9265 N. Nevada St., Spokane, WA
In brewing terms, a “hop jack” is a sieve-like vessel used to strain boiled hops out of beer. But it’s becoming better known as the name of this restaurant chain with seven locations in Western Washington, and two in Spokane - this one at Northpointe, and a newly opened one at the Valley Mall. The 16 taps include four house beers provided by Northwest Brewing of Pacific, Wash. – IPA, pale, wheat and lager – along with a mix of local and regional micros, and more macro offerings (with $3 pours of a newly tapped beer the first Tuesday of each month). The place pays homage to hops with a harvest mural on the back wall as well as historical photos, while the rest of the large, open room has a more modern feel, topped by an artsy three-piece circular chandelier. The overall vibe is enough to make a beer geek forgive Hop Jack’s proud practice of pouring its beers at 34 degrees – several degrees colder than even the lightest craft lagers should be served, for proper flavor.