Made in the Northwest: English Setter Brewing Co.
SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. — Reece Carlson started home brewing about five years ago.
” I think it was the second batch that I did that I’m like, ‘I kind of want to keep doing this,’ ” said Carlson.
So he and his wife, Jackie, jumped at chance when the original owners of English Setter Brewing decided to sell.
” So they pitched it to us and three months later, we bought a brewery, ” explained Carlson.
As dog lovers themselves, the Carlsons didn’t want to mess with English Setter’s established and popular dog theme, but they did seek to improve upon their beer.
” It’s been fun to take something that was already good and make it to what we feel is great, ” said Carlson.
” We make a lot of really sessionable English/Irish/UK style beers, so they usually hover around the four to six-percent mark, ” added Jackie Carlson.
With beers like Beagle Juice IPA, Guard Dog IPA, Pitter Patter Irish Red and Irish Wolfhound, naming the beers is often the funnest part of the process.
” We come up with half of them, the staff comes up with half of them, ” said Carlson. ‘ But it is absolutely the best things to be able to come up with a bunch of different weird dog names. ”
But Reece also enjoys getting creative with his beers. On the day of our visit, he was brewing a raspberry blonde called Dock Diver.
” So we brew a blonde based beer, so it does taste like beer. And we infuse it with 50 pounds of raspberries during the cold crush process. ”
But English Setter also puts a lot of effort into its tap room. The Carlsons went to Ireland for their honeymoon and fell in love with the traditional pub atmosphere in the UK.
” We came back from Ireland saying, ‘This is what we want to do with our lives,’ recalled Carlson. ” We want to create a place where people can come socialize, have a couple beers, bring their family, spend time and just enjoy themselves. ”
And there are games. They’re really big on games.
” We have a Nintendo Switch that we dropped in here, a whole bunch of board games, fun stuff like that, ” said Jackie Carlson.
The tap room even has a dog friendly patio.
” So sit back, relax, play, pet your dog and share a cold one. ”
English Setter produces about 20 barrels of beer a month and Reece says it plans to start distributing locally in the next few weeks.
” We would like to be everywhere in Spokane. ”
But their long-term plan is to have a full restaurant and brew pub.
” I’m talking like lamb roast on Sundays, ” said Carlson. ” And like the full pub experience that includes music, food, beer and wine. ”
It’s an idea beer enthusiasts will love almost as much as their dogs.
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