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This summer, a torch has quietly been passed: By at least one metric, Anheuser-Busch – the same Anheuser-Busch that made no authentic craft beer a decade ago – is now the nation’s largest craft beer company.
Through August, special single-malt and single-hop (SMaSH) beers are on tap at Bellwether, Black Label, Mountain Lakes, Whistle Punk and Young Buck (the latter at The Steel Barrel). The winner in customer voting will received the fabled Lester Cup.
Spokane Brewers Festival trades in hot parking lot for cool Arena air conditioning.
The Airway Heights brewery will continue to make beers for No-Li Brewhouse on a contract basis, as it has been recently, but will no longer produce its own Orlison lineup.
Mostly though, Saturday will be a party at the popular downtown brew pub.
Here are some highlights of the happenings through the rest of the week.
Annual beer fest is set for May 14-20.
Co-owner/brewers Dave Basaraba and Tim Hilton, outdoor types themselves, got the concept from a 1920s-era promotional postcard that reads, “50 mountain lakes welcome you to Spokane.”
The Coeur d’Alene brewery’s Juice Box IPA was named grand champion of the competition sponsored by the Brewing News.
Each week for four weeks, Manito Taphouse customers can get blind flights of four different Washington IPAs for $5 and vote for their favorite.
Meanwhile, the Valley’s Badass Backyard brewing will open a satellite location in downtown Coeur d’Alene, inside the Coeur d’Alene Fresh market.
The new year brings new owners to two local breweries, both younger couples who were longtime customers.
The Inland Northwest Chapter of Beer Choir will host its November meeting on Monday at Bellwether Brewing Co.
Halloween is all about candy, of course, but it can also include beer. Among your foamier options for celebrating the season:
Orlison’s Boulder Garden Brown topped 62 other entries in the English-Style Brown Ale category in Saturday’s annual competition at the Denver festival, the nation’s biggest beer event.
Like last year, temperatures are expected to top 90 degrees. Tents will again provide shade and misting fans will be better positioned to cover more ground.
Local beer drinkers soon will learn what being Bombastic is all about. To the owners of Bombastic Brewing, North Idaho’s newest brewery, it’s about adventurous recipes (and curious names) – like the Attempted Murder vanilla cinnamon stout that debuts next Thursday at Enoteca in Post Falls.
The local beer scene continues to explode, and Spokane Craft Beer Week is keeping pace. The third annual celebration, which runs from Monday through May 21, features a bigger-than-ever array of special beers and events at area breweries and bars.
Breweries across the state again are hosting a slew of special activities for the seventh annual Washington Beer Open House on Saturday. Here’s what Spokane-area breweries have planned for the event organized by the Washington Beer Commission (all run from noon to 5 p.m., unless otherwise indicated):
Spokane’s downtown brewery district is getting another addition for the new year. Whistle Punk, which has been distributing its beer while searching for a taproom location, has signed a lease for the former Brooklyn Deli space at 122 S. Monroe St. It hopes to open in mid-March.