Beyond Beer

The Inland Northwest isn't only about making suds

1 | Hierophant Mead This is straight out of Beowulf. The English majors out there got that one, right? This old-time beverage is now made right here in the Inland Northwest with locally produced honey. Hierophant Meadery, located amongst the agricultural bliss of Green Bluff, makes several types of mead, including the Chrysopoeia, an off-dry mead that you can find, along with some of their small-batch products, at Main Market, Spice Traders Mercantile, Jim's Homebrew and Nu Home Brew & Bottles. $20 at the tasting room

16602 N. Day Mt. Spokane Rd.

2 | 21 Window Vodka Fun fact: there are 21 windows on a Volkswagen bus, which is where this Spokane Valley distillery got its name. Many Spokane bars feature its vodka, which is also available at local grocery and liquor stores. We tried it in a White Russian and were not disappointed. $21

204 S. Koren Rd., Suite 100

3 | Nightshade Hucklarita The huckleberry is everywhere in this region. Even in your cocktails. But a huckleberry margarita isn't the easiest thing to concoct in your home, which is why Ginny and Duke Mahl founded a company that could make it a bit simpler. The Mahls' company, Nightshade Experience, currently produces a chocolate-flavored tequila called Choclarita, and a huckleberry margarita called the Hucklarita that rings in at 30 percent alcohol. It's not yet on the shelves, but look for it soon. $15.99

4 | Liberty Ciderworks This downtown cidery, which opened up their tasting room on Washington Street in 2014, makes an English-style cider that took home a gold medal at the 2014 Great Lakes International Cider & Perry Competition. Check out their entire arsenal at the tasting room. $13.99 retail

164 S. Washington St., Ste. 300

5 | Dry Fly Washington Wheat Whiskey Spokane is home to one of the Northwest's finest whiskey (and gin... and vodka) makers — Dry Fly Distillery, which produces the Washington Wheat Whiskey that will make you proud to live in the nation's far northwest corner. Smooth, crisp and strong. Just like George himself. $49/750ml bottle

1003 E. Trent Ave.

6 | Twilight Cider Works New Traditions Cider After picking apples in the fields of Green Bluff, you can stop at Twilight to taste their New Traditions Cider. It combines five different types of apples for a fresh, crisp taste. In other words, it tastes like what you deserve after a long day at work. $7.49

18102 N. Day Mt. Spokane Rd.

* All prices vary by store

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Mike Bookey

Mike Bookey was the culture editor for The Inlander from 2012-2016. He previously held the same position at The Source Weekly in Bend, Ore.