Kwispelbier

Pop a cold one for your pooch. Now you don’t have to share your beer with your dog. No, now you can get your dog his very own Kwispelbier, a new non-alcoholic beer produced for consumption by canines.

AMSTERDAM, Netherlands (AP) — After a long day hunting, there’s nothing like wrapping your paw around a cold bottle of beer.

So Terrie Berenden, a pet shop owner in the southern Dutch town of Zelhem, created a beer for her Weimaraners made from beef extract and malt.

“Once a year we go to Austria to hunt with our dogs, and at the end of the day we sit on the veranda and drink a beer. So we thought, my dog also has earned it,” she said.

Berenden consigned a local brewery to make and bottle the nonalcoholic beer, branded as Kwispelbier. It was introduced to the market last week and advertised as “a beer for your best friend.”

“Kwispel” is the Dutch word for wagging a tail.

The beer is fit for human consumption, Berenden said. But at $2.14 (or 1.65 euro) a bottle, it’s about four times more expensive than a Heineken.

From CNN’s Offbeat News

Let’s just hope it doesn’t make your dog do what my husband’s childhood pet Shep did when he was given beer by some family members one Christmas. Shep imbibed, then headed over to the Christmas tree where he proceeded to hike his leg and christen all the gifts beneath it.

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