Catching up with more local craft beer news:
• With temperatures finally beginning to dip, it's not too early to start thinking about No-Li's next FrostFest.
This year will be a bigger version of the winter small-batch beer festival, moving from the brewery grounds to the Spokane Arena concourse on Dec. 9. Along with a dozen one-off brews, many of them barrel-aged, it will feature a winter carnival atmosphere with entertainment and food; wear your "festive winter attire" for a chance to win prizes.
Tickets must be purchased in advance; cost is $30, which includes a T-shirt, taster glass and five 4-ounce pours. You can order five more for $10, and add that night's Spokane Chiefs hockey game for another 10 bucks.
• Speaking of No-Li, the charitable-minded brewery has sold almost all of the 400 custom T-shirts it had made for its latest "Spokane Has Heart" fundraiser; only 11 remained as of Monday morning (small and XXL). The shirts are being sold at $25 each to raise $10,000 for Teen Closet, which provides free clothing for foster youth and other young people in need.
• Here's one for the "whalez, bro" crowd: Nectar Wine and Beer in Kendall Yards on Thursday hosts the only Eastern Washington release event for Unicorn Tears, the highly limited and coveted (not to mention cheekily named) collaboration between Fremont and Perennial Artisan Ales.
It's an imperial oatmeal milk stout aged in bourbon barrels with cherries, at 12.9 percent alcohol by volume. The Nectar event starts at 6; you can buy one bottle per person, and one 10-ounce pour from the keg that will be tapped (along with other Fremont beers).
• Finally, the tap count at Selkirk Abbey is back up to 12 after dropping to eight for a while – the better to showcase the Post Falls brewery's newer Northwest-style Northern Cross line, along with its original Belgian-inspired beers.