Can Dogs Drink Non Alcoholic Beer? The facts

Since your dog is your very best friend, you want them to experience their life to the fullest. You enjoy drinking beer, so why can’t your canine companion join you?

Both regular beer and non-alcoholic beer are detrimental to a dog’s health and can do severe damage. It takes a lot less to get a dog intoxicated than a human.

However, your dog can have a dog beer, which is a safe non-alcoholic, non-hops “beer” specifically made for dogs. If you want to know if dogs can drink non-alcoholic beer, check out this “paw-inspiring” article. 

Can Dogs Drink Non-Alcoholic Beer?

Non-alcoholic beer for people still contains a small amount of alcohol. According to the FDA, it is a rule that non-alcoholic beer may contain no more than 0.5 percent alcohol. Non-alcoholic beer almost always includes this trace amount of alcohol. 

Since dogs cannot tolerate alcohol, they should not even have non-alcoholic beer made for people. Dogs are a lot smaller than we are, meaning they have a lower tolerance to alcohol. Dogs have a similar physical response to beer as humans. However, their reaction is riskier.

The other issue is that non-alcoholic beer has the same essential ingredients as regular beer and is made with grains, hops, yeast, and water. These ingredients are in traditional and non-alcoholic beers to keep the flavors that attract the drinker.

Hops give the beer its characteristic flavor. The main chemical in hops that give the beer its distinctive bitter taste is alpha acid. Unfortunately, hops can be highly toxic to dogs, and too much of them can result in death. Some of the symptoms of hops poisoning in dogs include:

  • Malignant hypothermia
  • Increase in body temperature
  • Heavy breathing or panting
  • Restlessness
  • Vomiting
  • Abdominal pain
  • Seizures

If you should see any of the above warning signs in your dog, you need to get them to the emergency vet immediately. You should never let your dog be exposed to hops in beer or other products. 

Can Dogs Drink Regular Beer? 

As previously mentioned earlier in the article, dogs cannot tolerate alcohol in any measure. They should never be given regular beer or alcohol under any circumstances. Dogs who have consumed a toxic amount of alcohol will typically demonstrate symptoms within 30 to 60 minutes. Dogs can get drunk just like humans. However, in dogs, being drunk is very dangerous. 

Some of the symptoms of alcohol poisoning in dogs include:

  • Vomiting
  • Intoxication
  • Diarrhea 
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Dehydration
  • Slow heart rate
  • Hypersalivation
  • Seizures

Death can occur from respiratory issues, low body temperature, low blood sugar, increased acid in the body, or kidney or heart failure. If your pooch exhibits any of the above symptom, take them to the emergency vet. 

What About Beer Made Specifically for Dogs?

There is a big market for novelty dog items that are all in good fun for pet parents and their pooches. There are now many products that you can give your pup that mimics human products or activities:

  • Cupcakes
  • Ice cream
  • Dog nail polish 
  • Dog clothes
  • Dog treadmills
  • Dog yoga
  • Dog spas
  • Dog Starbucks “Puppuccino” (whip cream in a small cup)

It is no secret that humans love their pets. There is something called “yappy hour,” which is a time that some bars will set aside for you to bring your dogs and socialize with you at the bar. Since dogs love to be social with their humans, it is no surprise that there is now dog beer. It is a beer made specifically for dogs with no harmful ingredients. 

What could be better than kicking back and relaxing with a cold brew for you and one created especially for your pup? You and your furry companion can choose from a few kinds of dog beer. 


Dog Brew by Busch 

Anheuser-Busch has created a “beer” specifically for dogs. It is called Dog Brew, and it does not contain any alcohol. This is a 12- ounce canned drink in a savory bone broth for your pampered pooch. It is an all-natural product that contains only the freshest ingredients:

  • Basil
  • Celery
  • Ginger
  • Mint
  • Pork butt
  • Turmeric 
  • Water
  • Whole corn

The only ingredient that this brew has in common with human brew is water. It is safe for your pup to consume an entire can in one sitting. It is also good for dogs who have trouble and do not tolerate solid foods all that well, as Dog Brew is nutritious for pups. The Brew can also be used to soften their food.

The best part is that for each case of Dog Brew sold, Anheuser-Busch will donate $1 to Best Friends Animal Society, which will top off at $50,000. If you buy Dog Brew on National Dog Day, which is August 26th, you will have the opportunity to win a special Busch dog bed. Your dog will love this new drink, but it is also for an excellent charitable cause.  

Bowser Beer 

Bowser Beer is another doggie beer. It is made from:

  • Chicken
  • Beef 
  • Pork

There is a great story behind Bowser Beer. It started out being called “3 Busy Dogs,” named after three family dogs who were the original testers for the beer. The fourth dog was the actual face of the brand but was later replaced by a younger pup model. 

The name was also changed, of course, to Bowser Beer. At first, it was only sold in pet shops, but then it became popular in stores, breweries, and restaurants. Bowser Beer is now a success story, as millions of pet parents now crack open a cold one with their best buddy after a hard day’s work.   

Good Boy Dog Beer

Good Boy Dog Beer was created by a couple whose 9 -year-old dog, Rocky, started to have digestive problems. Their concern was to ensure their pup was getting the vitamins and nutrients his body required. The beer comes in certain forms:

  • Chicken based
  • Pork based
  • Veggie based
  • Peanut based

These dog beers can help pups with digestive problems or be a fun treat for them when you have your own beer. The different kinds of dog beer all have unique ingredients. For example, some of the elements in “IPA Lot in the Yard” are pork butt, turmeric, basil, and celery. Good Boy Dog Beer is served in dog-friendly restaurants, bars, pet stores, and grocery stores. 

Does Dog Beer Have Alcohol and Hops? 

Non-alcoholic beer for humans contains alcohol and hops, which are dangerous to dogs. However, beer made specifically for dogs only contains nutrients that the dog requires. This unique brew includes glucosamine and vitamin B, which help keep your pup’s joints strong and healthy. 

Dog beer can be part of a healthy diet for your pup, as long as they consume a well-balanced diet. The best part is that dog beer does not contain any harmful side effects! Bottoms up, pup! 


Non-alcoholic beer is not suitable for dogs and should never be given to dogs for any reason. Ditto for a beer with alcohol, of course. The next time you go for a cold one, remember to grab one for Fido. Just make sure it is one of the above types of dog beer.  

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