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Everything You Need To Know About Dog "Beer"


By Mel Lee-Smith

Published: 08/17/2021, edited: 08/18/2021


a blonde pet parent in San Francisco bar with her dog friend who's wagging his tail

Beer for dogs? Yep, it's totally a thing. Sounds like a silly gag gift, but dog beer and dog wine are becoming more "pawpular" thanks to the rise of dog-friendly bars and breweries across America.

Until recently, the dog beer industry was almost exclusively dominated by boutique brands. In 2020, Anheuser-Busch launched a beer for dogs and became the first major brewing company to cater to canine customers.

The next time you're pining for a pint, why not let your four-legged friend join in the fun? Keep reading for the down-low on beer for dogs.

dog-safe fruits to include in dog beer are oranges, apples, and kiwis

What are the ingredients in dog beer?

The ingredients in dog beer vary depending on the brand and type you buy. Water is typically the most abundant ingredient, accounting for over 99% of the can's contents. Here are a few more common ingredients in some of the most popular dog beers:

  • Bone broth

  • Whole-grain oats

  • Malt barley

  • Hemp extract

  • Herbs (like basil, mint, and fennel)

  • Veggies (like carrots, corn, and celery)

  • Fruits (like oranges and apples)

  • Dog-safe nuts (like peanuts and almonds)

If your dog has food allergies or sensitivities, check the ingredients list before purchasing.

"Pawpular" dog beer brands

You'll find an array of dog beers at online retailers and pet stores. Proceeds from some of the brands below even go toward animal charities, which means you can crack open a cold one with your good boys and support a "grrreat" cause at the same time!

  • Dog Brew by Busch

  • Bowser Beer

  • Bark Brew

  • Snuffle Dog Beer

  • Good Boy Dog Beer

a happy pet parent in a black shirt hugging her doggo

Is dog beer good for dogs?

Again, it depends on which brand you buy and what's on the ingredients list. Many dog beers are low in calories and contain small amounts of protein and fiber.

Malt barley is high in B vitamins, which support a healthy coat and teeth. Veggies like carrots and sweet potatoes contain vitamin A and potassium. Herbs like basil and mint help freshen your pup's breath — "pawfect" after a doggy dinner date! Some dog beer even contains added glucosamine, which promotes healthy joints and cartilage.

So yes, dog beer can be good for dogs. But, as the old saying goes, too much of a good thing can be a bad thing. While you're free to drink a 6-pack on a Saturday afternoon, your pup should drink dog beer in moderation. Even though most dog beer is 99% water, one a day is more than enough. (Or else your dog just might develop a beer belly!) Dog beer isn't a meal replacement — it's a treat, just like dog biscuits or chews.

Some dog beers even claim to relieve joint pain, but there's no research to back up this claim. If you think your pup could benefit from a joint supplement, skip the dog beer and consult your vet instead.

Does dog beer have alcohol in it?

Nope, dog beer is totally alcohol-free. (This goes without saying, but never let your dog drink alcohol. Even one little sip can spell big trouble for your four-legged friend.)

Do dogs even like dog beer?

It's not like we can ask our pups if they enjoyed their cold beverage. But the #dogbeer hashtag on Instagram has 50k+ photos and videos of smiling pups posing with dog beer cans and bottles — so you be the judge!

Still, doggos have their own unique tastes, just like humans. Some dogs lap up the stuff, while others sniff it and never go near it again.

How do I serve beer for dogs?

Your pooch can drink their "beer" out of a bowl, or you can add it to their dry or wet food. Some pet parents use dog beer to soften their pup's kibble, which can encourage picky eaters or pups with sensitive teeth to eat.

Is dog beer carbonated?

Most dog beers are made from still water, which is great news for Tucker's tummy.

Can humans drink dog beer?

Most dog beers are safe (if not exactly tasty) for humans to drink. If your curiosity gets the best of you, don't worry — your secret is safe with us!

Dog beer lets your fur-baby join the "pawty". Has your pupper sampled any of the dog brews above? Share some snaps with us on Instagram @wag! Don't "furget" to tag #wagwalking — we just might share your favorite drinking buddy on our page!

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