Hailing from Spokane, Washington, No-Li Brewhouse is the next brewery to set sights on Texas distribution. Through a new partnership with Andrews Distribution, the brewery, which takes its name from the northern lights, will be launching in Dallas-Fort Worth this April.
Following in the footsteps of breweries like Ballast Point, No-Li will test the Texas waters with DFW distribution before deciding when and where within this big, hulking state of ours to expand to next.
“The last thing we want is to open up the whole state for distribution if we can’t supply the demand,” No-Li’s Dylan McDonald said, in an email exchange with Bitch Beer.
While this is a move that’s sure to make other Texas craft beer fans a bit jealous, McDonald said that No-Li is already starting to hear positive feedback via email and social media about their foray into the Lone Star State.
“We are very excited about the DFW/Texas market, and think it will be a great addition to our distribution footprint,” he said.
No-Li’s current roster of out-of-state territories includes Idaho, Oregon, Alaska, Colorado, Ohio, Maryland, Delaware, Washington, D.C., North Carolina, and Hawaii, as well as parts of Canada. The brewery packages in 22oz bombers, kegs and 4-packs of 12oz bottles.
According to a press release from Andrews, “No-Li prides itself on brews that are globally inspired and locally sourced from an area that is home to some of the world’s best hop and malt growing grains. The brewery has developed a portfolio of “Fib Free Ales™” that reflect the honest living and tough work ethic of the area. In April of 2013, No-Li received federal approval for the beer classification, “Spokane Style Beer”, a federally recognized style for beers made in Spokane, by Spokane residents, with ingredients sourced from within 300 miles of the area.”
No-Li’s signature brews include Born & Raised IPA, Silent Treatment Pale Ale, Spin Cycle Red, Jet Star Imperial IPA and Wrecking Ball Imperial Stout.
No-Li beers will hit North Texas shelves April 7. Assuming metroplex dwellers like what they drink (but don’t totally bogart the entire supply), we can hopefully expect to see No-Li brews in other Texas cities in the not too distant future.
No-Li Brewhouse is just the latest solid craft brewery to dip its toe in Texas waters. While last year saw breweries like Firestone Walker, Southern Tier, Upslope and Founders expand their footprints here, 2014 promises to be just as epic, with breweries like Odell, Sweetwater, Atwater, Elevation, and, of course, No-Li Brewhuse, eying our state.