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click to enlarge Lots of handles at the Hop Shop
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24 Taps Burgers & Brews 24 Taps' name rings true about its beer selection — with a dozen local brews on tap, plus 12 additional options behind the bar. The menu is packed with lots of appetizers under $10, like wings and jalapeño-stuffed tater tots. To top it all off, the walls are lined with 14, 75-inch TVs. 825 W. Riverside Ave., Spokane • 868-5657 • 24taps.com

Bennidito's Pizza Known primarily as a family-friendly pizza joint, Bennidito's stays open late and features an impressively curated collection of beer taps. Get some of their famous Beer Buddies to go along with your pint as you chat up your South Hill neighbors or take in the tail end of a game. The small but mighty patio is the place to be in the summer. 1426 S. Lincoln St. • 455-7411 • benniditos.com

The Blackbird Kitchen and Tavern Patrick McPherson of Manito Tap House and Austin Dickey of Copeland Architecture & Construction came together to design this new gastropub on the first floor of the historic Broadview Dairy building. Much of its menu is Southern-inspired, with around 30 percent of it changing seasonally. They serve more than 110 bottled beers and feature 40 taps — a few of which dispense wine. 905 N. Washington St., #100 • 392-4000 • theblackbirdspokane.com

Brooklyn Deli & Lounge By day the popular (extremely busy) deli serves giant pickles, fresh salads, artisan soups and sandwiches on homemade bread. By night, the lounge offers a small selection of craft beers on tap, and a full yet simple bar surrounded by cozy, brick walls. 122 S. Monroe St. • 835-4177 • brooklyndelispokane.com

District Bar The District Bar takes traditional bar food in a new direction, with influences from executive chef Gary Evans' love for Southern cooking and appreciation for local favorites. A funky drink menu includes some interesting mixed beverages that combine unusual elements, such as chipotle and chocolate. The bar also features more than 40 beer selections. That might be daunting at first, but you can dive into the tap list by ordering a beer flight with your choice of five 3-ounce draft beers. 916 W. First Ave.• 244-3279 • knittingfactory.com/the-district-bar/

The Flying Goat The tasty Neapolitan-style, artisan pizzas at the Flying Goat are a perfect way to awaken your senses, fill your belly and kick off your night out. Their large selection of carefully chosen drafts and bottles include house specials to match their name (like the Goat Head Red from Townshend Winery). 3318 W. Northwest Blvd. • 327-8277 • theflyinggoat.com

The Hop Shop The Hop Shop has changed hands from brothers Glen and Andy Gardner to twin sisters Mel Wood and Emily Redington, but the offerings are still simple: beer and wine. Local and regional brews rotate through the 11 taps. If you find hunger approaching, you won't get any grub here. But the sisters are in the habit of bringing around local food trucks to park outside. 3803 S. Grand Blvd. • 747-9700 • thehopshopspokane.com

Idaho Pour Authority Inside Idaho Pour Authority, it feels as if all craft beer converges at this point. OK, maybe not all, but there are 300 different bottled beers lining the shelves, mostly from the Inland Northwest and some from across the country and around the world. If you want more than just bottles to go, sit down and have a draft from one of the 12 rotating taps, order from food offerings — including chocolate and meat-and-cheese plates with baguettes — and enjoy the frequent live music. 203 Cedar St., Sandpoint, Idaho • 208-597-7096 • idahopourauthority.com

Manito Tap House For beer nerds, hop-heads and brew connoisseurs, Manito Tap House rotates dozens of regional or hard-to-find beers on tap. For the uninitiated, the staff will walk you through a wonderland of ales, porters, pilsners and ciders — there are more than 50 tap handles alone. You should also take note of the certified, in-house cicerone (a sort of beer sommelier) who can help pair the perfect meal and beer. 3011 S. Grand Blvd. • 279-2671 • manitotaphouse.com

Pints Alehouse The Quist family opened Pints to give the Northside a place to drink microbrews. They spent six years visiting more than 100 breweries in and outside the U.S., so they're sure to provide well-informed suggestions. With the on-tap philosophy of "When it blows, it goes," their 18 taps continually rotate; you can try several with their sampler trays. 10111 N. Newport Hwy. • 368-9671 • pintsalehouse.com

Saranac Public House The Saranac is very deliberate in what they do. For the menu, they source local and organic when possible, cook with sustainably harvested seafood, and give preference to local, organic and sustainable breweries. So you can sink into the hip, laid-back atmosphere and enjoy your jalapeño-glazed salmon and tasty pint, knowing it all came from somewhere good. 21 W. Main Ave. • 473-9455 • saranacpublichouse.com


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