THERE ARE A HANDFUL OF COMPANIES IN OUR AREA THAT
MAKE DOG TREATS.
BUT AS FAR AS WE KNOW.
ONLY ONE OF THEM MAKES TREATS USING SPENT GRAIN FROM
LOCAL CRAFT BREWERIES.
AND THE COUPLE BEHIND IT.
IN THIS WEEK'S "MADE IN THE NORTHWEST
MALTED MUTT SEEMS TO BE THE PERFECT BUSINESS PLAN
FOR PETE FRANZ AND KATIE WARDALL.
we love craft beer.
we love dogs.
so it was kind of a natural fit.
THEY GOT THE IDEA TO USE SPENT BREWERS' GRAIN IN DOG
TREATS WHILE ON VACATION IN SAN DIEGO.
we were trying to find a gift for my girlfriend, who
was watching ziggy while we were gone.
and pint glass for her, dog treats for her dog, then
we were just like, 'i don't think anyone's doing that
WHO BARTENDS AT WADDELL'S.
IMMEDIATELY STARTED TINKERING WITH THE TREATS IN THE
literally, the next day, when we got back from vacation,
i had a bucket of grain from the brewery and we were
practicing making treats.
KATIE'S TATTOO ARTIST HELPED THEM DESIGN MALTED MUTT'S
THEIR SIX-YEAR-OLD AUSTRALIAN SHEPHERD/SPANIEL MIX.
AND OFFICIAL TREAT TESTER.
he's my best friend and he just loves to eat just
as much as i do, so we get along really good.
ALL OF THE TREATS ARE MADE IN PETE AND KATIE'S KITCHEN
IN NORTH SPOKANE.
SHE MEASURES THE INGREDIENTS.
AND DOES ALL OF THE MIXING IN A STANDARD SIZED MIXER.
HE TAKES CARE OF ROLLING OUT THE DOUGH.
AND CUTTING OUT THE TREATS ONE BY ONE.
IN A ROUND THE CLOCK TEAM EFFORT.
we do a lot of email or texting, like, 'i totally
can you please take care of this,' because i can't
take of it during the day.
THE SPENT GRAIN MAKES MALTED MUTT'S TREATS HEALTHY.
they're full of protein and full of fiber.
THEY CONTAIN NO PRESERVATIVES.
AND MOST IMPORTANTLY.
that's the big question that always comes up.
there's no alcohol.
it's taken out before the fermentation process.
BUT USING SPENT GRAIN MAKES PETE AND KATIE FEEL LIKE
it's like cooking craft beer.
you just change it up a little bit and add a different
spice or this or that to it and it just makes it more
so you kind of get a signature flavor for each different
brewery that we work with and each beer that they're
making in their batch.
IN ADDITION TO WADDELL'S.
MALTED MUTT GETS IT'S SPENT GRAIN FROM ENGLISH SETTER
BREWING IN THE VALLEY.
AND RIVER CITY BREWING DOWNTOWN.
and we plan on working with everybody.
whoever we can work with.
PETE AND KATIE MAKE TEN DIFFERENT FLAVORS.
peanut butter molasses is definitely a favorite.
AND THEY HOPE TO OPEN A MALTED MUTT SHOP IN ABOUT
we want our own big, kitchen grade stuff and be able
to do things on a larger scale and not be stuck in
our kitchen here all the time.
and actually make a thing of it.
FOR MADE IN THE NORTHWEST.
I'M DEREK DEIS.
KXLY FOUR NEWS.