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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Reviews by woemad:
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woemad from Washington

2.23/5  rDev -41.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2.5 | service: 1 | selection: 2.5 | food: 3

<My original review, done in 2004, bears no relation to my opinion of this place today, so I deleted it.>

This is Spokane's most established, non-corporate brewery, and, as such, probably rates a visit from anyone passing through the area. But be warned...

The beer is pretty average, with a couple of near-standouts. The IPA is good, but undistinguishable from many other PNW IPAs. The Crystal Bitter is a decent session beer. The only beer I find unambiguously outstanding is the Winter Ale, which, as you can probably guess, is strictly seasonably available. The stout and "dunkel (it's not remotely like a standard German dunkel)" are rather insipid, enjoyed by people who like massively-sweet beers. There's the same seasonals trotted out every year, and the closest they get to any one-offs is every year they do an anniversary beer that is always a booze-bomb IPA.

Service is pretty random, frequently bad. For every good visit with decent servce there's been a bad one with comically inept service. I've seen 100% of the dining room staff sit down at a booth and eat lunch and totally ignore the customers who might presumably want to spend their money in the establishment. Their growler fills are the most inept I've ever seen, with beer poured into a pitcher and then haltingly poured into your growler, getting the maximum exposure to oxygen possible and guaranteeing the rapid spoiling of you beer. While there have been some servers/bartenders that know their beer, others are shockingly clueless for an establishment marketing itself as a brewpub, some even describing their own IPA as "skunky", then going on to say that it's one of their more popular beers. The last straw for me was when my credit card was run twice, and the owner clearly didn't care when I dared to call up about it.

Food is available, but it's no better than anywhere else, and is a bit overpriced for what it is.

So yeah, I'm pretty hostile to this place, but when I talk about it to anyone else who drinks craft beer in this town, only the credit card incident elicits any real shock, and all the owner had to do was express any real remorse or maybe offer some way to make it right. I prefer to drink local, but besides the winter ale, I'm not really sacrificing anything by boycotting this place and their beers. There's a lot of good beer on-tap or in bottles around here, thank God.

Sep 03, 2011
More User Reviews:
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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