203 Cedar St., Sandpoint
Remember when you were younger and went to the chillest party ever: beer was plentiful, everyone got along, the music was awesome? Fast-forward a few years and envision grown-up snacks instead of stale chips and run-of-the-mill beer replaced with heady IPAs, porters, stouts, extra pale ales, or pretty much any kind of beer your grown-up self might drink. That's Idaho Pour Authority (a clever play on IPA), Sandpoint's new retail craft brew outlet.
It stocks approximately 300 types of bottled beer, according to Jon Hagadone, who started the business in May with wife Vicki Reich. Many are seasonal or in limited supply — Deschutes Fresh Squeezed IPA, Lagunitas Lucky 13 Red Ale, Firestone Walker's Reserve Porter — so new beers are constantly added.
Taste on-site from any of 12 rotating taps, usually featuring at least one Laughing Dog beer, whose home base is just a couple miles up the highway in Ponderay. Tap selections vary seasonally depending on word-of-mouth and interest. Lighter-alcohol porters and stouts predominate lately, says Hagadone, who's eager about two new Odell Brewing cellar reserves: rich, oak-aged Amuste Imperial Porter and Pond Hopper Double Extra Pale Ale.
4318 S. Regal St.
Waddell's clientele come loyally from all over the city to the pub's South Hill location on Regal Street and 44th Avenue. But the commute soon will be significantly shorter for northern Spokanites hungry for famous burgers and beers on tap. A Waddell's satellite restaurant and brewery will find a home in the old Tidyman's building on Francis Avenue, which is set to open in early November.
A new staff will serve a much larger seating area (including a huge patio) with a full bar and the brewery's new recipes for an amber, IPA, pale ale, and other beers. Items like the Rube Waddell Burger and the “Lamb-Strosity” (both of which were devoured by Guy Fieri a few years back) still will grace the menu, and the kitchen has plans for other meals to couple with measures of whiskey.
If you can't wait until autumn for Waddell's brand-new beers, the Regal location serves local brews for $1 on Sunday nights.