Mark Garrett appreciates a good beer.The owner of the recently opened Brew's Taphouse and Growler Fills in Pasco recalled a stop he made in Ireland about a decade ago while returning from his first tour of duty in Iraq. Happy to be headed home, the soldiers wanted to wet their whistles after a long stint in the Middle East.
The only problem was that they arrived in Ireland in the dead of night -- nothing was open. And then a local pub owner turned on the light and invited the soldiers in for a pint.
"It was the first beer we had in 12 months," Garrett said wistfully.
Ten years later, Garrett has 40 taps at his fingertips and he's inviting the Tri-Cities to have a beer at his pub.
Garrett opened Brew's Taphouse and Growler Fills on Pasco's Road 68 in August. Brew's offers in-house pints and take-home growler bottles. Free samples are available.
"Our thing is beer," he said. "We do beer, and we do it well."
Brew's 40 rotating taps feature a menagerie of brown ale, red ale, porter, IPA, lager and blondes, among others.
There are no permanent roster spots on the taps. When a keg runs dry, it's replaced with something new.
"Every time someone comes in they're going to see a new beer they haven't seen," Garrett said. "We aren't loyal to the Northwest. A lot of our beers are from the Northwest, but we do bring in beer people don't see around here."
Garrett's inspiration to open Brew's followed a trip to a similar establishment in Salem in February.
He and his wife, Rachel, discussed the idea of opening a taphouse during the drive back to Pasco.
By the time they got home, the matter was settled.
"We wanted to create a space that was comfortable for people 25 to 65," Garrett said. "Our goal is to serve great beer and provide awesome customer service. It's been pretty cool to see the variety of customers coming in."
Brew's doesn't serve food, but the taphouse does play host to food trucks on weekends and invites customers to bring their own meals to pair with the beer.
Garrett's background is as varied as Brew's beer selection. Before becoming Pasco School District's information technology director in 2008, he served two tours in Iraq with the Army from 2003-05.
He's now working double duty between the Pasco School District and Brew's.
"They're mutually exclusive," Garrett said, smiling.
Brew's Taphouse and Growler Fills at 5426 N. Road 68 in Pasco is open from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to midnight Fridays and Saturdays, and 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday. Call 509-412-0628 for more information.
-- Drew Foster: 509-582-1513; firstname.lastname@example.org