Catching up with more news from the week in local craft beer:
• No-Li is no stranger to taking home medals from beer competitions. And now it's starting to win business awards, too.
Spokane's largest brewery won the Entrepreneurial Spirit trophy at Wednesday's annual AGORA Awards, presented by the Greater Spokane Incorporated business development organization. That recognizes "innovation, creativity, perseverance and leadership when launching or growing a business or idea."
The new award follows the silver medal No-Li took in April for Food Processor of the Year in Seattle Business magazine's Washington Manufacturing Awards.
• Make your reservations now for a pair of beer dinners coming up on June 20:
– Nectar Catering and Events downtown is hosting a five-course pFriem dinner featuring spicy adobo pork shank with Blonde IPA; country terrine with mustard and stone fruit vinaigrette salad, with the Saison; fried fish and pommes frites with Spring Pale Ale; house-made sausage with glazed carrots and cassoulet puree, with Abrikoos barrel-aged apricot sour; and stone fruit strudel with fresh cream, with the Pilsner. Tickets are $49.99.
– A six-course Sierra Nevada dinner at Clover will include a nettle puree, pea shoot, pecorino and radish salad with the Pale Ale; green tea-encrusted ahi tuna and charred asparagus with Nooner pilsner; octopus ceviche with blueberry salsa, snap pea salad, chili mango gel and crispy chorizo, with Otra Vez prickly pear/grapefruit gose; foie gras and chicken liver pate with Ovila Belgian-style wit; wild boar carnitas with masa cavatalli and summer succotash, with Hoptimum triple IPA; and coconut brown butter cake with chili mango ice cream and beer/papaya reduction, with Tropical Torpedo IPA. Cost is $69; call (509) 487-2937.
Expanding on its previous Beer Camp Across America, Sierra this year paired up with six U.S. breweries and another six from around the world for everything ranging from a ginger lager to a dry-hopped barleywine.
You can get an advance VIP tasting package for the Onion event that includes tasters of all 12 beers plus a T-shirt, grunt, lanyard and sausage appetizers with Sierra Nevada mustards; call (509) 482-6100.
A mix pack of the bottled beers also is available. Look for those at Total Wine, JB's Foods & Bottleworks and the Yoke's on Montgomery.