Driving from Boise to Coeur d’Alene... and hit two breweries in Spokane (No-Li & Iron Goat). This place is very cool...sort of a market building near the river with multiple businesses in it. No-Li (once was Northern Lights) is in the back which affords them a nice outdoor patio space. The place has food (didn’t get a chance to try) and is kind of split in half with the bar and brewery and many of the tables on one side...then across an aisle that leads to a Chinese restaurant that somehow splits them...more tables and the outdoor patio space. Somehow it seems to work well enough. The staff was helpful and efficient...food seemed to come out quick for those ordering. As for the beer...14 taps on my recent visit. A number were good to a little better than good...and some not so special. There is nothing really bad here...just few standouts that would be worth going out of your way for. I found the following beers noteworthy...Born & Raised IPA, Jetstar IIPA, and Big Juicy IPA (probably the best). Also worth trying...Wrecking Ball Imperial Stout (9.5% "&" 100 IBU) & Red White & No-Li Pale Ale. Worth visiting if in the area...wouldn’t drive too far out of the way for it though.
Visited later on a Wednesday evening. Located Inside of a converted warehouse mall sort of thing setup. Around the corner from Ramblin’ Road. Not immediately obvious where No-Li was, it’s in the back half of the building, There was a traditional bar to the left, and a smaller “River Room” to the right. Outside the river room is a sprawling outdoor beer garden which had a nice view of the river. Chill tables, adirondack chairs, gas fires, etc. I visited on a beautiful early summer evening and this location was perfect. Extensive menu of both beer (11 house, one Rogue guest) and food - I had the session IPA and it was solid. Service was fantastic - very engaging. After I asked for my bill, she brought me two samples and a Spokane Ale Trail map because I seemed into beer. Very cool. I had a nice time here.
76 = ★★★ (Worth the visit, must for locals, and visitors with time)
I only use the total score, not the component parts.
I’m a huge fan of brewpubs, and this one did not disappoint. I was generally a fan of the food here and had a pleasant meal. They’ve got a great sampler option where you can try everything they have on tap. Definitely worth stopping in to try their beer.
Just finding the place will work up your appetite for beer! Who would guess you need directions to get to the beer AFTER you walk in the front door?? (btw- go immediate right then hook a left then you’ll see it on the left all the way down- ha!) Indoor stripmall mall beer- mmmm sounds good right?? It’s an ’ok’ from me. I got there right at opening and the girl pouring out the samplers (had 9 total) was EXTREMELY knowledgeable about each one of them- bonus! Looking from my ratings I had Solar Winds and Creme Ale as the best (6/10 and 7/10). Subpar at best.