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01. 22. 2007

Kwispelbier for your little drinking buddies

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They say that a woman's best friend is her dog, and those dogs deserve a drink every now and again. A nice young lady from Holland brewed up a nonalcoholic beer for her Weimaraners as a treat for a day's hard work, and now she's selling it as "Kwispelbier" after the Dutch word for a wagging tail. Technically, it isn't a beer at all but more of a non-alcoholic malt liquor flavored with beef extracts. Either way, the dogs love it.

Those of us in the states can purchase doggie beer from the original purveyor: Happy Tail Ale from Dog Star Brewing. The two companies have very similar stories: Young women who loved their dogs and started out brewing small batches on their stovetop that are now selling cases. There's actually a very good reason for going to the trouble to make a beer especially for your dog. The general consensus is that alcoholic beverages designed for humans aren't good for a dog's digestive track, and their smaller size makes them highly prone to alcohol poisoning. However, dogs love the grain flavors in beer.

My girlfriend's dog is perfectly trained, but still has a bad habit of diving face first into any cocktails left within her reach. With these doggie brews I'll be able to teach her to fetch me a beer and she can get one for herself, too.

Posted by Johnny    Category: pets
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evan:

Not sure which is my favorite -- photos of the adorable pooch or the manual on how to teach your dog to fetch a beer!

joe:

Who says a woman's best friend is her dog? That's man's best friend... a woman's best friend is diamonds -- and they don't drink ale!

Michele:

It's very cute. I just hope that owners realize that grains are not very healthy for dogs, and use it in moderation.

maricela:

where can i purchase this beer? its my dogs 21st (3yrs.) and i would like to let him have one. if anyone knows!

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