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On Tap: Looking back at the beer news of 2016

This will go down as the year when the craft beer express started to lose a little momentum. Production growth is expected to drop below double digits for the first time since 2010 (the midyear figure was 8 percent), and larger players like Sam Adams and Sierra Nevada are seeing sales start to slip. But with the brewery count at an all-time high – passing the 5,000 mark last month – there’s also no question that craft beer has carved out its niche in communities across the country. Here’s a look back at local highlights from the past year, plus a few peeks at things to come in 2017:

On Tap:

Selkirk Abbey is beginning to branch out with more familiar offerings while deepening its Belgian beer roots.

41 breweries lined up for craft festival

With a record 41 breweries in the lineup, this year’s Inland Northwest Craft Beer Festival at minor league baseball’s Avista Stadium more than covers the bases for beer lovers of all varieties.

Craft Beer Fest returns to Avista with top-notch lineup

Get ready for a winning lineup of local and regional craft beer along with your October baseball. The Inland Northwest Craft Beer Festival returns to Avista Stadium, home of the minor league Spokane Indians, the weekend of Oct. 2-3.

Craft Beer Fest returns to Avista with top-notch lineup

Get ready for a winning lineup of local and regional craft beer along with your October baseball. The Inland Northwest Craft Beer Festival returns to Avista Stadium, home of the minor league Spokane Indians, the weekend of Oct. 2-3.

Daft Badger cares about beer

You might know Darrell Dlouhy as a longtime Coeur d’Alene contractor and guitarist in the band The Renovators. You might know him from his involvement with the “No Moose Left Behind” public art project, or the campaign for McEuen Field redevelopment. Or as the father of Matt Dlouhy, the 2002 Idaho 5A basketball player of the year for Lake City High School.

On Tap: Trickster’s latest treats: cask beers, barrel aging, cans

On the verge of turning 2 years old, Trickster’s is growing up fast. The Coeur d’Alene brewery is launching a weekly cask series, beginning a barrel-aging program and preparing to can its beers, along with the addition of a new head brewer.

Trickster’s latest treats: cask beers, barrel aging, cans

On the verge of turning 2 years old, Trickster’s is growing up fast. The Coeur d’Alene brewery is launching a weekly cask series, beginning a barrel-aging program and preparing to can its beers, along with the addition of a new head brewer.

Brewers bring A-game

It’s a whole new ballgame for the Inland Northwest Craft Beer Festival. Last year, the former Spokane Oktoberfest got a new name, and a new date: the final weekend of September, one week later than before.

On Tap: No-Li adds summer wheat, milk stout, Belgian-style ale

It’s getting so you can’t keep all the new No-Li Brewhouse beers straight without a scorecard. The just-released, draft-only Expo ’74 Summer Wheat (4.4 percent alcohol by volume, 15 International Bitterness Units) honors the 40th anniversary of the Spokane World’s Fair. It’s crisp and clean with a slight sweetness from honey malt and a hint of orange from fruity Amarillo hops.

On tap: Craft Beer Week a perfect time to make the rounds

Monday marks the beginning of Craft Beer Week, and local brewers and beer purveyors are gearing up for the festivities. While some of the planning was still in progress at press time, here’s a taste of what to expect: • On May 17, No-Li will feature beers from seven local breweries on its riverfront patio from noon to 4 p.m., along with food specials and live music.

On tap: Craft Beer Week a perfect time to make the rounds

Monday marks the beginning of Craft Beer Week, and local brewers and beer purveyors are gearing up for the festivities. While some of the planning was still in progress at press time, here’s a taste of what to expect: • On May 17, No-Li will feature beers from seven local breweries on its riverfront patio from noon to 4 p.m., along with food specials and live music.

Find a brew – or a few – for every palate

If you’re one of those folks who has a hard time choosing among 31 ice cream flavors, your head just might explode at this weekend’s Inland NW Craft Beer Festival. Thirty Washington and North Idaho breweries will offer more than 70 different beers today and Saturday in Riverfront Park. To help you navigate the sea of suds, here’s a look at some of the more noteworthy offerings, by category (subject to last-minute changes):

Find a brew – or a few – for every palate

If you’re one of those folks who has a hard time choosing among 31 ice cream flavors, your head just might explode at this weekend’s Inland NW Craft Beer Festival. Thirty Washington and North Idaho breweries will offer more than 70 different beers today and Saturday in Riverfront Park. To help you navigate the sea of suds, here’s a look at some of the more noteworthy offerings, by category (subject to last-minute changes):

Celebrating their craft

Spokane’s fall beer festival has a new name to match its new energy. The former Spokane Oktoberfest is now the Inland NW Craft Beer Festival, returning to Riverfront Park on Sept. 27-28.

Local beers get cask treatment

When it comes to craft beer these days, “roll out the barrels” has a whole new meaning. Aging beer in barrels that previously held wine, whiskey or other spirits to add complex flavors is one of the hottest trends in the industry, and local brewers are on board.

Local beers get cask treatment

When it comes to craft beer these days, “roll out the barrels” has a whole new meaning. Aging beer in barrels that previously held wine, whiskey or other spirits to add complex flavors is one of the hottest trends in the industry, and local brewers are on board.