Perry Street Brewing
1025 S. Perry St., Spokane, WA
Former Big Sky brewer Ben Lukes moved from Montana to open his own stylish spot in in the heart of the hip South Perry District. Along with well-crafted renditions of classic styles, his experiments have included a session India pale lager that won a gold medal at the Great American Beer Festival and a series of hazy New England-inspired IPAs. A small kitchen turns out a creative menu of seasonally rotating fare.
Opened: March 2014
The story: Former Big Sky brewer Ben Lukes and his wife, Christy, have been packing them in at this stylish spot in the hip South Perry district.
The scene: The custom-constructed brewery/taproom is bright and airy, with big windows and a rustic, industrial feel. The bar is made from reclaimed metal, while the building’s exterior is covered with weathered barn wood. Decorations range from the artsy (a custom metal chandelier) to the kitschy (a Grizzly Adams-style painting of man and bear) to the nostalgic (an assemblage of window frames from homes formerly on the lot). A vintage ‘80s Frogger video game is tucked into a cozy den area overlooking the brewery operation (board games also available for adults and kids alike), while on the other end, a large garage door opens onto a shaded, dog-friendly patio along Perry.
Food: House-made sandwiches (served with green salad, chips or beer cheese macaroni), small plates and salads; Taco Tuesdays; pies available from nearby South Perry Pizza.
TVs: Three 60-inch plus a large projector screen for films and sports.
Live music: Occasional
Specials: Happy hour all day Wednesday and Thursday-Sunday 2-4 p.m., $4 pints and $2 off appetizers; $10 growler fills on Sundays.
Brewhouse size: 7 barrels
Beers: Selections rotate, with standards including a Czech pilsner (5.3 percent alcohol by volume, 30 International Bitterness Units) or German-style kolsch (4.8, 20), Northwest pale (5.4, 44), session IPL (4.6, 55), regular IPA (6.3, 65), Citra Dust double IPA (9, 90), and a coffee-infused Doma Chronic porter (5, 29) or milk stout (5, 35). Other offerings have ranged from a Scotch ale to India red to tart saison, along with a series of single-hop pales and a fruity Kumquat IPA. Twelve-ounce pours are available along with pints.
Other options: Local wine, draft hard cider.
Don’t miss: All the beers are solid and to style, with many regulars gravitating to the lightest and darkest offerings – the clean, crisp pilsner and softer kolsch, and the moderately sweet, darkly fruity stout and smooth coffee porter. Hopheads can go small with the flavorful Session IPL (a gold-medal winner at the Great American Beer Festival) or big with the aromatic Citra Dust, brewed with hop powder.