The award-winning beers from No-Li Brewhouse are in Portland for a July 10 launch today. “The bootlegging of our beer across the Columbia River into Rose City stops today,” said No-Li Co-Founder John Bryant. “We have reached a monthly agreement to ship 22-oz bottles and a limited number of kegs to Oregon Craft Beer enthusiasts. The trucks crossed the Columbia today — get yours while you can.”
No-Li is fresh from its recent federal approval of Spokane-style beer classification. According to brewmaster and co-founder Mark Irvin, “Spokane-style beer must be brewed and packaged in Spokane and use all ingredients exclusively from the region, as the name suggests. And, of course all No-Li Brewhouse beers are 100-percent Spokane-style.”
Taking the craft beer world by storm in its freshman year, No-Li won a barrel full of international awards, including a gold medal from the 2012 Great American Beer Festival for Crystal Bitter ESB, gold and silver medals at the 2012 Japan International Beer Competition, two silver medals at the 2012 Brussels International Beer Competition and a bronze medal at the 2012 European Beer Star Competition.
No-Li ended 2012 impressively, earning accolades as a top brewery to watch in 2013 by Draft Magazine, Best of the Northwest by the Seattle Post Intelligencer and Crystal Bitter was named one of 21 top U.S. Beers of the Year by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. In partnership with General Distributing of Portland, its local distributor, No-Li has five draft kick-off events at high-profile beer accounts in two days scheduled in Portland this week: