Spokane is all about the great outdoors, but we have a solid – and growing – indoor industry, too – wine, beer and spirits!
More than 20 wineries and tasting rooms are scattered throughout the region. We can brag that we have Washington state’s first distillery since Prohibition and we’re in the midst of a brewing boom.
Our vintners craft their award-winning wines from grapes grown in the Walla Walla, Yakima and Columbia Valley, putting a personal, hands-on touch that is only found in small, family-run wineries. A short drive from downtown takes you to Arbor Crest Wine Cellars perched on a rocky bluff overlooking Spokane Valley. Taste, buy, uncork and enjoy an award-winning wine and breathtaking views on the beautifully landscaped, historic grounds. Operating since 1982, Latah Creek Wine Cellars was named one of the top producers of Merlot in Washington by Wine Spectator Magazine. Slightly further but still less than 30 minutes from Spokane, Townshend Cellar produces wines, ports, dessert and huckleberry wines. Townshend is an ideal stop on your way to pick seasonal fruit and vegetables or join in a Thanksgiving or Christmas holiday celebration at the family farms on Green Bluff.
Founded by two attorneys and housed in a 100-year-old converted warehouse in the Davenport Arts District, Barrister Winery produces limited quantities of premium wines and hosts weekend and special events. With a winery in Walla Walla and a tasting room in Woodinville, Patit Creek Cellars recently expanded to Spokane. Whitestone Winery creates artisan Bordeaux-style reds from grapes grown on their property overlooking Lake Roosevelt. Cougar Crest Estate Winery in Walla Walla recently opened a downtown tasting room, showcasing award-winning varietals.
Winner of multiple international awards, Dry Fly Distillery practices farm-to-bottle distilling, crafting award-winning gin, vodka, wheat whiskey and bourbon from locally grown grains and botanicals.
The Inland Northwest is home to more than two dozen breweries – each featuring unique flavors and styles.
One of the region’s first craft breweries, No-Li Brewhouse, has been around since 1993. Today they brew and serve from their restaurant and brewery on the banks of the Spokane River. Opening in 1999, the Steam Plant Grill crafts and serves a variety of styles in the historic downtown steam plant as well as distributing to area restaurants.
East of downtown, Iron Goat Brewing creates seasonal beers and small test batches of what they call “wild ideas” that are available to patrons on a first-come, first-served basis. New in 2013, Hopped Up Brewing in Spokane Valley is run by a husband, wife and two daughters. And if you’d rather sit in one spot and sample several brews along with a good meal, Manito Tap House has 50 tap handles, with an emphasis on craft beers.
Manito Tap House is known for more than just its 50 tap handles. The locally-owned gastropub is the only four-star certified green independent restaurant in the West. The designation as one of the most environmentally-responsible eateries in the country combined with its highly-regarded cuisine led to the South Hill pub being named one of “America’s Greenest Restaurants” in 2013, 2014 and 2015. The Blackbird, Manito Tap House’s sister, is one of Spokane’s newest restaurants and also a certified green restaurant.
In 2015, The Wall Street Journal put Spokane on its list of “6 Great Small Cities for Food Lovers.” And, according to a recent article in Food and Travel Magazine, “Downtown Spokane is a great place for a foodie safari, with more restaurants than a leopard has spots.” Most people here who love food would agree.
Several Spokane area chefs are serving up world-class cuisine. Last year, Chef Jeremy L. Hansen, owner and executive chef of Santé Restaurant & Charcuterie and Common Crumb Artisan Bakery, was a semifinalist for the James Beard Foundation’s Best Chef Award for the Pacific Northwest region. Chef Hansen has been invited to cook at the James Beard House twice in the last three years. In 2014, he was inducted into the Best Chefs America and Butcher’s Guild, and has won multiple awards.
Idaho native Chef Adam Hegsted served as a guest chef at the James Beard House in 2012. In 2014, the master of cooking local game, wild fruits and locally-grown produce opened two restaurants in Spokane’s Kendall Yards. The Yards: A Bruncheon is a contemporary style diner that serves brunch seven days a week. The Wandering Table features Northwest-centric woodfired tapas and cocktails.
Many other award-winning chefs are dishing up creative cuisine in the Inland Northwest. Whether you’re hungry for hand-crafted charcuterie, perfectly prepared Northwest trout, artisan pizza or farm-to-table fare, the Spokane food scene will satisfy your craving.