Craft Beer Inspired Dog Names

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Introduction

For many years, wine and liquor enthusiasts held their noses up to the “lowly” beer-swilling types who were content to imbibe anything with carbonation and the slightest bit of taste, but since the craft brewery revolution has turned from scattered appreciators to an industry that has come into its own in great capacity, that kind of chatter has died like Zima and Skyy Blue. With it, many more countries all over the world have come to know what only Germans, Belgians, and other early American settlers did: how incredibly varied and tasty beer can truly be. And thanks to breweries, beer styles, jargon and all, there are plenty of ways to turn these wholly beer-centric titles into the perfect dog names.

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Craft Beer Inspired Dog Name Considerations

Because the types of notable beer-specific names that exist, there are several ways to go about choosing the right one for your dog. One line of thinking is that you could choose a beer style based purely on your dog’s overall characteristics, from their looks to their personality. For instance, if you have a dog that is dark and smooth, you could consider Dunkel (not unlike the actual Dunkel breed). If they’re light and easy-going, then maybe Hefe or Lager would be more appropriate. 

Of course, you can always try to get clever as well. If your dog loves to swim, then Dogfish would be a great pick. If they love to just lie around all day, then Stone would be suitable. If they’re dark and short, Stout would be a great choice the same way Hairof would be apt for a dog that always comes back for more. 

There are plenty of beers and breweries you can build off of that aren’t on our list, but we figured these names and words would be a good starting point, especially since they capture a significant breadth of the brewing world. If nothing else, buy a favorite, try something new or go taste a flight at your local brewery and see if anything jumps out at you. Just make sure you’re responsible so you’re not the one jumping (or falling) out of your stool.

Male Craft Beer Inspired Dog Names

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Dogfish
After Dogfish Head Brewery, one of the most innovative on the market
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Grimm
After Grimm Artisanal Ales
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Anchor
After Anchor Brewing, one of the oldest craft breweries, out of SF
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Porter
A rich, dark brown beer made from partly charred or browned malts
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Floyd
After 3 Floyds Brewery, who make one of the most sought after beers in the world
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Saison
A highly-carbonated fruity, spicy pale ale
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Stout
A strong, dark beer made with roasted barley or malt
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Stone
After Stone Brewing, San Diego, CA; known for their Pales and IPAs
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Sculpin
One of Ballast Point's most famous brews
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Founders
After Founders Brewing Co., one of the most well-loved beer makers on the market
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Lagunitas
One of the most well-respected brewers on the market
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Pilsner
A style of pale lager beer
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Dubbel
A Belgian Trappist beer
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Flanders
A style of red-brown sour ale
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Tripel
A strong pale ale of Belgian origin
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Doppel
After Doppelbock, a stronger version of a Bock, a strong German lager
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Dunkel
A dark, smooth German lager
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Kolsch
A light style of beer similar to pilsner
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Rye
A grain important for producing beer
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Hops
An ingredient largely used for flavor and stabilizing
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Odell
After Odell Brewing Co. out of Fort Collins, CO
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Ommegang
A well-regarded brewery out of Cooperstown, NY
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Deschutes
A well-held brewery out of Oregon
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Barrel
Often used to age some beers to enhance their flavor
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Bomber
A 22 oz bottle of beer
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Growler
A container, usually around 64 oz, used for transporting beer
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Carboy
A large bottle with a narrow neck used for fermenting
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Plato
A scale used to measure a beer's gravity during brewing
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Draught
A beer served from a cask or keg, instead of a bottle or can
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Wort
The liquid extracted from the mashing process

Female Craft Beer Inspired Dog Names

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Bell
After Bell's Brewery, a famous craft beer producer from Kalamazoo, MI
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Trillium
After Trillium Brewing Company, a well-regarded beermaker from Canton, MA
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Summit
After Summit Brewing Company, an underrated brewery out of St. Paul, MN
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Hefe
After Hefeweizen, a style of wheat beer
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Folie
After New Belgium's La Folie, a sour brown ale
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Sierra
After Sierra Nevada Brewery, who led the charge in returning to craft brewing
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Lager
A lightly-colored and lightly-bodied beer
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Ale
A mild yet sweet and sometimes bitter style of beer with a higher alcoholic content
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Avery
After Avery Brewing Co., a producer out of Boulder, CO
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Hairof
As in, hair of the dog
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Ballast
After Ballast Point, one of the most highly-regarded craft breweries
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Rogue
After Rogue Ales, a well-respected brewery
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Holland
After New Holland Brewing, good beer out of Michigan
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Glarus
After New Glarus Brewing, a brewery that makes Wisconsin-only brews
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Oskar
After Oskar Blues Brewery, best known for their canned brews
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Amber
A wide term used for amber/red colored beers; well-balanced in flavor
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Barley
A highly-important cereal grain in beer making
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Wheat
An important ingredient alongside barley in beer making
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Lambic
A style of beer described as being dry and almost cider-y
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Gose
A style of beer that is herbal, salty, and sour
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Mai
After Maibock, one of the lightest of the Books, strong hop flavor
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Helles
A light German pale lager
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Marzen
A full-bodied Bavarian lager
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Elysian
After Elysian Brewing out of Seattle, WA
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Allagash
After Allagash Brewing Company, a well-loved brewery out of Portland, ME
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Tröegs
An adventurous brewery out of Hershey, PA
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Abbey
A traditional Belgian style of beer
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Cask
Another name for a barrel, used for aging and flavoring
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Mash
The process of mixing the grain bill, water and liquor; part of the beer making process
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Grist
A cereal grain used for malting

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