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 youíll see it on the left all the way down- ha!) Indoor stripmall mall beer- mmmm sounds good right?? Itís an íokí 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.
The food is pretty good at Northern Lights. They have a selection of their own beer on tap. I wonít get in to the quality of their beer in this place rating. They usually have one or two seasonals. The quality of the staff is hit or miss. Sometimes youíll get someone that can tell you everything about the beer, sometimes they canít tell you the style.
As stated before, this is easy to miss if your not looking for it. Itís in an old warehouse next to the river, sitting off Trent. The bar and seating area it big with plenty of seating and a few TVís. The food we had was good (calamari and jambalya. The beer was good.
Kind of weird place. You walk into a building, No not the coffee place, no not the Thai place, Oh here it is Northern Lights, hereís the big neon sign. A bar with lots of tables. Definitley a college place. People taking shots more than drinking beer.Beer was decent though and the waitstaff were all pretty ladies, they didnít know so much about the beer but who cares. All in all a good experience but this place certainly does not have a normal brewpub feel.
We arrived late afternoon in Spokane Washington as they where also suffering from a sudden explosion of the sun and the heat index was way over 100 degrees. So what was in order? Yep you guessed correct cold beer was needed and Northern Lights Brewing was the next stop. Tucked in the heart of Spokane Northern Lights was a perfect stop. I was greeted with a sample tray of 10 different beer and all very good. The light pale ales where wonderful the Huckleberry crŤme was very tasty and fruity with the dark stout full of life and hit the spot. I had dinner here and the food was very tasty and pub faire which is what I love. They did have a spendy section but I stayed with a burger and that was perfect. This place from what I can see can get packed so get there early and if you have time hit the distillery next door. Dry Fly distilling the first Micro Distiller in Washington state. They have some wonderful products and samples to go around Vodka, Gin and even some special Whiskey. This is a great little place in itself and just adds to the whole Spokane experience. So get some beer take a tour of the distillery and brewery and have a great time. This was also connected to about 2-3 different restaurants all with different flair so you can find some great food for what ever your taste. So at the end of a great day hit the brewery and have a great time good food and an awesome pub atmosphere. Oh I all most forgot to mention it is ok to bring the kids.
I drove by and around this place for 15 minutes. Sensing a brewery all I could see for signage was for a Thai restaurant. However after much harrmphing we could see that there was a sign next to the Thai restaurant that indeed read Northern Lights Brewery. Happy Freakin Day! GET A BIGGER SIGN! Please! We had to cross the river on Trent to realize there was indeed something besides a thai restaurant going in this wierd stripmall/brickbuilding/riverwalk thing. Once we got in the person who waited on us was extremely helpful and personable. She was not the most knowledable beer person but that is not an issue for me. Oddly enough for all the beer places I have visited this is more the norm that not. I do not begrudge a wait oerson if they are not well versed in every beer style ever made. I was offered samples for any beer I mentioned and I was made to feel welcome. I would definitely return. If I lived in Spokane I would be a regular.
Old area in Spokane. Says Northern Lights on the end of a warehouse that looks deserted. In front the parking lot is full and the pub is inside with a couple of offices and a Tai restaurant. Food was OK.
Best tip I can offer is : if youíre going to argue with your coworkers about how bad their service is, donít do it in front of the customers. Also, if you tell people they canít have dogs outside, make sure there arenít already 3 people outside with theirs, thatís kind of a giveaway that the person you were talking to is too retarded to know their own policies. On top of all that, I couldnít even find someone who could tell me the style or base style of 3 of the beers on top. I love Thai food and sitting outdoors enjoying a beer with my dog, but the staff was inept and the argument about who had the worst service convinced us not to have anything to eat there. You guys cost yourself a customer.
May 2007 - This was a bit tricky to find, in an out-of-the-way converted warehouse, colocated with a Thai restaurant. Ate dinner at the bar. The food was average to good (wifeís prime rib was swimming in sauce, but good ... my burger was good). Service came with a bit of a "I donít care" attitude, but in the end was good enough, too. Most importantly, the beers were tasty!