5 Ways To Enjoy Beer With Man’s Best Friend

EDITOR’S NOTE: This story was originally published in September 2017.

There aren’t many better ways to spend an afternoon than with a cold beer and a dog by your side. With summer winding down, share some quality time with your best furry friend and treat your taste buds, too. Here are five ways that you can combine your passion for canines and cold ones this month.

Dingo Dog Brewing • Carrboro
Dingo Dog is a nano brewery based outside of Carrboro. As a nonprofit, it works to fund grants for no-kill animal rescue organizations in North Carolina, with partners such as Coalition to Unchain Dogs, Goathouse Refuge, and Paws4ever. Although it doesn’t currently have a taproom, you can find its flagship beers, such as the Buster Brown Ale and Owlcat Bourbon Vanilla Porter, or summery seasonal offerings, such as the Pug-nacious Peach Wit or Weekend at Dingo’s Saison, on tap at bars in the Chapel Hill-Carrboro area. Be on the lookout for Lil’ Nubs, a fall seasonal wheat ale finished with heirloom tomatoes, celery seed, and black peppercorns.

Lenny Boy Brewing • Charlotte
Lenny Boy is North Carolina’s only organic-certified microbrewery, and it allows your furry friends inside. The brewery offers several traditional beers – including Citraphilia, a 100 percent Citra hop IPA – as well as wild ales, fermented with an in-house yeast strain that its team has been maintaining for eight years. These sour offerings include Queen City Funk, fermented with brettanomyces yeast and aged in wine barrels, and Tart De La Wit, a witbier aged with peaches, coriander, and its in-house kombucha culture. Speaking of which: If you’re in the mood for something non-alcoholic, Lenny Boy also specializes in kombucha, with seven varieties currently on tap.

Cabarrus Brewing Company • Concord
On August 27, Cabarraus Brewing Company will partner with Splashpaw Foundation to host Bark & Brew, a runway event featuring rescue dogs, local law enforcement K-9s, and dogs that have benefited from the foundation, modeling outfits from local pet boutiques. Tickets can be purchased here. While you’re there, be sure to try any of the brewery’s six flagship ales, including the Cabarrus Cotton Blonde, a light and refreshing cream ale, or the Rocky River, a medium-bodied, malty yet aggressively hopped IPA.

Lucky Dog Bark and Brew • Charlotte, Cornelius
Although not a brewery, Lucky Dog Bark and Brew is a great place to treat your dog while enjoying a tasty beverage yourself. Both locations – in Charlotte and Cornelius, respectively — feature 20 taps with selections from local breweries. On Tuesday nights, you can purchase a quick wash and dry for your dog and a beer for yourself, all for $15. Download a membership application here.

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Ethan Butler is a freelance web developer based in Durham and a graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill’s School of Media and Journalism. Butler helped create Our State’s BEER NC and continues to update the app with new information regularly.