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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