When Dawg Grog, the liquid canine vitamin treat, first hit the local market two years ago this month, it brought to my mind a question: Would cats like it?
Dawg Grog inventor Daniel Keeton says the elixir—comprised of brewers wort (malted barley water) from Boneyard Brewery, vegetarian K9 glucosamine, trace mineral supplements, and Oregon mountain water—was developed to be canine-specific. It's non-alcoholic, and according to the feedback Keeton hears, "Nine out of 10 dogs love it."
Keeton also is known as "Tap Man Dan" in the Boneyard tasting room, where he has worked since June 2011. He says he works full time at Boneyard and that every hour after that goes toward getting Dawg Grog to the masses. "I love what I do, and I get to do what I love," Keeton says.
He got the idea for Dawg Grog after doing some research and discovering that there were no liquid dog treats on the market. "I wanted to share my love for my dog with my passion for craft beer," Keeton says. His #1 test subject for Dawg Grog was his loyal companion, Lola Jane, a nine-year and three-month-old American Staffordshire Terrier, who, according to her veterinarian, is in great health.
Right: So it's no secret that most dogs love Dawg Grog, but what about cats?
We have two at home, and I just had to find out. While I've never had any desire to taste our cats' canned or dry food, I really wanted to taste Dawg Grog for myself. Keeton says he thinks it tastes like the cereal Grape-Nuts. I found it a little bitter, but was surprised by its lack of taste.
I set down two bowls, each with a small amount for our two cats. Gallup took one taste and that was enough. His younger sister, Hicoo, lapped up a taste out of each bowl, and was satisfied. Neither came back for more. And that's just fine; it leaves more for the dogs.
So far, Dawg Grog is available all over Oregon, in Washington, Idaho, California, Pennsylvania and Texas, at about $5 for an 8-ounce bottle. But the only place in the world where it can be found on tap is at Bend's own Riverside Market, where dogs and their humans can both share a cold one.