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Fresh Sheet: Five courses, five beers at Connoisseur’s Club dinner

The Connoisseur’s Club at The Lincoln Center is spotlighting Stone Brewing Co. during its first beer dinner of the year.

The event takes place from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday. A Stone beer will be paired with each course: Stone Levitation Ale, Stone Smoked Porter, Stone Cali-Belgique IPA, Arrogant Bastard Ale and Stone 12.12.12 Vertical Epic Ale.

Courses include Thai fried oysters, shredded kale with pancetta, crab salad, Imperial Russian Stout demi-braised short ribs with savory bread pudding, and pumpkin spice cake with ginger-caramel and banana brûlée.

Bill Sysak, beverage coordinator of Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens, is slated to attend.

Dinner is $55. Tickets are available through . For more information, call (509) 327-8000, or visit lincolncenter .

Free beer

Well, free beer tasting, that is.

Orlison Brewing of Airway Heights is offering a free beer tasting at 3:30 p.m. today at Pilgrim’s Market in Coeur d’Alene. The event takes place at the store, 1316 N. Fourth St.

For more information visit www.pilgrims or www.orlison .

Or, call the market at (208) 676-9730.

Sandpoint winery wins silver

Small House Winery, founded in 2009, released its first vintage in November.

And that Red Blend, which sells for $20, won a silver medal in the recent San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition.

Patrick Werry, a real estate agent, and Jon Harding, a retail and rental manager at Schweitzer Mountain Resort, started the winery without quitting their day jobs. Although there are no plans for a tasting room at this time, the Sandpoint winery is working on regional distribution and increasing production. A sangiovese, malbec and chardonnay are coming in the next several months.

Meantime, wine is available through www.smallhouse, Chimney Rock Grill and Gourmandie wine shop at Schweitzer, Coldwater Creek Wine Bar and Bricks & Barley.

Two other local wineries scored bronze at the same competition.

Nodland Cellars won for its 2009 Private Blend, which sells for $28.

Barrister Winery won for its 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon, which sells for $35, as well as its 2011 Merlot, which sells for $29.