Tonight the Inlander is hosting a special edition of the Suds & Cinema movie series to celebrate our 20th anniversary. The local brewery this time will be No-Li, which is appropriate since the brewery also got its start 20 years ago in 1993 when owner Mark Irvin started up a little operation in Airway Heights called Northern Lights Brewing Company. To the right is a writeup I came across in the 2000 archives, when Northern Lights first showed up among the Best Of winners.
Don’t miss our great nacho hunt in this week’s issue. And it’s also the first Snowlander content of the year, which is worth noting because the Snowlander Expo this year includes the corresponding Powder Keg festival featuring local beer and cider.
Happy 90th birthday to Dick Spady of the famous Dick’s Drive-In in Seattle, which is mostly a good excuse to remind everyone once again that Dick’s in Seattle isn’t actually related to Dick’s here in Spokane.
Based on liquor and business licenses, it looks like the Logan-area Chapala is opening a second location downtown on Third Avenue.
ICYMI: As of this week, the Inland Northwest now has two breweries putting beer in cans. We’re still waiting to see whether we spot Laughing Dog or Orlison on local shelves first, but it could be any day now.
One Tree Hard Cider didn’t make its ambitious Kickstarter goal, but plans to move forward with a spot in Spokane Valley. They’re still waiting on approval from the federal government, a process we wrote about this week because of delays from the shutdown.
This is another post ending up all about beer, isn’t it? This week’s Entree newsletter has an update about English Setter Brewing, with a taproom coming soon in Spokane Valley, and the little bit we know so far about Cloudburst Brewing.
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Earlier this year we started hearing rumblings and seeing protoypes indicating that Sandpoint-area Laughing Dog Brewing was planning to put some of its beer in cans, as was the rebranded Orlison Brewing Company. We’ve written before about how the beer can is gaining respect, and not just because it’s the hip Portland thing to do. So the question became: Which Inland Northwest brewery would be the first to get its beer in cans?
We got the answer this weekend when Northwest Canning, a Portland-based mobile canning company, made a stop at Orlison Brewing in Airway Heights on Sunday and Monday. And then they moved on to Laughing Dog, where they are today.
Northwest Canning owner Justin Brandt says he’s worked closely with both breweries and plans to be coming through once a month to stop at both.
“It’s been a long time in the making,” he says.
And Laughing Dog did get their cans first, even if they were technically filled second. So we’ll call this a tie — and the kind of tie where everybody wins.
For Orlison this is the first time its beer will be packaged, and it represents a major step in the expansion plan heralded by the change in name earlier this summer. The first off the line is 16-oz. cans of Havanuther, a light pilsner. Laughing Dog already distributes many of its brews in 22-oz. bottles and a limited selection of standard six-packs, but their first canned brew, the 219-er pilsner, was only available in kegs until now.
Now the question is which one we’ll drink first. Expect to start seeing cans around town very soon.
First, this week is the annual Dining Out issue. You really should not look at all the delicious photos on an empty stomach. We’ve also got a story about the opening of Nothing Bundt Cakes on the South Hill.
If you missed it at the tail end of last week, Brain Freeze Creamery is going to be setting up shop in Kendall Yards (directly across the street from Inlander HQ).
A couple of places are closing, too, sadly: EJ’s Garden Bistro, the inconsistent-but-charming restaurant and bar in Browne’s Addition, is now sporting a big CLOSED sign on its front door. The Spokesman-Review reported that the business will be headed in “another direction.”
Is South Perry Pizza changing owners? SpoCOOL chased down the rumor and found evidence that it probably is.
Linnie’s Thai is starting new after-hours lounge nights.
A new distillery in town, Evanson Handcrafted Distilling LLC, is hosting a grand opening on Saturday. They’re producing vodka, and will also have single-malt whiskey once the federal government is back up and running to give final approval. Nordic Smoke BBQ will be around if you’re hungry. This week’s Entree newsletter has news of other Inland Northwest distilleries opening soon.
This week’s issue has a collection of local beer news, including the fact that Orlison finally has actual cans at the brewery and No-Li is releasing a new series that kicks off with their Winter Warmer.
Beer news this weekend is focused on Denver, where the 2013 Great American Beer Festival is taking place. It’s sold out (and far away), but you can play along with the festival app, which lists the beers being poured by each brewery. Both Selkirk Abbey and Laughing Dog are participating in the Pro-Am Competition, in which professional breweries produce beers based on homebrew recipes. In the general competition, No-Li’s Crystal Bitter took home gold in the ESB category last year.
While breweries are in Colorado, Dry Fly is also out of town for the 16th annual WhiskyFest in New York.
And, finally, a note about the new Inlander website — by the way, how do you like it? One of the best things is that the new restaurant listings are much easier to use and search. One of the worst things is that this much-improved functionality also makes it easier to find out just how inconsistently the listings database has been maintained over the years. One glitch was that anything without a specific place category imported as a “general restaurant,” which is why you’re seeing some random schools and community centers come up as restaurants. We’re resolving that. But, I’m sure there are also places that closed or moved long ago, and if you encounter any of those please send let me a note at email@example.com.
This week’s paper has an update about three new restaurants being built in Kendall Yards, along with a mixed-use building with housing and retail. Now we know the first tenant of that mixed-used building: Brain Freeze Creamery.
The lease got signed yesterday, owner Tom Purdum says, and they’re planning on an opening next spring. (Their spot in the yet-to-be-built mixed-use building happens to be almost exactly across the street from the new Inlander HQ.)
Purdum says the focus will be the ice cream, but it will also be a place to stop for a latté or snack, or even a sandwich. It will be similar in ways to The Scoop, the popular shop serving up Brain Freeze ice cream on the South Hill.
Brain Freeze Creamery specializes in high-fat, high-quality ice cream that comes in a rotating rainbow of flavors like salted caramel, strawberry basil, Rice Krispy treat, huckleberry, avocado and maple bacon, along with sorbets and dairy-free flavors made with a coconut base.
It’s a short one this week, folks, because we’re all working hard on the big Dining Out issue, which hits newsstands a week from today. I can’t reveal too much, but expect chocolate, sushi and the most enormous steaks.
Zombies take over in this week’s Entree newsletter, and they’re headed for downtown next — as a zombie-themed pub crawl. There’s also a new Cafe Rio in the Valley.
Borracho’s is in the soft-opening phase of getting ready to open in the fully transformed space at the corner of Main and Divison. Here’s a fun timelapse video of what went into one of their custom murals.
Not sure how this might be affected by the government shutdown, but the Washington State Department of Agriculture got $3.2 million in federal grants for various agricultural projects, including wine, cider, pears and blueberries. Expect to start hearing a lot more about cider.
Hopped Up Brewing Company is having a grand opening party and hot rod show this Saturday.
River City is getting a tasting room on Cedar Street in the same building where the brewery is located, in a retail space formerly housing the Whitestone Winery tasting room.
Celebrations Bakery is opening a new location on Sullivan and Fourth in Spokane Valley, with a planned opening in late October.
Downtown Spokane looks to be getting a new Pinot’s Palette, a chain of wine-and-painting shops that do seem to take the art pretty seriously.
Read previous food news here.
Entree newsletter — hint: tickets are $5 cheaper if you buy them today — along with details about this weekend’s 30th anniversary celebration at the Mustard Seed.
If you’re missing the old Oktoberfest theme, head over to the Spokane Public Market this weekend for their beer-and-brats celebration.
One of the best things about the beer festival is the selection of fresh hop beers, and we’ve got a story in this week’s issue about why local hops matter.
We’ve also got a story about the Spokane cronut scene, and an update about Nectar Tasting Room that only mentions a big development — the wine bar is installing a commercial kitchen, with an expanded menu coming later this fall.
If you missed it yesterday, there are now signs up in Kendall Yards with the three new restaurants that will be joining Central Food here soon. (Probably not too soon. From what we can see from Inlander HQ, the sites are all still in the moving-dirt-around phase.)
When Ionic Burritos closed last year, the Logan-area spot briefly became a Rusty Roofs Burger and Shake Shack location. Now, based on business and liquor licenses, it looks to be reopening as restaurant called Our House Thai.
After a family brought a child with a Happy Meal into Syringa in Couer d’Alene, a Facebook post sparked a debate over whether it’s ever OK to bring outside food into restaurants (and became a case study in how businesses should or shouldn’t use social media).
Tomorrow, Sept. 27, is the day all medium drinks at Dutch Bros. are $2, with half of that going to help a 21-year-old Spokane woman fighting cancer and the American Childhood Cancer Organization.
Qdoba is opening its newest Inland Northwest location today, in Hayden.
Washington Grown, a TV project sponsored by Washington Farmers and Ranchers to feature local food businesses and growers, is premiering on Northwest Cable News this Sunday. Here’s the trailer:
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It’s been known for a while that the commercial area of Kendall Yards — already home to the Inlander, Spa Paradiso and Central Food — will be getting some additional dining establishments in the near future.
Construction crews have been moving dirt around for a while and laying some groundwork, but today signs were posted with a much clearer idea of what’s coming soon:
The Wandering Table
For the past few years, chef Adam Hegsted of the Couer d’Alene Casino has been traveling around with a roving Northwest-focused dinner club concept called The Wandering Table. Now, on Facebook, the restaurant is listed with an address on Summit Parkway here in Kendall Yards.
The Yards: A Bruncheon
Also apparently a Hegsted project, this one is described as a “contemporary style diner.” It will serve brunch seven days a week.
Finally, there is also this sign for an upcoming mixed-use, expected to have both housing and retail:
Come see the signs yourself this Friday, when Kendall Yards celebrates the official opening of the new portion of the Centennial Trail with a ribbon cutting and community open house. (Yes, we’ll be around, too.)
The Volstead Act has been inviting people in for a soft opening this week, and the Entree newsletter has more about it. We’ve also got news about what to expect from the MacKenzie River Pizza, Grill & Pub that’s taking the place of Ciao Mambo downtown.
Next Wednesday is No-Li’s first-ever beer dinner, which pairs a handful of No-Li brews with a four-course dinner that previews the new menu by new head chef Branden Moreau, previously of Manito Tap House. Here’s what the press release from No-Li says about bringing him on board:
The plans are to change the menu a few times a year, with local ingredients — Moreau says he is experimenting with using beer in several recipes, too.
It’s your last chance to visit the Park Bench Cafe in Manito Park before it closes for the season. (And there are discounts on all items until they run out.)
Among other reopening festivities, Uncle’s Games in the Liberty Building is celebrating tomorrow morning with free coffee from Santé and snacks from Dawn of the Donut.
We’ll remind you next week, but on Sept. 27 all Dutch Bros. Coffee locations in Spokane will be raising money for Kristie Ryser, who was diagnosed with breast cancer in April, and the American Childhood Cancer Organization. Ryser, 21, is undergoing chemotherapy treatment and will have a double mastectomy. For the fundraiser, all medium drinks will be $2, with half of that donated.
The full list of breweries participating in the Inland NW Craft Beer Festival is now posted, and it’s long. Along with a whole lot of local favorites, it’s nice to see quite a few breweries making the trip from the Seattle area or the middle of the state.
If you’re looking for more good food reads, the Association of Food Journalists just announced its 2013 awards. Winning pieces range from “The Psychology of Cupcakes” to “Milk Money,” about dairy farmers fixing milk prices through what’s euphemistically called “herd retirement.”
No idea what this is, but it’s vaguely food-related?
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Jerry Greenfield, of Ben & Jerry’s fame, was at River Park Square on Monday to give away free ice cream in support of I-522, the Washington state ballot iniative that would require labeling of GMOs. The Vermont-based ice cream company has pledged to use all non-GMO ingredients by the end of 2014.
This week’s issue has a feature about the community gardening work of Project Hope Spokane, which is holding its annual fundraiser on Saturday.
Also Saturday is the Ales for the Trail fundraiser, which features a full lineup of local breweries, as well as Hopped Up on Art, Music and Beer, a gathering of artists and musicians at Hopped Up Brewing in Spokane Valley that naturally features an extensive beer selection.
It’s pretty much impossible to make a list of hip coffee roasters these days without a mention of Doma.
We mentioned the new Waddell’s location a while back — it looks like things are coming along, because the Cedar Crossing restaurant is on the liquor license application list this week.
Sammy’s Rustics, a new specialty wine, woodwork and art shop, is opening soon near River Park Square.
The Spokesman had a trend story about Korean cuisine showing up on the menus of nonethnic restaurants, and around the Inlander offices we’ll take just about any excuse to mention the tofu banh mi at Stella’s.
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To start off, a PSA for Greek yogurt fans: Chobani is recalling a whole bunch of yogurt produced at its plant in Twin Falls, Idaho, because some “fizzy” cups have been making people sick.
In this week’s Entree newsletter, there’s more about Hierophant Meadery, which is hosting a grand opening and tasting this Saturday.debuting at Zola with a portion of the proceeds from each pint going toward protecting Spokane’s water. On Sept. 13, which is next Friday, the seventh annual Dirty Martinis for Clean Water fundraiser is happening at Chateau Rive at the Flour Mill. For the mornings, Doma’s “GOOD COFFEE” is back on shelves around town.
In print this week we got excited about how many “opening soon” places we’ve got around town from some familiar names in the Spokane bar and restaurant scene: the reinvented Geno’s, Webster’s Ranch House Saloon, Borracho Tacos & Tequileria, Volstead Act and Boiler Room.
Port of Subs, a Subway-like Nevada-based sandwich chain throughout western states, is opening a location in downtown Spokane very soon.
Last week we noted the surprisingly early appearance of fall seasonal beers, and apparently enough other people are also perturbed by this that the Associated Press wrote a whole story on it. (Candy corn, though — that never hits shelves too early.)
Read previous food news here.
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