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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.  

Beer pairings

The Elk Public House and Moon Time are getting beers of their own.

White Hart Lager is being brewed by Ninkasi as a regular house beer for the Elk, while Georgetown has produced a Moon Time Lake Beer in honor of the Coeur d’Alene pub’s 20th anniversary.

Both will be pouring at the Elkfest music festival Friday through Sunday at The Elk.

White Hart, named after one of the English pub signs hanging on the Elk’s walls, is based on Ninkasi’s Helles Belles light Munich-style lager. It will be a fixture at the Elk and also served regularly at its sister establishments, which include The Two Seven and Geno’s in Spokane and The Porch in Hayden Lake along with Moon Time, said Marshall Powell, general manager for the restaurants.

Moon Time Lake Beer is an easy-drinking blonde ale at 5.2 percent alcohol by volume. It’s brewed with wheat and corn grits (which lighten the body) and hopped with spicy Summit, Saaz and Crystal.

There’s a single 15-barrel batch, with those 30 kegs being divided among the Washington and Idaho locations, Powell said.

Moon Time will celebrate its anniversary July 9 with a parking lot party along the lines of Elkfest, featuring bands and barbecue.


Menage au hops

It’s tough to beat a good three-way – particularly when Fort George is involved.

For the past three years, the Astoria, Oregon brewery has made a joint 3-Way IPA with two other partners. This year’s release, in collaboration with Georgetown and Pfriem, stars in a tap takeover Friday at The Lantern Tap House.

At 5.7 percent alcohol by volume, it’s lighter in body and color than last year’s 7.2 ABV version with Boneyard and Block 15. But it still has a huge hop aroma and is full of fruity, floral flavors, along with some underlying earthiness, from a combination of Simcoe, Meridian, Citra and Equinox.

It will be joined at The Lantern, starting at 4 p.m., by seven other Fort George offerings: the lighter Optimist and bigger Vortex IPAs, 1881 Lager, Nut Red, Plazm Farmhouse and a pair of specialty stouts – the Truffle Shuffle (a tribute to Astoria-filmed “The Goonies”), brewed with black truffle mushrooms, and the salted chocolate Salt Ship #7 collaboration with the city’s Albatross restaurant.

All will be available for $4 per pint, or for four 4-ounce tasters.

The beers will continue to pour on Saturday (as available) when Fort George hosts the next installment in The Lantern’s brewery-sponsored Summer Concert Series starting at 9 p.m.

The Lantern also is serving its seasonal Summer SPF (South Perry Festival) Ale, specially brewed by Portland’s Alameda. It’s sessionable at 4.7 percent ABV (50 IBU), but nicely flavorful and lightly sweet with spicy, grassy and citrusy hop notes from Citra, Chinook, Ella and Lemon Drop.

Like the Lantern’s previous Winter PDA, also from Alameda, $1 from each pint sold goes to the Stella Fund to support a local girl diagnosed with leukemia.