Pin It
Favorite

Simply Beer 

Pints Alehouse is a boon for north-side brew lovers.

click to enlarge Pints Alehouse owner Derek Quist with a cold brew. - JEFF FERGUSON
  • Jeff Ferguson
  • Pints Alehouse owner Derek Quist with a cold brew.
it.”

Remember when you were a kid and a crisp, unopened bag of jellybeans promised to smack your taste buds with ambrosial surprise? Well, kids, here’s your new bag of jellybeans.

Walk in to Pints Alehouse on Newport Highway in north Spokane and you will be greeted with the scent of hops and the sight of 18 shiny taps. Pints features gluten-free choices among its ales, porters, IPAs, ambers and seasonals. You won’t find any food on the menu.

How, pray tell, can this end well for a beer lover?

Fortunately, owners Derek and Patricia Quist assist me in narrowing down my choices. After spending six years visiting more than 100 breweries from Spain to Mexico to the United States, they provide well-informed suggestions and knowledgeable guidance to customers.

I decide on the five-beer sampler tray ($9).

The four-beer tray ($7.50) seemed too weak, and the six-beer ($10.50) mildly excessive. Plus, I already had my eye on the Dogfish Head Sah’tea ($6.50), a ninth-century Finnish spiced ale that isn’t available for sampling.

Derek suggests I start with the Finnish ale. He enjoys explaining how the beer is brewed using heated river stones, an ancient and indirect heating method that is currently reproduced by the Dogfish Head Brewery in Milton, Delaware. Light gold in color, with a fizzy texture and faint clove finish, the S’ah’tea was a good start.

Next was the Leavenworth Biers Friesian Pilsener — hoppy, with a streak of bright citrus flavor and a bitter finish. The Dogzilla Black IPA was a bit too bitter for me, but Quist described it as “the best of both worlds” with its combination of roasty flavor and hoppy bite. The North Coast Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout, a nitro-blended beer, is a silky, creamy, malty beer that bought much joy to my world.

Derek explains that he and his wife were tired of driving to the South Hill for micro-brews, so last month they opened Pints on the north side, an area in need of some craft brews.

The Quists follow the on-tap philosophy of “when it blows, it goes,” so expect to see new and exciting brews introduced to the north side with regularity.

Pints Alehouse • 10111 N. Newport Highway • Happy Hour Mon-Fri, 4 pm-6 pm (368-9671)

  • Pin It

Speaking of Beer, booze

  • Always New
  • Always New

    A longtime Spokane chef ventures out with CRATE
    • Sep 1, 2016
  • Beer, Right Here
  • Beer, Right Here

    Do the inaugural Spokane Brewers Festival your way
    • Aug 11, 2016
  • New Neighbors
  • New Neighbors

    As one Moscow brewery shuts down, two others take its place
    • Jul 28, 2016
  • More »

Latest in Food & Drink

  • Bigger Beer
  • Bigger Beer

    The Inland Northwest Craft Beer Festival is a sign of how far we've come
    • Sep 22, 2016
  • By the Numbers
  • By the Numbers

    North Idaho Cider changes ownership focus, adds to cider line
    • Sep 22, 2016
  • Power Play
  • Power Play

    Crafted Taphouse + Kitchen scores big with adjacent Victory Sports Hall
    • Sep 15, 2016
  • More »

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Today | Sun | Mon | Tue | Wed | Thu | Fri
Northwest Alternative Comics

Northwest Alternative Comics @ Museum of Art/WSU

Mondays-Saturdays. Continues through Dec. 17

All of today's events | Staff Picks

More by Annemarie C. Frohnhoefer

Most Commented On

  • I Saw You

    Week of September 15th
    • Sep 15, 2016
  • Ode to (Desert) Joy

    Why you should slow down — or better yet, stop — in the "drive-by" stretch of Washington
    • Sep 8, 2016
  • More »

Readers also liked…

  • Comeback Chef
  • Comeback Chef

    After the pressures of culinary success nearly cost him his life, Ian Wingate delivers Table 13
    • Oct 15, 2015
  • Pride in Workmanship
  • Pride in Workmanship

    Dueling Irons in Post Falls features handcrafted classics
    • Feb 5, 2015

© 2016 Inlander
Website powered by Foundation