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What’s Hoppin’ This Week: Nectar celebrates imported beers; Hi Neighbor hosts Zags viewing party

Gonzaga forward Corey Kispert (24) drives to the basket against Loyola Marymount guard Eli Scott (0) during the first half of an NCAA basketball game in Los Angeles on Jan. 11. (Alex Gallardo / AP)
Gonzaga forward Corey Kispert (24) drives to the basket against Loyola Marymount guard Eli Scott (0) during the first half of an NCAA basketball game in Los Angeles on Jan. 11. (Alex Gallardo / AP)
By Greg Wildermuth For The Spokesman-Review

Thursday

Nectar Beer and Wine (1331 W. Summit Parkway) in Kendall Yards is celebrating imported beers for this edition of its bi-monthly featured beer flight night from 6-8 p.m. Enjoy brews of various styles from England, Germany, Belgium and Denmark. Each taster flight is $10 or $5 for beer club members.

The Hi Neighbor Sports Bar (2201 N. Monroe St.) is throwing a watch party for the Gonzaga men’s basketball game featuring beer from Kona Brewing. Stop by to cheer on the Zags, enjoy beer specials and take home Kona swag.

Friday

Happy Trails to Brews (9025 N. Indian Trail Road) is hosting its first brew-off featuring five breweries battling for bragging rights. Each brewery is bringing either a stout or porter, which will be served together as a featured flight all weekend. Patrons will sample each beer in a blind taste test and rank them. Once the votes are tallied, the winner will be announced on Saturday night. Doors open at 2 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.

Matchwood Brewing (314 N. First Ave., Sandpoint) is partnering with Outdoor Experience, a local outdoor sporting good store, for the official Banff Film Festival pre-party on Friday and Saturday from 4-7 p.m. The event will feature Matchwood beer, live music, games and giveaways.

Hop Mountain Taproom (14017 N. Newport Highway, Mead) is hosting a tap takeover from Oregon’s Ordnance Brewing from 6-9 p.m.

River City Brewing (121 S. Cedar St.) is kicking off a new monthly series, “The River City Sessions,” which will bring local musical acts into the taproom to perform and be broadcast live on KYRS Community Radio. This first broadcast is a no cover event and features local band Uh Oh and the Oh Wells. From 6-10 p.m. every third Friday.

Saturday

Coeur d’Alene’s annual Mac & Cheese Festival and Beer Tasting takes place from 12-5 p.m. at the Coeur d’Alene Shops (210 E. Sherman Ave.) Regional restaurants will be competing for the Golden Noodle Award and pairing their mac with local craft beer. Ticket packages are $10-$50 and available at Eventbrite.

Monday

YaYa Brewing and Clover (913 E. Sharp Ave.) are combining their talents to host a beer dinner beginning at 6 p.m. Tickets for the six-course meal with beer parings are $65 and should be reserved in advance by calling the restaurant at (509) 487-2937.

Bellwether Brewing (2019 N. Monroe St.) is bringing in the 509 Dine Food Truck for a beer dinner featuring fried chicken and beer pairings. Tickets are $35 and should be purchased in advance at bellwetherbrewing.net.

Find more beer news at 509beerblog.com.

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