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

• It's official: Bombastic is fully licensed and has begun brewing in its space at the Panhandle Area Business Council incubator in Hayden. It plans to produce small-batch specialty beers in-house and contract with larger area breweries for more mainstream offerings; keep an eye out for word on the initial releases.

• Also licensed and ready to roll is Bottle Bay, a small home-based distribution brewery in Spokane. Look for an IPA to debut soon at Rocket Market, where owner/brewer Marco Plastino works.

Iron Goat just tapped a pair of collaborations – a Passion Fruit Guava Sour with Black Label (which will be featured for Spokane Craft Beer Week) and a black IPA with Badass Backyard – as well as a version of its Katzenjammer Kolsch dry-hopped with Mosaic lupulin powder.

Perry Street is pouring the latest in its series of hazy, fruity New England-style IPAs, this one hopped with Simcoe, Mosaic and the experimental HBC 438 (aka Ron Mexico).

• Black Label has brewed an exclusive Patio Session IPA for the neighboring Saranac Public House.

• Mark your calendar for Bellwether's Braggot Fest on June 24, which will feature a dozen-plus honey beers from some eight local breweries, including a collaboration between Bellwether, Young Buck and event co-host Hierophant Meadery. It follows Bellwether's smash-hit celebration of another Old World style, January's Gruitfest.  

• Finally, it's the end of an era for Redhook: parent company Craft Brew Alliance announced it's closing the Woodinville brewery that Redhook opened in 1994. Redhook sales dropped by one-third last year and most of the beer is now brewed at CBA's facility in Portland, which also produces Widmer and Kona. Redhook is looking to shore up its Seattle roots with the opening of a brewpub in the Capitol Hill neighborhood this summer. 

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– Wear your Bloomsday T-shirt today and get pint discounts at English Setter, Waddell's Brewpub, BellwetherBig Barn, 238 (for any Bloomsday or Cherry Pickers Trot shirts) and the Coeur d'Alene Growler Guys (with race bib). 



– Lost Boys' Garage has a No-Li night from 6 to 8 with $4 pints of Red White & No-Li pale, Amber, Slacker, Born & Raised IPA and Wrecking Ball imperial stout, plus a brewery rep and prizes. 

– Coeur d'Alene's Filling Station on 5th is doing $3 pints and $8 growlers of all Idaho beers.



No-Li is pouring a pineapple and serrano pepper-infused Poser pale ale for Cinco de Mayo, and tonight will tap a firkin of a Spin Cycle Red/sour blend with peaches. Elsewhere, River City's Randall for the weekend is Girlfriend Golden through jalapeno, lime and cilantro, and Perry Street is serving an all-taco menu; see below for info on other Cinco-related happenings at The Steel Barrel, Downdraft and V Twin



– Nectar Wine and Beer in Kendall Yards hosts a kickoff event tonight from 6 to 8 for its May brewery of the month, Deschutes, with six beers on tap: Pacific Wonderland Lager, American Wheat, Hopslice Summer Ale, the Fresh Squeezed and Passion Fruit IPAs and a reserve keg of 2015 Abyss. Get a flight for $10. 



Mad Bomber, owned by a former Army EOD (Explosive Ordnance Disposal) specialist, observes EOD Memorial Weekend on Saturday with a food from Blue Smoke BBQ, a pistol raffle and a Bomb Suit Pong Challenge with the winner receiving a free pint each day for a year; a portion of proceeds benefits the EOD Warrior Foundation



– Bellwether on Thursday rereleases its seasonal Kulning, a non-hopped braggot (honey beer) brewed with juniper, oats, rye, wheat and smoked barley; get a pint for $4 between 5 and 8 with a purchase from the CRATE food truck.  

– Selkirk Abbey officially launches Northern Cross Amber, the latest in its non-Belgian sideline, for trivia night Thursday at Enoteca with the stout also on tap. 

V Twin celebrates Cinco de Mayo on Friday with $4 pints all day and merchandise drawings.

– The North Spokane Growler Guys hosts a Yakima Craft tasting Friday from 6 to 8. 

– Hill Climb Honey Wheat is beer of the week at Orlison, with $3 pints in the downtown taproom.


A look at the upcoming week in local craft beer:


– Coeur d'Alene's Paragon Brewing pub marks its third anniversary with its third house beer guest-brewed at MickDuff's, Windy Bay IPA, with $3 pints of that, Hiawatha Pale and Red Dog Brown all day.

– The city of Millwood is featured for this month's LocALE Mondays at No-Li; get a souvenir glass with a pint purchase


– Pilgrim's presents a free Wallace Brewing tasting starting at 3:30 with Idaho Select Lager, 1910 Black Lager, 6:60 India Pale Lager and Huckleberry Shandy.


– The Coeur d'Alene Growler Guys will donate $1 from each pint sold and 20 percent of food proceeds to the Inland Northwest Food Network during its inaugural Kegs for a Cause event from 4:30 to 7.


The Steel Barrel celebrates Cinco de Mayo with specials on house-brewed Little Spokane and Young Buck beers, plus beer and tequila pairings and bacon-wrapped Tijuana-style street dogs.

– Downdraft's Cinco de Drinko from 7 to 10 will include giveaways, live music, food from Las Brasas Mexican Grill and a costume contest along with a pair of small-batch specialties and the return of India Rad Red for the summer.


– Daft Badger’s “Time for Another Party” will feature jalapeno cheddar brats, music by The Devon Wade Band from 4 to 8 and bottled beer specials.

– The Inland Brewers Unite club marks National Homebrew Day with a joint Big Brew Day brewing session at Nu Home Brew in Spokane Valley starting at 10 a.m. 


Big Barn reopens its taphouse for the season with the rerelease of its Miss Maggie's Lavender IPA (wear your Bloomsday T-shirt for $1 off your first pint) plus the Tacos Tijuanas food truck from 1 to 6 and music by Lonesome Lyle from 2 to 5.

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

New Brews debuts

Good Brews Radio is back on the air – well, the Interwebs, anyway.

Adam Boyd originated the hourlong weekly show on KYRS-FM in March 2015, but left the station last month because he was too busy with other responsibilities to keep up that schedule.

Now it has returned as a twice-monthly standalone podcast (two hours, for starters) with a couple of co-hosts, Boyd’s brewing buddies Aaron Fernald and Isaac Joslin.

The first episode is up now featuring an interview with Whistle Punk Brewing’s Matt Hanson about his soon-to-open downtown taproom and this year’s Spokane Craft Beer Week (May 15-21), which Hanson organizes.

Boyd, long active in the local film community, also is an assistant brewer at Iron Goat, a freelance beer writer and new president of the Inland Brewers Unite (IBU) homebrew club.

“I do them for the love of them, but at some point … there’s only so much love I can give,” he told listeners during his final radio broadcast on Easter Sunday.

The new format is not only less time-consuming to produce, it also allows for a more freewheeling approach with plenty of banter between the hosts.

A website will be set up for the podcast, but in the meantime you can follow its progress through Good Brews Radio on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. You can offer your opinions about what the show should include at feedback@goodbrewsradio.com.

Meanwhile, KYRS is seeking someone to host a new beer show. If you’re interested in the volunteer position, contact programdirector@kyrs.org.

Crave-ing a beer

The beer portion of the planning is firming up for June’s inaugural Crave NW food and drink celebration in Spokane Valley.

No-Li is creating a special version of its golden ale for the event, which will include a limited 60-case release of 22-ounce bottles to stores this month (with label artwork again by local artist Chris Bovey). The brewery previously bottled golden ales for events ranging from the Spokane Symphony’s “Beethoven & Brews” in March to the 2015 Pioneer League baseball all-star game hosted by the Spokane Indians.

Other local and regional craft breweries in the lineup include Bellwether, River City, Twelve String, Pullman’s Paradise Creek, southern Idaho’s Grand Teton and Seattle’s gluten-free Ghostfish.

There also will be offerings from several of the breweries that have been purchased by Anheuser-Busch InBev around the country, including Elysian (Seattle), 10 Barrel (Bend), Goose Island (Chicago), Golden Road (Los Angeles) and Blue Point (Long Island, New York) along with Belgium’s Stella Artois.

Crave NW will run June 15-18 in the CenterPlace event facility at Mirabeau Park and feature appearances by acclaimed chefs from throughout the Northwest and beyond. There will be grand tastings of the food and beverage offerings on Friday and Saturday afternoons (tickets are $35 through June 1, $40 afterward) along with several special events; full ticket information is available here.  

Focus on Washington beer

The Washington Beer Commission is asking for photos of folks enjoying the state’s suds, and offering some prizes in return.

The commission’s third annual #DrinkWABeer contest runs through June 5 on Instagram. Everyone is invited to answer the question “I #DrinkWABeer because …” with a picture and a story.

Each Monday starting next week, a winner will be picked to receive a custom glass handcrafted by Portland’s North Drinkware called The Washington Pint, with a to-scale image of Mt. Rainier molded into the base.

A grand prize winner will then be selected by public vote from among those five weekly finalists. The reward: Four tickets to the state’s biggest beer event, the Washington Brewers Festival on June 16-18 (Father’s Day weekend) in King County’s Marymoor Park. 

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Catching up with more local craft beer news:

• With two weeks to go, the Spokane Craft Beer Week schedule is starting to shape up. Along with our annual On Tap kickoff party at Perry Street on Monday, May 15 and the usual Collaboration Festival at No-Li that Thursday, look for events including:

– Twelve String's collaboration session IPA release with Quartzite on Monday, anniversary beer vertical tasting and barrel-aged day Tuesday, IPA day on Wednesday, dark beer day Thursday and summer beer day Saturday.

– Bellwether's collaboration gruit release with Four-Eyed Guys on Tuesday, Purple Egyptian Barley Project winner Wednesday and homebrewer competition Thursday (with the winner announced Saturday).

– Hopped Up's releases of a dark sour Wednesday, hazelnut brown Thursday and strong ginger ale Saturday, plus an IPA day Friday.

– Releases by Badass Backyard of a Whitewater Snow IPA on Wednesday, Beaver Run Doppel Weizen on Thursday, Teakettle Grapefruit IPA on Friday and Mojo Oatmeal Stout on Saturday, plus its Cascadian Stout collaboration with No-Li.  

– Perry's new Friday Firk-Off with Seattle's Fremont Brewing, each pouring two experimental casks, and its familiar Night of the Living Kolsch on Tuesday.

– The release of a barrel-aged stout on Friday by Whistle Punk, which also will be featured with Fremont in a summer beer party Thursday at Nectar Wine and Beer.

– Iron Goat's fifth anniversary party Saturday.    

 And that's only the beginning; keep an eye out for much, much more to come.

• New Boundary’s Pints for Paws, a 5K race to benefit Spokanimal C.A.R.E., returns for a second running May 21 starting at the Cheney brewery and continuing along the Columbia Plateau Trail. Entry fee is $35, which includes a custom stainless 24-ounce water bottle, snacks and a hot dog lunch afterward; walkers and well-behaved, vaccinated dogs are welcome.

• Registration is open for the second annual Centennial Beer Chase team relay run on the Centennial Trail, with pit stops at breweries along the way. This year’s event Oct. 7 will reverse course from last year, starting in Spokane and finishing in Coeur d’Alene’s McEuen Park; cost is $225 for a one- or two-person team, $400 for three or four and $575 for five or six.

• Finally, No-Li received the silver medal in the Food Processor of the Year category at this year’s Seattle Business magazine Washington Manufacturing Awards. Taking the gold was another major player in the state’s brewing industry, Yakima Chief-Hopunion.

Reuben’s arrives in Spokane

One of Seattle’s most buzzed-about breweries has officially launched in Spokane.

Reuben’s Brews kicks off its entry into the local market – the first time the beers have been regularly distributed beyond Seattle – with events today at 6 p.m. at The Lantern Tap House and The Blackbird, and on Friday at 5 at Pints Alehouse and at 6 at Nectar Wine and Beer.

“It was always in our plan, but we never had any beer (to sell outside Seattle),” says Reuben’s founder Adam Robbings.

That started to change with a brewery addition in 2015 that doubled production from 2,800 barrels then to 5,700 last year. Further expansion has increased capacity to around 12,000 barrels per year (about the size of Spokane’s largest brewery, No-Li).

Now Rueben’s has the ability to begin selling beer here, and in Portland in June – which Robbings says is just right.

“We want to be a Northwest brewery that doesn’t have any illusions of grandeur of being anything bigger than that,” he says. “But we want to be doing things the right way so that we’re known nationally and internationally.”  

Reuben’s has earned a reputation from more than 100 awards in regional, national and international competitions over its almost five years of existence, the most of any Washington brewery during that time.

Those have come for beers ranging from sours to stouts, pilsners to IPAs. All are carefully crafted, with more than half a dozen yeast varieties at work in the brewery at any one time and a separate water chemistry profile for each beer.

“I think a lot of our strength is in our diversity,” Robbings says. “We don’t think, what’s our house yeast strain, what’s our house base malt? We think, how do we want this beer to taste? That makes all of our beers uniquely different.”

While the Crikey IPA (the name a nod to Robbings’ British heritage) accounts for more than 40 percent of production, Reuben’s has been attracting attention for its Gose, a tart, German-style wheat beer that won gold medals at the Great American Beer Festival the past two years.

That was originally brewed for Reuben’s third anniversary in 2015. “We had never done any kettle souring, so it was a project I could totally get immersed in,” Robbings says. “My mind works well doing new things. We want to be doing new things all the time and challenging ourselves.”

To that end, he recently bought a warehouse that will be devoted to the production of longer-range barrel-aged sours.

Along with the Crikey and Gose, those attending the various Spokane events today and tomorrow will be treated to the likes of Kentucky Common (a dark rye sour), Pilsner, sessionable Daily Pale, Robust Porter and Bourbon Barrel Breakfast Stout, along with several other IPAs: the seasonal Summer, single-hop Azacca, New England-style Mosaic Crush and imperial Expat.

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– River City's Randall for the weekend is Bloomsday Blonde through Pink Lady apples and cinnamon.

Mad Bomber is pouring a new Scotch ale called One If By Land.



– Coeur d'Alene's Filling Station on 5th has an Occidental night starting at 6.

Waddell's Neighborhood Pub on the South Hill taps the 2014, 2015 and 2016 vintages of Deschutes' barrel-aged Abyss imperial stout tonight from 6 to 9.



– The Palouse chapter of Girls Pint Out meets Thursday from 6:30 to 8:30 at Pullman's Paradise Creek; RSVP for a brewery tour at 7 (admission $5 or an item donation for Alternatives to Violence of the Palouse). 



– Laughing Dog and MickDuff's have a release party for their Jalapenos Dos Cerveza Mexican-style lager collaboration on Thursday from 5 to 8 at Jalapenos Mexican Restaurant in Sandpoint, with $3 pints (keep the glass), prize giveaways and special appetizers.

– Steady Flow Growler House hosts a Yakima Craft pint night Sunday from 3 to 6, with 1982 amber, Vern IPA and the Heather Scottish-style ale on tap. 

– River City is serving $1 pints and $5 growler fills of its sessionable Afternoon IPA this week to make way for a new version coming next month for Spokane Craft Beer Week


A look at the upcoming week in local craft beer:


– The new Hill Climb Honey Wheat ale is beer of the week at Orlison, with $3 pints in the downtown taproom. 


– Coeur d'Alene's Filling Station on 5th hosts the Idaho launch for Redmond's Black Raven Brewing starting at 6, with blueberry- and catnip-infused Kitty Kat Blues pale, Trickster and double Wisdom Seeker IPAs, Second Sight Scotch and Coco Jones Porter on tap, and the brewers on hand.


Pilgrim's presents a free tasting of Occidental's German-style beers starting at 3:30 including the Portland brewery's hefeweizen, pilsner, kolsch and altbier.

– An Idaho Craft Beer Month event at Enoteca will include special beer prices all day and Ales for the Trail tickets on sale from 5 to 8.

– Six No-Li beers will be on tap in a fundraiser for the Explore Art Program at Sandpoint's Washington Elementary School from 5 to 7:30 at Idaho Pour Authority.


Bellwether is donating $1 from every pint sold between 3 and 9 to Solution is Hours, which provides meals and clothing to homeless people in Spokane, and also collecting donations of new and gently used bedding items for adults and kids.   

– Panhandle Animal Shelter presents a Yappy Hour from 4 to 7 at Laughing Dog with live music and a fenced-in area for dogs.

– The Steel Barrel has a Wander tap takeover from 5 to 9. 

– Spokane launch parties for Seattle's acclaimed Reuben's Brews, new to local distribution, run from 5 to 8 at The Lantern Tap House, with $8 taster tray/pint deals, and 6 to 8 at The Blackbird, which will have $1 off beers. 

– Badass Backyard Brewing taps a guest India session ale brewed by Waddell's Kevin Green at 6.


– A Laughing Dog tasting runs from 4 to 7 at the Spokane Valley Total Wine.

– Founders comes to Bottles at 5 for a tasting of Rubaeus raspberry ale, the All Day session and regular Centennial IPAs, Dirty Bastard Scotch, coffee-spiked Sumatra Mountain Brown and barrel-aged, chocolate/coffee KBS imperial stout.

– Two more Spokane launch parties for Reuben's Brews are scheduled at 5 at Pints Alehouse with 10 beers on tap, and from 6 to 8 at Nectar Wine and Beer in Kendall Yards with pints as well as $10 taster flights of Gose, Pilsner, Daily Pale, Crikey and Azacca IPAs and Bourbon Barrel Breakfast Stout..

– Big Barn will pour at a four-course Cheers For Kids beer pairing dinner from 6 to 9 at the Washington Cracker Company building to benefit Vanessa Beehan Crisis NurseryTickets are $75, which includes a commemorative pint glass (or for $100, also get a limited-edition growler with a fill voucher plus entry into a special prize drawing).

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

Fisher back in black, and red

Local craft beer pioneer T.W. Fisher is getting back in the business, though not as a brewer.

Thomas W. Fisher opened Coeur d’Alene Brewing and its accompanying T.W. Fisher’s brewpub in 1987 and scored a gold medal at the Great American Beer Festival for his Centennial Pale Ale in 1988.

Now Fisher is launching the Midtown Pub at Fourth and Montana in Coeur d’Alene, which he hopes to open in June. But he won’t be brewing again, as some have speculated.

“My beer-making days are done,” Fisher said. “It’s just going to be a little neighborhood pub.”

Well, not just any neighborhood pub. “I want to make it like a 100-year-old bar,” he said, with plenty of glass and dark cherry wood accenting the old wooden floors from the building’s early days as Woodcock’s Drugs.

And there will be much memorabilia from the former T.W. Fisher’s and more. “There will be a lot of things to look at,” Fisher said. “I tell people, you’re going to have to come in and see it because you won’t believe it.”

He’s already painted the building bright red with black trim, in traditional Irish pub style, and restored the Woodcock’s-era windows that later were removed when the building became Empire Cleaners.       

Plans call for 14 taps with a selection leaning toward local craft beer, plus wine. There also will be a small kitchen turning out the likes of salads, soups and sandwiches; Fisher has hired Tony’s chef CJ Fox-Lopp, who also set up Daft Badger Brewing’s food operation, as a consultant for that.

Fisher has worked in real estate the past 15 years after selling Coeur d’Alene Brewing, which later closed. He’s also continued to dabble in the bar business, most recently in Post Falls with Club 41 (now Lounge Fly), which he opened in 2010 and sold two years later. 

Posting a year-end gain

The return of two familiar offerings and a brand new heavy hitter highlight the lineup for Post Falls Brewing’s first anniversary party this weekend.

The brewery is bringing back slightly tweaked versions of its OPC Hefeweizen – brewed with orange peel and coriander – and its original imperial IPA, Ssssick and Rowdy.

And there’s a peach-infused, small-batch beer that started out as a double IPA, but kept on going.  “The gravity got a little higher than we expected, so it’s basically a barleywine,” co-owner Alex Sylvain says.

All beers will be a dollar off both Saturday and Sunday. The live music lineup features Karrie O’Neill on Saturday at 1 followed by Devon Wade at 7, with Echo Elysium on Sunday at 2.

Food-wise, there will be smoked fare from Heritage Meats and wood-fired pizza from Mangia Catering on Saturday, and the Tacos Los Panchos truck on Sunday. Also look for outdoor games if the weather cooperates.

It all caps a busy first year that Sylvain and co-owner Dan Stokes say exceeded their expectations. “We’ve learned a lot,” says Stokes. “It’s been a challenge.”

“It’s been neat to hear feedback from our customers, seeing them get engaged with the different types of beers on the menu,” Sylvain adds. “We’ve been trying to branch out beyond just the beers we like.”

They plan to add eight more tap handles, bringing the total to 20. That will allow for more imperial styles, which Stokes and Sylvain favor, not that they’re in short supply; five of the 11 beers on tap this week topped 7.5 percent alcohol by volume.

That includes a pair of imperial IPAs, both at 8.5 ABV: the more bitter, Galaxy-hopped Intergalactic (at a calculated 138 International Bitterness Units) and the newer, mellower Supa-Flii (60 IBU), which relies on late additions of Simcoe, El Dorado, Columbus and Amarillo.

On the milder side, the latest arrival, Permanent Vacation pale (5.3, 32), gets its deep amber hue and light sweetness from caramel and Munich malts, and a spicy, floral finish from dry-hopping with Crystal.

The longtime session favorite, Cheap Prick (4.5, 10), will get a bit crisper by being reinvented as a kolsch, an ale/lager hybrid.

While the taproom (open daily from noon to 10) will remain the focus for year two, there will be increased emphasis on outside distribution. The brewery was initially designed for that, with a sizable 15-barrel brewhouse and four 30-barrel fermenters.

That will continue to center around North Idaho (though the occasional keg shows up at Steady Flow Growler House in Spokane Valley) and will be handled in-house for the foreseeable future instead of hiring a distributor. “We want to see how much we can do on our own,” Stokes says. 

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Perry Street is pouring a new Amarillo single-hop pale.

– St. Augustine rye saison is back on tap at Selkirk Abbey.

The Lantern Tap House has $4 Fremont pints all day.



– Lagunitas' annual Waldos' Special Ale – a big (11.9 percent ABV), dank IPA honoring the founders of the 420 marijuana movement – is on tap at locations including The Lantern Tap HouseManito Tap HouseNectar Wine and Beer, Pints Alehouse, Steady Flow Growler House, all three Growler Guys (Newport Highway, South Hill and Coeur d'Alene) and The Filling Station on 5th.

Black Label is serving a sessionable Hop Hash IPA brewed with concentrated El Dorado hop matter. 

– Hopped Up has a new Rumble Seat IPA dry-hopped with Simcoe lupulin powder. 

Iron Goat is pouring a spicy, fruity imperial Rye Not IPA.

– The Hop Hammer imperial IPA is back on tap at Pullman's Paradise Creek. 

– Bellwether has a release party for its new Garden Gnome Session IPA, finished with strawberry and raspberry leaf, Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m.

– For Earth Day, Big Barn is donating $1 from every pint sold Saturday to The Lands Council of Spokane. 

– One dollar from every pint sold at Perry Street on Sunday from 2 to 6 p.m. will support the Spokane Riverkeeper water protection program.   



– Pints Alehouse launches its Three-Headed Hop Monster weekend Friday at 3, featuring the collaboration imperial IPA by that name from Barley Brown's, Boneyard and Melvin along with Barley Brown's Pallet Jack, Ratchet Strap and Headshake IPAs plus Breakfast Stout; Boneyard's Notorious triple IPA, Armored Fist CDA collaboration with Three Floyds and Suge Knite imperial stout; and Melvin's Hubert pale. Beers will pour through the weekend while they last, with growler and crowler fills available.

– A Worthy tasting Friday from 4 to 7 at the South Hill Growler Guys will include the Bend brewery's Easy Day Kolsch, Stoker Red, flagship Worthy and Stratosphere IPAs and Lights Out Stout.

Daft Badger is pouring a new pilsner dubbed Day Drunk.  


A look at the upcoming week in local craft beer:


– The Spokane Arena is featured for this month's LocALE Mondays at No-Li; get a souvenir glass with a pint purchase (trivia at 6:30).  


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


– A Fremont night from 5 to 8 at The Lantern Tap House will include $4 pints and taster tray specials followed by music from Andy Rumsey and Marco Polo at 8.

– Five beers from Odessa's Rocky Coulee Brewing will pour in a tap takeover at Lost Boys Garage starting at 5, with $4 pints and glass giveaways. 

– An Idaho Beer Month North vs. South night from 6 to 9 at Coeur d'Alene's Collective Kitchen (which shares space and taps with The Filling Station on 5th) will feature an IPA and a dark beer each from Downdraft and Selkirk Abbey in Post Falls and Boise's Edge and Woodland Empire, with customer judging.  


– The Filling Station on 5th hosts a Lagunitas tap takeover from 6 to 8.

– Firestone Walker, Odell, 10 Barrel and Grand Teton will be featured in a Beer Olympics from 7 to 10 at The Coeur d'Alene Growler Guys.


– Several local breweries including Big Barn, Black Label, English Setter, Orlison, Paradise Creek, Perry Street, River City, Steam Plant, Twelve String, Wallace and Waddell's will pour at this year’s Micros for Mamas from 6 to 10 at Western Aviation on Felts Field. The event, which also includes food, live music and auction, benefits Spokane YoungLives, which supports teen mothers; tickets are $45.

– Post Falls Brewing celebrates its first anniversary Saturday and Sunday with new beer releases, food, live music and games. 

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

Good Brews needs new host

If you like to talk about beer, here’s your opportunity to do it on the radio.

Spokane’s Thin Air Community Radio (KYRS-FM 88.1/92.3) is seeking a new host for its weekly Good Brews craft beer program. Host Adam Boyd, who originated the show in March 2015, is stepping down amid other responsibilities.

Good Brews currently airs Sundays from 5 to 6 p.m. and features a mixture of interviews with brewers and other craft beer personalities, beer reviews and event and general information. The length (30 minutes or one hour), time slot and format all are open to discussion, says station manager Lupito Flores.

If you’re interested in the volunteer position, contact programdirector@kyrs.org.

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

• With one month to go, the third annual Spokane Craft Beer Week is taking shape. Events are starting to be posted online, including another kickoff party hosted by On Tap at Perry Street on Monday, May 15 and the usual Collaboration Festival at No-Li that Thursday, May 18.

This year’s collaboration list is longer than ever, with pairings including the likes of Twelve String and Chewelah’s Quartzite; Young Buck with both downtown brewery incubator partner Little Spokane and with Whistle Punk, soon to open nearby; Sandpoint-area neighbors Laughing Dog and MickDuff’s; Coeur d’Alene’s Daft Badger and Post Falls Brewing; Paradise Creek and Waddell's; and No-Li, the largest local brewery, with one of the smallest, Badass Backyard, brewed on the latter’s half-barrel home system.

Keep an eye on the website and on this blog for further details as they’re announced.

• Big Barn will pour at a four-course Cheers For Kids beer pairing dinner April 28 at the Washington Cracker Company building downtown, to benefit Vanessa Beehan Crisis Nursery. Tickets are $75, which includes a commemorative pint glass (or for $100, also get a limited-edition growler with a fill voucher plus entry into a special prize drawing).

Square Wheel beers are beginning to make their way out of the parent Arbor Crest Wine Cellars tasting room. Look for the IPA on tap at the North Spokane Onion Bar & Grill.

• Young Buck has released Warp1 IPA, the first in a series of 10 variations on a basic recipe (following the Ludicrous Speed triple IPA and Lite Speed session pale). The initial offering, double dry-hopped with Cascade, Chinook and Nugget, is available at downtown locations including The Big Dipper and the Davenport Hotel’s Peacock Room Lounge as well as Young Buck’s home base, The Steel Barrel.   

• Finally, a fruity neighbor is on its way to the downtown brewery district. One Tree has announced plans for a Cider House at 111 S. Madison, across the street from The Steel Barrel and around the corner from Orlison.

More to go in Idaho

In our last weekly roundup, we told you about some of the new Spokane-area breweries on the horizon. But there’s plenty happening in North Idaho as well:

• Rathdrum’s Westwood Brewing is taking shape in a 1896-vintage former bank building – said to be the oldest in Kootenai County – previously occupied by the Westwood Saloon. It’s on track to open its bar operation April 21, followed by an accompanying restaurant toward the end of May and an in-house brewery later in the year.

• Priest Lake Brewing is gearing up for a Memorial Day weekend opening with a lineup led by a light India pale lager dubbed Making Love in a Canoe (after the old joke).

• Kellogg's Radio Brewing has its grand opening Friday. Brewpub hours are Sunday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Friday-Saturday, 11 to midnight. 

• Bent Tree Brewing in Athol is looking at an early summer launch for its home-based business, which will include limited distribution off a half-barrel system, a growler club and homebrewing classes.   

• Hayden’s Bombastic Brewing has its state and federal licenses and is awaiting Kootenai County and Panhandle Health District approval. The self-described "gypsy brewery" will contract with larger breweries for mainstream offerings and produce specialty beers on a smaller in-house system.

• And Paragon Brewing in Coeur d’Alene, which has been operating as a restaurant and pub the past three years, continues working toward an onsite brewery. In the meantime, it’s been contract brewing house beers at MickDuff’s in Sandpoint, with a Windy Bay IPA scheduled to join the previous Hiawatha Pale and Red Dog Brown in a couple of weeks. 

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New Boundary is doing $8 growler fills today for Easter.



– The popular Citra Dust double IPA has returned at Perry Street.

Four-Eyed Guys' watermelon Beer Goggles Gose goes on tap Saturday at Steady Flow Growler House.

– BIg Barn's Easter celebration Saturday from 1 to 4 will include an egg hunt, crafts, games, a marshmallow roast and family photos for purchase.  



– Twelve String today taps a light, crisp A Cappella Kolsch.

– No-Li is giving away a Mount Baker/Bellingham pint glass with a purchase on Thursdays this month for Pacific Northwest Pint Night.

– Mad Bomber releases the 11th in its series of Action Comic posters, with the artist on hand to sign them starting at 5; get a free pint with every print purchase. 



– The seasonal Rhythmic RyePA has returned at Twelve String.

– Little Spokane is pouring a fruity Flee Float Pale at its home Steel Barrel taproom, while fellow incubator brewery Young Buck has a double dry-hopped Warp 1 IPA on tap at the Big Dipper. 

– Slate Creek will serve a new Suffocation Imperial Red for tonight's Slate @ 7:00, with music by Sam Leyde and $3 pints starting at 8. 

– Ride the Pine Red is beer of the week at Orlison, with $3 pints in the downtown taproom.

– Laughing Dog beers will be featured for trivia night at Enoteca on Thursday starting at 7 p.m., including Huckleberry Cream, IPA and De Achste Hond peach sour.


– Perry Street today taps the third in its series of hazy, juicy New England-style IPAs, this time hopped with fruity Amarillo and Lemondrop along with Simcoe.


A look at the upcoming week in local craft beer:


– A Firestone Walker tap takeover starting at 5:30 at The Flying Goat will feature Pivo Hoppy Pils, Bretta Weisse sour, the Luponic Distortion #5 and Fortem imperial IPAs, and Parabola barrel-aged imperial stout; all pints are $2 off, and wings are $8 per pound.

– Perry Street is pouring a new amber ale with a bready, graham cracker character.  

Trickster's has tapped a single-malt, single-hop pale brewed with ESB malt and Citra hops.  


– Twelve String is the guest for this month's Fried Chicken & Local Beer Dinner at the Wandering Table beginning at 6. Get the family-style meal and three pints for $35 (includes tax and tip); call (509) 443-4410 for reservations.

– Wallace Brewing will be featured in a six-course beer pairing dinner at The Fainting Goat in Wallace starting at 6. Cost is $35; call (208) 556-5655.


 – Steady Flow Growler House welcomes Georgetown for another Fill Up the Town charitable tap takeover from 5 to 7, including Gusto Crema coffee ale, Pekkochu imperial pale, the Bodhizafa, Meowsa! double and Tank Girl triple IPAs, and Arco Etrusco coffee stout ; $1 from each pint and growler fill benefits Blessings Under the Bridge, which serves meals to homeless people in downtown Spokane.


– A Grand Teton tasting at Bottles beginning at 5 will include Wine Barrel-Aged Farmhouse Ale, American Sour, Amber Ale, Teton Range IPA, Lost Continent double IPA and Double Vision doppelbock.

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