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Rick Bonino


A look ahead at the upcoming week in local craft beer:

– Twelve String is holding a joint release party Wednesday and Thursday for its second fresh hop beer of the season, made with Equinox, and the return of its fall seasonal Roundabout Confusion harvest ale, with discount growler fills on both.

– Slate Creek in Coeur d'Alene will tap its Backyard Harvest Rye IPA, brewed with fresh hops contributed by customers, on Wednesday at 5 p.m.

– Capone’s celebrates the 24th anniversary of the founding of its original Coeur d’Alene pub (pictured above in its infancy) all day Wednesday there and also at the Post Falls and Hayden locations, with happy hour pricing and food specials. Ninkasi will donate $1 from each pint sold to the Kootenai County Police & Memorial Foundation.  

– Pilgrim’s in Coeur d’Alene will showcase three gluten-free Omission beers from Widmer – lager, pale ale and IPA – along with Square Mile hard apple and hopped ciders in a tasting Wednesday at 3:30 p.m.

– Iron Goat will tap the last sixth-barrel of its Craft Beer Week collaboration with Paradise Creek – Tower of Sour, blended from seven different sour beers produced by the breweries – on Wednesday at 6, with Paradise Creek owner/brewer Tom Handy as special guest. 

– Nectar Wine and Beer in Kendall Yards has a tasting event for its October brewery of the month, Salt Lake City’s Epic, on Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. featuring Hop Syndrome Lager, Fest Devious Oktoberfest, Fermentation Without Representation Pumpkin, Escape to Colorado IPA, Hopulent imperial IPA and 825 State Stout. You get a flight of all six plus salami and cheese for $10 ($5 for members).

– The Lantern Tap House’s third annual Freshtival Festival runs Thursday through Saturday, with fresh hop beers from the likes of Iron Goat, Laughing Dog, No-Li, Paradise Creek, River City, Twelve String, Big Sky, Deschutes, Double Mountain, Full Sail, HUB, Laurelwood, Ninkasi, Payette and Sockeye. There’s also live music by John Craigie on Thursday night, and Bart Budwig and Josh Hedlund on Friday.

– Iron Goat will release its community SpoHop beer, brewed with fresh hops contributed by customers, on Thursday at 4 p.m.     

– No-Li has a release party Friday from 5 to 7 p.m. for Slacker, a sort of junior version of its summer seasonal Brass Monkey brewed with orange peel and vanilla beans. Order one and get a commemorative pint glass; the beer will join Poser and Crony in the brewery’s six-pack lineup.

– River City on Friday releases its Funkadelicous fresh hop, featuring Mosaic and dry-hopped with Centennial.

– Ninkasi’s Lux lager, Mango IPA, Tricerahops double IPA, Dawn of the Red India red ale, Noir coffee milk stout and Imperial Pumpkin Sleigh’r will be offered in a tasting Friday from 5 to 8 at Bottles in Spokane Valley, with full pours also available.

– Laughing Dog will be featured in a tasting Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the North Side Total Wine on Newport Highway.

– An all-ages Brews & Bands party for newly opened Bellwether Brewing, sponsored by North Town Insurance Agencies, runs Friday from 4 to 9 p.m. with live music and the Couple of Chefs food truck.

– Wallace’s North Idaho Mountain Brewery holds its Oktoberfest this weekend with brews bingo and a pretzel party on Friday, and a full German menu on Saturday along with the tapping of the Brew Club’s Figtoberfest, home brewing demonstrations, live accordion music and a German costume contest.

– House-brewed Square Wheel beers will be on tap at Arbor Crest’s Oktoberfest on Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. at the winery’s Cliff House, along with wine, German-style food and music by Milonga.

– The North Side Growler Guys celebrates its first anniversary Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. with pint discounts, free pizza slices, prize giveaways, an EWU football ticket raffle and more. 

As always, keep coming here for more information on everything that’s happening throughout the week. 

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