English Setter Brewing
15310 E. Marietta Ave., Spokane Valley, WA
Opened: February 2014
The scoop: Mechanical design engineer turned brewer Jeff Bendio, who had been selling growlers out of his garage, decided to take the plunge and open a full-scale brewpub along with wife Anita.
The scene: The Bendios’ affinity for man’s best friend is evident throughout the taproom in a former Caruso’s sandwich shop by the Spokane Business & Industrial Park, from the photos of English setters lining the walls (including their own Faith and Sadie) to popcorn bowls embossed with pawprint designs to the setter-centric beer names and the brewery motto: “Sit … Stay.” The high-ceilinged room is airy and bright, with red, green and yellow walls; Bendio built the black wooden tables, while corrugated metal lines the front of bar and the taps behind. There’s outdoor seating in the "kennel" for warmer weather.
Food: Three “greaseless fryers” (infrared convection ovens) turn out pub-style snacks, sandwiches and flatbread pizzas; salads also are available. Free popcorn.
Live music: Occasional
Specials: Tuesday, wear your English Setter gear and get $1 off beers; discount growler fills on Thursdays; Sit-Stay every day (2-ounce samples of all beers on tap plus a pint of your favorite for $11, sampler alone is $7.50).
Brewhouse size: 3 barrels
Beers: Bendio likes to rotate different takes on the same style, including the Fetching Blonde (6.6 percent alcohol by volume, 56 International Bitterness Units) and sweeter Tri-Color Blonde (6.6, 58); Who's a Good Boy Amber (5.2, 59) and bigger, drier Chukar Nose Amber (6.7, 56); Crockett Setter Porter (5, 26), Llewellin Porter (6.6, 24) or the roastier Powder Smoke Porter (5.5, 40), the Hold Steady (6.2, 20) and Ruffled Grouse (6.6, 39) stouts and IPAs including the Over/Under (4.9, 85), Side By Side (5.7, 101), Wiggly Butt (6.6, 69) and Wild Flush (6.5, 97). Also look for an On-Point Pale (4.7, 52), Busted ESB (4.3, 52), Red Setter Retriever Irish red (6.4, 22), Field Point Brown (5.6, 50), a Cascadian dark ale dubbed Black Labs Matter (6, 61) and such seasonal offerings as the orange/grapefruit Citrus Setter (5.6, 50), cider-spiked Open Season Apple (7.4, 20), Fuzzy Chew Toy tangerine ESB (4.3, 49), Belton Orange amber (6.1, 31), Black Labs Matter black IPA (6, 61), Puppy For Christmas orange/chocolate porter (5.9, 21) and Break Off the Line vanilla/bourbon stout (7.2, 52).
Other options: Wine, cider and soft drinks.
Don’t miss: The Field Point Brown (named after the, um, deposits dogs leave during trials), which won a silver medal in the 2015 Washington Beer Awards, is dry for the style with a roasty middle, earthy finish and caramel flavors that emerge as it warms.