EWU Introduces New Brewing Certificate in Collaboration with No-Li Brewhouse; plus, lake season is here and new breakfast options | food news | Spokane | Pacific Northwest Inlander

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John Bryant of No-Li Brewhouse

Tthere is no doubt that craft brewing in Eastern Washington is a thing, with over 60 breweries across the Inner Northwest, and more with regularity. Until recently, however, educational opportunities for learning the profession have been limited to on-the-job training at a “school of hard knocks” or a mile-long program, including at the University of Central Washington.

A new certification program at Eastern Washington University should help improve the flow of brewers and others interested in the craft beer industry.

The 15-credit program, which is now accepting students for fall 2022 enrollment, was the brainchild of EWU’s Chris Sindrik, a senior faculty member in the Department of Health and Movement Sciences who teaches a course called “Craft Beer Appreciation and Maintenance” at EWU, and No-Lee. Brewery owner John Bryant. They met while Sindrik was preparing for his beer podcast. Wheat, wheat, don’t tell me!and invited Bryant to speak to his students.

No-Lee generously donated $10,000 to help launch a new craft beer industry professional certification program during EWU’s recent annual Giving Day. Detailed information about the courses offered can be found at ewu.edu/chsph.


Masselow’s Steakhouse, until recently a dinner-only establishment at the Northern Quest Resort & Casino, relaunched its breakfast menu this month to include hearty classics like Chicken and Waffles ($23), Eggs Benedict ($23) and corned beef and eggs ($24). For a light bite, try local brand Snoqualmie Falls oatmeal ($10 a cup, $12 a plate) or handmade blueberry tart ($9). Breakfast is served on weekdays from 7 am to 11 am and on weekends from 7 am to 12 noon.

If you’re more interested in breakfast for dinner, schedule a visit to Musselow’s “slumber party” on Thursday, May 26th. Dress up in your favorite pajamas and enjoy an evening of morning food and live music from 17:00 to 21:00. Visit northquest.com/dining-bars/restaurants/masselows.


The lakeside views at the Coeur d’Alene resort are amazing all year round, but the resort ROOF TERRACE only open during the season, so check the weather app before planning your visit to the city centre, open daily from 3pm to 9pm. The living room overlooks the marina overlooking the lake to the south and is a great vantage point for the Coeur d’Alene sunsets.

The lounge’s modest menu includes selected bottled beers, red and white wines, and signature cocktails such as Halley’s Comet ($13) with 44 northern nectarines, St. Germain, minced cucumber, and lemon and cranberry juice. For light snacks, try smoked beef sliders ($13) with caramelized onion and bacon jam, ahi crudo ($18), or artisanal flatbreads ($14) like figs with feta cheese.

To access the rooftop lounge, go to the Dockside Restaurant and take the north tower elevator to the second floor. Visit cdaresort.com/dining.

For another seasonal lakeside destination, head north of Coeur d’Alene to the Beyond Hope Resort on Lake Pend-Orey. PEARL ON THE LAKE (1267 Peninsula Road, Hope). Brought to you by Pack River store owners Alex and Brittany Jacobson, Pearl’s serves gourmet lunches served from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm, with dishes like Portabella Mushroom Fritters ($15), Vegetarian Thai Yellow Curry with Rice ($21, add protein $4-7) and Kaesar Caesar Salad ($12). Visit facebook.com/pearlsonthelake. ♦

To-Go Box is Interiora regular table news column offering delicious tidbits and the latest food and drink news from the region. Send tips and updates to food@inlander.com.


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