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Thursday, January 29, 2015

A guide to 12th Man booze

Posted By on Thu, Jan 29, 2015 at 4:09 PM

You should bring something to drink to that Super Bowl party on Sunday. That's just what you do, because if you're old enough to drink, you're old enough to realize that when someone invites you to their home to watch a game as enormous as this, you bring something to drink. Those are the rules.

Thankfully, there is no shortage of entrepreneurs looking to set you up to sip your way to a Seahawks victory. Here's a quick guide to the possibilities.

This Seattle brewery does some excellent brewing across the board, but caught our attention last season with their 12th Can. It's a pale ale brewed with delicious Cascade hops that's extremely session-able (that means you can have more than one) with a 4.5 percent ABV. Get these 16-ounce cans cold, like really cold, in a cooler pre-game and it will reward you throughout the contest.

Available in six packs of 12-ounce cans, there's a cool story behind this beer, brewed by Dick's Brewing in Centrailia, Wash. The guy who came up with the idea for the beer is former Seahawks kicker (1982-1990) Norm Johnson. It's a little lighter in flavor than most pales and the ABV of 4.5 percent is equally tame, but it's another solid game beer and available in most grocery stores.


You don't need to settle for one of these beers if you'd rather get a harder-to-find, draft-only brew for the game. Just put it in one of these special 12th Man growlers currently available at the South Hill location of Growler Guys, the new beer filling station we told you about a couple weeks ago. They are also giving away a Marshawn Lynch jersey to one lucky customer, so get in there. If you need some ideas as to what to put into that growler, here's a list of beers currently available.

If the first half is anything like the NFC Championship, you might need something a little stronger than beer to keep your nerves at bay. This Gig Harbor-based distiller is in its second year of distributing its Batch No. 12, a collection of three different craft spirits. There's a bourbon, a rye whiskey and a vodka. Heritage even gives you instructions on their website on how to make Skittles-infused Vodka, on honor of Marshawn Lynch's favorite "power pellets." It's not the complicated. You basically just put the skittles in the bottle and shake it.

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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

City council is ready for some football (and some cute boys and fried chicken)

Posted By on Tue, Jan 27, 2015 at 12:05 PM

Sometimes city council meetings can be heated and divisive events. But last night, city council appeared united on one topic: football.

The Inlander caught up with a few of the 12th men (and women) to see what they’re doing for the game.

Councilman Mike Allen

What’s going to be the score?

“I think Seattle, defense under 20 points.”

Where are you watching the game?

"We're hosting a house party."

Do you have any rituals or food you’re planning?

“Pomegranate martinis.”

Councilman Jon Snyder

What’s going to be the final score?

That’s going to be a tough one. 24-17, Seahawks.

Where are you going to watch the game?

“Probably at home with family and friends.”

Snyder says he doesn’t have cable, but does have an “ancient antenna” on his roof that allows him to watch the game.

Any special rituals or food?

“I gotta watch the game with people interested in the game. I always wear the colors. I gotta eat before because I get too nervous.”

“Last year’s game was the perfect Super Bowl because if you’re rooting for the perfect team you want no doubt. But this year could be a nail-biter.”


Council President Ben Stuckart

What will be the final score?

“Seahawks, 34-24.”

Where will you watch it?

“At home with my wife and mother.”

Do you have any rituals?

“I just yell a lot and cook good food.”

What do you cook?

“I think we are going to have prime rib this year.”


Councilwoman Karen Stratton

So where are you watching the game?

“I don’t pay any any attention to it. I look for the cute ones and point them out to my husband who tells me who they are, and then I watch the commercials. I don’t understand it.”

Councilwoman Amber Waldref

What will be the final score?

“Seahawks by 14.”

Where will you watch it?

“At home. We’ll project it onto a wall and have people over.”

“I’m much more the football fan than my husband, so I gotta twist his arm.”

This weekend Waldref will be attending a conference in Baltimore. She told her husband that by

“Sunday you better have this figured out.”

Any special rituals or food?

“KFC this year.”

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Friday, January 23, 2015

CAT FRIDAY: Purringtons, the first Northwest cat cafe, opens this weekend

Posted By on Fri, Jan 23, 2015 at 2:53 PM

One of the cafe's first ever residents, Begonia, stretches in front of an amazing space cat mural. - PURRINGTONS FACEBOOK
  • Purringtons Facebook
  • One of the cafe's first ever residents, Begonia, stretches in front of an amazing space cat mural.

While it's a bit far away for us Inland Northwest cat lovers to visit as often as we'd like, the nearest cat cafe to the Spokane area is opening tomorrow, Jan. 24. This weekend, Purringtons Cat Lounge in Portland becomes the first such business in the Rose City, and in all of the Pacific Northwest.

Following in the steps of its forerunners — Oakland's Cat Town Cafe and the recently-debuted Meow Parlour in New York City — Purringtons is "staffed" with adoptable cats. Through a partnership with the nearby Cat Adoption Team, the cafe serves as a satellite adoption center, bringing in new cats when those on site have been adopted. To prevent impulsive decisions, all cat adoptions must be done by appointment and never on the same day an adopter becomes smitten with a kitten.

As a cafe, Purringtons serves small food plates, pastries, coffee, tea, beer and wine from an adjacent and separately accessed space to the cat lounge. On the weekend, guests can also enjoy "Meowmosas" as they pet a soft, soft kitty.

The American cat cafe trend has been steadily building since last year when the first in the U.S., Cat Town, opened in October. It's looking like the next Northwest cat cafe may be Seattle Meowtropolitan. The latest update from its owners predicts a mid-2015 opening, though they're still searching for an appropriate location in the city.

Meanwhile, you can book reservations to visit Purringtons starting this Sunday, Jan. 25. To ensure masses of hysterical cat lovers aren't overwhelming its feline residents, the cat cafe business model seems to have adopted the unwritten rule of reservations-based visits.   

For tomorrow's grand opening, the cafe's website explains that it won't accept reservations, instead allowing guests in for half-hour sessions on a first-come, first-served basis. For those who happen to be in Portland, expect to see a line of really excited cat lovers stretching down MLK Blvd. 

For fellow cat lovers not able to visit Purringtons in the near future, here's a sneak peak from Willamette Week:

A Look Inside Purringtons, Portland's First Cat Cafe (VIDEO) from wweek.vimeo on Vimeo.

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Thursday, January 22, 2015

The Inlander's new booze series: Distilled

Posted By on Thu, Jan 22, 2015 at 11:03 AM

  • Jessie Spaccia
The point of "Distilled" — the booze-related series of articles we launched on Jan. 1 — isn't simply about drinking. That's just the backdrop. The broader goal is to tell regular people's stories in simple, little moments, with insight and whimsy that often chase a raised glass. It's not about celebrating alcohol, exactly, because not every drink is downed joyfully.

So far, we've told the story of a family of tailgaters united on Saturdays. Then there was the scene at DUI court after New Year's Eve. And the painter creating art, song by song, for a live audience.

This week, Samuel Ligon — the novelist and professor behind the literary event Pie & Whiskey — writes about today's booze trends and the commodification of cool.

Much more is yet to come... If you have an idea for Distilled — about a person, place, thing or drunken rant — please tell us. Cheers!

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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

The Inlander is giving everyone a 12th man flag this week

Posted By on Wed, Jan 21, 2015 at 12:50 PM


Even though we are on the other side of the state, the Inlander feels like the Seahawks are our home team. Pick up your free Seahawks poster in every Inlander paper on stands Thursday and wave your flag!!


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Thursday, January 8, 2015

Marmots and marshmallows: Spokane hits The New Yorker

Posted By on Thu, Jan 8, 2015 at 11:04 AM

People love it when Spokane pops up in popular culture, whether it's movie scenes from Benny & Joon or VisionQuest, or on TV in Z Nation. 

The latest, if a bit more "culture" than "pop"? I'm talking about an appearance in a new David Sedaris essay called "Leviathan" in the Jan. 5 issue of The New Yorker. In a passage in which Sedaris talks with a friend about his pet turtles, we get: 

"And you're giving them bread?" I said to Paul. It made me think of my first visit to Spokane, Washington. I was walking through the park that fronts the river and happened upon people feeding animals that resembled groundhogs. 
"What are these?" I asked a man who was kneeling with his arm outstretched.
"Marmots," he told me.
"And what do they eat?"
He reached into a bag he kept at his feet. "Marshmallows."
Read the whole story right here — you won't be sorry. 
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Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Behind the Cover: I'm Just a Bill

Posted By on Wed, Jan 7, 2015 at 1:04 PM


So if you're over 30 you will remember Bill of the Schoolhouse Rock fame on this week's cover. One of our challenges here is to try and make a nebulous topic like "Legislative Preview" interesting enough to pick up.

In the past we have focused on one issue or one politician, but this week we tried to have a little more fun with it.

This issue hits racks everywhere on Thursday.

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Friday, January 2, 2015

CAT FRIDAY: A look back at the adorable baby wild cats born at zoos in 2014

Posted By on Fri, Jan 2, 2015 at 3:37 PM

Let's start off the new year with something overwhelmingly cute — baby wild cats!

I've long been aware of the treasure trove of cute baby animal photos (not just baby cats) on the website ZooBorns.

In the past year, ZooBorns shared the debuts of many baby cats at zoos across the world. Enjoy these favorites, and make sure to follow the site's Facebook or Twitter for updates on the cats born throughout 2015.

click image The Sacramento Zoo's lion cub trio, born Oct. 24, 2014, recently made their public debut at nine weeks old. The litter has two females and one male cub. - ZOOBORNS
  • ZooBorns
  • The Sacramento Zoo's lion cub trio, born Oct. 24, 2014, recently made their public debut at nine weeks old. The litter has two females and one male cub.

click image The Stone Zoo, in Stonehamm, Mass., recently took in a 10-week-old cougar cub, Blue. Blue was found alone in Central Idaho at four weeks old - . - ZOOBORNS
  • ZooBorns
  • The Stone Zoo, in Stonehamm, Mass., recently took in a 10-week-old cougar cub, Blue. Blue was found alone in Central Idaho at four weeks old.

click image These eight-month-old snow leopard twin sisters debuted in late 2014 at Zoo Zurich, in Germany. - ZOOBORNS
  • ZooBorns
  • These eight-month-old snow leopard twin sisters debuted in late 2014 at Zoo Zurich, in Germany.

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First Friday, contra-dancing and a Washington/Italy vino showdown

Posted By on Fri, Jan 2, 2015 at 10:32 AM

Happy 2015, people! And welcome to the new year's first weekend, one full of activities you can find in our event listings and via our carefully considered Staff Picks

In case you're still moving a little slow from New Year's Eve and can't scroll yourself, here are some highlights for Friday, Jan. 2: 
John Holen's "Ice Tree" will be one of his photos on display at Avenues West Gallery. Artist reception starts at 5 pm Friday.
  • John Holen's "Ice Tree" will be one of his photos on display at Avenues West Gallery. Artist reception starts at 5 pm Friday.

| It's the first First Friday of the year today, with galleries throughout downtown showcasing new works from a wide array of artists. Brave the snow and ice, because awesome art can warm the soul. As can free wine at some of the stops. You can find more specific details about some of the artists debuting works right here

COMMUNITY | Ever been curious about learning how to contra-dance? St. John's Cathedral is hosting a family dance and potluck Friday night that includes free lessons for newbies. 

FOOD & DRINK | If your competitive juices are flowing after the batch of New Year's Day bowl games, and you're going to be in withdrawals this weekend without a Seahawks game to watch, consider a trip to the South Hill Rocket Market for Showdown Series No. 1: Washington vs. Italy, which matches wines from our home state with some from across the pond in a blind taste test. Sample eight wines in four flights, and see which you prefer. 
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Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Happy holidays from the Inlander!

Posted By on Wed, Dec 24, 2014 at 3:02 PM

Santa has some unusual-looking reindeer this year: 
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