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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.

Many bones about it

This weekend will be a bit of a feast for fans of Boneyard beers.

The appetizer is Friday evening, when Beerocracy features barrel-aged versions of two of the Bend brewery’s big beers – Femur barleywine and Suge Knite imperial stout – plus the Metabolic IPA.

And the main course arrives Saturday as the Coeur d’Alene Growler Guys celebrates its second anniversary from 1 to 4 p.m.

All three of the previously listed beers will pour along with the regular Femur and Suge Knite, plus a dozen other Boneyard offerings:

– Femme Fatale raspberry sour.

– The lambic-style Gooze Cruze sour.

– Incredible Pulp blood orange pale.

– Diablo Rojo red, and the habanero-infused Fuego Rojo.

– Skin N Bones session IPA, hopped with Mosaic and Citra.

– The flagship RPM IPA.

– Hop Venom double IPA.

– Armored Fist imperial Cascadian dark ale (a collaboration with Indiana’s Three Floyds).

– The sessionable Black 13 stout.

– The bigger, coffee-infused Backbone stout.

– And a large lager, the Dominator doppelbock.

The first 50 Boneyard buyers get a free pint glass. A brewery rep will be on hand with more prizes, along with additional raffles and giveaways for the anniversary.

Finishing its first term

For a fairly small establishment, Beerocracy is planning a pretty big party for its first anniversary.

From Friday through Sunday at the Garland District pub, says owner Tyler Riggs, “We will have almost every handle packed with rare, one-off and hard-to-find beers. It’s going to be a special event.”

The lineup features three custom infusions from Fremont that Riggs designed with brewers there: Interurban IPA with grapefruit and Amarillo hops, Wandering Wheat with blood orange and Citra and a firkin of Universale pale with tequila barrel staves and experimental hops.

From Deschutes, there's the new Passion Fruit IPA and Cultivateur barrel-aged Brett saison, usually a pub-only offering in Portland and Bend.

Other assorted treats include the first local keg of this year’s much-anticipated 3-Way IPA from Fort George, a hazy New England-style collaboration with Great Notion and Reuben’s; the Space Ghost Golden Session Barleywine collaboration between Ecliptic and Melvin; and pFriem's limited-release lemon saison.

Live music begins each night at 8, with Ruthie Henrickson followed by Brian Stai on Friday; Abraham and the Old Gods plus The Holy Broke on Saturday; and Tyler Aker and Chad Moore on Sunday.

Over the past year, Riggs has quietly built one of the most distinctive taplists in town, starting with 12 taps that recently expanded to 19 including a nitro handle.

There typically are five IPAs, a lager, pale, red/amber, Belgian, sour, two dark beers, two ciders and a “retro rotator” for domestics like Rainier, Oly, Molson and Labatt, plus a few random selections. “I can pretty much please just about any beer drinker,” Riggs says.

It’s all served up in a cozy space with a funky lodge feel, with wood paneling and animal heads hanging above the bar. You’re likely to be greeted by the very much alive and affable Woodrow, the designated door-dog.

Seating has almost doubled from the original 26 people to 46, thanks to more tables and expandable leaves that take them from three-tops to four-tops. Those are in place for trivia on Tuesdays, when patrons prefer to stay seated, and come down to allow more standing room for music nights (at least two Saturdays a month).

It’s not unusual for the place to be packed. Riggs says year one “has exceeded my expectations by a lot. I vastly underestimated how thirsty people were here for good beer.”

With regulars ranging from Colville to Seattle, he says, “It continually amazes me how supportive the neighborhood and the whole region have been. I’m on my way to hopefully becoming a beer destination.”

Payette moves forward

Last month, amid a major expansion, Boise’s Payette Brewing celebrated its fifth anniversary with five special beers created collaboratively by its staff.

Tomorrow, five of the few kegs distributed beyond the brewery will be tapped at one of Spokane’s newest craft beer destinations, Beerocracy in the Garland District.

“I’m pretty excited,” says owner Tyler Riggs, who opened at the beginning of May in the former Filt space at 911 W. Garland.

The lineup, which will be available in flights or full pints starting at 4 p.m., includes the hoppy red Tumble Wheat (5.9 percent alcohol by volume, 34 International Bitterness Units); Berry’d Alive strawberry smoked porter (5.3, 35); two imperial IPAs, Outlawed (7.8, 120), which is essentially a double version of the flagship Rustler (formerly Outlaw), and an alternative C.R.E.A.M. (7.5, 65); and Bo-He-Man imperial pilsner (9, 33).

There also will be merchandise raffles, live music and pizza from McClain’s.

The process behind the beers began a year ago, when Payette employees were split into five teams and each assigned a brewer to brainstorm ideas.

“It offered them an opportunity to work with some ingredients that they don’t ordinarily get to use,” says Payette’s Paige Coyle, who oversees the brewery’s marketing and graphic design.

It also laid the groundwork for future releases; the brewer who did the Tumble Wheat is working on Payette’s first wheat beer since an initial attempt when the brewery first opened. “It gave us more opportunities than we expected,” Coyle says.

The beers were introduced at an anniversary party during the soft opening of Payette’s new brewery in downtown Boise. The 60-barrel brewhouse is four times larger than the original facility in Garden City (which remains in operation for specialty beers) and gives Payette the potential to grow from last year’s 10,000 barrels produced to an eventual 100,000.

Distribution is expanding as a result, with Wyoming and Montana recently added to the previous Idaho, Utah, Nevada, Oregon and Washington. Arizona and Alaska are on the horizon, says Coyle.

While Payette launched in the Spokane market last July, it’s gained visibility lately with the addition of a locally based brewery representative.

Beerocracy also will be raising its profile with more special events, Riggs says, including a Dogfish Head night next month and a Sunday brunch on July 10.

Its 12 rotating taps include 10 craft selections, along with a domestic beer (currently Labatt’s Blue) and a cider.

“There aren’t a lot of places on the north side with really good beer selections,” says Riggs, previously a bartender down the street at Bon Bon in the Garland Theater. “That’s something the Garland neighborhood has been missing, good craft beer.”