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Orlison Brewing Company, the Airway Heights lager brewery that was the first Inland Northwest brewery to can their beer, will soon be releasing a new brew called Pilsner 37.

Brewed in the tradition of Old World pilsners, Pilsner 37 has a bright flavor with a hint of dry-hopped IPA taste. It's crafted with citrusy hops and dry-roasted specialty malts brought in near the end of the brewing process.

For this new brew, Orlison partnered with Team Gleason, so that a percentage of the sales from Pilsner 37 will be donated to the organization.

Steve Gleason, former Washington State University and New Orleans Saints linebacker, founded the charity. Gleason, who was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) in 2011, started Team Gleason to help improve the quality of life for people with ALS and work toward finding a cure.

You can try Pilsner 37 at the first tasting for the beer at Bubba's Bar & Grill in Reardan, on Feb. 8 at 5 pm. Then, Pilsner 37 will be released in the Spokane area the week of Feb. 17. Locations where you will be able to find Pilsner 37 will be determined next week. Keep an eye on Orlison's Facebook page to find out where to get it.



Barrister Winery is celebrating a win after taking home a gold medal from the 2014 American Fine Wine Competition. The downtown Spokane winery, which specializes in producing small quantities of red wines, was rewarded for their 2011 Walla Walla Valley Merlot, a wine with a nose of blackberry and cherry, and undertones of fig jam. Barrister's was among 750 other wines from around the country entered in the competition held in Boca Raton, Fla. The American Fine Wine Competition is the largest American-only invitational competition and it showcases winemakers that tend to be overlooked by experts and the average wine drinker.


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Learn how chocolate is grown, how it becomes chocolate we consume, terminology and tasting techniques. | Feb. 11 at 7 pm | $15, reservations requested | 324-2424more...

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The Handle Bar

12005 E. Trent

The Handle Bar is a world that revolves around booze, bikes and babes. In the morning you'll catch a crowd eating an early morning breakfast before they head off to work. By lunch, they'll be back, covered head-to-toe in grease, ready to dive into a homemade burger. Patrons will thumb through their stapled paper menu, leaving it stained but perfectly readable.

The Handle Bar isn't out to impress with the presentation of its menu – the Spokane Valley bar and restaurant would rather spend its time pleasing guests with its food. With a long list of breakfast, lunch and dinner items, there's something for everyone.

At night, when the drinks start flowing, the bar comes alive. It's a spacious room with pool tables and a projector screen that covers a wall from floor to ceiling, sparing only a centimeter, if that. Once the snow melts and summer rolls around, a back patio area is set to give guests even more room to hang out and enjoy a drink.

After a fire in November 2012 destroyed the original location on Appleway Avenue, erasing the endless hours spent remodeling it, The Handle Bar reopened at the current location on Trent Avenue. When the restaurant was damaged in the fire, so was Hell Yeah Cycles, the motorcycle shop attached. Naturally, the bikes came along to the new location.

The Handle Bar is covered in orange and black and frequented by motorcycle aficionados, but you'll be perfectly welcome even if you don't own a Harley. The goal here is to create a great atmosphere for all. A friendly, passionate staff is one way the restaurant achieves this goal.

Despite the setback, The Handle Bar seems to be doing just fine. It's far from a dive bar, but the unique combination of bikes, beer and food results in a biker bar with a splash of class that is open to all. Whether you're in need of a motorcycle repair, lunch or just a good time, The Handle Bar has got you covered more...


Maw Phin

14819 N. Newport Hwy.

The Newport Highway traffic roars by outside, but inside there's a subtle buzz of the afternoon crowd talking over their plates of pad Thai and curries.

The little red building in north Mead has housed a few different food places: an Italian restaurant, a donut shop and more recently the Mercury Grill. But for about a year, Maw Phin has been at that location serving up Thai food.

Diners are greeted with a plate of crab rangoon — dumplings that are externally crispy and internally juicy — when they sit down. The menu is chock-full of traditional Thai dishes, such as stir-fries, noodles and rice, curries and the ever-popular pad Thai.

They also serve house specialties like pad woon sen ($11.95), which features stir-fried bean thread noodles, shrimp, carrots, eggs, celery, onions, broccoli and bean sprouts, as well as pineapple curry ($9.95) made with coconut milk, carrots and jasmine rice.

We tried the drunken noodles ($10.95), which came out as a steaming hot heap of stir-fried flat, wide rice noodles mixed with pork (you can also choose chicken, beef, shrimp or tofu), bamboo shoots, broccoli, red and green bell peppers, mushrooms and onions, topped with Thai basil leaves. Suggestion: Pair it with a glass of their sweet-but-not-too-sweet Thai iced tea ($2.50).

Owner Robert Zornes previously worked in construction, but switched to the restaurant business, using what he learned from his family, who had been in the business. "When I was young I was always around it," he says.

Zornes opened Maw Phin for his wife, who is Thai, and brought in chef Nicky Fair to run the kitchen. Fair has cooked at other area restaurants, including Grandma Jai's Excellent Thai in Airway Heights and Linnie's Thai Cuisine in downtown Spokane, and his sister owns A Taste of Thai on Hastings Road.

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The Inlander

1227 West Summit Parkway, Spokane, WA 99201