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Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Inland Northwest Booze News - July 3rd 2013

So much is going on business wise with the Spokane / Coeur d' Alene area's beer / wine / spirit industry that the only way to keep up is the put it all in one post, so here it is, the first ( and hopefully not the last ) Inland Northwest Booze News.


Quite a while ago I asked the Inland Northwest Business Watch Facebook followers what their favorite local restaurant was, and one of the responses that came up more then once was Sante. So it only makes cents that this mid size restaurant in Downtown Spokane would expand and add to it's menu.

Sante plans to open a bar in the restaurant called Sante Lounge , the new lounge will feature occupy a presently unused portion of the space and will sell primarily locally sourced drinks. A deli counter for a new lunch pick up option is also planned. The new offerings at Sante are expected to be complete by mid - summer.

Sante is located at 404 W. Main St. in the Liberty Building which is also home to the well known Auntie's Bookstore.

Golden Hills / Orilson Brewing

Craft brewery Golden Hills Brewing Co. , which is based at 12921 W. 17th Ave. in Airway Heights has changed it's name and re branded as Orilson Brewing Company.

The company also plans to ramp up it's beer production and is looking for new locations to place their beers on tap. Although the name and some marketing changes have occurred the beers at Orilson will remain the same.

MarQuee Lounge

With a 5 year run as a Downtown Spokane nightclub has now closed. The club's owners site the ending of the businesses lease as a reason for the closure.

The Marquee Lounge was located at 522 W. Riverside Ave.

Idaho Pour Authority

Idaho Pour Authority officially opened in Downtown Sandpoint in the spring and has been getting noticed ever since. Idaho Pour Authority is a full service beer store of sorts. The business features beer on tap as well as growlers and growler filling.

But the tap is not the only business at Idaho Pour Authority as the business features a large retail beer selection with craft beers from around the local region to around the world.

Idaho Pour Authority is located in Downtown Sandpoint at 203 Cedar St.

Twilight Cider Works

Beer is everywhere in Spokane and Coeur d' Alene with new microbreweries popping up almost as fast as coffee drive ups these day's. But the hard cider scene in Spokane , while not non existent , is not near as big. So it's big news that a new cidery , called Twilight Cider Works , is now open at Green Bluff just north of Spokane.

The new hard cider business plans to sell it's cider's bottled at stores around the Inland Northwest but also features a new tasting room at Green Bluff, the tasting room is located at Twilight's facilities at 18102 N. Day Mt. Spokane Rd.


As mentioned on the Inland Northwest Business Watch Facebook page, a large fire ripped thru the back end of the popular Gonzaga area restaurant and bar , Geno's.

The fire has closed the restaurant , but owners now say they hope to re-open in about 1 month.

Geno's is located at 1414 N. Hamiliton Ave. in Spokane.

Perry St. Brewing Co.

Perhaps the biggest news on this post is the official announcement of the new Perry St. Brewing Co. which is expected to open sometime this fall in Spokane's booming South Perry District.

The Perry St. Brewing Co. is opening a new building that is now under construction at the corner of S. Perry St. and 11th St. . The building and the brewery are relatively small, coming in with around 5,000 square feet , but are one of the most talked about new craft breweries opening in the area.

The brewery is owned by Ben and Christy Lukes and Ben once worked for the Missoula,Montana based Big Sky Brewing Co. .

The new building that Perry St. Brewing Co. will occupy also has some additional office space, that is currently still available and will not be used by the brewery. Completion of the building itself is planned for September.

Hopped Up Brewing Co.

Hopped Up Brewing Co. will soon be the newest microbrewery to open in Spokane. Well, actually Spokane Valley. Hopped Up Brewing is located in the former IHOP restaurant space at 10421 E. Sprague Ave.

The craft brewery features an on site tap room, according to the Washington Beer Blog , Hopped Up uses much of the same equipment that Northern Lights ( now No-Li Brewing Co. ) once used when they we're located in Airway Heights ( No-Li is now located nearby Downtown Spokane).

Hopped Up Brewing Co. will officially open to the public on June 12th.

Nu Home Brew & Bottles

Nu Home Brew & Bottles is a new retail beer store that will sell both bottles of beer and growlers.

As of last check Nu Home is remodeling their store space for a opening in the near future. Nu Home Brew & Bottles is located in Spokane Valley at 14109 E. Sprague Ave Suite 8.

The XP Bar & Grill

We know only a little of the plan for this new Spokane bar. However XP Bar & Grill is planned to be a gamer themed bar.

As of the time of this post we are working on getting info on this proposed bar.

Know of a new bar, brewery, winery, etc... opening,closing or expanding in the Spokane and Coeur d' Alene area? We want to know, e-mail us anytime at