The next few weeks are packed with great events and holidays. There’s the SuperBowl this weekend. Valentine’s Day next Sunday and The Westminster Dog Show February 15th and 16th. So many opportunities to enjoy a good beer but which day should I highlight for this week’s Barks n’ Brews?
Two of my favorite sports and the holiday of love.
It’s definitely been difficult choosing but then I thought, why can’t good beer be paired with a good dog show?
The answer is simple, it can.
See, I’m giving you another reason to go find a good craft beer. Everybody is writing about what beer to drink for the Superbowl, what appetizers to make for the big game that use beer as an ingredient, what beer to give to your secret admirer, what beer pairs good with chocolate covered strawberries, BUT WE’RE talking about what beer pairs well with a dog show. Nobody else is going to go there because they don’t realize it’s a good thing. It’s a good thing, I’m telling you.
And……………………………….I love you guys man. <3
Here’s 12 dog-themed beers that are sure to allow you to relax and enjoy the show craft beer style!
Back Seat Berner. Berner Lovers Unite! The first year-round IPA in Otter Creek history, Backseat Berner is an American beauty that’s loaded with juicy hops. Like Oslo, Brewmaster Mike’s 150 pound Bernese mountain dog that adorns the label, Backseat Berner is your everyday companion for life’s adventures. This brew clocks in at 7% ABV with 68 IBUs, so load up your buds and partake in this juicy exploration of American hops.
Alpha Dog Imperial IPA. Because really, we all want to be the alpha dog. A True Hop Bomb Brewed plenty of Columbus and Mt Hood Hops for a Piney hop character. Premium Pale, Honey and Munich Malt make this beer a little less malty but packing plenty of hop punch. ABV-8%. IBU-126.8 Laughing Dog Brewing is a craft beer brewery based in Sandpoint, Idaho.
Double Dog. Double the IPA double the fun! Brewed by Flying Dog in Frederick, MD. Citrus hops with sweet malt and subtle alcohol burn (like a kiss on the cheek. ABV-11.5%. IBU-85.Flying dog has several exotic and catchy names for their beers. Read about how this brewery got it’s name HERE. It’s pretty interesting, bizarre amazing, and dog-related in an odd way.
Sea Dog Stout. A company inspired by the late Barney, a Great Pyrenees. Barney was the Sea Dog’s brewmaster and figure head. He began sailing at 3 months of age and thus acquired the nickname of “Sea Dog.” Sea Dog Stout is a classic Irish Stout. Full bodied yet soft and spectacular in appearance. This stout has a smooth roasted flavor and is very well-balanced. ABV-4.7%. Sea Dog Brewery is located in Maine and they have a wide variety of beers.
Doggie Claws by Hair of the Dog. Double coated breed owners, this beer was named for us! Hair of the Dog is in Portland, Oregon. Doggie Claws is a seasonal beer. Barley Wine made in the West Coast style. Big malt and hops make this copper colored ale one of our most popular products. Produced in September and October and released in November, this Beer will improve for years to come. ABV-11.5%. IBU’s 70.
Dogtown Pale Ale. Brewed by Lagunitas in California. A big and malty pale ale with a thirst quenching hop flavor and a crisp clean finish. A 21st century pale ale for the hop lovers out there. ABV-6.2%. IBU-62. Lagunitas also has a brewery in Chicago. They have a crazy assortment of other beers too.
Labrador Lager. Brewed by Thirsty Dog in Akron, Ohio. This ones for YOU Lab Lovers! Dortmunder. A Traditional German Lager brewed with all German grain & yeast. ABV-6%. IBU-22%. Thirsty Dog has a few other breed specific beers such as Irish Setter Red, Siberian Night, and Whippet Wheat. Citra Dog and Rasberry Ale are often seen in my neck of the woods.
Red Hydrant Ale. Dogs and fire hydrants just go together. Brewed by Big Dog’s Brewing Co. in Las Vegas. Red Hydrant Ale is an English Brown Style Ale with a deep mahogany brew, rich with caramel malts and a hint of English hops with notes of toffee and toasted malt. ABV-5.6%. Big Dog’s brew lineup also includes Dirty Dog IPA, Tailwagger HEF, Black Lab Stout and several more.
Chasing Tail Golden Ale. Brewed by Squatters Craft Beer in Salt Lake City, Utah, Chasing Tail is a best-of-breed English style Summer Ale, this tail-wagger’s already fetched a real name for itself in competition. Our premium barley rolls over with domestic and imported Golding hops for a delicate bitterness and cold, wet nose. ABV- 4%. There you go Golden lovers of America!
Wet Snout Milk Stout. Brewed by Sleepy Dog Brewery in Temple, Arizona. Wet Snout Milk Stout is dark, rich, aromatic, and malty. Brewed with ample amounts of milk sugar and a gentle hop addition. Their mascot is an adorable dalmation and they have others brews such as Tail Chaser IPA and Red Rover. ABV-5.75%
Ellie’s Brown Ale. Brewed by Avery Brewing Co. in Boulder, Colorado. Ellie’s Brown Ale was named after founder, Adam Avery’s late chocolate lab, Ellie. Chocolate malt gives this beer a brown sugar maltiness with hints of vanilla and nuts, while subtle hopping gives it an overall drinkability that’s second to none. ABV-5.5%
Old Brown Dog. Brewed by Smuttynose in New Hampshire. Old Brown Dog Ale has been cited as a classic example of the “American Brown Ale” style of beer. Compared to a typical English Brown Ale, Old Brown Dog is fuller-bodied and more strongly hopped. ABV-6.5%. IBU-29.5%. This will be my beer of choice during the show. I’ll be drinking it with my 2 old brown dogs by my side.
Don’t want to hog all the good stuff for yourself? Bowser Beer and Beer Paws have beer made for dogs! Don’t worry! Both are safe and contain absolutely no alcohol. They actually contain meat broth and glucosamine which is good for dog’s joints! I use it in the summer to make flavored ice cubes
Got it all? Did you write it down? Who’s going to join me on February 15th & 16th?
**side note**We use to drink beer all the time when we were showing the boys. I would get all rowdy and shout obscenities ring side. I’m so kidding about that, but in the summer we always hung out after the show and had a good beer with good dog friends.