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Catching up with more news from the week in local craft beer:

• With Halloween right around the corner, Christmas can't be far behind. And tickets are on sale for the 21st annual 12 Ales of Christmas on Dec. 2 at Capone's in Coeur d'Alene.

Admission again includes a dozen 7-ounce winter beer pours, all-you-can-eat buffet, souvenir T-shirt, goodie bags, ugly sweater contest and free cab rides home (in the Coeur d'Alene area). Tickets are $50, available at the pub.

• Congratulations to No-Li and River City, who were among the seven finalists in the small business category at Thursday's annual Philanthropy Awards presented by the Spokane County United Way.

Badass Backyard has begun brewing on its new 3.5-barrel electric system, a big step up from the original half-barrel brewhouse. A one-off IPA was the first brew, followed by a sour.

• Bombastic is taking bottle orders for a limited release of its Murder Imperial Stout and two new beers, the Aggravated Murder (with maple syrup and cold-pressed coffee) and English-style Stubborness Barleywine. Pickup will be Nov. 4 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Hayden brewery.

Selkirk Abbey has discount pricing through Nov. 1 on cases of four saisons in 22-ounce bottles: the standard Saint Stephen, black Saint Thomas, rye Saint Augustine and imperial Saint Joseph.  

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