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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.

Steady, fresh, flow

If you didn’t get your fill of fresh-hop beers at Manito Tap House this week, there’s another opportunity tomorrow in the Valley.

Some 20 offerings will pour for Steady Flow Growler House’s Fresh Hop Flow Fest from 2 to 8 p.m., with happy-hour pricing all day and $5 off three-packs of 32-ounce crowler cans.

At last report, the lineup included (with more on the way):

– Backwoods Citra Fresh Hop IPA

– Double Mountain’s Killer Green (Centennial/Simcoe) and Killer Red (Perle)

– Ecliptic Altair pale (Centennial)

– Fremont’s Field to Ferment Centennial, Amarillo and Citra, plus Cowiche Canyon (organic Citra/Simcoe) 

– Georgetown’s fresh Johnny Utah pale (single-hop Citra) and Bodhizafa IPA (regular recipe with fresh Citra)

– Laughing Dog’s Hop Dog (Amarillo)

– MickDuff’s Wet Hop IPA (Amarillo)

– Paradise Creek’s Alpha Madness (Simcoe)

– Perry Street’s Amarillo Fresh Hop Pale

– River City’s Funkadelicious (Citra)

– Trickster’s BoatLoad IPA (Simcoe/Loral)

– Twelve String’s Simcoe Fresh Hop Session IPA

– Waddell’s Hop Tart sour (several homegrown varieties)

– Yakima Craft 48˚ North (Centennial/Amarillo)

So enjoy, but save some taste buds: The Lantern Tap House today announced its fifth annual Freshtival for next weekend (Oct. 13-14), with 32 fresh-hop beers pouring from Oregon on Friday and Washington/Idaho on Saturday.

Chapter and anniversary

In the local craft beer community, “A” stands for August, and for anniversary.

No fewer than four such celebrations are on tap for this weekend, at Badass Backyard, Laughing Dog, Orlison and Steady Flow Growler House:

– Steady Flow has a two-day party to mark its second year of operation Friday and Saturday starting at 11 a.m.

The first 25 people through the door receive free koozies for growlers on Friday and crowlers on Saturday. Both days, get $2 off regular 64-ounce growler fills and $3 off three-packs of 32-ounce crowler cans.

A Crux pint night Friday will feature the Farmhouse, Flanders-style Better Off Red and Half Hitch imperial IPA. An all-day parking lot party Saturday will include a pair of Paradise Creek specialties – a lambic and an infused IPA – along with games and prizes.

And both days, while they last, look for the likes of pFriem’s Kumquat Farmhouse, Dogfish Head Lupu-Luau IPA, Ballast Point Orange Vanilla Fathom, Deschutes 2016 Abyss, Georgetown’s Raspberry Gose and Rocketman IPA, Grand Teton Oud Bruin, Avery Raspberry Sour, Waddell's habanero-spiked Strawberry Wildfire, No-Li’s guava/blueberry Unbreakable Sour, Avery Mephistopheles imperial stout, Firestone Walker Stickee Monkee Belgian-style quad and Locust Watermelon Cider. 

– Also in the Valley, Badass celebrates its second anniversary Friday from 2 to 11 p.m. with three new beer releases – a blood orange Mojo Dandy Shandy, Terrain Red IPA with Ekuanot hop powder and Rossi Coffee Stout with Bumper Crop cold brew – along with the Aboutoo Cream Ale from Nu Home Brew’s Genus Brewing and Whiskey Barrel Cider’s Dam Hard and Fubarb.

Try your hand at the keg toss contest starting at 4 for your choice of a hat, shirt or tank top. The One Night Stand BBQ truck will be on hand, with food also available from neighboring Chan Bistro.

– Orlison has been around since 2009 (counting its inception as Golden Hills), but its downtown taproom is turning two. The celebration Saturday from 2 to 9 p.m. will feature an array of specialty beers including gin barrel-aged Toasted Dragon Asian-style lager, both regular and rye whiskey barrel-aged Southern Sun IPA, a coffee amber, a Belgian-style pale and an American pale with Lemondrop and Huell Melon hops.

There also will be prize raffles, cornhole games and food from the Shameless Sausages truck.

– And in North Idaho, Laughing Dog has a full decade on everyone else with its 12th anniversary party Saturday from noon to 8 p.m. Look for an anniversary nut brown ale, the Old Tin Can burger truck, music by Harold’s IGA from 2 to 6 and a bicycle raffle to benefit Panhandle Animal Shelter (drawing at 5:45 p.m., must be present to win).

Sadly, it will be the first anniversary without the original laughing dog of label-art fame, Benny – who passed away last December at age 13 – though his son Ruger carries on the family tradition.

One down, more to Flow

Steady Flow Growler House is celebrating a successful first year of operation with three days of fun starting Friday.

The Spokane Valley business (at 328 N. Sullivan), which offers pints to drink on-premise as well as growlers to go, has exceeded expectations according to co-owner Cassie Preston.

“We planned to be more about growler fills. We didn’t realize the Valley wanted a nice place where they could sit down for a craft beer,” says Cassie, who launched Steady Flow along with her husband, Ashton.

“There really is a larger craft beer community out here than we expected. That’s been a pleasant surprise.”

A customer request list has proved popular, she adds: “Sometimes they introduce us to beers that we didn’t even know were out there.”

Along with 30 beers, Steady Flow’s 43 taps include five for cider, four for kombucha, a pair of wines and one each for root beer and cold brew coffee.

Four of the five cider taps will be taken over Friday from 4 to 6 p.m. by One Tree, which is bringing its new Peach Tea flavor along with Huckleberry, Caramel Cinnamon and Lemon Basil. Brain Freeze also will be on hand providing ice cream for cider floats.

Each day from Friday through Sunday, the first 100 customers through the door will receive a free glass growler with the purchase of a fill. Some special beers will be coming out of the back cooler throughout the weekend, including vintage kegs of Port Old Viscosity, Deschutes Abyss and Sierra Nevada Narwhal imperial stouts as well as the tart saison collaboration between Perry Street and River City.

Saturday is a parking lot party starting at 2 p.m. behind the building, with a specialty firkin of Paradise Creek’s Hop Hammer IPA along with the Pullman brewery’s summer hit Huckleberry Pucker Shandy and Scottish Stovepipe. Food will be provided by the Tacos El Guero truck.

Games will include giant Jenga, cornhole and bobbing for crowlers – well, apples, with winners receiving one of the 32-ounce can alternatives to glass growlers and a half-price fill.

“We thought about having people actually bob for crowlers, but we figured they might get discouraged pretty fast,” Cassie jokes.

The celebration wraps up Sunday with a six-tap takeover by Elysian and Lagunitas from 4 to 6 featuring  the former’s Space Dust and Hubris IPAs and Night Owl pumpkin, and the latter’s Born Yesterday pale, Maximus imperial IPA and Lucky 13 imperial red.

There also will be a Jenga tournament of the indoor variety, with brackets and prizes. Steady Flow regularly provides game boxes at its tables, and Tuesdays have become designated game nights, switching between board games and trivia on alternate weeks.

A monthly series of Fill the Town Up events feature tap takeovers and food trucks, with $1 from each pint sold going to a different local nonprofit.

“For us, it’s really important to give back to the community,” Cassie says. “They’ve received us so well, we want to give back as much as we can.”  

Steady as she flows

The beer starts pouring Friday at Steady Flow Growler House & Tasting Room.

The new Spokane Valley operation (at 328 N. Sullivan Road, behind Shari’s restaurant) is giving away unfilled glass growlers to the first 100 customers through the door tomorrow, Saturday and Sunday as part of its grand opening celebration.

Brewery representatives also will be on hand each day from 4 to 6 p.m., including No-Li on Friday, Twelve String on Saturday and River City on Sunday. Big Barn will be featured on Saturday, Sept. 12.

For starters, owners Cassie and Ashton Preston have filled their 39 taps with 30 craft beers – half of them from Inland Northwest Ale Trail breweries – along with five ciders (including One Tree’s Dry Hopped), a root beer, red and white wines and cold-brewed local coffee from Beautiful Grounds.    

“We thought it would be cool for people to be able to try a bunch of different craft beverages in one place,” Ashton says.

On the beer side, look for the likes of No-Li’s dry-hopped Sleeve Tan Farmhouse saison (a collaboration with Moscow Alehouse) and a special keg of Poser pale infused with mango and cumin; Hop Valley’s grapefruit peel Citrus Mistress IPA; Caldera’s Mosaic IPA; Ecliptic’s unfiltered Spica Pilsner; 10 Barrel’s Apricot Crush Berliner weisse, and Anderson Valley’s The Kimmie, The Yink and the Holy Gose.

The DigitalPour system includes an icon on the electronic display showing how much beer is left in each keg, from green to yellow to red. The board also is set to display Untappd check-ins by patrons as they’re posted.

“It creates an interactive environment for the customer,” Cassie says.

Glass growlers are available in 16- and 32-ounce sizes as well as full 64-ounce (which also come in stainless steel and plastic). You can buy a branded carrier along with glasses and T-shirts.

While the focus is on fills, Steady Flow also offers seating for 22 people at blue pine slab tables and a side bar, with beers available in full and half pints, and taster flights.

The rustic/industrial space, tastefully done up in gray and black with a concrete floor, has plenty of personality. The bar is topped with white fir and lined with barn wood on the front.  Large hanging lights were salvaged from Camp Chevrolet, while the walls are covered with canvas prints of photos the Prestons took at local breweries.

There will be low music, and no TVs. “We want to create a nice, quiet environment where people can sit down and have a pint and actually talk to each other,” Ashton says.

“And we can hear them talking about the beer – not that we’re going to eavesdrop, but we can get some feedback,” Cassie adds.

Their attention to detail includes a variety of glassware for different beer styles (and cider), and a water line that runs from the cold room to the glass rinser that lightly chills glasses as it cleans them for serving.

Hours are daily from 11 a.m. until 10 p.m. (8 on Sundays). Admittance is 21 and older, though the Prestons, parents of two young children, are looking at a license change to become family-friendly.

Several discount specials are planned, including Military Monday for active and veteran service personnel and first responders (police/fire), Thirsty Thursday for everyone, happy hours and kill-the-keg nights.

Outside food is allowed, and they’re experimenting with food trucks on Saturdays, starting with Tacos Camargo this week.

Getting in the flow

The Spokane Valley is on the verge of getting a growler-fill operation of its own.

Ashton and Cassie Preston hope to open Steady Flow Growler House in a former nail salon at 328 N. Sullivan Road (behind Shari’s Restaurant) by the end of August.

Along with at least 36 taps, the business will have 15 seats and serve beer on-premise in pints, half-pints and taster flights.

“When you pour beer in those little (plastic) taster cups, it tastes different,” Cassie Preston says. “We want to be able to serve it in the proper glassware so you can experience it fully before you take it home and enjoy it.”

The Prestons, who met while stationed at Fairchild Air Force Base in the mid-2000s, caught the craft beer bug in Japan, of all places.

“There was a little craft beer bar down the street from our house (in Okinawa) that opened our eyes to fresh local beer,” says Cassie, a Colville-area native.

They later transferred to Colorado Springs, amid that state's booming beer culture, and decided to return to Spokane after leaving the service last year and open a business.

Steady Flow will join the two Growler Guys locations in North and South Spokane and the The Filling Station on 5th in Coeur d’Alene among local growler specialty shops. It will focus on local and regional beers and ciders along with some national selections, Cassie says.

“We love going to the different breweries around town, and we wanted to have all of that variety in one place,” she says.

“We’re going to focus on the quality of the beers, the growlers that the beer goes home in, and the experience the customer has.”

Rising Sun Mountain: Steady Flow isn’t the only new beer venture planned for the Valley.

Brothers Todd and Chad Solberg and their dad, David, this week filed for a state liquor license for Sun Mountain Brewing Company in the former Pro Cut Saw & Tool space at 202 N. Greenacres Road. (Solberg means “sun mountain” in Norwegian.)

They hope to have what’s shaping up as a seven-barrel brewery open sometime this fall.