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This marriage of craft beer and dogs has Pacific Northwest written all over it

Fido’s, a new tap house in Tigard, Oregon, merges the Pacific Northwest’s love of craft beer and dogs with the hope of finding rescue dogs new homes.
Fido’s, a new tap house in Tigard, Oregon, merges the Pacific Northwest’s love of craft beer and dogs with the hope of finding rescue dogs new homes. Courtesy to The Bellingham Herald

Dogs and tap houses – sounds like a marriage that would fit right in here in Bellingham, doesn’t it?

Unfortunately, it’s about 270 miles away in Tigard, Oregon, just south of Portland.

No matter – Who’s up for a car ride? Who’s up for a car ride?

Fido’s, which advertises itself to be the first dog tap house, is scheduled to have its grand opening Feb. 13. Fitting to open the day before Valentine’s Day, wouldn’t you say?

According to Fido’s website, one of the main purposes of the dog tap house is to help find foster homes for rescue dogs. To encourage that, the establishment will have a “day room,” where patrons can play with or adopt rescue dogs provided by Oregon Friends of Shelter Animals.

To help get potential foster parents in the door, Fido’s will offer 40 rotating taps of craft beer, wine and cider in an environment dedicated to dogs and rescue charities. There also are TVs, which will show the big games, but will predominantly play dog videos. The website also promises other events and charities in a “dogs on steroids” environment.

Though pet adoption is one of the key pillars for Fido’s, the website touts an outdoor patio where pets that already have homes can visit, though health code does not permit pets other than registered service animals to enter the eating and drinking establishment.

Kids also are welcome, according to the website.

Though Fido’s will offer appetizers, salads, sandwiches, wraps and pizza on the menu, the Hot Dawgs may be the stars of the show. Among the dawgs you may want to try are the Pitt Mastiff (BBQ pork with apple coleslaw) or the French Poodle (five cheese mac-n-cheee).

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