Thirsty for some of Spokane's best local craft beer? Here are all the best breweries, bars and more serving up a wide array of cold, refreshing libations perfect for the festivities this 2022 holiday season.
Brewmasters are a creative and exacting group, and at GARLAND BREW WERKS, that passion is always on tap. On the wall, the “Beer is Art” mural is a reminder of the intensely artisanal process of making beer. “Not all beer is art,” acknowledges owner TJ Wallin. “But when you come down to have some locally made craft beer, someone put their heart and soul and labor into it, just like chiseling a piece of rock into a statue.” The North Spokane taproom, designed to foster mingling and community, features a massive wrap-around bar top and a long communal bar-height table down the space’s center.
At NO-LI BREWHOUSE’s new Bier Hall, the inspiration was the grand beer halls of Germany. The big friendly pub located on the banks of the Spokane River not far from Gonzaga University offers a selection of their own beers on tap, as well as several hard ciders; the Bier Hall is near the entrance, with the full restaurant back toward the riverside. For the hungry, the impressively massive Bavarian pretzel, which arrives dangling from a hook, is the perfect complement to beer, and large enough to share, though there may be a bit of a battle for the accompanying jalapeno cheese dip.
Using locally sourced apples gives TRAILBREAKER CIDER the opportunity for more control over their finished products. At their Liberty Lake restaurant and tasting room, they’re able to create distinctive flavors and styles that require less post-fermentation additives. Beer, champagne and non-alcoholic juices are also available as well as food, with particular attention to options for the gluten-free crowd.
Philanthropy is always on tap at COMMON LANGUAGE, where the owners have pledged that 25 percent of profits will be donated to local organizations supporting LGBTQIA, BIPOC, women and children. Making all that possible is expert attention to brewing fine beers, including state-of-the-art equipment and highly trained brewmasters. The goal is a lively community hub in downtown Spokane where people can play music, meet new (or old) friends and enjoy some friendly debate over trending topics.