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Your Christmas Eve planner

Among the local brewery openings and closings reported for today:

– Bellwether is open from 1 to 5 p.m.; Christmas Eve Wassailing beginning at 3 features hot Hygge Mulled Ale along with the regular lineup, plus caroling and complimentary cookies and hot chocolate.

 No-Li and Iron Goat are open until 5.

– Selkirk Abbey is open from 1 to 4 with $3 pints and $9 growler fills, plus a 15 percent discount on bottles.

– Mad Bomber is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

– Post Falls Brewing is open from noon to 6.

– Trickster's and Daft Badger are open until 3.

– Laughing Dog is open normal hours from noon to 8.

Perry Street, River CityBig Barn, Badass BackyardV Twin, English Setter and Paradise Creek, usually open on Sundays, are closed for the holiday.

– Manito Tap House is open until 3 and pouring the last of its 12 Beers of Christmas, Fremont's Brew 2000 barrel-aged barleywine.

Your weekend planner

A look at the weekend in local craft beer:


– 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.


– 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.

Your weekend planner

A look at the weekend in local craft beer:


– 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.


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).

Your weekend planner

A look at the weekend in local craft beer:


– 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.


– 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.

Your weekend planner

What's happening this weekend in local craft beer:


– 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.


– 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.

Your weekend planner

What's happening this weekend in local craft beer:


– Manito Tap House will contribute all proceeds from three donated kegs of special Fremont beers – a hazy version of the Cowiche Canyon organic fresh hop pale, the hazy Head Full of Dynomite IPA and a new specialty IPA – toward the medical expenses of late Iron Goat co-founder Paul Edminster.

– Bellwether's Landrace Grainfest from 3 to 9 p.m. will feature eight beers brewed with locally grown and malted Scots Bere and Purple Egyptian ancient barleys. Tickets are $25, which includes 5-ounce tasters of beers by Bellwether and six other breweries and a 12-ounce pour of a collaboration (the first 120 people through the door receive a souvenir glass).

– Mad Bomber celebrates its fourth anniversary with giveaways, the Wurst Man food truck and the release of tis year’s Black Hand barrel-aged imperial porter.

– Orlison is holding a Battle of the Beers between two new limited releases: the Spolunker imperial Cascadian dark ale, and Ankle Breaker imperial IPA. Get 10-ounce pours of both for $6 and vote on which one should be brewed as a bigger batch.

– Several area breweries and craft beer bars are offering discounts for Veterans Day.

– NovemBEERfest from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. at Bon Bon in the Garland Theater will include beers by Elysian, Ghostfish, Maritime Pacific, New Belgium and more plus live music and a raffle. The $5 entry fee benefits The Solution is Hours, which helps the homeless. 

– Rathdrum's Westwood Brewing, which has been operating as a bar so far, has the grand opening for its restaurant starting with a ribbon cutting at 11 a.m. A brewery is scheduled to be added later.


– Twelve String’s fourth annual Barrelfest from noon to 5 will feature barrel-aged beers on all 18 taps.

– A Craft & Community fundraiser from 4 to 9 p.m. at nYne Bar & Bistro will help pay the medical bills of late Iron Goat co-founder Paul Edminster. Tickets are $50, which includes a complimentary cocktail, small plates by seven area restaurants paired with local beers, art and other auctions and live music.

Your weekend planner

A look at this weekend in local craft beer:


Pints Alehouse features 11 barrel-aged Avery beers on Friday and Saturday including the Amicitia and Apricot sours; 2016 Samael's strong ale, 2015 The Beast grand cru and 2016 Mephistopheles imperial stout; 2015 PumpKYn porter and 2017 rum barrel Rumpkin; and the 2017 Nuttiest Professor peanut stout, 2016 T.W.E.A.K. coffee stout, 2015 Uncle Jacob's imperial stout and 2016 Vanilla Bean Stout.   

– North Idaho's Warriors of the Rotating Tap (WORT) club celebrates national Learn to Homebrew Day from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the HopStop supply store in Post Falls with demonstrations, samples and snacks.   

– The Inland Brewers Unite (IBU) club celebrates national Learn to Homebrew Day starting at noon at The Porch with brewing demonstrations, samples, a potluck lunch and raffle drawings.

– Laughing Dog has a release party for this year's DogFather imperial stout from noon to 8; for $8, get a flight of the 2017, 2016 and either 2015 or 2014 vintages (while supplies last).  

– Bellwether releases The Sage oud bruin collaboration with Young Buck, a pumpkin/sage porter aged in wine barrels for a year, starting at 1 p.m.

– River City's Randall for the weekend is the Red through oranges and cloves.

– Twelve String has tapped a cask of fresh hop Simcoe IPA dry-hopped with Mosaic.

– Selkirk Abbey is pouring a new release of barrel-aged Guilt imperial porter. 

Your weekend planner

A look at the weekend in local craft beer:


– Community Pint’s Halloween Weekend through Sunday will feature rotating Randall-infused beers along with Dogfish Head’s Oak-Aged Vanilla World Wide Stout and Almanac’s sour Pumpkin Pie de Brettaville. Come in costume and get $1 off drinks. 

– Post Falls Brewing’s Halloween Bash will offer family fun with treats for kids from noon to 4 p.m., live music from 1 to 4, food from Pi-daho Artisan Pizza until 8, a costume contest and a dance party starting at 6.

– Hopped Up hosts an all-ages Fall Frenzy fundraiser starting at 2 for the Rock Star Wheelers, a 4x4 off-road vehicle group that supports local charities, with pumpkin painting, a pie-eating contest, candy for kids, raffles and more.   

– Iron Goat presents a pint night to benefit the Global Neighborhood refugee assistance organization from 5 to 11, with live music.    

Mad Bomber’s third annual Halloween party on Saturday starting at 8 will include singles and couples costume contests, a pumpkin carving contest, beer specials, merchandise giveaways each hour and live music.

– River City's Randall for the weekend is the huckleberry ale through basil and jalapeno. 


Spooky sips

Halloween is all about candy, of course, but beer certainly has its place at the party. Among the goings-on at area breweries and craft beer bars:

– Coeur d’Alene’s Filling Station on 5th gets things started Friday at 8 with its Dark Woods night, featuring big barrel-aged beers from Deschutes, Firestone Walker, Fremont and Grand Teton. There will be a Halloween costume contest with male, female and duo/group categories.

The lineup includes:

• Deschutes’ Black Butte XXIX imperial porter, 2015 and 2016 Abyss imperial stout and Fresh Squeezed IPA.

• Firestone Walker’s 2017 Parabola imperial stout, 2016 Velvet Merkin oatmeal stout, 2017 Pacific Gravity weizenbock and 2017 Stickee Monkee quad.

• The 2016 and 2017 coffee and 2016 Spice Wars versions of Fremont’s bourbon barrel-aged Dark Star imperial oatmeal stout, plus its rare Unicorn Tears imperial oatmeal milk stout with cherries.

• Grand Teton’s barrel-aged Black Cauldron imperial stout and Double Vision doppelbock, Coming Home rye barleywine, Sour Brown and session Ale 208.   

Community Pint’s Halloween Weekend from Friday through Sunday will include rotating Randall-infused versions of the house Community IPA along with Dogfish Head’s Oak-Aged Vanilla World Wide Stout and Almanac’s sour Pumpkin Pie de Brettaville. Come in costume and get $1 off drinks. 

– Moscow’s Rants & Raves has a costume contest Friday with judging at 6:15 for kids (13 and under), teens (14-18) and themed families, and at 7:15 for adults, themed couples and best overall costume. And all weekend, vote for your favorite server costume (winner announced Sunday during trivia).

Post Falls Brewing’s Halloween Bash on Saturday will offer family fun with treats for kids from noon to 4 p.m., live music by Andy Rumsey from 1 to 4, food from Pi-daho Artisan Pizza until 8, a costume contest with prizes and a dance party starting at 6.

Hopped Up hosts an all-ages Fall Frenzy fundraiser Saturday starting at 2 for the Rock Star Wheelers, a 4x4 off-road vehicle group that supports local charities. Look for a costume contest, pumpkin painting, a pie-eating contest, candy for kids, raffles and more.

Mad Bomber’s third annual Halloween party Saturday starting at 8 will include singles and couples costume contests, a pumpkin carving contest, beer specials, merchandise giveaways each hour and live music by John Frayer and Tom Applegate.

Badass Backyard’s Halloween Haunted Beer Bash from 5 to 9 on the actual Halloween next Tuesday will feature new beer releases, a costume contest (voting after 6 p.m.) and games.

Nectar Wine and Beer’s Halloween Trivia Bash on Tuesday from 7 to 9 will include costume contests for individuals and groups along with drink specials (call 509-290-5239 in advance for reservations for groups of six or more). 

Selkirk Abbey is running a Halloween growler fill special, $10 for core beers ($9 for College of Cardinals members).

Your weekend planner

A look at this weekend in local craft beer:


– Pints Alehouse has an East Meets West Festival of Hops with six fresh-hop beers – Bale Breaker/Cloudburst Citra Slicker, Fort George Fresh IPA, Founders Harvest, Fremont Amarillo, Georgetown Johnny Utah and pFriem Mosaic Pale – plus two hazy New England styles, Breakside What Rough Beast and Modern Times Critical Band.  

– Whistle Punk's Punktoberfest features seven German-style beers on tap, a bratwurst cart, German music and special-edition steins. 

– V Twin celebrates its first anniversary with an Oktoberfest beer, pint discounts and prize drawings.

– IPA Week wraps up at Twelve String with $1 off glasses and growler fills of all 13 hoppy offerings on tap.

– River City's Randall for the weekend is Riverkeeper IPA through Ruby Red grapefruit.

– The Viking's OktoBeerFest will include seasonal beers and food, live music, games and prizes; admission is a $5 cover, or donate a gently used coat for entry plus a drink ticket. 

– Republic Brewing's Oktoberfest features Bavarian-style beers, games and prizes for customers who come in costume.


– Bellwether releases a Stout Porter imperial oatmeal milk stout brewed with Demerara sugar, lactose and toasted oats.

Roll out the stout

With days growing cooler and darker, big stouts are sounding better and better. Three imperial versions are being featured in special events this week:

– Enoteca has a release party Thursday from 5 to 8 for Aggravated Murder, the latest offering from Bombastic, in both bottles and draft. Brewed with maple syrup and cold-pressed coffee, it weighs in at a hefty 13.5 percent alcohol by volume.

It follows the Hayden brewery’s vanilla/cinnamon Attempted Murder and regular Murder, which also adds cocoa nibs, Ancho chilies and cayenne to the mix.

The Blood Orange Dazzle wit also will pour for Thursday’s event, with food available from the Las Brasas Mexican Grill truck.

Community Pint introduces this year’s Breakfast Stout from Michigan’s Founders (8.3 percent ABV, 60 International Bitterness Units) on Thursday from 5 to 9.

The seasonal release is brewed with flaked oats, bitter and imported chocolate and two types of coffee. Community Pint is pouring it straight and through a rotating Randall filled with coconut from 5 to 6 p.m., barrel-aged Cravens coffee from 6  to 7 and bacon (hey, it’s breakfast) from 7 to 8.

Founders’ All Day IPA and nitro Rubaeus raspberry ale also will be on tap.

– Orlison’s winter seasonal Snowplough Imperial Chocolate Stout (8, 45), brewed with chocolate malt and fermented with Dominican cocoa nibs, makes an early debut Friday at 9 at The Viking.

Both regular and barrel-aged versions will be available along with the spinoff Holiday Party, a milk stout (7, 10) conditioned with fresh orange zest and cocoa nibs.  

Your weekend planner

A look at this weekend in local craft beer:


– The Lantern Tap House's fifth annual Freshtival fresh-hop beer festival continues from 2  to 10 p.m. with 15 offerings from Washington and North Idaho in the outdoor tent. Cost is $10 for a tasting glass and five drink tokens (4-ounce pour for one token, 8 ounces for two, full pint for four); extra tokens are $1 each.

– Special beers from Cascade, Deschutes, Firestone Walker, Fremont, Grand Teton, pFriem and Young Buck will pour for the inaugural Blackbird Invitational from 3 to 7; cost is $50, which includes a Silipint silicone pint glass, 15 drink tokens (each good for 2 or 4 ounces, depending on the beer) and appetizers.  

– Sandpoint's 219 Lounge presents its second annual Fresh Hop Beer Fest from 3 to 7 with offerings from hometown MiickDuff's and Laughing Dog along with other regional breweries. 

– The Girl Scouts' fifth annual Spokane Craft Beer & Cookie Fest, from 4 to 7 at the program center, 1404 N. Ash, will pair Girl Scout cookies with beers from Alaskan, Badass, Big Barn, Black Label, English Setter, Iron Goat, Lagunitas, New Boundary, River City and Waddell's. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door, which includes a tasting glass, five 4-ounce pours, a $5 voucher for the Left Coast Fusion and Meltz Extreme Grilled Cheese trucks and live music.      

– Bellwether has a release party for its Wind on Sea spruce Scotch ale, with a potluck at 4 (elk and venison burgers plus salmon provided while they last, with Facebook reservations requested, bring a side dish) and bring-your-own cigar session at 7. 

– An Oktoberfest celebration at North Idaho Mountain Brew in Wallace will include the release of the homebrew club's Figtoberfest beer plus German food.

– River CIty's Randall for the weekend is Girlfriend Golden through fresh apples and cinnamon; there also are $2 pours of Gose-Way and Inconceivable Imperial Pilsner to make way for the upcoming Midnight Marmot imperial stout.

– Orlison is offering $3 pints of its Boulder Garden Brown, which won a gold medal last weekend at the Great American Beer Festival.

– The Ruins is donating $1 from every pint of Iron Goat beer sold to the memorial fund for the brewery's late co-founder, Paul Edminster.

– Community Pint this month is donating a portion of sales from its house Community IPA (brewed by TT's Old Iron) to The Lands Council


– Twelve String has a welcome party for its new head brewer, Kevin Pierce, from noon to 4 with special pricing on his Tremolo Scotch Ale.

– Green Bluff's 238 Brewing releases a special benefit Ales for ALS Eclipse IPA from noon to 5 and also brings back the seasonal Smooth Operator black IPA, with the Meltz Extreme Grilled Cheese truck on hand. 

Rare, Special, Varied Pours

The Blackbird is inviting seven of its favorite breweries – and you – to a party on Saturday.

The inaugural Blackbird Invitational from 3 to 7 p.m. will feature specialty beers by Cascade, Deschutes, Firestone Walker, Fremont, Grand Teton, pFriem and Young Buck. Each will pour four selections, including:

Cascade: Sour offerings Sang Noir (imperial spiced red ale blend aged in bourbon and wine barrels with Bing cherries), One Way or Another (Bruery Terreux collaboration blend of tripels aged in oak wine barrels with marionberries and Meyer lemons), Vlad the Imp Aler (oak and bourbon barrel-aged blonde quads and tripels blended with spiced blondes) and 2015 Cranberry (wheat beer aged in wine barrels on cranberries, orange peel and cinnamon).

Deschutes: 2017 Cultivateur sour saison aged in oak barrels with Brett, 2015 Jubel barrel-aged imperial winter ale, 2014 Not the Stoic barrel-aged quad and Chasin’ Freshies fresh-hop IPA.

Firestone Walker: 2017 bourbon barrel-aged Pacific Gravity Weizenbock, 2016 Feral One barrel-aged blend, 2014 Parabola barrel-aged Russian imperial stout and 2012 Double DBA barrel-aged imperial special bitter.

Fremont: Brew 2000 barrel-aged barleywine, 2014 bourbon barrel-aged B-Bomb winter ale, Sour Weisse and Cowiche Canyon organic fresh-hop blend.

Grand Teton: Bittercreek Cuvee barrel-aged wild ale, Good Fences Oud Bruin sour brown, Black Cauldron imperial stout and bourbon barrel-aged Double Vision Doppelbock.

pFriem: Pruim barrel-aged Lambic-inspired sour with plums, Pilsner, Brett IPA and Bourbon Barrel Imperial Stout.

Young Buck: Cab Savvy barrel-aged sour saison with apricot puree, Oud Bruin sour brown, a Biere de Table Vinifera blended barrel-aged sour with homegrown grapes and Warp 4 partially fresh-hopped IPA.

The beers will be accompanied by a series of small plates from the Blackbird kitchen. Tickets are $50, which includes a Silipint silicone pint glass and 15 drink tokens (each good for 2 or 4 ounces, depending on the beer); they must be purchased online in advance.

Blackbird owner Patrick McPherson says the event is inspired by the Firestone Walker Invitational hosted by the California brewery each year, one of his favorite festivals.

“We’re trying to give a really good value this year so people are excited for next year,” he says. “If we get a good response, we’ll put up a tent in the parking lot and do it even bigger next time.”

Your weekend planner

A look at the upcoming weekend in local craft beer:


– Pints Alehouse pours three coffee variations of AleSmith's imperial Speedway Stout on Friday and Saturday: Vietnamese Coffee, Mokasida with Ethiopian beans and Nibs & Beans with Colombian coffee beans, vanilla beans from Madagascar and Papua New Guinea and cocoa nibs from Brazil and Madagascar,  

 Green Bluff's 238 Brewing releases its seasonal Apple Butter Bock at noon with live music and a food truck.

– Beers from house brewery Square Wheel will pour for Arbor Crest Wine Cellars' Oktoberfest on Saturday and Sunday from noon to 5, with German-style food and live music.

– The Newport Highway Growler Guys is donating proceeds from its root beer floats from noon to 8 p.m. to Providence Health Care Foundation.

– Paragon Brewing's Oktoberfest from 1 to 8 in Coeur d'Alene features an all-you-can-eat German menu at $25 for adults, $20 for ages 13-20 and $10 for kids 6-12 (includes two beers for adults, free for ages 5 and under).

– Steady Flow Growler House has a Fresh Hop Flow Fest from 2 to 8 with 20-plus offerings.

– Beers from Iron Goat, TT's Old Iron, Twelve String and brewery-in-progress Mountain Lakes will pour for the Rhythm and Brews Octoberfest from 4 to 7 at the Moran Prairie Grange, along with food, music and children's activities; tickets are $45 for adults, $20 for kids 5 and older, to support the Beats and Rhythms Cardiac Camp for children with congenital heart disease.  

– The original Capone's in Coeur d'Alene celebrates its 26th anniversary with happy hour pricing all day and prizes.


– Bombastic Brewing will pour its Sleuth Porter, Blood Orange and Tart Cherry Dazzle witbiers and a surprise for the Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association's Burgers & Brews fundraiser from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Your weekend planner

A look at the rest of the weekend in local craft beer:


– A Hoptoberfest celebration at MickDuff''s in Sandpoint from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. will include Amarillo and community-sourced fresh-hop ales, the seasonal Mashing Pumpkin and a RoggenFest rye collaboration with Paragon plus live music, games and more.  

– Post Falls Brewing's Oktoberfest from noon to 10 will feature a Dr. Roktoberf Festbier, Summit Cider's seasonal Full Send, live music and food trucks.    

– Bellwether continues its second anniversary celebration starting at 1 with three special beer releases: the Gru-It Ourselves community-sourced herb beer, aged Seawolf braggot and Luposlipaphobia fresh-hop red.

– The Two Seven Public House hosts an Oktoberfest parking lot party starting at 2 with live music, German food specials and authentic crystal beer steins.

– Big Barn's High Hopes for High Hops fresh-hop festival from 2 to 6 features its Cascadian dark Midnight Harvest along with offerings from Badass Backyard, Bellwether, English Setter, Hopped Up, Steam Plant, Top Frog and Twilight Cider. Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the door, which includes five drink tokens, live music and a bratwurst with sides; proceeds benefit the Green Bluff Lions Club. 

– The Coeur d'Alene Growler Guys' IPA-Off from 2 to 5 is a blind tasting of special releases from breweries including Daft Badger, Downdraft, Laughing Dog, Mad Bomber, MickDuff;s, Selkirk Abbey, Slate Creek and Trickster's.

– Ten Washington breweries will pour for Restaurant Wars II from 2 to 10 at Avista Stadium; admission is free for the beer garden/food trucks/live music, restaurant tasting tickets are $17 in advance, $20 at the door (as available).  

– New Boundary is tapping a keg of 1919 Flashover Red – an imperial Mexican lager (9 percent ABV) with serrano peppers – for its Cheney Firefighters Benevolent Fund auction starting at 5:30, with pizza from David's and entertainment by Spokane County Firefighters Pipes and Drums. 

– Moscow Brewing has a release party for its fall seasonal Mosaic IPA from 4 to 8 with live music and the Forgotten Roots food truck. 

– Perry Street is pouring its third and final fresh-hop beer of the season, a Mosaic IPA.

– Trickster's has tapped its BoatLoad Fresh Hop IPA, brewed with Simcoe and Loral. 

– Slate Creek is serving its fourth annual Backyard Harvest Rye IPA brewed with fresh hops contributed by customers.

– Twelve String has released a new IPA, One Hit Wonder, sessionable at 5.6 percent ABV and hopped with Idaho 7 and Falconer's Flight 7 C's.  

– V Twin's new Hop On Let's Ride IPA is brewed with Magnum, Citra, Jarrylo and Mosaic and dry-hopped with Simcoe. 

– River City's Randall for the weekend is Afternoon IPA through fresh strawberries.


– Steady Flow Growler House presents an IPA class by Certified Cicerone Grant Weber from 11 a.m. to noon; cost is $15, including several samples.

– Sandpoint's second annual Boobs 'n Beer fundraiser for Celebrate Life and Community Cancer Services starts at 11 a.m. with a 5K fun run followed by an Oktoberfest celebration at MickDuff's Beer Hall; registration starts at $40 for adults, $10 for kids.