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Idaho Brewers Trail Map Brochure now available

Idaho Brewers Trail Map Brochure now available


The craft brewing industry has seen remarkable growth in Idaho with new breweries opening their doors at record numbers. The new Idaho Brewers Trail Map makes it easy to find information on all these breweries in one location. Visitors and locals now can sip their way around Idaho and learn more about the state’s craft brew industry. The collaborative effort between the Idaho State Department of Agriculture and Idaho Brewers United features information on 51 breweries and an additional six breweries scheduled to open this year. 


In 2013 Idaho had only 34 operating breweries. Idaho Department of Agriculture Director Celia Gould said, “Many of Idaho’s craft breweries go beyond just brewing beer in Idaho and include many Idaho ingredients in their brews, such as locally grown grains, hops, and berries. The craft beer industry is important to Idaho’s economy and the agriculture industry.”


The brochure was created not only to show the locations of Idaho’s craft breweries but also to teach about the ingredients grown in Idaho that are used in the brewing process.


Area restauranteur will discuss food waste challenges and solutions in April 14 free lecture

Area restauranteur will discuss food waste challenges and solutions in April 14 free lecture


Issues about food waste will be addressed by area restaurateur Jim Harbour at the free, public Washington State University common reading lecture at 4:00 p.m. Tuesday, April 14, in Todd Hall 130.


The presentation is tied to issues in this year’s common reading book, “Garbology: American’s Love Affair with Trash,” by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Edward Humes.


Harbour, owner of Pullman’s Porch Light Pizza and co-owner of Southfork Public House, plans to touch on the challenges of waste in the food industry as well as innovations for addressing such waste.


“Jim brings insight into issues of food waste from his business experience as well as from his experience as a faculty member in the School of Hospitality Business Management in the WSU Carson College of Business,” said Karen Weathermon, co-director of the common reading program.  


Free IHOP Scary Face pancake on Halloween

Free IHOP Scary Face pancake on Halloween

Looking for a special way to celebrate Halloween with your Ghosts and Ghouls? IHOP wants to help kick off the festivities with a free Scary Face pancake for all kids 12 and under on October 31.

From 7 am to 10 pm, each child can receive one of IHOP's buttermilk pancakes decorated with a whipped topping smiles and eyes and a strawberry nose. Then kids can use a kit of delicious toppings – eight pieces of candy corn and two mini Oreos – to finish decorating the face however they choose.

If you can't make it on Halloween, don't worry too much – the Scary Face pancake is available as a regular menu item all month long.

Update: Dupus Boomers will close at WSU’s CUB

The WSU Board of Regents approved a proposal Friday morning that would allow $1.65 million be used from CUB reserve funds to buy out the existing lease for the Dupus Boomers Restaurant.

The agenda recommended the restaurant be converted into open dining and seating for a “coffeehouse” atmosphere. The WSU News announcement refers to the future space as a “social lounge” which will accommodate about 100-150 students with coffee and sandwiches sold at counters.

The WSU purchase means alcohol will no longer be sold when they take over. 

Dupus Boomers told WSU they wanted to close out of their 20-year lease early and offered the option for WSU to buy up the remaining lease. When Dupus Boomers went into the space in 2008, they spent $3.5 million in furnishings and kitchen equipment.

The transformation into an alcohol-free space begins at the end of this academic year.

What Wine Should You Pair With Which Cheese?

During a casual Twitter conversation on Monday morning, it was revealed that Washington State University Creamery has a wine suggestion list for their famous Cougar Cheese made on campus at Ferdinand's.

The Creamery say it ultimately comes down to personal preference, but they asked some regional wineries to express their opinion about pairings.

Most wineries say Cougar Gold is best with Viognier, Savignon Blanc, Pinot Noir and Merlot. One winery in particular suggests an acidic wine with minimal sweetness to cut the cheese's butter fat. Otherwise the taste buds are covered completely. 

  • White Wine: Savingnon Blanc, a crisp Riesling, Pinot Gris or Chardonnay
  • Red Wines: Merlot or Lemberger.

This might be a fun tasting event for your Thanksgiving holiday or save it for the December holidays. When the weather gets colder, a good kick in the taste buds might be in order with the Viking Fire. In general, dry red wines are recommended with their flavored Viking cheeses. The wines should be light to medium in body and maybe fruity.

  • Red Wine: Beaujolais, Pinot Noir, Gamay and light Zinfandels.
  • White Wine: Chenin Blanc, White Riesling or even a Gewurztraminer.

WSU stresses that these are just opinions, but a good gathering of friends could come up with their own pairings. Drink responsibly!

Share: What is your suggested pairing? 

Where Do You Look to Find Dining Options in the Northwest?

Where Do You Look to Find Dining Options in the Northwest?

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