Brewers win big

Two area breweries were honored Saturday at the Great American Beer Festival in Denver, the nation’s largest and most prestigious beer event.

No-Li Brewhouse won a gold medal in the Extra Special Bitter category for its Crystal Bitter, taking the top prize in a category that drew 53 entries.

Laughing Dog Brewery of Ponderay, Idaho, took home a bronze in the American-Style Strong Pale Ale category with the Laughing Dog IPA. There were 111 entries in the category.

In all, 580 breweries participated in this year’s festival, entering 2,700 beers in 79 categories. For more info, see www.greatamericanbeer festival.com.

SpoCup crawl Saturday

The first-ever SpoCup Coffee Crawl launches Saturday. Bike, walk or crawl between five downtown coffee shops to drink coffee, support local businesses and raise money for the nonprofit group Big Table.

Sign up online at www.big-table.com under the “events” tab for $20, or register the day of the event for $30. Participants receive a “passport” and T-shirt.

Start at INDABA Coffee Bar, 1425 W. Broadway Ave., at 3 p.m. and visit all five participating coffee shops before 6 p.m., when SpoCup wraps up at Boots Bakery & Lounge, 24 W. Main Ave. There will be an after-party to help burn off the caffeine.

No purchase is necessary at each shop, but 10 percent of sales that day benefit Big Table, which supports workers in the service industry. Other participants are Coeur Coffeehouse, 701 N. Monroe St.; Luxe Coffee House, 1017 W. First Ave., Suite A; and Atticus Coffee & Gifts, 222 N. Howard St.

Rock City celebrates 20 years

Help Rock City Grill celebrate 20 years of business with 20 percent off your Thai pizza fix.

Manager Brian White said customers just need to mention the anniversary when ordering to get the discount on all regular menu items and bottles of wine through Friday.

White said they are proud to be passing the 20-year mark at the family-owned eatery, especially considering recent bad news about restaurants closing in downtown Spokane. C.I. Shenanigans closed last weekend after more than 30 years in business.

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