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The fizz added to your bubbly drinks is becoming harder to come by, sparking concerns about flat beer and soda. That’s because the coronavirus pandemic is putting a strain on supplies used in carbonation, experts say.
It’s National Margarita Day! If that isn’t reason enough to enjoy the strong tequila and fruit-flavored libation today – and tomorrow, too, as it’s the weekend, so treat yourself, splurge, you deserve it – the team at House Method conducted research on the cost of making a margarita in each state.
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.
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.
Somewhere between the proliferation of the pumpkin spice latte and the assault of scented candles of the same name, pumpkin spice got a bad rap.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
There are a number of reasons to be happy about Happy Hour. The workday is over. It’s time to gather with friends. Why not over food and drinks that are discounted in price? And, most of the time, Happy Hour extends beyond only an hour. It’s 5 o’clock somewhere, right?
Fall Fest begins today and runs through Monday at Schweitzer Mountain Resort.
"Like codeine and caffeine, a combination used to relieve symptoms of muscle tension headaches, CBD takes caffeine to a new level," said Mike Forest.
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.
While much of Washington has a reputation for red wine grapes, the Ancient Lakes is best known for having a cooler climate and ideally suited for white varieties such as riesling, chardonnay and sauvignon blanc.
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.
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.
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.
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.)
Yakima Valley today remains an important region with nearly 20,000 acres of wine grape vineyards and more than 60 wineries. While it nests in the expansive Columbia Valley AVA, there are three sub-appellations in Yakima Valley: Rattlesnake Hills, Snipes Mountain and Red Mountain.