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Dry Fly opens new distillery in downtown Spokane

The new location opens July 15 at 2 p.m., and features a tasting room, bottle shop, production area and more.

SPOKANE, Wash. — Dry Fly Distillery is opening a new location in downtown Spokane that sits on the corner of Monroe Street and Riverside Avenue. Years of planning went into making the location ready for the opening on July 15 at 2 p.m.

Dry Fly's original location on Trent Avenue was significantly smaller than this new one. The distilling equipment at the new location is four times the size of the original equipment.

The space is 16,000 square feet and will a complete retail bottle shop, a full tasting room/restaurant, event space, conference room and office, according to a post on the Dry Fly Facebook page.

That was limiting the company's ability to keep up with demand. Dry Fly products are in 35 states across the country, and all distilled in Spokane. They sell a variety of distilled spirits and canned cocktails. 

Founder Don Poffenroth said the new building is an ideal size and location for the company's future in Spokane. The building used to be where The Spokesman Review printed their papers. After the newspaper moved, Dry Fly was able to secure the location.

For the July 15 opening, the tasting room and bottle shop will be open, with a view of the production floor. Over the next few months, production will get up and running, the kitchen will open for appetizers and handhelds, and the party room will be completed.

Dry Fly currently employs about 17 people. The new space is expected to open up about 25 additional positions focused on retail.