Spokane is home to No-Li Brewery who originated "Spokane Style" to describe beer brewed by Spokane residents, using ingredients sourced from within 300 miles of Spokane, and packaged in Spokane. No-Li has made a name for itself regionally, nationally, and internationally in the last year, but No-Li is not alone. Spokane is the hub of a fast growing beer culture. More than 25 craft breweries are listed on Spokane's Ale Trail and the number continues to grow. Breweries are housed in a variety of unique places - from a barn next to a hops field to the historic, brick smokestacks of the Steam Plant building. All benefit from the local hops and barley, the aquifer supplying pure water, and the enthusiastic beer culture. Brewers also benefit from a manufacturing incentive, receiving a machinery and equipment sales and use tax exemption.
Learn about one of Spokane's craft brewers, River City Brewing.
Washington wines are renowned. The wine industry contributes $8.6 billion to Washington State's economy and provides jobs for 27,000 people. In the Spokane region, more than twenty wineries are producing award-winning wines. A free, mobile guide to the Cork District wineries is available online at the Apple iTunes Store. Visitors with an Alaska Airlines boarding pass enjoy free tasting in Spokane's Cork District.
Wine makers in Spokane qualify for the manufacturer's exemption of sales and use tax on machinery and equipment. An additional B&O tax exemption is available under the manufacturers of fresh fruit & vegetables processing/manufacturing incentive.
Hear about Spokane's award-winning, family owned Arbor Crest Wine Cellars.
Washington state produces more than half of all apples grown in the United States and some of the world's best apples. Several Spokane hard cider makers use local apples to create wonderful artisan ciders. The cideries qualify for the same incentives available to wineries. The Northwest Cider Association is a great resource for cider related news, workshops and events.