And don’t miss these other area breweries during your craft-beer explorations:
This pizzeria in the revitalizing East Sprague district (sister to the South Hill Bennidito’s) features house beers by local brewing pioneer Mark Irvin, who launched the original Northern Lights. His deft, balanced approach is evident in the flagship IPA. 1909 E. Sprague Ave., (509) 290-5018. www.facebook.com/BenniditosBrewpub1909.
Named after the mischievous coyote of Native American lore, this brewery tucked deep in a north Coeur d’Alene business park serves several well-made beers in a small, simple taproom, led by the fruity flagship Juice Box IPA. 3850 N. Schreiber Way, Coeur d’Alene, (208) 966-4232. www.trickstersbrewing.com.
Steam Plant Brewing
A popular jalapeno ale is among the regular offerings from this house brewery at the restaurant/pub in the historic downtown Spokane structure, scheduled to reopen in January 2018 following extensive renovations. Be sure to check out the seasonals and other specialties. 159 S. Lincoln St., (509) 377-3900. Steamplantspokane.com
Badass Backyard Brewing
The snowboarding-inspired beers (from Daring Diva raspberry wheat to Big Air stout) are brewed at the owners’ Millwood home and served up the street in the shopping center at Argonne Road and Mission Avenue. Women-owned and operated Badass is preparing to open a second taproom in Coeur d’Alene. 1415 N. Argonne Road, (509) 242-3225. www.badassbackyardbeer.com.
Mad Bomber Brewing
Founded by Army bomb squad veterans, the Hayden brewery honors that heritage from the décor (including a former Taliban metal detector and memorials to fallen comrades) to the beer names (Booby Trap Blonde, MK 84 Porter, Fatman IPA). 9265 Government Way, Hayden, (208) 762-7343. www.facebook.com/Mad-Bomber-Brewing-Company-189210537902950.
Hopped Up Brewing
Name aside, don’t overlook the maltier selections at this Spokane Valley brewery (run by a hot rod enthusiast in a former IHOP) including the holiday seasonal Destroy My Sweater, brewed with homegrown spruce tips. 10421 E. Sprague Ave., (509) 413-2488. hoppedupbrew.com.
This brewery on a Green Bluff Christmas tree farm (named after the area’s telephone prefix) uses produce from the Bluff in beers like a peach hefeweizen and apple butter bock. The homey taproom shuts down after the holidays and reopens in the spring. 10321 E. Day Mt. Spokane Road, Mead. (509) 238-2739. 238brewing.com.
English Setter Brewing
The canine-themed Spokane Valley brewery turns out rotating interpretations of standard styles along with seasonals like the Puppy For Christmas orange chocolate stout, accompanied by pub-style food from infrared “greaseless fryers.” 15310 E. Marietta Ave., (509) 413-3663. www.englishsetterbrewing.com.
New Boundary Brewing
Cheney’s first brewery since pre-Prohibition times caters to the EWU crowd and other locals alike with a regularly rotating beer lineup plus a Lemon Kick hard lemonade. 505 S. First St., Cheney, (907) 398-8664. www.facebook.com/newboundarybrew.
V Twin Brewing
Motorcyles are the focus of this year-old Spokane Valley brewery, with beer names like Brake Line Brown and Suicide Shifter IPA and a taproom done up Harley-style in orange and black. 2302 N. Argonne Road, (509) 868-0182. www.facebook.com/vtwinbrewingco.
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