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On Tap: Find fresh brews at Craft Beer Festival

The Inland Northwest Craft Beer Festival returns to Avista Stadium on Sept. 21-22 with a familiar format and another slew of fresh faces. Thirteen of the 40 breweries scheduled to pour are different from last year. Otherwise, it’s the same drill, said Eric Radovich, executive director of the sponsoring Washington Beer Commission: “More than 150 beers along the outfield wall, music at second base, food trucks. People are getting used to this being an end-of-summer tradition.

On Tap: Brewery makes a Humble start

The name Humble Abode, Spokane’s newest nanobrewery, is really about an attitude, according to owners Matt and Courtney Gilbreath.

On Tap: Downtown breweries get ready for SMaSH competition

Through August, special single-malt and single-hop (SMaSH) beers are on tap at Bellwether, Black Label, Mountain Lakes, Whistle Punk and Young Buck (the latter at The Steel Barrel). The winner in customer voting will received the fabled Lester Cup.

WSU professors say ‘wine not,’ bet on red … and white

Washington State University professors Phillip and Patricia Butterfield are accomplished, lifelong academics. Phillip spent 25 years as an engineer before shifting to microbiology; Patricia, who was dean of the College of Nursing at WSU Spokane between 2007 and 2014, sat at a 2015 White House Roundtable discussing the health effects of climate change. As the couple approached retirement age, living comfortably in a South Hill mansion, they faced a well-earned, relaxing journey into their golden years. So they sold the mansion, bought an old red barn and opened a winery.

On Tap: Grain Shed taps into Palouse harvest

The Grain Shed just might be the epitome of farm to table – and tap handle. A long-abandoned grocery store on the edge of the South Perry District has been reborn as the co-op home of Culture Breads bakery and Grain Shed Brewing, both using ancient grains grown by Palouse Heritage.