We used to have a dog, Sedona, who loved to lick beer bottles. My husband enjoyed tipping the bottle when it was just about empty to give her the last few drops and watch her go crazy over it. It never seemed to do any harm to Sedona, but we have friends who more recently had to spend quite a bit of money at the vet when their small dog developed a bit of a drinking habit. Alcohol, it turns out, is not so great for dogs.

An Oregon man, Daniel Keeton, has created a non-alcoholic beer made especially for dogs with a sustainable bent. He uses the spent grain from a microbrewery, along with organic low-sodium vegetable broth, and a glucosamine supplemental powder that includes ginger, cinnamon, flax seed and honey to make Dawg Grog. It’s meant to be given to dogs as a treat or poured over their food.

At $36 for a six-pack, the cost seems a bit prohibitive for daily consumption for the average American dog, but I can definitely imagine that people who celebrate their dog’s birthday or buy holiday presents for their K-9 companion will find this a welcome gift option.

I’ve never been one for buying gifts for my pets. Our cat doesn’t have her own Christmas stocking and I have no idea when her birthday is. So, if we had still had Sedona, I doubt I’d be buying her Dawg Grog. I do know plenty of people, however, who are going to think this is great. Are you one of them?

Robin Shreeves ( @rshreeves ) focuses on food from a family perspective from her home base in New Jersey.

New organic beer is just for dogs
Dawg Grog is non-alcoholic and made with organic ingredients and grains left behind from brewing people beer.