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Beer for dogs? Boston shouldn't be last to this party

Posted by Stephanie St. Martin  January 9, 2013 09:43 AM

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Pets seem to always get added luxuries. Toys galore. Comfy beds. Delicious treats (just for sitting down!). Dogs can now add a thirst-quencher to that list: beer.

That's right, Fido can now enjoy a brewski.

According to the Associated Press, Oregon beer-lover, Daniel Keeton, created Dawg Grog for his beloved pooch, Lola Jane.

Keeton created a virgin beverage, meaning the doggie brew has no alcohol. Our dogs can be counted on to be designated drivers (you have seen the video from New Zealand, right? Dogs can now drive cars!). Now that's truly "man's best friend."

This begs the question: is there an untapped market in Boston for doggie beer?

With so many local breweries in New England, wouldn't it be nice if Fido could join in on the fun? Can't Jim Koch and his Sam Adams brewmasters whip up a fun alcohol-free concoction for Boston dogs? Boston was just named the drunkest city in the U.S. for the second year in a row. Surely Rover and his pals should be able to participate in that fine distinction. Plus, dogs always have their license on them. Not to mention that at three years-old, they'll be legal.

There would be added benefits. Let's look at college beer-pong games. When the ping pong ball goes off the table, your pup can fetch it. Better him than you and after the game, he'll walk you home.

Dogs already retrieve Bud Light bottles (Here we go) for you and your friends. His reward should be something other than water, even if it's distilled.

Need to break the seal? You'll always have a buddy who also needs to pee every ten minutes...and at every tree.

And as we've discussed before, dogs may be the best wingman you've ever had at the bar.

Boston already has some dog-friendly bars and restaurants. Brendan Behan Pub in Jamaica Plain allows dogs join in on the atmosphere. Dogs are often seen at outdoor restaurant patios on Newbury Street with their owners.

Some of us even name our pups after popular drinks. Jameson, Guinness, Bailey, Brandy, Captain Morgan - let's face it, next to Brady, Yaz and Fenway, these may be the most popular pet names in our fine city.

With Boston's combined love of drinking (you've been here during St. Patrick's Day and yes, it's on a Sunday this year), our college population, sports and of course, our animals - it seems silly that Bend, Oregon beat us to the punch bowl.

C'mon Boston entrepreneurs - isn't it time we create a Bawstin Dawg brew of our own?

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