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On Tap: New home gives Iron Goat room to grow

Any day now, Iron Goat should be opening its doors at its new location in downtown Spokane.

“The idea is that this will be our second home, and our last home,” said Heather Brandt, who owns the brewery along with her husband, Greg, and another couple, Paul Edminster and Sheila Evans.

Like their original, out-of-the-way location on East Mallon Avenue (which has been sold), the former Jones Automotive Engines at 1302 W. Second is a brick building that dates back about 100 years. But it’s more than twice as large – 10,000 square feet, compared with 4,000 – allowing for an expanded brewing operation and a bigger, more accessible taproom with food service.

Despite the increased size, Edminster said, “We’re really going to try to keep that intimate feel.” Some of the walls are painted in the rust color familiar from the old taproom, and as always, there won’t be any TVs.

“We want people to talk to each other,” Greg Brandt said. “At the old place, a lot of friendships were born because people talked to each other.”

They’ll be able to talk over more beverages than before, with 26 taps (compared with the previous 10) including a cask handle, and the addition of cider and wine.

The kitchen, expected to open in another week or two, will offer a menu centering around sandwiches, salads and pizza. You’ll order at the bar and pick up your food at a window.

Beth McRae, former general manager of the Flying Goat and more recently a sales representative with Iron Goat’s distributor, Click, will oversee the kitchen operation as well as sales. Taproom hours will be 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., seven days a week.

There are couches in the corners and long, common tables in the middle atop a restored terrazzo floor. Edminster and Greg Brandt built the tables and the bar, both topped with reclaimed wood; the base of the bar is covered in black metal that they coated with linseed oil and beer and torched, creating random patterns.

There’s space for a music stage inside, and a courtyard on the west side of the building has room for 140 people – perfect for special events like the grand opening party planned for April 29 and 30.

The brewery operation in the back is visible through glass above and on either side of the bar, with tanks lined up along the large windows on Adams Street. Barrels of aging beer occupy the opposite brick wall, with a quarantined space on the other side for wild and sour specialties (to avoid contaminating the regular fare).

Along with room for more fermenters and eventually a new brewhouse, the brewery space includes such amenities as an office, lab and showers.

The increased production capacity will allow for more consistent distribution of both bottled and draft beers in the local market and eventual expansion into Western Washington.

Iron Goat’s arrival, around the corner from River City on Cedar Street, is another step toward a downtown brewery district. Orlison opened a taproom last August a few blocks away on First Avenue, while the upcoming brewery incubator – which will house Young Buck and Little Spokane – sits in between on Madison. There’s also the Steam Plant just to the east on Lincoln, and Black Label farther away at Main and Division.

Downtown brewers have begun meeting to plan joint efforts, including a collaboration cream ale (with variations at each brewery) for Spokane Craft Beer Week, May 16-22.

Brewery watch

A Kickstarter campaign has launched for finishing touches to the Steel Barrel Taproom at the downtown brewery incubator, which is aiming for an early May opening in the Luminaria Building, 154 S. Madison. Its 30 taps will pour a variety of in-house and other local beers, along with wine, creative cocktails, cold-brew coffee and kombucha. The project also will include a ceviche bar by local celebrity chef Chad White.

Trickster’s has released its first two bottled beers, bombers of Juice Box IPA and Hops on Parade imperial IPA.

After opening in January as a restaurant serving outside beers, Moscow’s Rants & Raves has received federal approval to begin brewing. The first house beer should be out by the middle of the month.

Freshly tapped

The Steam Plant on Friday releases a Boiler 7 IPA (6.8 percent alcohol by volume, 68 International Bitterness Units) hopped with earthy, spicy Nugget and Crystal. That follows last week’s return of the big, balanced spring seasonal 1889 Imperial IPA (8, 80), and relaunch of the previously Belgian-inspired Whitman’s Wheat (5,16) as a Bavarian-style hefeweizen, heavier on the banana notes and lighter on the clove.

Black Label’s 8K Hefe (6.5, 24) is a Bavarian-style hefeweizen with more pronounced clove notes and hints of banana.

Mosaic the Red (7.2, 78), the latest single-hop offering from Bennidito’s Brewpub, uses Red X malt for a rich color and slight sweetness that brings out the berry flavors in the hops.

River City has released this year’s Wine Barrel-Aged Huckleberry Ale (5, 6) after conditioning for a month in Barrister cabernet sauvignon barrels for extra fruit and oak notes and a rosy hue.

Paradise Creek’s Huckleberry Pucker Shandy (4.4, 3), a blend of its tart, fruity Berliner Weisse with lemonade, has returned for spring and summer.

Save the date

The Filling Station on 5th in Coeur d’Alene celebrates its first anniversary with a 12-tap takeover by Fremont Brewing through Saturday.

More than 20 beer offerings are on the menu for The Big LeBREWski festival during Schweitzer Mountain Resort’s Schpring Finale festivities on Saturday and Sunday. Prices are $5 for a single beer, $15 for a 10-ounce mug with three fills and $22 for a 16-ounce mug with three fills (refill tickets available).

Northern Quest hosts a three-course Big Sky brewers dinner with accompanying beers Sunday from 4 to 6 p.m. Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the door.

Send beer news, comments and questions to senior correspondent Rick Bonino at boninobeer@comcast.net.

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