A total of 22 regional and local craft breweries and cideries come together for the second annual PowderKeg Brew Fest this weekend, Nov. 7-8, a sampling event catering to the various tastes of Inland Northwesterners. Attendees can choose from one of three tasting packages ($15-$25), take a spin at the prize wheel and try out some seasonal beverages in celebration of the coming winter.
After we've set our boots by the fireplace, shed our frost-covered scarves and put our feet up after a good day on the slopes, it just feels right to indulge in a seasonal ale that can only be appreciated during this time of the year. Local Hopped Up Brewing Company features Destroy my Sweater at PowderKeg, an earthy beer brewed with caramel and mulch malts. Some other seasonal drinks include the Jubelale and Chasin' Freshies from Deschutes Brewery, Sleigh'r from Ninkasi Brewing, No Li's Winter Warmer, the Winterfest Seasonal Ale from Sockeye Brewing and Trickster's Brewing Co.'s Winter Ale. Mmmm. Get cozy.
For fruit lovers, One Tree Hard Cider pours their Ginger Lemon Cider to wake you up and a Caramel Cinnamon Cider to bring you back to Grandma's apple pie. Finnriver Farm & Cidery goes tart and purple with their Black Currant Cider, made with organic and heirloom apples.
You're into the hops? Try Alaskan Brewing Co.'s classic Freeride APA, MickDuff's Noho, or Bale Breaker's Topcutter IPA with hops from the nearby Yakima Valley. More of a porter person? Give a taste to the bronze medal winner from the 2011 North American Beer Awards, MickDuff's Knot Tree Porter.
Here's a comprehensive peek at all the beer and cider on tap at this year's PowderKeg:
If it turns out your friends don't want to be your designated driver. Don't worry — we're partnering with Lyft. Only one ticket purchase is necessary for access both days to these two festive events: PowderKeg and Snowlander Expo. Get yours at the Snowlander Expo site, at the door or through Tickets West.
PowderKeg Inlander Brew Festival • Fri, Nov. 7 from 4 pm-9 pm and Sat, Nov. 8 from 12 pm-8 pm • $15-$25 • Spokane Convention Center • 334 W. Spokane Falls Blvd. • snowlanderexpo.com/powderkeg
With the summer-like weather we've been having this week, it seems like the blustery fall season is far away. But it really is autumn, and the month of October is already flying by. This weekend marks the final or second to last weekend for many local farmers markets, so get your fresh fall produce while it lasts.
— Closing this weekend, Oct. 10-12 —
Liberty Lake Farmers Market | Sat, Oct. 11, from 9 am-1 pm. 1421 N. Meadowwood Ln., Liberty Lake. libertylakefarmersmarket.com (879-4965)
Sandpoint Farmers Market
| Wed, Oct. 8, from 3-6 pm and Sat, Oct. 11, from 9 am-1 pm. Farmin Park, Third Avenue and Oak Street, Sandpoint. sandpointfarmersmarket.com (208-597-3355)
— Closing next weekend, Oct. 17-19 —
Chewelah Farmers Market | Friday, Oct. 17, from 11:30 am-5:30 pm. City Park, 600 N. Park St., Chewelah, Wash. facebook.com/chewelahfarmersmarket (936-4353)
Emerson-Garfield Farmers Market | Friday, Oct. 17, from 3-7 pm. Knox Presbyterian Church parking lot, 806 W. Knox. facebook.com/EGFMarket (398-9628)
Hayden Farmers Market
| Sat, Oct. 18, from 9 am-1:30 pm. Corner of Hwy. 95 and Prairie Ave., Hayden. facebook.com/KootenaiCountyFarmersMarket (208-772-2290)
West Central Marketplace |
Tuesday, Oct. 14, from 3-6 pm. A.M. Cannon Park, 1920 W. Maxwell. facebook.com/WestCentralMarketplace (703-7433)
— Closing at the end of October —
Moscow Farmers Market
| Saturdays through Oct. 25, from 8 am-1 pm. Friendship Square and Main Street, downtown Moscow. facebook.com/MoscowFarmersMarket (208-883-7000)
Northeast Washington Farmers Market | Wednesdays and Saturdays through Oct. 29, from 9 am-1 pm. Corner of Main and Astor, downtown Colville, Wash. newfarmersmarket.org (675-8896)
Pullman Farmers Market | Wednesdays through Oct. 22, from 3:30-6 pm. Spot Shop parking lot, 240 NE Kamiaken St. facebook.com/pages/Pullman-Farmers-Market (334-3565)
Rathdrum Farmers Market | Last days are Oct. 11 and 25, from 9 am-2 pm. City Park on Hwy. 53. (208-640-9315)
South Perry Farmers Market | Thursdays through Oct. 30, from 3-7 pm. The Shop, 924 S. Perry. thursdaymarket.org (720-8449)
Spokane Farmers Market | Saturdays, through Oct. 29, from 8 am-1 pm and Wednesdays from 8 am-1 pm. 20 W. Fifth. spokanefarmersmarket.org (995-0182)
In this week's print edition we included a brief update on plans of new owners of Dawn of the Donut. A month ago the business's out-of-town owner announced he'd be closing the business, but Joe and Amber Owens of Celebrations Bakery have since purchased it and are already in the process of rebranding the shop, including the new name Casual Friday Donuts.
In case you missed it, Nectar Wine & Beer is to be the newest food-related business addition to the growing Kendall Yards neighborhood. The bottle shop and wine bar venture is owed by Josh Wade, of downtown's Nectar Tasting Room.
Spokane interior design firm HDG, known for its work on several local restaurants including Volstead Act, NUDO and Crafted Taphouse, recently on its Facebook page made a vague announcement concerning future plans for the long-empty Hod Rod Cafe in Post Falls.
East Spokane is slated to get a permanent, year-round food truck park, set to open in early 2015 at the site of the current Sprague Food Park at Sprague and Perry.
A new country music club called The Nashville North is set to open on Oct. 24 in the former Big Al's Country Club spot near the Idaho state line. The club is planning to serve barbecue by Bohica Smoke.
The second season of the locally-produced series Washington Grown, documenting local ingredients' journeys from farms to restaurant kitchens, premieres this Sunday (at noon and 8:30 pm) on Northwest Cable News channel.
From the current Inlander, we have updates on the new gluten-free bakery and food purveyor Cole's Fine Foods, in North Spokane.
The Shop's new cupcake brand South Perry Cupcakes, which opened a few weeks ago, offers gluten-free and some gluten-free-and-vegan treats in delicious flavor combinations like lemon vanilla.
Readers are stoked about the newest food truck to debut in Spokane's mobile food industry, King Burrito, which usually rolls around downtown on the weekends, but has a stationary weekday spot on West Third Avenue.
Oktoberfest season is upon us! Here's a round-up of upcoming local beer and food events inspired by this fabulous German tradition.
TONIGHT, OCTOBER 3
First Friday Octoberfest Dinner Concert | Sante Restaurant & Charcuterie Chef Jeremy Hansen is preparing a four-course, reservations-only dinner ($65/person) paired with local seasonal beers at the restaurant. The public can get in on the tastiness, too, with $15 and $25 tasting tickets available during the event, from 5:30-7:30 pm.
Big Sky Beer Dinner | The Lincoln Center's Connoisseurs Club hosts Montana's Big Sky Brewing for a special five-course dinner featuring seasonal beers from the brewery. Dinner is from 6-10 pm tonight, and tickets are $55/person.
SATURDAY, OCT. 4
Harrison Oktoberfest | The rural Idaho town hosts its 7th annual community celebration with live music, microbrew and home brew tasting, food, vendors and more. Admission is free; events run from 1-7 pm.
Two Seven Oktoberfest | The South Hill pub hosts its 6th annual event, with an outdoor beer garden serving German-style beers in one-liter steins available for purchase. The event also includes great local music from Mama Doll, Hey! is for Horses and Crystalline. Admission is free, events run from 1-8 pm.
Central Lutheran Oktoberfest | The local church festival features a home brew beer tasting and contest, with traditional homemade German foods. Proceeds benefit local food banks and meal programs, and tickets are $15/advance; $20/door; event runs from 2-7 pm.
Deutsches Haus Oktoberfest | Spokane's German American Hall celebrates the motherland tradition with traditional German food and music by the Concordian Choir, the Portato Accordion Ensemble, the Norm Seeberger Band and the Oom Pas and Mas German Band from Odessa, Wash. Admission is $12; event begins at 6 pm.
NEXT WEEKEND, OCT. 10-12
Republic Brewing's Oktoberfest | The northeastern Washington brewery is pouring Bavarian-style beers and serving up brats, kraut and live music, with games and a costume contest. Event runs Oct. 10-11, Fri from 4-8 pm and Sat from 2-8 pm.
Browne'sToberfest | Browne's Tavern in the historic Spokane neighborhood of the same name hosts a celebration with live music at the restaurant on Oct. 10-11 from 3:45-10 pm both days. Admission is $5.
Sandpoint Oktoberfest | The North Idaho lake town's fall festival features local beer and wine tasting, live music, food vendors, kids' activities and arts and crafts vendors. There's also an international chef cook-off planned. Admission is free; event runs Oct. 11 from 12-5 pm.
The show was created by Spokane film studio North by Northwest, in partnership with the Washington Farmers and Ranchers. The latter is an organization that helps promote the locally owned farmers in our state.
A new "food journey" is chronicled in each episode, beginning at a Washington farm where an ingredient or product is grown, and following the goods as they travel to a local restaurant to be prepared. Spokane restaurants Sante, Luna and the Steam Plant are among those to be featured in season two.
During the preview, the Magic Lantern is serving light hors d'oeuvres and drinks, because what's the point of watching a food show without snacks?
Northwest Cable News airs Washington Grown on Sundays at noon and 8:30 pm beginning this week. Episodes can also be streamed online the following Monday after its original airing at wagrown.com. Also on the site, find recipes for many of the featured ingredients and restaurants on the show. Several caught our eye — including Dick's fries and Sweet Frostings' cupcakes.
Batch Bakeshop opened for business in its new storefront in the West Central neighborhood last week. Owner and baking guru Mika Maloney has operated the small-batch venture since 2011, working out of a shared commercial kitchen before securing a permanent space. The move was in part made possible by a successful $15,000 Kickstarter campaign funded late last year.
The bakery is now located in a quaint, 1903 building at 2023 W. Dean that originally housed a butcher shop. Current business hours are Tues-Fri, from 7 am-4 pm. Don't worry — you can still find Batch's delicious goodies at the South Perry Thursday Market, the West Central Marketplace, local coffee shops, and also now in Sante's bakery case.
Speaking of baked yumminess and Sante, the opening date for Chef Jeremy Hansen's new bakery venture, Common Crumb Bakery, inside the yet-to-open Saranac Commons, sounds like it's close to debuting — sometime in October.
There's a reason that September is one of my favorite months of the year. It's not the arrival of football, although that doesn't hurt, but rather the appearance of fresh-hop beers at local breweries.
For the uninitiated, fresh-hop beers are made from whole hop flowers that are freshly harvested and put into the brewing process. If the brewer gets to them within a couple days of being picked, the hops release an oil that gives the beer a stronger, richer hop flavor. The process also makes the beer smell like what I imagine God's beer smells like.
Tomorrow, Iron Goat Brewing is brewing up its Spo Hop beer for the second straight year and again is asking for the public's help. If you have hops growing in your yard, cut those vines and bring them to Iron Goat for the Spo Hop picking party between 11 am and 2 pm, at which point the hops will be dumped into the brew. If you help pick or bring in your own hops, you get $2 off pints of Spo Hop when it arrives. There will be music at 3 pm.
Here's a look at last year's party.
Laughing Dog Brewing up in Sandpoint is also making a fresh hop beer and has had volunteers picking hops the last couple of days. They've been giving those who pick hops a free beer for every half hour of work on the vines. They'll be brewing up their award-winning fresh-hop beer this weekend, and plan to have it on tap by the end of the month.
The short-lived, zombie-themed donut shop — which served eclectically-named and unusually-topped pastries reminiscent of Portland's Voodoo Doughnuts — near the crest of the North Division Street hill was in business a little more than a year. Dawn of the Donut's last day of business is Sunday, Sept. 14.
While many commenters shared their sorrow over its short lifespan, others lamented the shop's mornings-only hours, saying that made it difficult to patronize.
Owner Martin Judnich, an attorney who lives in Missoula, tells the Inlander his choice to close the business was not for financial reasons, but rather a personal choice that was largely due to the challenges of being a long-distance business owner.
"It's basically just time," Judnich says of the decision. "We have had our difficulties and ups and downs all year, and I had a hard time spending time at the shop."
He adds that he's working with a broker to potentially sell the business, but no deals have arisen yet. Dawn of the Donut's mobile unit — a white truck covered in red paint handprint streaks — which often set up shop downtown during the evenings, is also ceasing to operate with the storefront, Judnich confirms.
Dawn of the Donut assistant manager Nikki Roberts was just as surprised as the shop's fans to learn of its end. She says two days ago, the business's 12-person staff was heading into a meeting to plan for fall and winter, but instead of that, they were informed of the closure.
"I am extremely surprised," Roberts says. "We're all very disappointed. We have to find new jobs now, and we had big plans. We just made a deal to work at the haunted maze in Hauser [Idaho], and some fall zombie hikes around town. We had big plans, and it turned out to be totally unexpected."
Roberts encourages anyone with a Groupon for the shop to come in and use it before the closing date on Sept. 14.
UPDATE: Almost a week after this posting, the business posted the following update on their Facebook page, around 10 am on Thur, Sept. 11:
"Good news Spokane! It appears that the process has been started for new ownership of Dawn of the Donut and we can keep our doors open and donuts coming. So, we will be staying open past this weekend, and we will be moving toward bigger and betting things very soon. Thank you all for your wonderful support. We will keep you posted."
Fall is coming whether you like it or not, so what better way to usher in the season than Washington Cider Week? Our region's own handful of cideries are hosting events in celebration of the fourth annual statewide event, happening Sept. 4-14. For its fourth year, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee signed an official proclamation designating 10 days of September to celebrate cider made from our state's apple bounty.
Meanwhile, across the stateline, Coeur d'Alene's new North Idaho Cider is prepping for a late fall launch of its first batch of Lake City Cider.
Just in time for WA Cider Week, Green Bluff-based Twilight Cider Works has released two new ciders, a seasonal peach cider and its Winesap cider, a bold, single varietal cider that's perfect for autumn.
Green Bluff is home to a new brewery, 238 Brewing Co., whose name harkens back to the days of operator switchboards, when 238 was the prefix for Green Bluff area farms. Currently its owners are looking to officially open at the beginning of October.
A long-vacant spot on the southern edge of the Browne's Addition neighborhood is getting a new purpose as Hacienda Las Flores plans to relocate its market and restaurant to the old Sunset Junction bar from its spot at Freya and Fifth.
A new gluten-free bakery and restaurant, Cole's Fine Foods, opened about two weeks ago in a North Spokane retail center at 521 E. Holland. Its product list includes muffins, scones, cinnamon rolls, cakes, pizza and pizza crusts, dinner roles, crackers, baking mixes and more.
Early plans have surfaced for a proposed restaurant/bar and card room at the former site of Scout Tavern on the street level of the Montvale Hotel. Yet, because the property is managed by a Chapter 11 trustee after owner Rob Brewster filed for bankruptcy early last year, it's unknown when or if the plans could move forward. A recent liquor license application for the space, at 1001 W. First, was posted last week on the WSLCB site, under the business name Sutton's on First. We spoke with the license applicant, Stephen Weinstein, on the phone this afternoon, and the Park City, Utah-based owner told us he's still waiting for an update on his lease proposal from the property's trustee. We will continue to follow these developments on the prominent downtown space and share any updates.
The Library Lounge bar at the Quality Inn hotel on East Fourth Avenue downtown has closed.
New owners of the former Globe Bar & Grille space at the corner of Division and Main, and the same team behind the adjacent Blind Buck bar, plan to open a to-be-named bar and dance club.
A new Vietnamese restaurant called Pho Thinh appears to be moving into a long-vacant space at 6022 N. Division, near the Francis-Division intersection, which years ago housed a Pizza Hut restaurant.
It's going to be upon us before we know it — the Washington Beer Commission's annual Inland Northwest Craft Beer Festival. It's set for Sept. 26-27, and this year moves to a new venue — Avista Stadium — from it's past takeover of Riverfront Park's Gondola Meadow. Tickets are on sale now, and a list of participating breweries (including 11 from Spokane and four other regional beer makers) can be found online along with all the event need-to-knows.
Check out highlights of No-Li 12, the brewery's recent small batch beer fest, featuring 12 rare beers, most of which you could only try at the sold-out event. Hopefully you were there, but if you weren't, find out what you missed in the video below. Also, keep an eye out for No-Li's first-ever barrel-aged beer that's been bottled — Blackfill — of which only 1,200 bottles were distributed around the region.
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