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Winter Beer is Here

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PowderKeg returns to the convention center this weekend.

The blustery conditions this week may have been reminder enough that winter is upon us, but if not, the arrival of winter beers will do the trick. You can get your fix of the malty, festive flavors of our local and regional craft breweries at the Inlander's PowderKeg beer festival, which is happening in tandem with the annual Snowlander ski and snowboard expo at the Spokane Convention Center on Nov. 20-21.

The festival features 24 craft breweries and cideries — even Hierophant Meadery is in on the fun. Many of your favorite local breweries are set to be on hand, including Bennidito's, Big Barn, No-Li, Orlison, River City, Trickster's and Waddell's. There's also a collection of Northwest favorites like Deschutes, 10 Barrel, Elysian, Icicle, Iron Horse and Sockeye.

Almost all breweries are bringing a winter-style beer, but even that classification is fairly broad: You'll find everything from a double stout to porters to winter ales. There are even some old-style ales and a few saisons. The breweries also are bringing a "brewmaster's choice," which includes some of their favorite seasonal beers, as well as flagship creations.

The festival runs from 4 pm to 9 pm on Friday and 11 am to 7 pm on Saturday. Tasting packages range from $15 to $25. ♦