No-Li Brewhouse

No-Li BrewhouseNo-Li Brewhouse
No-Li BrewhouseNo-Li Brewhouse
Brewery, Bar, Eatery

1003 E Trent Ave
Spokane, Washington, 98202
United States

(509) 242-2739 | map

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RedDiamond from Oregon

3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

One of the great things any brewpub can offer is outdoors waterfront dining. For me, even a modestly accommodating beer garden trumps a primped and polished bar. I know there are seasonal limitations that make beer gardens somewhat expensive to maintain. But they sure are worth it.

Northern Lights has several standout beers and a perfectly soothing atmosphere in which to enjoy them beside the Spokane River. The garden is ringed by black locust and willow trees, with umbrella-tables, garden herb boxes, and Roman-style urns full of petunias. The river is lazy and clear with openings in the trees affording views of the Hamilton St. Bridge and the orange neon cross of the Mission. After an easy pint of cream ale, I discretely kicked my shoes off and reveled in the lush grass. I was mighty glad I came.

Inside, the bar is contemporary and spacious. The building once housed the Bayou Brewing Company “The Pride of The South” prior to Prohibition. It also appears to have once been a warehouse with market stalls. The historic restoration is successful and ongoing. Northern Lights shares space with a Thai restaurant and a distillery. There’s a gaming area with a pool table, pinball, and a seated area used by fantasy footballers. There’s also a monstrous projection screen TV in the main restaurant area.

Beer quality spans from mid-range to very good. With eight regular beers and one or two seasonals on tap, it’s not difficult to make friends with a fine drinking ale. Most tend to be strongly hopped, creative variations on traditional recipes. A quaffable summer wheat beer, a sizzlingly bitter ESB, and a blueberry fruited ale stand out as worthy choices, as does the IPA. And while I usually read beer menu descriptions as though they were written by abstract expressionists consulting a ouija board, Northern Lights’ is notable for being especially targeted and precise. Chances are you’ll get a beer that actually resembles what the menu said it would be. A rarity.

Beers are served cold at confusing prices. Half are available in bombers to go, the rest in growlers. No guest taps are featured. Food is notable for its attention to detail. It easily surpasses the usual pub fare with a full menu of steaks, pastas, hearty, artistic sandwiches and more. Service can be spotty, perhaps due to the expansive floor plan.

Sep 19, 2007
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.91/5  rDev +2.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

this is an awesome spot they have here, part of a larger complex right on the river there that also houses a good looking distillery, a salon, perhaps a food spot or two, i didnt pay too much attention, and then the brewery through the back. the space is large, with a taproom on one side, lots of seating, some visible tanks and such, and a pub type atmosphere, with lots of windows and views to the outside. on the other side though, they have a world class outdoor area, with lots of tables, room for lawn games, and best of all, some adirondack type chairs looking out over the river. they have service out here too, and this is where i posted up with my beer. an awesome spot to watch the river flow by and relax, as good as it gets out here really, an amazing setting to have a beer or two. the beers i had here were just okay, which is sort of consistent with what i have had from them over the years outside of their brewery. here though i had an overly sweet peach pale or ipa type, and a somewhat generic pale ale called corner coast. not enough to get me real excited, but fine and drinkable at the same time. they had a nice selection, and perhaps i should have gotten a little more ambitious with my orders, but the beer was almost inconsequential the space was so mellow and beautiful. i really love the patio area! service was good, but they werent real busy when i was there, but i was made to feel at home. they have an awesome vibe here and are obviously an institution in spokane, one of the first and one of the largest from what i gather. the beer could have been more impressive, but that wont stop me from visiting again, this place is rad!

Sep 28, 2019
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Donkster46 from Washington

3.66/5  rDev -4.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Jul 13, 2019
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mintzmeet from Washington

3.89/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 3.75

Jul 05, 2019
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Oh_Dark_Star from Washington

3.79/5  rDev -1%
vibe: 3.25 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Place is open, but feels like a Chilies or Applebees in a mall. The food was alright, the servers were great. I liked that I could have lunch here with my family and have a flight of tasters, but overall the beers (even the barrel aged options) came up short.

Apr 16, 2019
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Radcpa from Washington

4.32/5  rDev +12.8%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25

Apr 08, 2019
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U2Chaser from North Dakota

4.5/5  rDev +17.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Oct 15, 2018
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UWDAWG from Washington

4.1/5  rDev +7%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Jun 19, 2018
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Keepnitrl from Washington

3.83/5  rDev 0%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75

Apr 07, 2018
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McIntosh from Washington

4.41/5  rDev +15.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3.5

Mar 31, 2018
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Gdobber from Washington

4.71/5  rDev +23%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Feb 11, 2018
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Murph106157 from Connecticut

4.04/5  rDev +5.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Oct 27, 2017
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Pacioli1445 from South Dakota

3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.25

Aug 24, 2017
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gandres from Philippines

3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.75

Lunch at No-Li brewhouse on a Sunday
Facility is very good, sat on the outside patio overlooking Spokane River. Nicely shaded
Service was quick and attentive
Selection: very good selection of year round and rotating beers
Food was ok, not bad,
Value: A little bit pricey for the quality
Overall: Very good experience, nice stop when in the Spokane Coeur d’Alene area

Aug 14, 2017
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JWess from California

4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25

Jun 02, 2017
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Taybeh from Minnesota

3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.75

Aug 13, 2016
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jheimbigner from Washington

4.1/5  rDev +7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Mar 26, 2016
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rarigney from Washington

4.49/5  rDev +17.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.5

Really enjoyed a visit for lunch. A great selection of very good pub fare. Excellent beers. Their location is right on the Spokane River, so I need to come back in warmer weather when the outdoor seating is available.

Dec 21, 2015
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Sound_Explorer from Washington

3.94/5  rDev +2.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Oct 04, 2015
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HopBroker from Washington

4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Aug 09, 2015
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flagmantho from Washington

3.66/5  rDev -4.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

I visited the No-Li brewhouse a couple weeks ago on my way through Spokane for a couple of beers and some lunch. It's a good place, atmosphere-wise; kind of industrial-looking with brew equipment visible, but clean and relatively new looking. There's also an outside seating area, which would probably be quite nice when there's not a heat wave going on.

I sat at the bar and service was decent. There were 8 beers on tap when I visited, and I enjoyed the hoppy brown ale they had on offer. The beer is pretty good overall, although they blew the last keg of sour cherry ale right before I was able to order some -- not their fault, but I was disappointed.

The food was good. I had the reuben and clam chowder, and it met all my lunch expectations.

Jul 04, 2015
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Anaxagoris from Washington

3.76/5  rDev -1.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

May 28, 2015
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BierMeJohn from Maryland

3.94/5  rDev +2.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4

A stone's throw from Gonzaga University, in what seems like it could have been an old "open air" market building. The beer vibe was good, but almost felt a little forced. I had a flight of the Usual Suspects with the choice of Monkey, the beers were decent, but as the name suggests, "usual." I have a bottle of their imperial stout, which I'm excited to try. Despite the place being half empty, there were a lot of staff who seemed oddly rather busy. Did not try the food, but glancing at the menu, the options looked intriguing. As I was leaving i walked out back and saw they had some really nice outdoor seating right along the river.

Apr 30, 2015
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LouZ from Washington

4.19/5  rDev +9.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.75

Nov 25, 2014
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MilwaukeeCrusher from Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Did a flight of beers late on a Friday night. Beers were good but not great except for one, a barrel aged stout which was excellent. Taproom was spacious and had a good vibe, servers were attentive. Didn't try any food. Will probably return if in the area with not that many choices in the area.

Nov 13, 2014
No-Li Brewhouse in Spokane, WA
Brewery rating: 3.72 out of 5 with 1581 ratings