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Monday, October 19, 2020  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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509 Beer: What is a winter warmer?

With the holidays behind us, we are now entering into the truly dreary part of the winter season. Although we’ve still got several dark and snowy months ahead in the Inland Northwest, at least the long, cold nights are perfect for dark beers.

Happy Hour of the Week: Bonefish Grill at NorthTown

Details + don’t miss: The focus is on Martini Mondays, when Bonefish’s sweet dessert concoctions are $7 apiece. The espresso martini is caffeinated deliciousness alongside corn chowder and a Bonefish salad. The regular Happy Hour menu includes $6 bar bites, $6 select spirits, $5 hand-crafted cocktails and martinis, $4 wines and $1 off draft beers.

Happy Hour of the Week: the Onion Bar & Grill North Spokane

Details + don’t miss: Discounts for wine, beer, wells and growlers are $1-$3, while the food takes the spotlight. Signature onion rings are 50% off, and $6 bites include a burger, fry platter and meat lovers, margarita, Thai, Hawaiian and pepperoni personal pizzas. The Onion downtown (302 W. Riverside Ave.) offers the same Happy Hour specials.

Happy Hour of the Week: Poole’s Public House North

Locals sports bar Poole’s features 50% off alcoholic beverages during Happy Hour and late-night and comfort food. Be sure to check out the daily food and drink specials. A visit on Taco Tuesday included a Dulce Vida grapefruit margarita and excellent (and spicy) steak nachos.

Happy Hour of the Week: Post Street Ale House

In two visits to Post Street Ale House, two servers said most drinks are half off, and no food is on the Happy Hour menu. That’s a bummer because the nachos, fried pickles and fish and chips are comfort food highlights.

Happy Hour of the Week: 1898 Public House

It’s $4 for craft drafts, well cocktails and glasses of wine. Ordered and devoured: Ahi Poke Tuna (with an awesome Wasabi Aioli), Devilish Deviled Eggs, Coconut Shrimp, Smoked Brisket Sliders, Smoked Manhattans and Martinis – extra dirty, extra olives. Pro tip: Grab a table with a view of the beautiful golf course. A return is in order – stat!

Happy Hour of the Week: Twigs Bistro and Martini Bar Spokane Valley

Details + don’t miss: Small plates are $6-$8 and great for sharing. Draft beers and glasses of wine are $1 off; signature martinis are $2 off; and house wine is $5. The Kalua Pork Tacos, Fig & Prosciutto Flatbread and Roasted Brussels Sprouts (topped with a fried egg) are must-orders.

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On Tap: Craft beer movement isn’t slowing down

I consider myself much more of a beer enthusiast than an expert, so if I don’t know the answer, I bet that I can find someone who does. My main hope is to provide insight on the breweries, bars and – most importantly – people who make the Inland Northwest a world-class beer destination.

Dorothy Dean presents: Do you like piña coladas?

Observed annually on July 10, National Piña Colada Day celebrates that deliciously creamy concoction made with pineapple, coconut cream and rum. It also is the national drink of Puerto Rico.

Northwest Wine: Dry rieslings can make astonishing wines

A decade ago, many Northwest rieslings would be on the sweet side. Thankfully, that is changing, blissfully so because more than any other wine, riesling can show astonishing range depending on where the grapes are grown and how dry the finished wine is left. As a bonus, one that surprises most, riesling can age remarkably – for those who have the patience to tuck them away.

‘You can always find a friend here’: The Baby Bar embraces its hole-in-the-wall vibe

Baby Bar, known for its gem of a jukebox, all-around scrappiness and hand-written rules, is comforting in its no-nonsense but friendly approach to service. During the past dozen years, this hip but unpretentious downtown dive has established itself as a haven for local artists, musicians and misfits right alongside the likes of regular 9-to-5-ers and the occasional rock star.

Where to find martinis – shaken or stirred – in Spokane on National Martini Day today

Before my current love affair with all things Old Fashioned, the martini was the poison of choice. Bombay Sapphire gin martini, extra dirty, extra olives. (BTW, I accept that gin is an acquired taste, but gin martinis are the only real martinis. Vodka isn’t just a morning drink anymore and is OK in martinis, but gin martinis are the only real martinis.)