Growing on Trees: Cider options abound during Inlander Restaurant Week

You'll find lots of local ciders on Restaurant Week  menus.
You'll find lots of local ciders on Restaurant Week menus.

It's not juice. It's not wine. And it's certainly not beer. It's cider: the choice alcoholic beverage for people who are inclined towards sweet — or dry — fruity deliciousness. Yes, we know that the two drinks aren't exactly comparable in terms of flavor and brewing ingredients, but cider is giving beer a run for its money these days as a casual and approachable alcoholic drink.

And, naturally, Inlander Restaurant Week isn't going to leave cider lovers out in the cold. There's an impressive array of locally made cider to tantalize your taste buds and improve your mood. Not that you'll be sad gorging on tasty local cuisine, but it's pretty safe to assume that the dopamine released by alcohol consumption will make any culinary experience better.

Be sure to hit COLE'S BAKERY AND CAFE in North Spokane, where they're mixing up an inventive — yet also intuitive — mimosa-huckleberry cider fusion drink and salted caramel spice cider, both from Spokane's own One Tree Cider House. In downtown, WANDERING TABLE is offering the hilariously named Spokane Scrumpy Cider from Liberty Ciderworks. And TAMARACK PUBLIC HOUSE will be serving up 12 local craft ciders and beers on tap.

And across the state border, VINE & OLIVE EATERY AND WINE BAR in downtown Coeur d'Alene is also serving One Tree Cider's huckleberry cider. In Post Falls, REPUBLIC KITCHEN AND TAPHOUSE is offering a three-part concoction of lime juice, ginger beer, and cider from Hayden's North Idaho Cider.

Don't miss out. Fermented fruit juice awaits you.

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