Portland-based app expands dog-friendly brewery service to Seattle

A year ago, business and life partners Stephen Guarino and Cambrie Burns founded a service that evolved from their own needs – finding Portland-area breweries that are open and friendly to the couple in bringing another partner, their dog Riley, when they go out for a beer.

Now, Pup Passport has expanded to the Puget Sound area, offering the same service to Seattleites looking for a place to grab a pint and bring their pooch without having to scour the web just for conflicting information. on caring for pets.

“We frequent the brewery scene, so we wanted to find some cool places we could take him,” Guarino said. “We didn’t want to leave it in its crate. But we had to call places to visit, and the websites weren’t always responsive.

The service is quite simple: the digital puppy passport resides on your phone and guides you to confirmed dog-friendly places. You show it to participating breweries to get beer discounts and other benefits.

So far in their first year, Guarino and Burns have about 50 Portland-area breweries on the passport and about 20 in Seattle.

“The first year was pretty cool,” Guarino said. “We did quite a bit of outreach at first, then we stopped trying to contact other breweries – they just found us. It was cool to make a name for yourself and be recognized.

Guarino said he and Burns were approached by a winery interested in Pup Passport, so bigger expansion could be on the horizon.

But for now, after launching the service from Seattle and then passing the one-year mark this Saturday, something more important is taking time for Guarino and Burns: their marriage.

“We were happy to get the passport out of Seattle and use it before we had all the wedding stuff and the honeymoon, and then once we get back we’ll talk about what to do next,” Guarino said.

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