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Crafty move at No-Li Brewhouse

From left, Mark Moeller, Mark Irvin, John Bryant and Sean McGuffin bottle Silent Treatment Pale Ale at No-Li Brewhouse, located at Trent and Hamilton.

Spokane’s newest brewery is also its oldest.

Those bottles of No-Li Brewhouse beers that are starting to show up in stores are a blend of homegrown pride and imported expertise.

It all began early one morning last November. Mark Irvin was alone in his Northern Lights brewpub, running reports from the previous day, when the phone rang.

Ordinarily, he wouldn’t bother picking up, but this time he did. “The guy on the other line said, ‘Hi, my name is John Bryant, if you’ve got a minute I would like to speak to you. I’d like to join forces with you, grow your brewery,’ ” Irvin recalled.  Rick Bonino, SR

What's your favorite beer?

Green For St. Paddy’s, Taupe For Winter

We all know today is green beer’s big day. But what about other colors? Do they feel left out? Maybe some of them should get a chance to shine in a frosty mug, too. So, if green beer says St. Patrick’s Day, what would beer in other colors signify? Taupe: Winter is coming. Azure: Time to toast the vernal equinox. Burnt umber: Imbibe beneath a glowing harvest moon. Magenta: Pretend that you are slaking your thirst with the cold blood of your enemies. Ecru: Order up several pitchers and discuss your commitment to muted tones and sustainability/Paul Turner, The Slice. More here. (2010 SR file photo: Chad Bucher, Adam Metzger and Makenna Busch celebrate with green beer at O'Doherty's Irish Pub before the start of the St. Patrick's Day parade in 2010 in downtown Spokane)

Question: Can you suggest a color for a beer and the type of day that it might commemorate?

High Noon: Keith’s Bent Stick Lager

At his Beer Garden blog, Bent details the making of his latest batch o' beer. This one was created with keithincda and Stickman.

As you know by the earlier post, we have been playing with the carboys again and we whipped out a nice batch of hefeweizen a couple of weeks ago, which was spectacular (my reserve was gone on Christmas Eve). But, we also brewed a European Lager that is intended to be as close to Stella Artois as possible.

Stella was originally brewed in the 1300s as a holiday beer, so it only seemed fitting to bring some to life in Keith's garage this holiday season… plus Keith has one of those beverage coolers that we used to cold ferment the beer, which is the true way to brew an authentic Lager. It was my first time using this method, and so far I am pleased with the results — with one minor exception. Read more.

What's your favorite beer?

High Noon: Beer At The Fair, Anyone?

“After the Friends of the Fair dinner on Thursday night I spent a few hours strolling around the fairgrounds,” writes Kerri Thoreson/More Main Street. “ I ran into my friends, Tom Messina and Robert Cliff, who were enjoying a beer with their German sausages. I saw a few more people with beer in hand during the evening and they, too, were consuming food at the time. As I mentioned on the air on KVNI this morning, hopefully people will reserve judgement on the impact of the new rules until this year’s fair is in the books. More here.

Question: Do you plan to drink a beer at the fair this year?

Letter: No Problem w/Beer @ NI Fair

From Karleen Meyer/Rathdrum letter to the editor in Coeur d’Alene Press: “I spent Wednesday from 9 a.m to 10 p.m at the North Idaho Fair and Rodeo. As one of four superintendents in the Draft Horse barn I was out and about on the grounds and visiting with the fair patrons as they came through our barn. I did not encounter any drunks! And it wasn’t until around 8 p.m that I saw the first glass of beer being carried around, when three very pleasant women came through the barn.” More here.

Question: Have you encountered anyone carrying around beer at the North Idaho Fair? Did you see any problems?

Fair Adds Fees, Beer Walkabouts

In the Coeur d’Alene Press today, Maureen Dolan reports that the North Idaho Fair & Rodeo has made two significant changes to raise more money. For the first time, the fair will charge a $5 admission fee to the grandstands for the rodeo, motocross and demolition derby events. Also, the fair will allow visitors to walk about the grounds carrying beer. More here.

Question: Do you approve of the change by North Idaho Fair officials to charge $5 for admission to the grandstands for events — and to allow visitors to walk around the fairgrounds w/beer?

Hi-Noon: Triple Tipple Tuesday

At his Get Out! North Idaho Facebook page, OrangeTV writes: “I always love spending some time picking out a couple of new brewskis to try at Pilgrims Market on North  4th Street in Cd’A, where the selection of micros and imports is wild and impressive.” OTV goes on to post a list of unusual varieties that he sampled and then commented on. You can read about that here.

Question: What’s your favorite brand of beyond-the-mainstream beer?

JimmyMac and the BBQ Smackdown

JimmyMac has issued a Barbecue challenge. Bent and Mia have signed on. Any other takers? This could be legendary.

JIMMYMAC on May 22 at 12:34 p.m.

I smell a HBO BBQ challenge coming on. Let me know if any of you want a shot at the title.

mia on May 23 at 4:32 p.m.

 I’m game for a BBQ challenge JimmyMac.

Bent on May 23 at 5:56 p.m.

 I am with Mia … Bring. It. On. Baa. Bee.And it better be you’re “A Game” because I am known in BBQ circles. Hey, maybe we could tie in a BBQ cook-off with the beer tasting at Taryn’s studio on June 20th! I was just going to BBQ some snacks for that event, but a cook-off would be blast…

Is anyone else game for that? I’ll bring my charcoal BBQ/smoker, and I’ll even throw on some portabellas for the stickman.

Taryn Hecker on May 24 at 10:00 a.m.

Thanks for the heads up, Bent. I’ve been waitressing all weekend so not been online all that much. (For anyone looking for some good eats this holiday weekend check out Spirit Lake’s Fireside. Only open holiday weekends. I’ll be there honing my waitress skills some more). I’ve rounded up a few more folks who are planning to be here on June 20 and I’ll have the studio up and running for anyone who wants to partake in some portrait specials. I’ll have some appetizers and some vegetarian salads to go with or without the bbq fare and some non-alcoholic beverages. This is gonna be a blast :)

EOB: Panel OKs Beer, Wine Tax Hike

It was a close 10-8 vote, but the House Revenue & Taxation Committee has agreed to introduce legislation that would hike Idaho’s beer and wine taxes - which haven’t been increased in more than 40 years - more than threefold to provide a stable funding source for substance abuse treatment. Keith Allred, head of The Common Interest, a good-government group, estimated that the higher tax would cost the purchaser of a weekly six-pack about 91 cents more a month. Idaho currently spends about $19 million annually on substance abuse treatment, Allred told the panel. “We’re just suggesting that some of that ought to be offset by those who drink alcohol”/Betsy Russell, SR Eye On Boise. More here.

Question: Is this a good time for Idaho to hike beer and wine taxes?

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