While it is not good for dogs to drink beer or any alcoholic beverages since it could lead to alcohol poisoning and toxicity, some dogs will occasionally sneak a sip of their master's brew. However, there is one dog who stands out in history and is known for his love of beer, albeit, he is a fictional dog. In 1980, Canadian-born comedians, Rick Moranis and Dave Thomas, were asked to include two minutes of identifiable Canadian culture on the sketch comedy show called Second City Television (SCTV). The comedic duo developed Bob and Doug McKenzie, two dimwitted brothers who drank beer, ate back bacon, and postulated on all things ridiculous in a Canadian cultural parody segment called the Great White North. The segment was often unscripted and became a huge success. It also helped established pop culture references still applied to Canadians today, like ending sentences with "eh." The success of the segment led to a movie spinoff called Strange Brew
, in which the two McKenzie brothers get jobs at a local brewery and uncover the evil Brewmeister's plot to take over the world. During the film, the only thing the brothers fear more than taking their father's last beer is taking the beer away from the family's dog, affectionately named Hosehead. Hosehead is a black Labrador Retriever with the markings of a skunk who enjoys his fill of beer. By the end of the film, Hosehead the Dog displays his superpowers and flies to the scene of Oktoberfest to save the world from the evil Brewmeister's plot for world domination. The Brewmeister had added a mind-controlling drug to the beer and Hosehead saves the day by scaring everyone away with his skunk colors.
The name Hosehead is often associated with beer drinking, thanks to the movie and dog bearing the name. However, Hosehead is derived from Hoser, which is the name given to the losing team in a hockey game that must hose down the ice at the end of the game. Hosehead, the Canadian beer drinking dog, will forever be associated with the pop culture of Canada and North American beer drinking. Dogs with the name Hosehead demonstrate the cultural appreciation people have for the Canadian comedy skit and beer drinking dogs everywhere though Strange Brew was first produced in 1983.