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Wed., Aug. 15, 2012

Tinbender Craft Distilling to open

A new craft distillery is shacking up with Spokane winery Knipprath Cellars.

Paul Ziegman and his wife, Tosha, are building Tinbender Craft Distilling in a room that was once used for storage at Knipprath Cellars, 5634 E. Commerce Ave. Ziegman is planning to make pomace brandies and other spirits at the new distillery. Brandies can be made from wine or from the leftover grapes that have been pressed for winemaking, or pomace.

“There are microdistilleries. Well, I consider us a nano-distillery,” Ziegman said.

Ziegman, whose day job is in sheet metal manufacturing, is making much of the equipment himself. He said he’ll partner with Knipprath on some products.

They expect to finish the licensing for the distillery soon and begin making spirits in September, with brandy available for sale by mid-November.

Fermentation workshop next Thursday

Speaking of fermentation, learn other benefits of bacteria during a fermentation workshop at Sun People Dry Goods, 32 W. Second Ave., Aug. 23.

Wakan Burrows will teach students how to make sauerkraut during a hands-on workshop 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Registration is required and the class is $15.

For more information or to register, call (509) 368-9378 or go online to

Summer salads galore

I love summer greens, but I get tired of traditional lettuce salads night after night. That’s why I was happy to see Cooking Light’s new “Big Book of Salads: Starters, Sides and Easy Weeknight Dinners.”

The editors at Cooking Light detail the best vinaigrettes and toppings and then offer some 150 recipes that will help even the most lettuce weary return to the table. The book has beautiful photos with each recipe, and handy guides to whole grains, rice and pastas.

Look inside today’s Food section for the recipe for Toasted Chickpea and Apricot Salad from the book.


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