Dog beer brings a whole new meaning to cracking open a cold one with your best friend.
There's nothing better than sitting back and enjoying an ice cold beer with your best friend, but what happens when your best friend is your dog?
Veterinarians warn that dogs should never be given alcohol, but does your pooch really have to miss out on that revered bonding moment? Not anymore!
A company in the U.K. is working on a special new brew especially for dogs. Woof and Brew was founded in 2013 and started off making doggy herbal teas.
Their new doggy beer Bottom Sniffer has no alcohol, or hops, or carbonation, but it comes as close to the beer experience as possible while being safe for dogs to ingest.
Canine livers metabolize alcohol differently than humans, and hops are also on the list of foods you should never feed your dog. Instead of those traditional beer ingredients, Woof and Brew came up with a dog friendly concoction of barley malt, dandelion, flax, and chicken flavoring.
The brew mimics the taste of a good light beer, but taste wasn't the creators' main concern. Dog beer is all about recreating the experience of sharing a good brew with a good pal. Managing director of Woof and Brew, Steve Bennett, explains:
"It's very much to enjoy time with your dog."
This is the first time the company has attempted a dog beer, and they're looking into more ways to distribute their product on a global level. Their ultimate goal, however, is to create products that are healthy for pets.
In an interview with The Atlantic, Bennet said:
"I think all of this is linked to the humanization of our pets, and ensuring that what we feed them is healthy, not just something we've designed for ourselves and hope is healthy for dogs."
While being safe for dogs isn't the same thing as being healthy, Woof and Brew's dog beer offers dog owners a new and valuable way to improve their mental health.
Spending time with a dog has already been proven to alleviate stress and anxiety. Therapy dogs can be found in hospitals, nursing homes, and even college campuses.
While Woof and Brew doesn't encourage patrons to use alcohol as a stress reliever, they fully support the idea of spending quality time with your dog.
So go ahead, give into those puppy dog eyes. Crack open a cold one for both you and your dog to take bonding with man's best friend to a whole new level.