Over the last year Spokane has seen a boom in the success and popularity of locally made craft beers. People are starting to take notice, and on Friday night, for the first time, the Washington Beer Commission and the Washington Brewers Guild held their meetings in Spokane.
“They see there’s this completely new hot spot in Spokane,” explained John Bryant of No-Li Brewhouse. It’s a hot spot that even the grandfather of craft brewing is noticing.
Charlie Papazian is the President of the Brewers Association, and back in the 80s he wrote the first American book on home brewing. The Complete Joy of Homebrewing is widely considered to be the Bible of homebrewing for people creating their own craft brews.
“He invented for the most part what craft beer is in America,” said Bryant. “He chose to come to Spokane for a reason.”