More businesses than ever are appreciating the fact that people are passionate about their pets and want to include them in their life just like other members of the family. Once, dogs were banned from places that served food and drink. However, businesses in dog walking areas, such as near parks and open fields, were suffering as not making canine guests welcome was deterring their human companions from offering those businesses their custom. Now, more cafes, restaurants, and bars than ever are welcoming dogs to increase their business. Even breweries have caught on to this strategy and many are now dog-friendly. If you are thinking of traveling with your dog and you want to visit some breweries along the way, here are five of the best dog-friendly breweries in the United States.
5. Beer’d Brewing – Stonington, Connecticut
Many dog owners who have visited Beer’d Brewing as one of the most dog-friendly breweries in the United States. Located in Stonington, Connecticut, this microbrewery supports dogs in many ways. The outdoor seating area at the brewery is a fantastic space for the dogs to enjoy, and they can meet up with many other dogs who are enjoying a day out with their owners. This brewery also hosts fundraisers throughout the year that raise money for local animal shelters and various other animal charities. Furthermore, they also sell a full array of dog merchandise, such as leashes, collars, trail bowls, and dog toys. You will find this brewery on Bayview Avenue in Stonington. There are plenty of reasons to visit this brewery with your dog as they offer brewery tours, a tasting room, and live music.
4. Independence Brewing Co. – Austin, Texas
Independence Brewing Company is located in Austin Texas and it was founded in 2004. Bizarrely, one of the main reasons why the co-founders, Rob and Amy Cartwright, opened this brewery is because they wanted a dog. Their jobs meant that they were in offices all day, and they didn’t think it was fair to get a dog and leave it at home all day. Instead, they decided that the best option was to start their own business. Once the work had started on constructing their brewery business, they went along to a local rescue group to find themselves a dog. It was then that they came across Jasper and welcomed him into their family. The experience of adopting a rescue dog gave them a greater awareness of the needs of the animal shelters in Austin. Once their brewery was up and running, they used their business as a venue for fundraisers to raise money for the shelters. They called their events Beers & Best Friends. As the brewery was inspired by dog ownership and the company has raised so much money to help dogs, it is little wonder that it has become one of the best dog-friendly breweries in the United States.
3. Lucky Labrador Brewing Company – Portland, Oregon
When Gary Heist co-founded this brewery more than 20 years ago, the name Lucky Labrador appealed to him as he had grown up with this dog breed. He felt that Labradors were the perfect symbol for what his brewery wanted to achieve, as they are a friendly dog and he wanted to create a brewery that was welcoming to everyone. This brewery actually has four locations in Portland, and they are all dog-friendly. The beers they brew all have dog-themed names, such as Dog Day IPA, Belgian Canine Style Tripel, and Blue Dog Pale Ale. The brewery is so keen on their dog-themes that they even hold an event inspired by Oktoberfest called Dogtoberfest. Initially, this was little more than a free dog wash for visitors who brought their dog along to the brewery. However, it has since evolved into a fantastic fundraising event that raises money for the DoveLewis Emergency Animal Hospital. The Lucky Labrador Brewing Company has now been a dog-friendly brewery for more than 20 years and plans to continue welcoming dogs for many years to come.
2. Dark City Brewing – Asbury Park, New jersey
USA Today rates Cark City Brewing on 2nd Avenue in Asbury Park, New Jersey, as one of the best craft beer breweries in the United States to visit with your dog. Not only does this brewery welcome the dogs of visitors, but they also have their own friendly dog that mixes among the brewery’s guests. In addition to allowing visitors to bring their dog’s along with them to the brewery, they also support a variety of dog-related causes. They sponsor a dog fitness class called ‘Doggy Noses and Yoga Poses’. Dark City Brewing also hosted a special fundraised for animal rescue groups. At this event, dogs that were available for adoption strolled amongst the brewery’s guests. The taproom hours at this brewery are 12 noon to 8 pm at weekends, and from 5 pm to 10 pm on Thursdays and Fridays.
1. Metazoa Brewing Co. – Indianapolis, Indiana
According to Dogster, Metazoa Brewing Co. in Indianapolis, Indiana, is the best dog-friendly brewery in the United States. The outdoor space at the brewery includes a dog park that is fenced in for safety, and every dog that visits receives a complimentary treat from the bar. The brewery has been open since 2016, and animals have always been an important part of their business ethos. The motto of the brewery is ‘Drink beer. Help animals.’. Right from the start, Metazoa Brewing Co. has donated five percent of its profits to various local animal rescue groups. Throughout the year, this venue hosts various fundraising events, including events that have raised money for the Alliance for Responsible Pet Ownership and the American Association of Zoo Keepers. Furthermore, this brewery has also helped more than a dozen dogs from dog shelters to find their forever homes. Aside from the fact that this is a great dog-friendly brewery to visit, they also make delicious beers.