“After so many years in Seattle my husband and I thought all Spokane had to offer was chain restaurants and Coors Light. Don’t get me wrong, I love me some Red Robin and a Silver Bullet, but we didn’t move home to Spokane with high hopes for the food and beverage scene. How quickly we’ve been proven wrong! Spokane is bursting with so many amazing breweries that we don’t even miss our Seattle standbys anymore. Next time you are at a brewery, just ask for an Ale Trail map and you’ll be amazed at all the places listed you’ve probably never tried. I wanted to share with the Spokane Eats followers a few of my favorite places to grab a drink and I hope this inspires you to try somewhere new this weekend! (And if you do we’d love to hear about it!)” – Taylor

Whistle Punk Brewing (122 S. Monroe St Spokane, WA 99201)

Walk into Whistle punk and you will immediately feel like a friend of the Hanson family. The father/son brewing duo is equally kind as they are knowledgeable about their beer. The vibes in their tasting room are very Pacific Northwest and the name Whistle punk is actually a logging term! You come to Whistle punk for the friendly vibes and stay for the BEER. Some damn delicious well done beer. I ordered a taster that included their two mainstays; the coast-to-coast IPA and the milk stout. Both were delicious and I can’t wait to try their latest seasonal tap, the Punk’n milk stout. The quality of beer and quality of people who work at Whistle Punk will keep me coming back, always eager to see what they will brew next! There is not a food menu but the smells wafting in from Texas true BBQ next door will have you wanting to order some brisket and enjoy it with your beer- which is totally allowed!

Gluten free options: Wine & Cider

Other notes: Because of certain licensing, kids are not allowed… but dogs are!

Iron Goat Brewing (1302 W 2nd Ave Spokane, WA // 509.474.0722)

One word: Groups! Iron goat is a great place to meet up with coworkers after work or for a refreshing brewski with your running club- seriously so much spandex in one place! My favorite thing to order is their seasonal rotating taps,  like the blackberry sour they carried this Summer. One of the best things about Iron Goat is the food! Their date pizza has arugula and a balsamic reduction that is drool worthy.

Vibes: Great for groups, hanging out, they even have board games.

Perry Street Brewing (1025 S Perry St #2 Spokane, WA // 509.279.2820)

I have a permanent crush on Perry Street. Literally I get a kink in my neck from driving by it every day and seeing happy, vibrant people drinking on the patio at Perry Street Brewing. PSB has some of the best beer around, (the New England style IPA has won some serious awards) and their Saison on tap is always delicious. The food menu is legit as well and changes with each season so you can constantly try something new. I have reoccurring dreams about their pub pretzel and cheese sauce. They have different specials throughout the week and my favorite is the 2 for $5 tacos every Tuesday!

Vibes: After work brewskis, everyday brewskis, patio seating.

One Tree Cider House (111 S Madison St Spokane, WA // 509.309.2996)

Though this is a cider establishment, they have some excellent beer offerings (like beer from Pfriem brewery), but let’s focus on the cider! One tree cider makes fruity, festive drinks. I just tried their cranberry cider and it was straight Christmas cheer in a glass. Their lemon basil cider is very popular and for good reason! If you enjoy drier, less sweet ciders they have multiple taps from other cideries in the northwest. I sampled a ginger, pineapple, watermelon and even habanero cider (not for the faint of heart, or taste buds)! The food menu looks promising. I tried the pretzel and it was bigger than my face. I am looking forward to going back and trying their pizzas and more cider of course! So much cider, so little time.

Vibes: Great place to bring your friends/family from out of town who are not convinced that Spokane is cool yet , gluten-free options available.

Big Barn Brewing Company (16004 N Applewood Ln Mead, WA // 509.710.2961)

Big barn is the most idyllic place to drink beer in the Spokane area. Tucked away in the rolling hills of Greenbluff, this tasting room includes multiple taps of their delicious beer. The grounds are lovely and you can grab some free popcorn, claim a picnic table, and watch fellow beer drinkers play cornhole. Fall is the best time to go visit Greenbluff and big barn is a must stop location. Their golden pumpkin ale is one of my favorite pumpkin beers around!

Vibes: A little bit of country-side beauty. Great for rehydrating after the difficult decision of choosing the right pumpkin at one of the many charming neighboring farms.

Guest Post by Taylor Hartanov (@tayhartanov), a dental hygienist with a giant sweet tooth. She loves seeing patients everyday and in her down-time you can catch her day dreaming about her next meal. When she’s not planning her next dinner party, she’s most likely reading or dancing in her bathrobe to Top 40 music.