6501 N. Cedar Road, Spokane, WA
Named after eccentric turn-of-the-century baseball pitcher Rube Waddell, this Five Mile brewpub serves a full food menu along with an array of house beers. There’s typically a couple of fruited kettle sours on the extensive taplist, which runs from the likes of Spo-Lite (an attempt to one-up domestic light lagers) to Imperial Alligator Oatmeal Stout (look for the barrel-aged version).
Opened: December 2013
The story: After establishing itself as a craft-brew player with its 50-tap South Hill pub, Waddell’s opened this second location at Five Mile and began making its own beers.
The scene: While the south side location is a more cluttered, classic bar/restaurant, the brewpub, part of the newly built Cedar Crossing development, is airy and modern. The open, spacious dining room seats 160 people; another 80 will fit on an adjoining covered patio with 36 feet of overhead doors that open in summer. The vibe is industrial, with a high, black open-beam ceiling accented by large copper tubing. The base of the curved, concrete-topped bar and parts of the walls are lined with 100-year-old red fir from the former Crescent department store warehouse. Beer conditioning tanks are visible through the windows behind the bar, while above hangs a large likeness of Rube Waddell, the eccentric, turn-of-the-century baseball pitcher (an original Waddell’s partner was a distant cousin), with an alligator wrapped around his shoulders (he liked to wrestle the critters). The sports theme continues with beers named after former Gonzaga basketball greats Casey Calvary (Shattered Glass) and Dan Dickau.
Food: Full restaurant menu.
TVs: Several throughout.
Live music: Wednesdays
Specials: Mondays, $13 burger/beer combos; Tuesdays, $2 beers from 5 p.m. to close (excludes imperials); Wednesdays, 25 percent off food tab (except for happy hour).
Brewhouse size: 8.5 barrels
Beers: Regular offerings include Spo-Lite (4 percent alcohol by volume, 13 International Bitterness Units), Barkeep Bavarian Wheat (5, 17), Fireman’s Amber (4.5, 45), South Paw Pale (5.0, 65), Hop Comet IPA (5.5, 37), Left Hook IPA (7.0, 80), Brute Squad Imperial IPA (8.5, 80), Smokey the Beer Porter (5.5, 49), Alligator Stout (7, 70), Connie Mack's Reserve strong ale (8, 57) and The Blackberry sour (6, 5), plus another rotating sour and several other seasonals and specialties.
Other options: Wine and full bar.
Don’t miss: The distinctive porter has a subtle smokiness from cherrywood-smoked malt, followed by a long, drying finish.