SPOKANE, USA — The beer has all been made. The fabulous winter costumes have been laid out and the carnival entertainment is ready to go. And…the tickets to the second-annual No-Li FrostFest this Saturday at the Spokane Arena are all sold out!
No-Li Brewhouse — maker of Born & Raised IPA, Wrecking Ball Imperial Stout, Big Juicy IPA and other award-winning beers — is excited to announce that their experiment in up-sizing what was previously a cozy gathering literally in the brewery’s backyard is set to be at capacity at the new location and will provide a craft beer celebration unlike anything the Inland Northwest has seen.
“We have more than 2,000 Northwest beer fans coming to celebrate not just Spokane’s robust craft brewing scene, but also the thriving and growing creative culture we have here. It’s really a community celebration,” said No-Li Marketing Manager Mike Bookey.
FrostFest begins with chainsaw ice carving and fire dancing before festival-goers even enter the arena. And then Santa Claus himself is going to land in a helicopter to bring the gift of craft beer to the thirsty men and women on hand. Once inside, they’ll find a lumberjack demonstration, aerial dancers, stilt walkers and more.
Television crews are invited to shoot this festive spectacle — and print and online media are also welcome to attend. Santa is set to land at the Arena at 1:45 pm.
As for beer? There’s a dozen new, never-before-tasted beers ranging from barley wines to IPAs to sour beers and Belgian-style brews. The festival also features six beers from No-Li’s extensive barrel-aging library that have taken as long as three years to prepare.
We're also hoping folks show up in their most creative winter or holiday get up. Got an ugly sweater? How about a terrible neon ski suit? Maybe a turtleneck? Our helpers with the Lilac City Roller Girls will be handing out No-Li gear for the best costumes they come across.
The festival has brought beer lovers from not just Spokane but from all over the region, including Seattle, Central Washington and even from Canada. One of the international travelers is Tara Howse, who discovered No-Li — and, in turn, FrostFest — during a vacation to Spokane this fall.
“We now have eight of us making the three-hour drive down to have some fun in downtown Spokane. We're all at maximum stoke for the event,” says Howse, whose group is all from southern British Columbia.
No-Li FrostFest was made possible by a unique partnership with the Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena and the Spokane Chiefs hockey team, and both of those groups will be recognized at a special toast at 4 pm during the festival. No-Li will also recognize the festival’s beneficiary — the Washington State Fallen Heroes Project, which maintains the memorial to military members located on the Arena grounds.