Coeur d?Alene barman at forefront of craft cocktail movement

By JONAH ANDERSON Contributing Writer When Ryan Roberge started bartending at age 20 he couldn?t officially drink his own craft cocktails. Thirteen years later, the bar manager and head bartender at 315 Martinis and Tapas is leading Coeur d?Alene?s craft cocktail revolution with his own bitters business, Coeur d? Alene Beverage. ?The great thing about being in a craft cocktail movement is that there are a lot more bitters available, and you can find one to bring out the flavors in every drink. There really is a bitters out there for every drink,? said Roberge. Bitters are a liquid that usually consists of aromatic herbs, fruits, spices, and roots that are distilled in a liquor. They are used to increase the flavor and aroma of many popular cocktails. Roberge makes his own flavored syrups and likes to muddle fresh ingredients, but he said the trick is keeping the flavors subtle. ?Bitters are like the salt and pepper of bartending. You need a little bit in there to accentuate the flavors, but you don?t want to over do it,? said Roberge. Roberge currently produces four types of bitters: lavender, ginger, the crux spicy celery, and the flagship No. 17. He said the bar industry has been moving toward using local ingredients and liquors. With new microdistilleries popping continued on page 2 Photos by JAMIE SEDLMAYER Mixologist Ryan Roberge mans the bar at 315 Martinis and Tapas in Coeur d?Alene. Ryan Roberge crafts small batches of a variety of bitters for the business he owns with Michael Irby.

A chance to invest in changing human history

By MIKE CULTON Contributing Writer What if you suddenly lost the use one of your arms, your hand or even some of your fingers? How would you cope with the new reality that you are handicapped and will live with limited mobility? For hundreds of thousands, this is a daily struggle as they realize what most of us take for granted-that the arm, hand, and fingers are examples of incredible biological engineering and are near impossible to replace. Over the years, medical professionals and engineers have provided solutions in an effort to bring back some sense continued on page 2 Courtesy photos Johnny Matheny drinks from a water bottle using the Johnny Arm. 104048

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