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• Tickets are on sale for the next Palouse Cabin Fever Brew Fest, Feb. 18 at the Community Center in the small farming community north of Pullman.

Participating breweries for the sixth annual event include Badass Backyard, Bellwether, Big Barn and Black Label along with Pullman's Paradise Creek; Moscow's Hunga Dunga, Moscow Brewing and Rants & Raves; Clarkston's Riverport and Waitsburg's Laht Neppur.

The popular indoor/.outdoor event always sells out well in advance. Tickets are $20, available in Spokane at Badass and Black Label.

• Cheney's New Boundary Brewing today announced it will close its doors Dec. 23 after two and a half years. The previously planned barleywine release still is set for Dec. 15. 

• No-Li took home a bronze medal for Spin Cycle Red in Belgium's recent Brussels Beer Challenge. Spokane's biggest brewery has won more than 20 medals at international competitions over the past six years.

• FInally, fundraising efforts continue to help pay the medical bills of late Iron Goat co-founder Paul Edminster with the auction of a custom-made guitar, built with the same wood used for the large public bench in the brewery taproom. Tickets are available online for $11; the drawing will be Dec. 21 at Iron Goat (you don't need to be present to win).   

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• Perry Street Brewing and Casper Fry are again teaming up for their third annual Winter Jubilee progressive dinner Dec. 11. The evening begins with the first course and beer at Perry at 5:30, along with a brewery tour, then moves down the street to Casper's for the final four courses and beers. Tickets are $65, which includes tax and tip; for reservations, call the brewery at (509) 279-2820 or the restaurant at (509) 535-0536.

• The folks behind the Mac Daddy's mac-and-cheese food truck, a familiar sight at local breweries and beer events, have opened a brick-and-mortar Mac Daddy's Gourmet Pub & Grill up north at 415 W. Hastings Road. The sports bar features several local beers among its 12 taps; look for a house IPA soon from Young Buck along the lines of its latest Pinus Maximus.

Four-Eyed Guys has upped its game with the acquisition of a four-barrel fermenter and brite tank from Republic Brewing. The distribution-only brewery will run multiple batches into those from its one-barrel brewhouse as it works to expand production.   

Utara Brewing reports that it is fully funded and moving toward a spring opening in Sandpoint. The British-style curry and ale house will be located in the former Lightning Lube at 214 Pine St.

• Green Bluff's 238 Brewing has announced that it's closed now until spring, though it will open Saturday from noon to 2 p.m. for growler fills.    

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• Tickets are almost gone for No-Li's FrostFest on Dec. 9. They must be purchased in advance; online sales will continue through Nov. 28, as supplies last.

The second annual event moves from the brewery to the Spokane Arena concourse with a winter carnival theme including ice carving, fire dancing, aerial performers, magicians and more. A dozen small-batch specialties will be tapped including five barrel-aged creations and three hazy offerings: a Secret Santa dry-hopped Born & Raised IPA, Snow White & No-Li pale dry-hopped with Topaz and a fruity Belma dry-hopped Pie in the Sky red. 

Tickets are $30 (plus fees), which includes a T-shirt, tasting glass and your first five 4-ounce pours. A portion of proceeds will help support the Washington State Fallen Heroes Project's Illuminating Courage monument at the Arena.

• The holiday event schedule continues to fill up. Bellwether's Hygge Holiday Market on Dec. 3 will include handmade leather goods, jewelry and soaps along with specialty food items, locally roasted coffee, fresh aebelskivers and mulled ale.  

And Community Pint has a Christmas party Dec. 7 featuring specialty beers from Firestone Walker, Fremont and Georgetown.   

• A hearty pair of old friends are returning for the season. Deschutes last Friday released this year's The Abyss imperial stout (with rum and tequila variants scheduled to drop Dec. 1), while Fremont issues the new B-Bomb barrel-aged winter ale this Friday. Look for both to arrive in local stores soon.    

• And finally, behind the first-place finish of its Fat Lenny's hazy IPA, Post Falls Brewing won Saturday's Brewery Battle against defending champion Waddell's at Steady Flow Growler House.

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No-Li got in the Veterans Day spirit early on Wednesday with a $5,000 donation to the Washington State Fallen Heroes Project for maintenance of the organization's Illuminating Courage memorial statue at the Spokane Arena.

The contribution comes from sales of No-Li's We Are Spokane golden ale, which honors the late local World War II hero Samuel Grashio, a relative of No-Li co-owner Cindy Bryant (second from left).

• Paradise Creek on Tuesday put its first three beers in cans: Huckleberry Pucker sour wheat, Over the Hop IPA and MooJoe coffee milk stout. Look for those in area stores soon.

And Laughing Dog has canned its seasonal Pecan Porter, a gold medal winner at June's North American Beer Awards.

The Filling Station on 5th has become the latest local craft beer purveyor to package beer to go in 32-ounce Crowler cans, filled and sealed on the spot.

Bombastic, which so far has poured its beer for special events, is preparing to begin limited draft distribution in North Idaho from its half-barrel system. Longer-range plans call for contracting with other local breweries to produce beer for broader distribution. Also look for an announcement soon about a Bombastic membership program with special benefits.

• Tickets are on sale for Community Pint's Friendsgiving craft beer and snack food pairing Nov. 22, the night before Thanksgiving. For $28 you get five courses from Couple of Chefs catering (tortilla chips, pretzel bites, German sausage, chicken meatballs and a Twinkie) accompanied by a beer dip or sauce, plus a 6-ounce pour of each beer used.

• Through November, River City and distributor KBI Craft are donating $1 from every River City beer sold at Barracho Tacos & Tequileria to the Community Cancer Fund.  

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• Tickets are on sale for River City's third annual International Marmot Festival on Dec. 2, featuring eight variations on the seasonal Midnight Marmot imperial stout infused with ingredients from around the globe.

For $25, the first 50 ticket buyers can get 2-ounce tasters of each beer, a 12-ounce pour of their favorite and a souvenir glass. After that, tickets will be $20 in advance (not including the glass) and $25 at the door.

• It may seem a bit redundant given current conditions, but Perry Street Brewing's Pray For Snow party returns for a fourth year on Nov. 16. Again look for snow sports-related raffles and giveaways, vintage ski attire and dance contests and classic ski films on the big screen; proceeds benefit Grant Elementary School's T.E.A.M. Grant.   

• Also on Nov. 16, Remedy Kitchen and Tavern is presenting a four-course Hop Valley beer dinner featuring the Light Me Up Lager, Hefe, Solid Baby and Imperial Mistress IPAs and VIP Vanilla Infused Porter; tickets are $55.

Badass Backyard has received the final permits it needed from the City of Coeur d'Alene to open its planned satellite tasting room there, in the back of the Coeur d'Alene Fresh retail complex. No opening date has been announced. 

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Photo by Bill Myers of Joseph's Grainery.

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• Seattle's Elysian is cooking up an Apple Cup beer with a decidedly Palouse flavor.

Bitter Rivalry features the English Pale and Light Munich malts produced by Palouse Pint in Spokane Valley, using barley grown by Joseph's Grainery in Colfax.   

The beer, brewed Friday on the seven-barrel pilot system at the Elysian Fields pub, also includes Washington apples and juice. It will be served at Elysian's locations leading up to the annual showdown between the Washington State Cougars and University of Washington Huskies on Nov. 25 in Seattle.

• Speaking of the Palouse, Pullman's Paradise Creek is preparing to release its first canned beer, the popular Huckleberry Pucker kettle sour.

• Green Bluff's breweries are readying for winter with the fall season having wrapped up this weekend.

Big Barn moves its taproom to the larger brewing barn from the smaller (and uninsulated) Tap House; winter hours will be Wednesday through Sunday, noon to 8 p.m. Christmas tree sales begin after Thanksgiving. 

And 238 Brewing temporarily shuts down after this weekend to prepare for its annual operation as a Christmas tree farm. The brewery reopens the day after Thanksgiving, with Santa on hand for photos the weekend of Dec. 2-3.

• The nYne Bar & Bistro will host a Craft & Community evening in memory of late Iron Goat co-founder Paul Edminster on Nov. 12. The event will include a complimentary cocktail (no-host bar after), seven small plates from area restaurants accompanied by local beers, a silent auction plus a live auction of high-end art, and live music. Tickets are $50; proceeds go to Edminster's widow, local artist Sheila Evans, to assist with medical bills.        

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• 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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• Black Label won best pairing for the third straight year at Saturday’s Girl Scouts Craft Beer & Cookie Fest in Spokane, matching its S.M.O.G. imperial stout with caramel/coconut Samoas.

• The people’s choice winners at The Lantern Tap House’s Freshtival fresh-hop festival were Breakside’s What Fresh Beast on Friday in the southern region (Oregon/Southern Idaho), and Iron Goat’s Citra IPA on Saturday in the northern region (Washington/North Idaho).

• No-Li’s Wrecking Ball imperial stout has arrived in stores in six-packs of 12-ounce cans, joining the brewery’s Red, White & No-Li pale and Big Juicy and Born & Raised IPAs in that format.

Steam Plant fans will have to wait a little longer for the downtown restaurant/brewery to reopen. That had been expected sometime next month, but now has been pushed back to January.

• Another nanobrewery is taking shape in Spokane Valley. No Drought Brewing has applied for its state microbrewery license, with owners Damon Netz and Dillon Waybright planning limited distribution from a small home-based system for starters, and eventually a larger operation with a taproom.  

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• An old No-Li brewing tank has found new life as an art installation welcoming motorists to downtown Spokane.

The 30-barrel fermenter was donated to Spokane Arts last August and reimagined by local artist Bill Simmons as a symbol of the role brewing has played in the city's industrial history. It now sits in the median along the Lincoln Street exit off Interstate 90.

The piece will be formally dedicated in a ceremony Oct. 13 at 10:30 a.m.

• Congrats to Trickster's, winner of Saturday's IPA-Off at the Coeur d'Alene Growler Guys with its Boatload Fresh Hop. Downdraft's Mango Habanero Third Channel took second, followed by MickDuff's New England-style Any. BoatLoad also was a finalist over the weekend at the prestigious Yakima Fresh Hop Festival.

• Mark your calendar for the return of a favorite event: the fifth annual Spokane Craft Beer & Cookie Fest, Oct. 14 from 4 to 7 p.m. in the Girl Scout Program Center, 1404 N. Ash.

Beers from Alaskan, Badass Backyard, Big Barn, Black Label, English Setter, Iron Goat, Lagunitas, New Boundary, River City and Waddell's will be paired with accompanying Girl Scout cookies, along with live music and food trucks. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door, which includes a tasting glass, five 4-ounce pours and a $5 food voucher.

• Finally, a pair of financial reports from the bean counters at the Brewers Association: The trade group estimates that craft beer contributed $68.7 billion to the national economy last year – an increase of 22 percent over the previous report in 2014 – including close to $1.8 billion in Washington and almost $400,000 in Idaho.

And craft brewers donated an estimated $73.4 million to charitable causes last year, the association says, up from $71 million in 2014.              

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• No-Li is rolling out a pair of new packages. The first in a We Are Spokane special-release golden ale series honors late local hero Samuel Grashio, an Army Corps pilot who was taken prisoner in the Philippines during World War II, survived the Bataan Death March and was part of a daring mass escape from a Japanese POW camp. Proceeds from the beer's sales will be donated to the Washington State Fallen Heroes Project during No-Li's FrostFest small-batch festival at the Spokane Arena on Dec. 9.

And the brewery's big Wrecking Ball imperial stout is being readied for release in 12-ounce cans, along with the previous 12- and 22-ounce bottles.

• A pair of new breweries are taking shape in Sandpoint. Matchwood Brewing has broken ground just west of downtown at 513 Oak Street, with a planned 2018 opening; memberships are being sold for its Founding Family program of growler and glass fill discounts.

And Utara Brewing has begun work on its planned British-style ale and curry house; look for a formal announcement soon.

• Reservations are being taken for a five-course Fremont beer dinner Oct. 11 at Nectar Catering and Events, featuring the Field to Ferment Amarillo and Cowiche Canyon fresh hop ales along with Lush IPA, Bonfire winter brown and 2016 Bourbon Barrel-Aged Dark Star imperial stout. Tickets are $49.99.

The Amarillo and Cowiche Canyon also will pour along with the Centennial and Citra Field to Ferment for a Fremont Fresh Hop Fest on Oct. 13 at The Steel Barrel.

• Finally, local maltster Palouse Pint has received its state certification to begin producing malt from organic grains.

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Snow Eater, a new brewery planned for Liberty Lake, on Friday took delivery of its 10-barrel brewing system.

Owners Richard and Erin Whitney originally intended to open in the Tri-Cities but couldn't find a suitable location. They now plan to build in the McKenzie Business Park, off Knox Avenue west of the Quality Inn, and hope to open by year's end if they obtain permits in time to pour concrete this fall.

Snow Eater, named after the Native American term for spring Chinook winds, will produce a range of stronger beers (6 to 10 percent alcohol by volume) that often will include experimental ingredients.

Bellwether on Thursday received two 3.5-barrel fermenters and a bright tank as part of its upgrade from the current 1.5-barrel brewing system. Those will be used in a pilot brewing setup for experiments and blending, with a new main 10-barrel system scheduled for installation in mid-November.

Bellwether is buying its building at 2019 N. Monroe and moving production into the space next to the current brewery, along with an expanded taproom (and possibly a small kitchen), outdoor beer garden and parking.

• An early heads-up on a pair of events next week: Perry Street will release its BodhizafaLite collaboration with Georgetown on Wednesday at 6 p.m. The beer is a mashup of Perry's Session IPL and Georgetown's Bodhizafa IPA, both of which won gold medals at last year's Great American Beer Festival.

And the Inland Northwest Beer Choir is resuming its monthly gatherings starting Monday from 6:30 to 8 at Black Label; come prepared to drink and sing.

• No-Li has announced the first two beers for its FrostFest small-batch festival Dec. 9 at the Spokane Arena: a spiced 'Tis the Saison red saison and a Tritamorphosis Barley Wine brewed with locally grown and malted triticale. Tickets (which must be purchased in advance) are $30 through TicketsWest

• Bombastic is taking online orders for a limited bottle release of its Murder imperial stout, brewed with vanilla, cinnamon, cocoa nibs, Ancho chilies and cayenne; bottles will be available for pickup at the Hayden brewery next Saturday.  

• Finally, Daft Badger received a nice mention in a New York Times travel piece about an Inland Northwest fishing trip, which singled out the Coeur d'Alene brewpub's popular Blood Orange IPA.           

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Catching up with more local craft beer news over this holiday weekend:

• With Monday marking the unofficial end of summer, breweries and beer bars have been busy announcing events for fall:

– "Hoptoberfest" is to craft beer as "Rocktoberfest" is to classic rock radio, and two area celebrations are coming up under that name: at Perry Street on Sept. 21-22, with German-style and other beer specials plus accompanying food (advance payment of $25 gets you a souvenir 34-ounce mug, your first fill and a Bavarian-style hat); and at MickDuff's Beer Hall in Sandpoint on Sept. 30, with four special releases – two fresh-hop ales (Amarillo and community-sourced), Mashing Pumpkin and a RoggenFest Rye Ale collaboration with Paragon – plus live music and games.

Post Falls Brewing's more traditionally titled Oktoberfest on Sept. 30 weighs in with a Dr. Roktober Festbier plus other beer and Summit Cider specials, food trucks and live music. And Daft Badger gets things rolling with its End of Summer Celebration on Sept. 16, featuring two special beers – an Oktoberfest lager and bourbon barrel-aged imperial cherry stout – along with music and German-style food.

– On the alehouse front, The Blackbird Invitational on Oct. 14 will feature sour, fresh-hop, barrel-aged and other specialty beers from breweries including Cascade, Deschutes, Firestone Walker, Fremont, Grand Teton, pFriem and Young Buck. Tickets are limited and on sale now; for $50, you get a souvenir Silipint silicone glass, 15 drink tokens (good for 2 to 4 ounces each) and appetizers.

And on Sept. 25, The Flying Goat hosts its first-ever sours event with nine offerings from Firestone Walker, Grand Teton and New Belgium.

– Looking ahead to December, in addition to No-Li's previously announced FrostFest small-batch festival Dec. 9 (which is moving this year to the Spokane Arena concourse), River City brings back its third annual International Marmot Beer Festival on Dec. 2, with several variations on the seasonal Midnight Marmot imperial stout.

• September's arrival also means fresh hop season is in full swing. Local offerings in the works so far include a Citra-hopped Funkadelicious from River City; a Centennial/Amarillo combo by Waddell's; an Amarillo from Perry Street, to be followed by a fresh-hop entry in its New England-style IPA series; and a Simcoe IPA from Twelve String, with a reddish Mosaic version also on the way.  

• Bellwether's Scots Bere barley project wrapped up on Thursday, capping a five-week series of small-batch beers made with the locally grown and malted ancient grain. The winner in the crowd favorite voting was Bochet Braggot, with blueberries, juniper berries and burned, caramelized honey; a full batch of that will be brewed for release this winter.

In the meantime, Bellwether will pour what's left of those small-batch beers at the Inland Northwest Craft Beer Festival on Sept. 22-23. And on Nov. 11, it's planning a landrace grain event featuring beers brewed with Scots Bere, Purple Egyptian and other ancient varieties by Bellwether and six guest breweries, including a collaboration.

• The downtown brewery district is gaining a fruity new neighbor. One Tree's Cider House has its grand opening Friday at 111 S. Madison, across the street from The Steel Barrel and around the corner from Orlison's tasting room.

• Finally, on a farther-flung note, the No-Li crew is headed to Ireland for brewery tours and an appearance at the Irish Craft Beer Festival in Dublin next weekend. Spokane's largest brewery is one of 15 nationwide selected for the trip by the American Brewers Association.      

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Catching up with the latest craft beer news from around the Northwest:

• Fresh hop season has officially arrived with Wednesday's taproom release by Seattle's Two Beers, always an early bird in this much-anticipated category. Look for that one to show up soon here in cans and on draft, and for a whole slew of counterparts to follow including several local versions (we hear Perry Street will be doing one as part of its hazy New England IPA series).

• Ninkasi is joining the growing wave of brewers putting their beer in cans. The Eugene brewery announced it will release three yet-undisclosed offerings in 12-ounce cans early next year; according to Brewbound, that means 45 of the nation's largest 50 craft breweries will be canning.

• Missoula's Big Sky has launched GRIZ Montana Lager as an officially licensed beer for the University of Montana (where the brewery was birthed by a pair of business school students). Plans call for regional distribution including Washington and Idaho.

• While no Spokane breweries will be pouring at this fall's Great American Beer Festival for the first time in recent memory, the just-released list does include Pullman's Paradise Creek and Moscow's Rants & Raves.

• Finally, Dick Cantwell, the longtime Seattle brewing fixture who left Elysian in the wake of its sale to Anheuser-Busch two years ago, is back in the beer business: He's joined with Colorado's New Belgium and Belgium's Oud Beersell to purchase a bankrupt San Francisco brewery, Magnolia Brewing Company. They plan to expand on Magnolia's traditional English-centric lineup with new offerings including sours blended with authentic lambics from Oud Beersell.

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Perry Street's Ben Lukes and Riley Elmer conjure up a collaboration with Georgetown's Matt Edwards. (Perry Street photo)

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• Perry Street has taken advantage of a golden opportunity to collaborate with Georgetown.

On Tuesday in Seattle, brewers from both made a mash-up of their gold medal winners at last fall’s Great American Beer Festival – Perry’s Session IPL (India pale lager) and Georgetown’s Bodhizafa IPA – dubbed BodhiLite IPL.

Like the Perry IPL, it’s sessionable (4.5 percent alcohol by volume) and fermented with Czech pilsner yeast, with oats added for that smooth Bodhizafa body. The hop bill is a blend of the IPL’s Simcoe and Mosaic with Bodhi’s Citra and Chinook.

Perry’s Ben Lukes says he pitched the idea to Georgetown’s local sales rep and things took off from there.

“(Georgetown co-founder) Manny (Chao) dug our beers, so we said, dude, let’s go for it,” Lukes says. “We decided to get it out before this year’s GABF.”

Lukes hopes to snag as much of the 18-barrel batch for Spokane as possible; keep an eye out for details about a release party at Perry.

In another coup for Perry Street, it’s one of 68 breweries nationwide selected for this year’s Denver Rare Beer Tasting on Oct. 6, during the Great American Beer Festival. Its chardonnay barrel-aged tripel will pour for the event, which benefits Pints for Prostates.

• Daft Badger’s Blood Orange IPA, which has been selling out fast in limited runs of 22-ounce bottles, is coming to cans.

The Coeur d’Alene brewery is working with Spokane’s Spokes Mobile Canning to produce 400 cases of 16-ounce four-packs, arriving as soon as late September. Like the bottles, the cans will mostly be sold out of the taproom along with a few in-town accounts.

The Blood Orange, by the way, won the people's choice award at last weekend’s Ales for the Trail, topping Orlison’s Orangelicious.

And farther up north in Idaho, Laughing Dog has begun canning its 219 Pilsner.

• Post Falls Brewing will become the official outlet for Summit Cider, which is closing its taproom in Coeur d’Alene. A launch party on Thursday will feature food from Jupiter Jane Traveling Café and music by Devon Wade.

• Pullman’s Paradise Creek is in the final stages of an expansion that will double its production capacity, from the former 7-barrel brewhouse with 15-barrel fermenters to 15 and 30, respectively. The new production facility along the Bill Chipman Palouse Trail will have a Trailside taproom, with the main pub remaining in Pullman’s Old Post Office building.

• Finally, Redhook returned to Seattle proper with Thursday’s opening of its Brewlab on Capitol Hill, with an 8-barrel system focusing on experimental recipes. Redhook's former brewery in Woodinville was closed earlier this summer by its parent company, Craft Brew Alliance, though the Forecasters pub there remains in operation.      

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• 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.