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Northwest Passages Book Club talks brews, business with No-Li Brewhouse

No-Li Brewhouse owner John Bryant discussed the brewery’s recent accomplishments and upcoming goals with Don Chareunsy, The Spokesman-Review's features editor, in a virtual gathering of the Northwest Passages Book Club on Tuesday evening. Spokane was recently named one of the top 50 cities for beer drinkers in the country.

How to support local craft beer

With the recent issue of Gov. Jay Inslee’s “stay-home” order, many local breweries were rightfully concerned about the immediate future. Thankfully for them and all of us craft beer fans, breweries throughout the state have been allowed to remain open in order to provide takeaway beer and food options for customers to enjoy while passing the days at home.

On Tap: New brewery, Inland Ale Works, opening in Cheney

When New Boundary Brewing opened in May 2015, it was Cheney’s first since the city voted to go dry back in 1910, forcing the closure of Bavaria Brewery. While New Boundary called it quits at the end of 2017, now another newcomer is moving into the building at 505 1st St.

On Tap: River City celebrates new owner, new tasting area

Under new ownership, River City Brewing is bringing back an old fixture. A tasting area has been added inside the downtown brewery, which closed its previous taproom at the end of 2017. The space will be open Thursday through Saturday, and make its debut for today’s monthly First Friday party.

On Tap: Bellwether brewer leaving to start new brewery

Thomas Croskrey is taking his Old World brewing approach into a new venture. Bellwether’s founding brewer is leaving after almost four years to launch his own brewery, which will continue to produce a mixture of modern and historical styles on a smaller scale.

On Tap: Lester Cup voting open at five Spokane breweries

The winter Lester Cup competition is in full swing, featuring five big bone-warming beers from Spokane breweries: Bellwether’s Remembrance Russian imperial stout (10.5 percent ABV), cellared several months in kegs for extra smoothness. Bellwether is at 2019 N. Monroe St.

On Tap: Hidden Mother gets more visibility

The Liberty Lake brewery just signed a lease for space at Washington Street and Sharp Avenue to house a larger brewing system and a taproom. And next month, it heads to the San Francisco Bay area for collaborations with a pair of well-regarded breweries and an appearance on the Brewing Network online radio station.

On Tap: Find fresh brews at Craft Beer Festival

The Inland Northwest Craft Beer Festival returns to Avista Stadium on Sept. 21-22 with a familiar format and another slew of fresh faces. Thirteen of the 40 breweries scheduled to pour are different from last year. Otherwise, it’s the same drill, said Eric Radovich, executive director of the sponsoring Washington Beer Commission: “More than 150 beers along the outfield wall, music at second base, food trucks. People are getting used to this being an end-of-summer tradition.