Creston homebrew earns third place in Bonners Ferry contest

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Creston’s Ken Smith with Kootenai River Brewing Company owner Mike Naumann.

Creston’s Ken Smith with Kootenai River Brewing Company owner Mike Naumann.

An India pale ale brewed by Creston’s Ken Smith at Creston Valley U-Brew earned third place in the Kootenai River Brewing Company’s second annual homebrew contest on Sept. 29. First place went to a Scottish brew ale, and second went to a pale ale.

The brewery has been open 14 months, and makes seven beers — five year-round and two seasonal — with hops from a farm in Porthill, all served at its restaurant in downtown Bonners Ferry, Idaho.

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