Spokane Journal of Business

Hidden Mother Brewery plans store


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The Hidden Mother Brewery plans to move later this spring to a newly remodeled, 3,700-square-foot leased space at 1303 N. Washington from its current 650-square-foot space at a private residence in Liberty Lake.

Michael Detar, owner of Hidden Mother, says the brewery plans to open its doors sometime in early June.

Detar says a remodel project, which will begin this month, will include creating floor drains, building the 3,000-square-foot tasting room, and installing 10 tanks Detar helped build.

Yost Gallagher Construction, of Spokane, will be the contractor on the project, and Russell C. Page Architects PS, also of Spokane, is designing it.

Customers can expect a lineup of eccentric beers, Detar says.

“We’re known for doing some crazy things,” he says. “Our brand is based on doing things outside of the box.”

Detar, who began brewing at home as a hobby, says he transitioned from baker to brewer nearly a decade ago.

“I like beer better than bread,” he says.

Detar says there’s a parallel between yeast cultivation in bread and in beer, and the similar processes drew him to brewing. He says Hidden Mother is part of an experimental hop research program, so playing with unlikely flavors and combinations is part of its fabric.

“I kind of see it as an art project,” he says.

Recently, Detar has created a beer infused with Thai basil, Szechuan pepper, and green peppercorns, while fermented with apricots and a Norwegian yeast.

He stresses that the flavors are accents and that quality beer is a priority. The brewery will feature 20 to 25 taps with a constant rotation of flavors.

“(We’re focused) on being consistently good, rather than consistently the same,” Detar says.

Although some breweries serve pretzels or carb-filled snacks to accompany beers, Detar plans to showcase a beef jerky, custom-made by his brother-in-law in Pennsylvania, which he calls pub jerky, as well as smoked mangoes, and ice cream.

Guy Byrd, of Spokane commercial real estate brokerage SVN Cornerstone, handled the lease. 

Alla Drokina
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Before Alla started as a reporter with the Journal in 2019, she freelanced for The Pacific Northwest Inlander mostly covering culture and food. A breakfast enthusiast, she appreciates the simple things in life like cozy nooks, mystery podcasts, and 90s sitcoms.

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