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Beer Made Just for Dogs

samzenpus posted more than 3 years ago | from the your-dog-wants-to-drink dept.

Australia 50

Every dog owner knows there is nothing more pathetic than watching your dog beg for a sip of your delicious beer. Now, thanks to some forward thinking brewers, you can finally drink with your dog. Australian pet deli and boutique Paws Point, and American brewer Dog Star Brewing Company, have designed beers especially for dogs. Both beers are non-alcoholic, non-carbonated, and infused with meat flavor, making them less than ideal for all but the most troubling family Christmas.

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Dosn't this cause rather then cure the problem (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34390792)

I've never seen a dog beg for beer. Of course if you make something in the same bottle as beer the dog wants... then he will bug you every time you open one.

Second how exactly do you call it beer at all. It's like saying
I made cocane for babies. Only it's non-narcotic, vitamin filled, and you mix it with water to put in their bottles... Basically it's infant formula put in a clear plastic bag.

Re:Dosn't this cause rather then cure the problem (3, Interesting)

Abcd1234 (188840) | more than 3 years ago | (#34390932)

I've never seen a dog beg for beer.

You haven't met many dogs. Animals, in general, *love* alcohol, and many dogs love beer.

Hell, a friend of my has a green-cheeked Conure that absolutely *loves* wine... you have to watch your glass while the little bugger is flying around, lest she climb in head-first.

Second how exactly do you call it beer at all.

In the same way you can call any non-alcoholic beer "beer".

Re:Dosn't this cause rather then cure the problem (1)

uniquename72 (1169497) | more than 3 years ago | (#34390980)

In the same way you can call any non-alcoholic beer "beer".

I don't.

Re:Dosn't this cause rather then cure the problem (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34391396)

Well, if I recall correctly non-alcoholic beer is designed to imitate the taste and texture of beer. It is at least an attempt to be designed so that short of not getting a buzz, you are supposed to think it's beer.

Non-carbonated liquid that tastes like meat dosn't sound like it's even attempting to imitate beer. It's attempting to be a liquid steak.

Re:Dosn't this cause rather then cure the problem (2)

Abcd1234 (188840) | more than 3 years ago | (#34391524)

Non-carbonated liquid that tastes like meat

That's not what it said. Read the words, don't read into them. I know, it's tough... Slashbots often find it tricky. But it can be done!

What they said was that it was *infused* with the flavour of meat. You know, the same way a Kriek is infused with the taste of cherries. Or a chocolate stout is infused with the taste of chocolate.

Re:Dosn't this cause rather then cure the problem (0, Offtopic)

dfghjk (711126) | more than 3 years ago | (#34392130)

You're the one who's got this wrong. From the article:

"But if you’re thinking of trying a swig yourself, be warned. It’s beef-flavored. Yes, that would mean flat, alcohol-free, meat-infused beer."

Read the words, don't read into them. I know, it's tough... Slashbots often find it tricky. But it can be done!

Re:Dosn't this cause rather then cure the problem (0, Offtopic)

Abcd1234 (188840) | more than 3 years ago | (#34392316)

You're the one who's got this wrong.

Uh, no, you are. What part of:

Yes, that would mean flat, alcohol-free, meat-infused beer.

Don't you understand? Seriously, get a dictionary, learn the definition of the term "infused", and then go back and try reading that sentence again. You can do it! Come on, just try!

I mean, really... do you think cherry-flavoured Coca Cola tastes like cherries? No. It tastes like Coca Cola, with cherry flavouring. Similarly, this beer would taste like beer with meat flavouring. It still tastes like beer. Just beer with "stuff".

Re:Dosn't this cause rather then cure the problem (1)

cheshiremoe (1448979) | more than 3 years ago | (#34393984)

Does not matter, the point is that it will taste horrible!

Re:Dosn't this cause rather then cure the problem (1)

vegiVamp (518171) | more than 3 years ago | (#34401782)

Mmm, Kriek. /me gratuitously links to http://tuxera.be/lkw [tuxera.be] .

Re:Dosn't this cause rather then cure the problem (1)

pixelpusher220 (529617) | more than 3 years ago | (#34405012)

oh wow, haven't had a Kriek in too damn long!

Re:Dosn't this cause rather then cure the problem (1)

vegiVamp (518171) | more than 3 years ago | (#34406404)

Then show up, won't you :-p

Oh, and if you've only had Belle-Vue, you've never had kriek at all. The LKW is about the real thing, smalltime breweries and manual labour. Belle-vue is, well, think of it as McKriek.

Re:Dosn't this cause rather then cure the problem (2)

Wiarumas (919682) | more than 3 years ago | (#34391936)

My lab loves beer to the point of it being annoying. You cannot leave a beer unattended around her - she'll wait patiently for the opportunity to knock one over with her nose so she can lick up the spill. Many of my friends have fallen victim to her alcoholic tendencies.

Re:Dosn't this cause rather then cure the problem (1)

element-o.p. (939033) | more than 3 years ago | (#34392342)

Maybe my dogs are weird. I've got a Sibe, and my wife has one of those small foo-foo dogs (part Bichon, part Papillon -- but for a fluff ball, he's actually a pretty cool dog). When I've been sipping on a brew, I've offered a little to them, and both of them run away like I'm offering them bleach or ammonia or something. And it's not like I'm drinking the cheap crap, either...it's usually Guinness or Alaskan Amber or something like that.

Re:Dosn't this cause rather then cure the problem (1)

chundo (587998) | more than 3 years ago | (#34392014)

My dog is terrified of beer. I think it's the carbonation. I have had a cockatoo that was addicted to coffee, though. Also pizza. Strange bird.

Re:Dosn't this cause rather then cure the problem (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34395056)

The difference is how poisonous grapes and hops are to dogs. Beer and (especially) wine can be quite deadly.

Re:Dosn't this cause rather then cure the problem (1)

Abcd1234 (188840) | more than 2 years ago | (#34395286)

While it's clear eating raw or spent hops is deadly to dogs, I can't find any evidence to indicate that beer is dangerous, nor any reference to hops toxicity as a result of beer consumption (just because hops is used in brewing, doesn't mean beer is necessary dangerous... it may be that the compounds responsible aren't water soluble, or the amount of hops used in a batch of beer means overall toxicity is fairly low in the final product).

I don't suppose you have any evidence to support your claim?

Re:Dosn't this cause rather then cure the problem (1)

vegiVamp (518171) | more than 3 years ago | (#34401770)

> In the same way you can call any non-alcoholic beer "beer".

Yeah, alright, but dogs already love beer, so why go through the bother, and even make it meat-flavoured ? Just give your dog a bowl of N/A. Probably a lot cheaper, too.

Re:Dosn't this cause rather then cure the problem (1)

photonator (1136629) | more than 3 years ago | (#34406206)

Great, but without carbonation, how can my dog compete in our belching contests?

Re:Dosn't this cause rather then cure the problem (1)

Fitch (584748) | more than 3 years ago | (#34392024)

I've never seen a dog that _didn't_ love beer, though they're rarely exposed to it naturally (if you consider accidentally to be natural).

My boxers are partial to malty octoberfest and ipa styles, but FWIW they've also been known to lick their own orifices.

Not beer (1)

bblount (976092) | more than 3 years ago | (#34390826)

Non alcoholic, non carbonated?! This isn't beer.

Re:Not beer (2, Informative)

Abcd1234 (188840) | more than 3 years ago | (#34390990)

a) Non-alcoholic beers are numerous.

b) Some beer styles have little to no carbonation (heavy stouts, for example).

Re:Not beer (1)

bblount (976092) | more than 3 years ago | (#34391074)

Yes but do any of them have /meat/ flavoring?

Re:Not beer (1)

Cait Sith (34507) | more than 3 years ago | (#34391172)

Cock ale (not that kind of cock) pervert An medieval recipe for chicken flavored beer http://www.brewery.org/cm3/recs/13_23.html [brewery.org]

Re:Not beer (1)

Abcd1234 (188840) | more than 3 years ago | (#34391262)

Now *that* is twisted and bizarre... and I'd totally try it. :)

Re:Not beer (1)

Sulphur (1548251) | more than 3 years ago | (#34393746)

Cock ale (not that kind of cock) pervert

An medieval recipe for chicken flavored beer http://www.brewery.org/cm3/recs/13_23.html [brewery.org]

Dogs love chicken. We only just got them to quit eating them.

Re:Not beer (1)

Abcd1234 (188840) | more than 3 years ago | (#34391208)

Who cares? Unless you're subject to German purity laws, experimenting with unusual ingredients is one of the joys of brewing. The world would be a much more boring place without Kriek, Framboise, etc.

Now, would *I* drink a bacon-flavoured beer? Probably not. But I'm sure some would.

Re:Not beer (1)

Mister Whirly (964219) | more than 3 years ago | (#34391786)

I certainly would give it a try. Bacon flavored beer to me would be akin to the Holy Grail to Christianity.

Re:Not beer (1)

funwithBSD (245349) | more than 3 years ago | (#34391972)

http://www.gq.com/blogs/the-q/2010/02/something-to-brighten-your-week-bacon-beer.html [gq.com]

http://gothamist.com/2009/08/12/bacon_beer_will_rule_them_all.php [gothamist.com]

Smoking the malt like you would for an isle malt, except with bacon smoke, seems to be the method.

Re:Not beer (1)

Sloppy (14984) | more than 2 years ago | (#34395312)

Smoking the malt is a neat idea, so I'm not going to discount that, but it's not the only option on the table. I won a Maple Bacon Cider competition (!), partly due to the bacon flavor I got into my hard cider, and did it by making bacon extract. Fry up some bacon, eat it, and put the leftover grease in just a little bit of vodka. Steep and occasionally swirl for a few days, and you will end up with the most deliciously-smelling vodka you've ever experienced. Strain it to remove the grease and add it to your final product anytime after primary fermentation.

Re:Not beer (1)

AvitarX (172628) | more than 3 years ago | (#34405496)

I just want to note, this comment is bookmarked, mainly so I can make bacon shots.

What a wonderful idea.

Re:Not beer (1)

lavagolemking (1352431) | more than 3 years ago | (#34391254)

Yes but do any of them have /meat/ flavoring?

From the summary:

...and infused with meat flavor,...

You didn't even have to read the article for that information.

non-alcoholic? non-carbonated? (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34390914)

Where's the fun if I can't see my dog drunk and burping with me?

Re:non-alcoholic? non-carbonated? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34391276)

If I were you, I be more concerned if your dog would BARF on you.

Finally! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34391280)

At last, a man can sit down and have a beer with his best friend.

nothing new to me (2, Funny)

Chewbacon (797801) | more than 3 years ago | (#34391432)

My girlfriend's dog drinks beer. Spilled some on the floor once and the dog licked it up before we could clean it up... then pissed all over the place.

Re:nothing new to me (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34445186)

Hey, that describes my brother-in-law. :)

Old news (3, Funny)

MetricT (128876) | more than 3 years ago | (#34391732)

They've had this for years. It's called Pabst Blue Ribbon. You can't tell me that's actually made for human consumption.

Re:Old news (1)

eyrieowl (881195) | more than 3 years ago | (#34392356)

No, it's an objet d'art [newyorker.com] .

Re:Old news (1)

BlackBloq (702158) | more than 3 years ago | (#34413140)

I thought it was called American beer...

This is old news (3, Informative)

ALeavitt (636946) | more than 3 years ago | (#34391782)

Kwispelbier has been around since 2007 [bbc.co.uk] .

Sounds like a good recipe for a cold (1)

wantobe (626056) | more than 3 years ago | (#34392344)

Non-carbonated, non-alcoholic and beef flavored (or infused, if you must.) Sounds like I could accomplish the same thing with a pot of water and a bouillon cube. It's broth, right?

Re:Sounds like a good recipe for a cold (1)

dingfelder (819778) | more than 3 years ago | (#34394718)

and why are they calling this broth "beer"? marketing fluff

Re:Sounds like a good recipe for a cold (1)

NotBornYesterday (1093817) | more than 3 years ago | (#34404332)

No, no, no, no. It is bottled, labeled, marketed broth , likely with a malt base.

Dog Star Brewing Company? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34392602)

Are they Sirius?

That's not beer, that's broth (2)

OglinTatas (710589) | more than 2 years ago | (#34396248)

flat, non-alcoholic beef flavored liquid is called broth. Save your money.

Here's a more beer-like recipe:
Dry malt extract and water; experiment to get about 1.02 starting specific gravity--we're trying to be non-alcoholic here. Herb it up with wheatgrass and or other dog friendly herbs [natural-do...medies.com] (NOT HOPS!!!). Boil, cool wort, pitch yeast, and bottle immediately. Let carbonate 1-2 weeks.

I'm going to experiment with this recipe, one gallon batches, different herbs, taste it to see how nasty (or tasty?) it is before giving it to my dog.

He seems to be content with water, though, as long as I toss a ball for him while I'm tossing back a cold one.

What kind of mental disorder... (2, Insightful)

Belial6 (794905) | more than 3 years ago | (#34397858)

I'm trying to figure out the mental disorder necessary to actually buy this for your dog. Not only do you have to have the dreadfully increasing psychosis that makes people get confused between dogs and humans, but you also have to think this anthropamorphised animal would want to drink beer and not get drunk. Regular non-alcholic beer is for humans with a mental disorder. Even if you accept peoples disorder that makes them think dogs are children, you would have to deal with the secondary disorder that they think their dog is an alcholic that needs something that looks and tastes like beer, but want's to 'protect' them by giving them some that is non-alcholic.

The very case for this stuff is like listening to the logic of the Vizzini from the Princes Bride. [youtube.com]

Re:What kind of mental disorder... (1)

Deefburger (1345835) | more than 3 years ago | (#34403800)

Or maybe they are just having a beer with their favorite pal. What we need now is IPA for cats made with catnip instead of hops! and a bag of superballs! PARTY!

Re:What kind of mental disorder... (1)

ikeman32 (1333971) | more than 3 years ago | (#34404526)

I'm trying to figure out the mental disorder necessary to actually buy this for your dog. Not only do you have to have the dreadfully increasing psychosis that makes people get confused between dogs and humans, but you also have to think this anthropamorphised animal would want to drink beer and not get drunk. Regular non-alcholic beer is for humans with a mental disorder. Even if you accept peoples disorder that makes them think dogs are children, you would have to deal with the secondary disorder that they think their dog is an alcholic that needs something that looks and tastes like beer, but want's to 'protect' them by giving them some that is non-alcholic. quote>

Excuse me, but my d-o-g-s are the ones with the psychosis. They have absolutely no idea that they are d-o-g-s, the same with my c-a-t. Now if you will excuse me I have to take my anit-psychotic meds.

Re:What kind of mental disorder... (1)

snookums (48954) | more than 3 years ago | (#34426590)

Regular non-alcholic beer is for humans with a mental disorder.

If you think that to be true a priori, then I suspect you are just somebody who doesn't like beer. It's actually the test I use. If someone made a non-alcoholic beer that tasted exactly the same as an alcoholic beer, would you drink it? If you say "no", then you don't like beer, you just like alcohol.

Personally, I'd drink non-alcoholic beer (and whiskey and gin) if it met this criteria. Sadly, most commercially-available non- and low-alcohol beers are less tasty than their full-strength counterparts. This is because they have been made with less malt and/or subjected to processes like heating which drive off flavour compounds with the alcohol. We lack the technology to make good non-alcoholic beer.

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