Thursday, June 19, 2014

FOOD BLOTTER: Sandpoint reopenings, beer awards and cake for the garbage goat

Posted By on Thu, Jun 19, 2014 at 3:10 PM

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After taking over the space previously occupied by Pend D’Oreille Winery and doing some renovations, MickDuff’s is opening its new tap room in downtown Sandpoint tomorrow. Unlike the original pub — which is still open like always — MickDuff’s Beer Hall doesn’t have a kitchen and will keep the focus on the beer.

Pend D’Oreille Winery, meanwhile, moved nearby to 301 Cedar St., and is celebrating both the reopening and its 19th anniversary this weekend with live music and discounts.

Back here in Spokane, Fusion Flours — the gluten-free bakeshop — is back open at a new location: 130 N. Stone, which was previously the site of Michlitch’s gluten-free baking operations.

This week's Entree newsletter has details about Young Buck Brewing and the new incubator brewery getting up and running near the former Spokane Public Market.

With the rapidly growing number of craft breweries in Washington state, it’s becoming more and more difficult to be the best in the state. But a handful of local breweries managed to do it at last weekend’s Washington Beer Awards: River City Brewing took home gold for its River City Red (American Ambers), Iron Goat Brewing took home gold for its Gin Barrel-Aged Head Butt IPA (Wood and Barrel Aged Beers) and silver for its Barrel-Aged Goatnik Russian Imperial Stout (Wood and Barrel Aged Strong Beers); Hopped Up Brewing earned silver for its Lemon Quality Cream Ale (Fruit Beers); Paradise Creek earned silver for its Scottish Stovepipe (Scottish Ales) and bronze for Huckleberry Pucker (Sours); and Republic Brewing Co. took home silver for its Falligan’s Irish red (Irish Red Ales) and bronze for Big Mischief Porter (Robust Porters).

Some food happenings this weekend — Vegfest, Bazaar (not strictly food, but will have tasty things) and feeding birthday cake to the Garbage Goat.

Sorry, folks, it’s a short one this week because I’m getting married and need to go do stuff. But you can read previous food news here.


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