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10.17.13

Beer Tap

BREWERY NEWS

A residential garage in Spokane Valley has been home for English Setter Brewing since its beginning a little over a year ago. But owner Jeff Bendio is now moving his upland-bird-hunting-dog-themed brewery and opening up a taproom in the Valley.

English Setter, which specializes in brewing for special events, will have nine of its beers on tap at its new location (15310 E. Marietta Ave.). Three seasonal beers will rotate monthly and the other six will be Bendio's current standards, like the On-Point Pale and the Wiggly Butt IPA.

The taproom, which Bendio says he hopes to have ready by the first of next year, will also serve specialty sandwiches and wraps, as well as popcorn, pretzels and chips. A pizza oven might even be put in, too.

Another Spokane brewery is also working on a taproom. River City Brewing in downtown Spokane has so far just been a production brewery, but is currently building a tasting room in the Eldridge Building in Carnegie Square next to Rainmaker Creative, to be ready tentatively before Thanksgiving.

Ten beers will be on tap, with 4-ounce tasters and taster flights, as well as pints. They'll also fill growlers and do kegs to-go. The taproom will also be a place to pick up River City logoed gear such as shirts, hats, pint glasses and growlers.

Spokane Valley also has a new brewery joining the ranks, Cloudburst Brewing. By the looks of their Facebook page, Cloudburst is brewing up some amber, stout and IPA, but a location seems to still be in the works.

JO MILLER

HARVEST WINE WALK

All this month Sandpoint has been celebrating wine with the Harvest Wine Walk. But the month isn't over just yet. Tastings at local wineries, breweries and downtown restaurants and bars are still lined up for the next couple of weeks. This Friday there's a free wine tasting at Winter Ridge Natural Foods Market, plus the Harvest Beer Ball with Bitter Root Brewing at Bricks & Barley. Then, on Saturday, La Rosa Club is hosting a harvest party wine tasting. Everything culminates at the finale dinner on Oct. 30, which will feature a five-course dinner with hearty wine pairings that explore the historical connection between France, South Africa and California. The wine walk comes to a close with the Sandpoint Film Festival at the Panida Theater on Nov. 2.

JO MILLER

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Chocolate Therapy

The Lincoln Center, 1316 N. Lincoln St.

Annual chocolate and wine dinner event, featuring a four-course dinner using chocolate as a main ingredient. | Oct. 17 from 6-10 pm | $32 | thelincolncenterspokane.com | 327-8000 more...

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Korean Food Festival & Sale

Spokane Hope Christian Reformed Church | 806 W. Knox Ave.

Featured dishes include Korean-style barbecue rice, spicy pork, potstickers, bean pancakes and more as a fundraiser for the local church. | Oct. 19 from 11 am-2 pm | prices vary | 720-9646 more...

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Wine Tasting

Vino! | 222 S. Washington St.

Hedges Family Estate wine tasting on Fri, Oct. 18 from 3-6:30 pm, tasting hosted by Watermill Winery & Blue Mountain Cider Co. on Sat, Oct. 19 from 2-4:30 pm | $10 each | 838-1229 more...

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Satay
Spokane Public Market
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Borracho Tacos & Tequileria

211 N. Division St.
822-7789

As you zipped north on Division Street through downtown over the past few months, you may have noticed an evolution on the corner spot of Main Avenue. Ugly Betties closed its doors, demolition and reconstruction went down, and eventually a sign featuring a black-and-white skull showed up. The skull marked the arrival of Spokane's newest, and perhaps most unique, Mexican restaurant, Borracho Tacos & Tequileria.

The man behind the business is Jeremy Tangen, former owner of the MarQuee Lounge, which closed up shop this past summer.

"He saw a market that wasn't being reached in Spokane and wanted to tap into that," says general manager Garrett Wellsandt.

Wellsandt admits they haven't quite figured out their target clientele. Their market has been all across the board, he says. But they're happy to have been so busy in the opening weeks of their new spot.

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Food News: At a Standstill

What the federal government shutdown means for businesses that make and sell alcohol

Last weekend, Joel Evanson celebrated the grand opening of his North Spokane distillery, Evanson Handcrafted Distilling, after more than a year of wading through paperwork and waiting for government approval. But the full opening is hindered by another government holdup - Evanson makes whiskey and vodka (at both 80 and 100 proof), but because of the government shutdown, only the 80-proof vodka is for sale.

Before Evanson can sell a single bottle of the whiskey or the 100-proof vodka, the labels need to be approved by a federal agency called the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, commonly called the TTB - and, like most other federal agencies, it stopped operating on Oct. 1 when Congress failed to pass a crucial spending bill funding federal government operations.

The shutdown means craft breweries, wineries, cideries and distilleries can't get labels approved for their seasonal releases. New businesses waiting for approval to open their doors are also stuck on hold. more...

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