When the Autumn or Winter temperatures creep back into the sixties and the sun is shining we just have to take a motorcycle ride. Right before Thanksgiving we headed to Dayton, about half an hour from Walla Walla. We didn’t have a goal, just the joy of the ride, but both of us were hungry when we came into this little town. We have passed through here so many times we knew right away we wanted to have lunch at Chief Spring’s Fire and Irons Brew Pub. They also own a small pizza parlor next door (so pizzas are on the menu). I had never had a pasty (a meat pie), so each of us got one and we shared a flight of their beers.
Chief Mike Springs has been a fire chief in the area (Milton Freewater, College Place, and in the TriCities) for many years and the pub displays a fair share of the related memorabilia he and his family have collected over those years. A couple of years ago, after making beer in his garage for a few before this, the pub building went up for sale and the decision was made to go public – which means we have been riding passed it since it was newly opened.
Friendly service and good food (the pasty was simple, but appropriate for the beers). Over all, the brews are smooth, easy drinkers that went well with food. Various fire fighting terms or style appropriate monikers add to the fun. We shared a tasting of the seven beers on tap. From ‘Pike Pole’ Honey to ‘Ladder Dog’ IPA the beers were mild, sessions style beers, with great flavor and balance. Although the beers are listed on the website, there is no statistical data available. Had I realized this I would have asked while we were there, alas, I will know better the next time we stop.
Mild aromas, balanced hop to malt flavors and style appropriateness sum up the experience. The ‘Bagpiper’ Scottish Ale was probably my favorite, with the ‘Ladder Dog’ IPA in second and the Fireline’ Ale third. I am not a fan of coffee and the ‘Back Fire’ Stout came across as just that to me both on the nose and palate. For coffee fans, that should be considered bad, just not my deal. Over all a great place, we look forward to future stops here.