Brewers love dogs as well as lizards
SHACKLE, in Sydney, Australia
the connection between dogs and beer? Queensland had a Thirsty Dog beer
with an Australian cattle dog as its emblem in 2002, but it was scratched at the
barrier before it could achieve a following, and is no longer marketed.
The United States has a Thirsty
Dog beer of a different breed, as well as Sea Dog, Flying Dog,
Hair of the Dog, Goldings Retriever, and (ahem) Old Leghumper.
The Bulldog Brewery in Georgia makes "beer with the bite of a bulldog". It says
its canine emblem is the only college mascot to grace the cover of Sports
Illustrated and star in a movie (Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil).
America seems to be the home of nearly as many dog beers as the lizard beers
discussed last month.
"I am heading to The Thirsty Dog restaurant tonight for this month's special,
Thirsty Dog brewery's Siberian Night, an award winning stout," English-born
Frank QPR Duchossois (the QPR refers to his favourite English Soccer team,
Queen's Park Rangers) wrote in an email from Ohio. "Maybe the dog/beer
connection would make a good follow-up to your investigation of the lizard/beer
That led us to an amusing review of the Thirsty Dog's Anniversary Ale,
written by Bryan Carey, of Knoxville, Tennessee, who runs a top-rated website, Bryan's World
of Beers, which said in part:
I can always count on Thirsty Dog to have barrels and barrels of my
favorite standbys on tap, like Old Leghumper, Goldings Retriever,
and a few others.
Anniversary Ale pours to a dark, reddish brown hue with an average amount
of foam. Taking a few sniffs of the beer yielded an aroma that was a little
burnt, chocolatey, complex and, above all else, tempting. I was confident
that this was going to be a good, tasty brew.
The primary flavor in this beer is roasted barley malt, with hints of
coffee and chocolate. The body is medium to full, and a little chewy, making
for a nice, full belly after a couple of glasses.
This is the second porter to come out of the Thirsty Dog litter. The
first one, and one of my all-time favorites, is the award-winning Old
Leghumper, a dark, robust porter...
One thing to remember about this beer is that itís quite filling and it
can leave you with a bloated feeling after just a few glasses. Itís not
quite as filling as Old Leghumper, but itís very close.
Another thing to remember is that this beer is hard to find. A pint will
cost you about $3.50 and a half-gallon jug to go will cost you $6.95.
Itís not quite good enough to make me roll over and then sit up and beg,
like some of the other Thirsty Dog classics. But itís still good enough to
make me lick myself and offer a paw for a second helping. I recommend giving
it a try if you happen to be in the vicinity of one of the three Ohio
the Sea Dog is the mascot of the Sea Dog Brewery in Bangor, Maine, which
says "Our two Sea Dog Brew Pubs offer a full line of handcrafted ales that
capture the spirit of Maine's sea-faring history." Then it says:
Barney was the Sea Dog Brewing Company's apprentice brewmaster and
figurehead. Sadly he is no longer with us, but his spirit lives on. A Great
Pyrenees, which were originally bred for their dauntless protection of
mountain flocks and as official guard dogs for the French court in the 17th
century, Barney continued this age old tradition by posting guard over the
brew kettle as it boiled.
Although, the Great Pyrenees breed usually dislikes the water, Barney
loved it and dove right in whenever he got the chance.
As a boating "enthusiast" he began sailing at three months and thus
acquired his nickname of "Sea Dog". Barney was just as at home on deck as on
Flying Dog Brewery in Denver, Colorado, says: "If art, whether it's the
art of beer making or the visual arts, is our first language, then dogs are our
second. Not those pampered show dogs, but everyday mutts that chase their own
tails and bark at the moon. These guys are a reflection of the people we strive
to be, carefree and spontaneous, rough around the edges but with real charm.
"As long as there are people in the world willing to jump the fence to walk
their inner dog, Flying Dog will continue to be a thorn in convention's side and
your purposeful, provocative and irreverent brewery."
Miller's Red Dog beverage won a gold medal in the American lager/ale
or cream ale category at the Association of Brewers' Great American Beer
Festival in Denver in 2004.
Hair of the Dog Brewery, Portland, Oregon, says Hair of the Dog Adam
was originally called Adambier after a German beer style that had fallen into
disuse. It recounts this story about its origin:
When King Frederick William IV of Prussia visited Dortmund a deputation
of the magistrates waited upon him, one of them bearing a salver with a
large tankard filled with Adam. When the King asked what it was, and heard
that it was the celebrated beer, he said 'Very Welcome, for it is extremely
warm,' and drained off the contents of the tankard at a draught. The members
of the deputation smiled at each other, for they knew what would be the
result. His Majesty was unconscious for more than twenty-four hours."
In the magazine All About Beer, (November 2001) Julie Johnson Bradford
Another dog-pub connection is part of the language in Northern England,
where "taking the dog for a walk" is a euphemism for going to the pub for a
quick pint. In the 1980s, Newcastle Brown Ale built a television ad campaign
around the phrase: it was so successful that Newcastle Brown claims to be
known colloquially as "The Dog."
Which "begs" the question: do dogs drink beer? Don't offer it. It's bad for
them, and a waste of that precious liquid amber. However, you can safely offer
them a non-alcoholic beer specially brewed for dogs. The Dog Star Brewing
Company of Napa Valley, California markets Happy Tail Ale. Its website
Non-alcoholic and non-carbonated, our Happy Tail Ale is the ultimate
liquid refreshment for your best friend. Our beer is made in a real brewery
and starts with artesian water and choice malted barley.
Brewed in 500-gallon copper kettles, Happy Tail Ale also features
all-natural beef drippings (no by-products or chemicals!). Plus, it's
fortified with Glucosamine and Vitamin E! Every ingredient in Happy Tail Ale
is human grade, as Dog Star Brewing Company does not believe in giving our
canine family members less than superior food and beverages.
Sure, there are lots of ways you show your dog you love him: Taking him
for a walk, giving him a belly rub, tossing him a few treats...but how about
a beer? Of course, you can't give him the same beer you grab from the fridge
when YOU want a treat!
Alcohol, hops and carbonation are bad for dogs. But what about giving him
a drink that not only tastes good, but is healthy as well?
Your dog will love our Happy Tail Ale, cold from the fridge and in a
flavor he loves!
FINAL THOUGHT: Can a dog burp, acquire a beer belly, or even raise a few
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