Black Label Brewing Co.

 

Hold your hats, tighten your suspenders, wax your mustaches, and prepare your taste buds because Black Label Brewing Company, located in the Saranac Commons in delightful downtown Spokane, might just be a hipster paradise. I don’t mean this in a derogatory manner, the style is just very refined and definitely fits within this category. Upon walking into the Saranac Commons and making your way to the back where you find Black Label you pass by a deli, local craft artist store, and an artisan bakery all while surrounded by exposed wood beams, a recycled glass bottle chandelier art piece, and unique lighting all of which come together to fit with the hipster motif. 

Sitting at the bar looking back at the rest of the commons.

Now let’s talk beer, BLB has quite the selection of brews for you to choose from with some regulars that you can almost guarantee will be on tap – Like their Indaba Espresso Stout. But no matter if you’re getting one of their Stouts, Extra Special Bitters, Bocks, or Reds, you’ll find yourself enjoying it. BLB also provides wine if you’re just there with a group and beer isn’t your thing, but I’ll be honest I can’t attest to the quality of the wine because I’m just not a wine person, I have heard good things about it though.

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Going along with the hipster theme around their tap listings!

 

The folks at BLB definitely work hard to create an atmosphere that makes you want to continue joining them. Their staff is extremely nice, professional, and very knowledgeable about all the different brews. My last favorite thing about Black Label is their mug club. Possibly one of the most unique mug clubs offered in the area, using real wood steins that the team at BLB put together and lacquer themselves. One year will run you $100 but with exclusive access to mug club events, an item of apparel (this varies year by year) and after commitment to the mug club for multiple years you get to keep your mug and customize it!

The most unique mug club in Spokane.

To conclude, BLB is one of my top 3 favorite breweries in Spokane, Washington and is definitely a must-see place if you happen to be passing through or visiting. Check them out on Facebook and Instagram to see when events happen, such as Foosball  and corn hole tournaments

Espresso Milk Stout – Whistle Punk Brewing Co.

 

Brewer’s notes:

Imperial milk stout aged on Anvil Coffee, small batch bourbon, and vanilla beans. Big coffee aroma and a sweet finish, with notes of vanilla and oak.

Let me ask you right up front, have you ever had a good espresso? I’m not talking Starbucks or Dutch Bros, I’m talking about a good even roasted espresso made diligently by a barista who really cares. You’ll find yourself reminiscent of this when you get a good whiff of the espresso flavor as you bring your glass up for a drink. Whistle Punk‘s Espresso Milk Stout really stands out in their brew line-up as one of their few dark beers but truly demonstrates their abilities as a brewery as it’s nothing like anything else on the tap list.

The choice from Whistle Punk to make this a milk stout instead of just a plain stout is really important, primarily because the lactose base makes this drink one of the smoothest espresso stouts I’ve had the pleasure to drink. With an ABV of 7.1%, this brew rolls in slightly higher than the Indaba Espresso Stout we previously talked about and makes this a beer best enjoyed later in the evening. The final thing I wanted to touch on is food. I found myself wanting a large stack of pancakes, bacon, eggs, and some warm biscuits for dinner to go along with this exceptional brew.

Closing everything out, next time you’re visiting Whistle Punk and you have a craving for coffee and dark beer please do yourself a favor and pick yourself up a pint of the Espresso Milk Stout.

Below you will find the screenshot of this brew’s untappd profile if you want to see other’s ratings!