No-Li Brewhouse is looking to expand. The company is currently on the hunt for a new site in the downtown Spokane area to house a new facility that could occupy up to 50,000 square feet. According to John Bryant, one of the company’s founders, the expansion project could create nearly 100 jobs.
The new facility will be more than a brewery. No-Li Brewhouse is looking to create what it calls a “craft beer epicenter” intended to attract people to Spokane. The facility will be a brewery and taproom offering tours, tastings, educational opportunities, and community events. Don’t worry, though. The existing brewery and pub, located on the Spokane River near Gonzaga University, isn’t going anywhere.
Bryant said a priority is to attract tourists who will not only visit the No-Li facility but also stay at area hotels and contribute to the local economy. Although the company would like to stay in downtown Spokane, it is open to exploring other locations in the area.
“Our pub will stay where it is at by Gonzaga. We will continue to brew, research and develop beer there,” Bryant said in an article published by The Spokesman-Review. “This will be a supplemental production facility with taproom, tours and outreach into the community that will complement other breweries and bring people to the area.”
Bryant decided to take this expansion leap after seeing how the community stepped up to support No-Li Brewhouse during the pandemic shutdown. He says that the facility is a way of giving back to the community by creating a sense of place and spurring economic development.
“If we do this correctly, the craft beer world in Spokane will grow. It’s about building a bigger economy in Spokane.”