The Ultimate List of Dog Inspired Beers

Yea Steve, but are we REALLY man’s best friend, or is it beer?


Gather ’round you thirsty pups, we’ve got the ultimate list of beers named after, or inspired by, dogs. If any of you boozehounds have one we missed, give us a shout and we’ll add it in. Why? Because beers named after dogs are funny, and delicious.

(In no particular order)

#1 – Flying Dog (Double Dog IPA, Doggie Style Pale Ale, and Raging Bitch Belgian IPA)

One of the OG breweries named after dogs, Flying Dog has several beers on tap named after our furry friends including their Double Dog IPA, Doggie Style Pale Ale, and Raging Bitch Belgian IPA. Flying Dog also has some badass artwork designed by surrealistic illustrator Ralph Steadman.


#2 – Avery Brewing’s Ellie’s Brown Ale

After the PupPass team visited Avery Brewing in sunny Boulder, Colorado, two things were clear: 1) Avery knows what they’re doing when it comes to brewing phenomenal craft beer, and 2) they love doggos. Featuring a large fenced-in and astroturfed outdoor patio, Avery is a fantastic brewery for a dog owner to visit while in Boulder. Bonus points if you sip on their Ellie’s Brown Ale while you’re there, a beer which benefits the Humane Society of Boulder Valley and features brewmaster Adam Avery’s 4-year old chocolate Labrador Retriever on the label.

#3 – Big Dog’s Brewing Company

Based in Las Vegas, Nevada, Big Dog’s beers have a nice bark to them. They’ve brewed up a bunch of canine-inspired names including their Leglifter Light, Tailwagger Wheat, Black Lab Stout, Dirty Dog IPA, Watch Dog Tangerine Wit, Tripel Dog Dare Belgian-style Tripel, and Sled Dog Imperial Stout. They also have one named the War Dog Imperial IPA “Unleashed,” which is dedicated towards dogs serving alongside our soldiers in the armed forces. Salute to Big Dog’s.

#4 – Smuttynose’s Old Brown Dog Ale

First brewed in 1988, Smuttynose’s Old Brown Dog Ale has been winning awards and gaining furry fans every since. They even have a website where you can add to their wall of brown dog pics. Nice.


#5 – Hair of the Dog Brewing Company

Founded in 1993 and based in Portland, Oregon, Hair of the Dog has been brewing batches that feature local ingredients all found within a 250-mile radius of the brewery.


#6 – Brouwerij West’s A Dog Ate My Homework

Located in San Pedro, California, Brouwerij West’s operation encompasses 26,000 sq. ft., including 8,000 sq. ft. devoted to visitor use for its Tasting Room and events, and 17,000 sq. ft. as an outdoor courtyard / beer garden. They’ve also go solar panels on the roof which generate more electricity for the brewery than they actually use. Maybe they did actually do their homework, you know, before the dog ate it…


#7 – Rahr and Son’s Ugly Pug Black Lager

The pride of Fort Worth, Texas, Rahr and his Sons have been brewing beers since 1847! Talk about a lot of dog years.

#8 – Modus Operandi’s Black Lab Milk Stout

“Smoother than a labrador’s coat,” Modus Operandi made a killer stout with a nod towards their favorite black lab (pictured). Unfortunately you won’t get a taste of this one unless you travel to Australia, where this doggy is brewed.

#9 – Squatter’s Chasing Tail Golden Ale

Hailing from Salt Lake City, Utah, Squatter’s is known for using ingredients from local farmers, and does their part for the environment purchasing electricity from local wind farms. Their renowned Chasing Tale Golden Ale also is brewed as a citrusy orange Golden Ale. Cheers to Squatter’s.

#10 – Thirsty Dog Brewing Company (Blood Hound Orange, Citra Dog, Old Leghumper, Labrador Lager, Barktoberfest, Irish Setter Red, 12 Dogs of Christmas) 

Ok at this point we’re getting pretty thirsty for a brew. Time to crack open a cold one from Thirsty Dog Brewing in Akron, Ohio. They’ve got a whole pack of brews that lend a paw to the good boys and girls in our lives.


#11 – Half Acre Beer Company’s Chub Step Porter 

Beer, dogs, and…dubstep? Sure, we won’t argue with that. Based in Chicago, Illinois, Half Acre tips its hat to their favorite short and stubby French Bulldog who apparently loves heavy beats. Right on.


(H/T: All About Beer Magazine)