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St. Mick Has His Day, Too

In Knife & Fork on March 12, 2009 at 9:12 pm
Gabe Smoley gets into his work at C.I. Shenanigans

Gabe Smoley gets into his work at C.I. Shenanigans

Imagine the looks Gabe Smoley gets when he admits he moved to Spokane for two reasons: sports and beer. “People think I’m a frat boy,” says Smoley, the brewmaster for C.I. Shenanigans, who is also earning his master’s degree in sports administration at Gonzaga University.
At age 30, Smoley might seem young for a brewmaster, but he’s been making beer for most of his adult life, since he first cooked it up in his basement as an undergrad. After spending some time as assistant brewmaster at C.I. Shenanigans, Smoley became brewmaster there three years ago. Since then, he’s been reintroducing the brewery, one of three in Spokane.
For the St. Patrick’s Day season, Smoley is bringing back an old favorite, Ole St. Mick’s Dry Irish Stout, which won the gold medal at the Great American Beer Festival in 2000.
“I’m dusting one off the old brew log,” Smoley said.
Ole St. Mick’s is a classic dry stout: malty up front with a caramel and coffee flavor, distinct for its dry finish.
Shenanigans’ brewery is sort of the fine-dining branch of The Ram—remember the old spot across the street from the Arena back in the ’90s, when it was the Coliseum? They carried such popular Big Horn Brewing Company beers as Washington Blonde, Buttface Amber and Big Horn Hefeweizen, which is known for its traditional German yeast strains and exotic banana aroma.
With all these flavors at his disposal, what’s Smoley favorite beer? He gives the politically safe answer: “The one that’s in front of me.” – IJ

C.I. Shenanigans, 332 N. Spokane Falls Ct.; 509.455.6690.

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