilies.

– Mint leaf and cocoa nibs from Ecuador.

– Cognac and French oak chips.

– A wine barrel-aged version with Washington raspberries.

There’s also a grand cru blend of last year’s regular Marmot, its raspberry/oak, Indian curry and Madagascar vanilla versions plus Congratulator doppelbock.

Your ticket get s you 2-ounce samples of all eight beers, plus a 12-ounce pour of your favorite, for $25 in advance (at the taproom) or $25 at the door.

Food will be provided by the Nick’s Shameless Sausages truck.

Roll out the Bombastic barrels

Bombastic is broadening its game with a new membership plan to fund a barrel-aged beer program, and the launch of limited draft distribution.

Since opening in June, the Hayden-based brewery has poured beer for special events and released a series of limited bottlings.

Now it’s taking signups for Bombastic Benefactors. For $150, members will receive eight exclusive bottles of barrel-aged beers – the likes of big stouts and barleywines aged in bourbon, rum, brandy and other barrels.

They also will get first dibs on regular bottle releases next year, access to exclusive growler fills, discounts on standard fills and a Bombastic Benefactors T-shirt.

Since the plan was announced last Friday, signups have already reached more than 20 percent of the minimum number needed to launch the program, says Bombastic’s Phil Hottenstein. The deadline is Dec. 31.

“These are the beers (head brewer) Matt (Skillicorn) and I really want to do. It’s the stuff we love to drink,” he says. “But they’re expensive to make.”

The membership pricing is designed to be a bargain while still providing enough money to support the plans, Hottenstein says.  “We just want to make these beers,” he says.

If it all comes to pass, members will receive their bottles at a release party sometime toward the end of next year.

In the meantime, more Bombastic beers will start showing up around North Idaho. Bombastic recently tripled the size of its brewing system – to a still modest 1.5 barrels (45 gallons), with enough fermenters for double-batching – allowing it to start selling smaller kegs to local bars and restaurants.

So far, in Coeur d’Alene, Paddy’s Sports Bar has the Murder imperial stout (brewed with cinnamon, vanilla, cocoa nibs, ancho chilies and cayenne), Mango Wisdom IPA is on the way to Bulldog Pipe and Cigar, and Victory Sports Hall/Crafted Tap House just received the Mango Wisdom, Sleuth porter and the plum and cherry Dazzle witbiers.

Enoteca in Post Falls, where Bombastic has staged several release events, also has the Murder, blood orange Dazzle and an experimental IPA.

The initial placements are laying the groundwork for what Bombastic hopes will grow into wider-scale distribution through contract brewing. Once there’s enough demand, it plans to pay other area breweries to use their excess brewing capacity to make bigger batches of more mainstream beers.

Specialty beers, like the Murder series – so far, there’s also been Attempted Murder (with only the cinnamon and vanilla) and Aggravated Murder (with maple syrup and cold press coffee) – will continue to be brewed in smaller quantities on the in-house system, with bottles released for sale online.

Like the membership program, special bottle releases are more common to breweries in bigger markets but less familiar around here, Hottenstein says. But customers are catching on to the idea, he says, and have enjoyed coming to the brewery on designated days to pick up their bottles, drink some beer and hang out.

“We have a lot of repeat customers,” he says. “They’re liking it, and getting excited about it.”
  

Let’s get local

Following the feeding frenzy that is Black Friday, the more sedate Small Business Saturday is gaining traction around the country.

Several area breweries are participating this year with discounts and activities:

– Post Falls Brewing's party starts at noon with $1 off pints, merchandise specials, food trucks and live music by Echo Elysium from 2 to 5 and the Devon Wade Band from 6 to 10.

– River City celebrates with $2 pints and $10 growler fills; the Randall for the weekend is Huckleberry Ale through whole nutmeg and cloves.

– Orlison has $3 pints all day for the Apple Cup.

Perry Street is offering a special gift pack for $25 that includes two pint glasses, a growler, a gift certificate for a fill for $25. The Apple Cup will play on the high-definition 12-foot projector screen starting at 5. 

Big Barn is selling bombers for $4 and releasing its new White Out Stout, brewed with cinnamon, ginger and cloves.

– Black Label will have drink specials, a do-it-yourself art project and raffles from neighboring Saranac Commons businesses from 1 to 3.

Bellwether releases its Hearthstone Barleywine and hosts is annual tree decorating party; bring an ornament and get $1 off your first beer. (Also look for the release of Hygge Mulled Ale on Sunday.)

– Nu Home Brew will pour $3 pints and $8 growler fills along with discounts throughout the store.

Badass Backyard is providing rebates of 20 to 30 percent at various spending levels.

– Get $5 off three-packs of crowler cans at Steady Flow Growler House.

– Chewelah's Quartzite is taking 15 percent off merchandise.  

Your weekly roundup

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

• Tickets are almost gone for No-Li's FrostFest on Dec. 9. They must be purchased in advance; online sales will continue through Nov. 28, as supplies last.

The second annual event moves from the brewery to the Spokane Arena concourse with a winter carnival theme including ice carving, fire dancing, aerial performers, magicians and more. A dozen small-batch specialties will be tapped including five barrel-aged creations and three hazy offerings: a Secret Santa dry-hopped Born & Raised IPA, Snow White & No-Li pale dry-hopped with Topaz and a fruity Belma dry-hopped Pie in the Sky red. 

Tickets are $30 (plus fees), which includes a T-shirt, tasting glass and your first five 4-ounce pours. A portion of proceeds will help support the Washington State Fallen Heroes Project's Illuminating Courage monument at the Arena.

• The holiday event schedule continues to fill up. Bellwether's Hygge Holiday Market on Dec. 3 will include handmade leather goods, jewelry and soaps along with specialty food items, locally roasted coffee, fresh aebelskivers and mulled ale.  

And Community Pint has a Christmas party Dec. 7 featuring specialty beers from Firestone Walker, Fremont and Georgetown.   

• A hearty pair of old friends are returning for the season. Deschutes last Friday released this year's The Abyss imperial stout (with rum and tequila variants scheduled to drop Dec. 1), while Fremont issues the new B-Bomb barrel-aged winter ale this Friday. Look for both to arrive in local stores soon.    

• And finally, behind the first-place finish of its Fat Lenny's hazy IPA, Post Falls Brewing won Saturday's Brewery Battle against defending champion Waddell's at Steady Flow Growler House.

Your weekend planner

What's happening this weekend in local craft beer:

FRIDAY

– Downdraft's closing weekend Friday through Sunday will include beer and merchandise specials along with live music by Fair 2 Middlin' on Friday at 6:30 and the Las Brasas Mexican Grill and Iverson's Smokin Pig BBQ trucks on Saturday.  

– The PowderKeg brew festival, part of the Snowlander Expo on Friday from 4 to 9 and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Spokane Convention Center, will include beer, cider and mead from 23 local, regional and national purveyors. Tasting packages run from $15 to $25, in addition to Expo admission ($10.50/advance with fees, $10/door, good for both days; children 12 and under admitted free).

– The North Spokane Growler Guys has a Trickster's tasting from 5 to 7.

– A Boneyard tap takeover at Beerocracy from 6 to 8 will include Metabolic IPA along with two barrel-aged offerings, Wooden Femur barleywine and Suge Knite imperial stout.      

– The Lantern Tap House's sixth annual Flannel Fest on Friday and Saturday will feature No-Li beer specials plus karaoke Friday at 9:30 p.m. and live music by Partridge Sound on Saturday at 9.  

River City's Randall for the weekend is Oako-Coco stout through cranberries and star anise. 

– The seasonal Twelve Strings of Winter has returned at Twelve String.

Trickster's has started offering $1 off pints on Fridays with a purchase from the Iverson's Smokin Pig BBQ truck.

SATURDAY

– Seventeen Boneyard beers will pour for the Coeur d'Alene Growler Guys' second anniversary party from 1 to 4 p.m.  

– The third Brewery Battle at Steady Flow Growler House from 4 to 7 will pit defending champion Waddell's against challenger Post Falls Brewing; sample two beers from each in a blind tasting and vote for your favorite.

Moscow Brewing hosts a beer pairing dinner from 6 to 9 with four food courses from Forgotten Roots Catering accompanied by five house beers; tickets are $50/person, $90/couple.

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