Icicle Brewing Co.-Leavenworth, WA

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Last week we took a trip over to Lake Wenatchee for a camping trip with some of our good friends. Since we were so close we of course had to take the opportunity to go into Leavenworth to visit one of our favorite breweries, Icicle Brewing.

We first discovered Icicle during one of our visits over to Oktoberfest, and we quickly learned that hanging out on their great patio was much more fun than paying $20 to get into the overrated tents of Oktoberfest. First, it’s free to get in there; second, they have MUCH better beer and finally I’m the reigning champion of the stein holding contests: women’s divisionJ

This time we got to take our half pint with us there and we had a blast. We hung out outside with all the kiddos, and our furry babies were also allowed on the deck. As always with pooches make sure they are well behaved and leashed!

This place has great beer, nothing (and I mean nothing) can beat sitting in the sun enjoying a Bootjack IPA. We had an added bonus this time with the construction going on right outside. Some people might see this as an annoyance, but for a mom with a toddler boy it was a plus!!

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Cheers!

Mom’s Favorite Brew: Colchuck Citrus Wheat

Dad’s Favorite Brew: Bootjack IPA

http://www.iciclebrewing.com

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Our Trip to Canada (No-Li, Kootenai River, Arrowhead)

his summer we had a great trip up to Panorama, BC. Along the way we of course stopped at some great kid friendly breweries including Kootenai River Brewing in Idaho, Arrowhead Brewing Co. in Invermere, BC and No-Li Brewing in my old stomping grounds of Spokane!

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First up Kootenai located in BEAUTIFUL Bonners Ferry, Idaho (yes, it’s not Washington or Oregon, but trust me; this place is worth a trip! Not only did they have wonderful beers but they also had great food! It was a nice warm day and we got to sit outside, which when you have a half pint is always idle. They can make a little more noise and it doesn’t echo quite as much. They had a great kids menu with all the normal treats, high chairs and crayons. What more could two craft brew loving parents ask for!

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Next on our trip was Arrowhead Brewing Co. in Invermere, BC right where we were staying. This brewery was a nice surprise because before leaving I checked online for breweries and came up short. We learned when we got there that they had just opened so they don’t have a website yet. They have no food menu but great beers and a fun little brewery. They have a great assortment of retro 50’s style clothing (yes clothing) along with your normal brewery swag. They also serve their beers in flights and had one of the coolest growler fillers we had ever seen! We really enjoyed their stout, but they also had a Rhubarb Rye-PA.

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On our way home we stopped at No-Li Brewhouse in Spokane to have lunch with my brother. This place used to be a Cajun restaurant back in my college days, and it still has the same great environment. It’s a little odd to find you have to walk all way the back in a warehouse type building, but once you follow the cobble stones you come to a great restaurant with wonderful beer.

A super bonus is they still have one of my favorite outdoor eating/drinking locations along the Spokane River. You can watch the hops grow out there and listen to the water (and pooches are allowed out there). Unfortunately for us our fair skinned Irish half pint had had enough sun for one week, so we opted for inside. We enjoyed a great variety of pub fare (from clams to tacos to Reuben sandwiches) and our little man enjoyed the color menu and grilled cheese. My favorite beer here was the Summer Ale, but as far as beers go that they always have I like the Born and Raised IPA.

If you take the trip up to Panorama or Radium Hot Springs in Canada we suggest stopping at all three of these places.

Cheers!