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On Tap: Freshtival celebrates fresh hops with brews from around the region

Fresh hop season starts winding down in a big way this weekend at The Lantern Tap House.

The sixth annual Freshtival features fresh hop beers from 26 breweries throughout the region. A kickoff event tonight from 5 to 10 will include four offerings from The Hidden Mother: a Citra India pale lager, Loral peppercorn saison, Simcoe/Loral IPA and a Bale Breaker collaboration using an experimental hop variety.

Action shifts to the outdoor tent on Friday from 4 to 10 p.m. and Saturday from 2 to 10 p.m., with 10 beers pouring there each day plus more inside. Breweries from Oregon, Idaho and California will be showcased Friday and Washington breweries on Saturday, with customers voting for their favorite each night.

The scheduled lineup includes:

FRIDAY: Breakside What Fresh Beast (Mosaic); Cascade Lakes So Fresh & So Clean (Cascade); Crux Dr. Jack IPA (Cascade) and Way Two Fresh imperial IPA collaboration with Bale Breaker (Mosaic/Simcoe); Deschutes Chasin’ Freshies (Strata); Double Mountain Killer Red (Centennial/Perle) and Killer Green (Simcoe/Brewers Gold); Ecliptic Altair (Centennial/Amarillo); Fort George fresh Fields of Green IPA; Lagunitas Born Yesterday pale (Simcoe/Citra/Mosaic); Ordnance Rx Pale (Citra); Payette Wet ‘n Wilder (Chinook); Pelican Elemental IPA (Strata) and pFriem’s Amarillo pale.

SATURDAY: Backwoods Centennial IPA; Bale Breaker/Cloudburst Citra Slicker IPA; Black Raven Azacca IPA; Dru Bru Cashmere IPA; Fremont’s Cowiche Canyon (Citra/Simcoe) and hazy Head Full of Dynomite v.6 (Mosaic/El Dorado); Georgetown Johnny Utah pale (Citra); Hidden Mother’s Loral peppercorn saison; Hop Nation Brewer’s Select IPA (Azacca/Chinook/experimental); Icicle Apres Harvest pale (Simcoe/Warrior); Iron Goat’s SpoHop blend; Iron Horse Citra/Loral IPA; River City/Whistle Punk Centennial IPA; Silver City Hop Generator IPA (Azacca/Columbus/El Dorado/Citra/Cascade/Cashmere/Chinook/Mosaic) and Waddell’s 1.21 Gigahop (El Dorado/Centennial).

Tasting packages for Friday and Saturday cost $15, which includes a souvenir glass good for both days, your first pint fill and five drink tickets (two tickets for a 5-ounce pour, four for 10 ounces, five for a full pint). Extra tickets are $1 each.

There will be live music inside at 9 p.m. by Dodgy Mountain Men tonight, Mama Doll’s Sarah Berentson on Friday and Brian Stai on Saturday.

Further freshies

Two more fresh hop events take place Saturday. Fremont’s Fresh Hop Workshop from 1 to 3 p.m. at Community Pint will include the Centennial, Simcoe and Citra Field to Ferment pales (try your hand at a blending contest) plus Cowiche Canyon (regular and hazy) and Head Full of Dynomite, along with snacks. Tickets are $25, through Eventbrite.com.

And Daft Badger’s Hop Harvest Fest from 2 to 8 p.m. will feature its Cascade and Ekuanot fresh hops and an Oktoberfest beer, plus pulled pork mac & cheese cups and live music at 5 by the Blake Braley Band.

Another Avista hit

The ninth annual Inland Northwest Craft Beer Festival set another attendance record, with 4,028 paid customers going through the gates at Avista Stadium on Sept. 21-22. That’s a 15 percent increase over last year’s 3,508.

Seattle’s Fremont again was the most popular by far of the 39 breweries pouring, with locals accounting for the rest of the top 10: Big Barn, Hopped Up, Paradise Creek, No-Li, Twelve String, Bennidito’s, Mountain Lakes, Iron Goat and Black Label.

Long-term vision

Four-Eyed Guys, which has been operating as a distribution-only nanobrewery for two years, will open a taproom with food service in a space under construction near Monroe Street and Cleveland Avenue. It plans to be up and running by next June.

Sandpoint scene

Matchwood Brewing has its grand opening Oct. 20 from 2 to 10 p.m. at 513 Oak St. (one block south of Cedar Street off Fifth Avenue). Six house beers will be on tap for starters, ranging from sparkling ale to hazy IPA to porter, along with a food menu focusing on snacks, salads and pasties. Regular hours will be 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily; all ages are welcome.

And that same day, nearby Utara Brewing at 214 Pine St. is holding a Harvest Festival beginning at noon with fall beers of its own and from other breweries. A planned British-style ale and curry house, Utara opened in June, started serving house beers last month and is phasing in food.

Freshly tapped

No-Li is rolling out a new addition to its canned and draft lineup: a crisp, easy-drinking Corner Coast blonde ale (4.8 percent alcohol by volume, 20 International Bitterness Units), slightly sweet with citrus notes from Citra, Mosaic and Comet hops.

Along with the earthier, spicier SpoHop (5.6 ABV), brewed with homegrown hops contributed by customers, Iron Goat is pouring a Citra fresh hop IPA (5.8) that starts out grassy and finishes more fruity.

Humble Abode has added a single-malt Centennial fresh hop (7), made with hops grown by Big Barn, to its previous Cascade version.

Black Label is serving a Tropical Blonde IPA (6.8) variation on its usual Tropical Thunder, with honey added, and a Brayden’s Brown (5.6) brewed with maple syrup.

Post Falls Brewing has tapped a sour raspberry Gabrielle Berliner Weisse (3.7, 5).

Selkirk Abbey is brewing a Bulldog Triple Stout (12, 55) exclusively for the Bulldog Pipe & Cigar lounge in Coeur d’Alene.

For more local craft beer event listings, see www.spokane7.com/ontap.


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