3850 N. Schrieber Way, Coeur d'Alene, ID
Named after the mischievous coyote of Native American lore, this brewery tucked deep in a north Coeur d’Alene business park serves several well-made beers in a small, simple taproom. The fruity flagship Juice Box IPA made a big splash by winning the 2018 National IPA Championships sponsored by the Brewing News.
Opened: December 2012
The scoop: Owner Matt Morrow, a former Colorado brewer with Choctaw Indian heritage, named his brewery after the mischievous, often shape-shifting spirit from Native American lore.
The scene: Trickster’s, nestled well into the Commerce Park business park on the north end of town, can be a bit tricky to find but worth the effort. The cozy tasting room features four stools at the concrete-topped bar, four handmade wood-and-metal tables with chairs, and a long couch and table. The feel is simple and industrial, with high, open black ceilings and ductwork, black hopvine artwork on the walls and a polished concrete floor (look for the “coyote tracks” leading out from the brewery, and up onto the bartop). There’s a small outdoor seating area adjoining the parking lot.
Food: Pita and hummus plate available.
Live music: No
Specials: Happy Hour pint discounts daily, 3-5 p.m. (until 10 p.m. on Thirsty Thursday); Monday, $8 growler fills; Wednesday, video racing, winner receives two pints; Friday, $1 off pints with food purchase from Iverson's Smokin Pig BBQ truck; Customer Appreciation Day, $2 pints the fourth Friday of each month.
Brewhouse size: 8.5 barrels
Beers: Regular offerings from Morrow and head brewer Evan Ruud include Cougar Bay Blonde (4.9 percent alcohol by volume, 22 International Bitterness Units), Inspector Stonewall Amber (5.9, 45), Bear Trap Brown (5.2, 29), Hipster Juice session IPA (5, 55), Juice Box IPA (6.7, 65) and Hops on Parade double IPA (8.2, 77). Seasonal offerings have featured a kolsch, Octoberfest, Dark Side of the Hipster CDA, winter Soul Warmer porter and a big Daedric Druid stout. A barrel-aging program is underway with wine barrels from nearby Coeur d’Alene Cellars as well as bourbon barrels. Special flavor-infused beers are served on occasion through a HopRocket.
Other options: Wine
Don’t miss: The fruity Juice Box lives up to its name thanks to a combination of Mosaic, Simcoe and Chinook hops.