Best Of: Drink

Cheers to these winners of the Inlander's annual Best Of readers poll

Best New Brewery

Bellwether Brewing

Located along the North Monroe business corridor, Bellwether is a small brewery that aims to bring a Northwest twist to ancient beer styles. From gruits to braggots, Bellwether uses unique ingredients and techniques to bring Old World ales to their cozy, modern taproom. And with recent endeavors like the Purple Egyptian Barley Project, the future of Bellwether's ancient brews is looking bright. 2019 N. Monroe St., Spokane • 328-0428

2nd PLACE: Badass Backyard Brewing

3rd PLACE: Young Buck Brewing

NORTH IDAHO'S BEST: Post Falls Brewing

Best Beer Event/Festival

Inland NW Craft Beer Festival

One of several regional beer festivals the Washington Beer Commission hosts each year, the Inland NW Craft Beer Festival has the unique distinction of being held at Spokane's Avista Stadium. While the field is typically home to the Spokane Indians baseball team, for two days in September it houses 40-plus Washington craft breweries, more than 150 different beers, food trucks and live music.

Best Local Brewery

1st Place: No-Li Brewhouse

2nd Place: Iron Goat Brewing

3rd Place: Perry Street Brewing

North Idaho's Best: Mad Bomber Brewing

and Slate Creek Brewing (tie)

Best Distilling

1st Place: Dry Fly Distilling

2nd Place: Tinbender Craft Distillery

3rd Place: 21 Window Distillery

North Idaho's Best: Bardenay

Best Local Cidery

1st Place: One Tree Hard Cider

2nd Place: Liberty Ciderworks

3rd Place Twilight Cider Works

North Idaho's Best: Summit Cider

Best Winery

1st Place: Barrister

2nd Place: Arbor Crest Wine Cellar

3rd Place: Coeur d'Alene Cellars

Best Happy Hour


2nd Place: The Safari Room

3rd Place: Twigs

North Idaho's Best: Seasons of CdA

Best Single-Location Coffee Shop

1st Place: Atticus

2nd: The Shop

3rd: Rockwood Bakery

North Idaho's Best: Calypsos Coffee & Creamer

Best Craft Cocktails

Durkin's Liquor Bar

Durkin's Liquor Bar happens to sit in a downtown Spokane building that once housed a bar owned by James "Jimmie" Durkin, a historic Spokane liquor tycoon for which the current establishment is named. Launched by the same restaurateurs responsible for Madeleine's and Casper Fry, Durkin's offers a food menu of sophisticated small and traditional plates. But if you come for the food, stay for the cocktails, which are not only uniquely handcrafted with top-notch spirits, but are also served with a slice of Spokane's pre-Prohibition history. 415 W. Main Ave., Spokane • 863-9501

2nd PLACE: Volstead Act; 3rd PLACE: Twigs; NORTH IDAHO'S BEST: Whispers Lounge, CdA

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