Beer for dogs exists, marking the next logical step in the evolving bond between man and canine: Dogs will become our drinking buddies. Pretty soon, we won’t need to make human friends at all.
The trend in so-called dog beer has cropped up across America, with a handful of companies making canned drinks that look like beer but are safe for pups. One company, in particular, Good Boy Dog Beer in Houston, has three types of dog beer on the market—called “IPA A Lot in the Yard,” “Session…Squirrel!” and “Mailman Malt Licker,” because yes, there are still good things in this world – with another on the way called “Crotch Sniffin’ Ale.”
Good Boy was started because a Rottweiler mix named Rocky had digestive issues. Rocky’s owners found a solution in a drink made with all-natural ingredients like meat, spices, vegetables, and turmeric that could be poured over food or served on its own. It’s non-alcoholic – but full of nutrients for a better dog diet. Crotch Sniffin’ Ale, for example, has unsalted nuts, whole grain oats, and cinnamon.
Why call it beer? “We use a lot of the same equipment a brewery does. We just skip the fermentation process,” Rocky’s owner Megan Long told USA Today.
In the same way that three beers at the bar on Friday night do not count as Friday night dinner, Good Boy’s cans of dog beer, which cost $5 each, are not meal substitutes for dogs. Nor is dog beer a substitute for human beer, because it won’t taste good.
But that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a cold brew with your dog, who is also enjoying a cold brew of its own, thus cementing the bond between man and his best friend.