Things are getting ‘ruff’ for two Delaware businesses: Dogfish Head Craft Brewery and Bella’s Cookies have teamed up to create healthy treats for our canine pals. Dogfish Dog Bark is a nutritious dog treat created by Bella’s Cookies that uses the spent grain from Dogfish Head’s brewing process. To make beer, brewers first steep malted barley and water to create a mash which releases the sugars from the grain. Once most of the sugars have been extracted, the mash is then discarded. This byproduct is nutrient-rich and has been historically given to local farmers by Dogfish, who then use it as feed for their cattle. Recently Dogfish and Bella’s got together and came up with this additional use for the spent grain to please our pooches. “Brewery employees spent lots of time testing the treats with their dogs,” explains Dogfish Head’s Mariah Calagione, “one hundred percent of the feed-back was tail-wagging.”
Dogfish Dog Bark is also made with eggs from Delaware hens, organic flour, and all-natural peanut butter. Dogfish Dog Bark will be available at Dogfish Head Brewery in Milton, Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats in Rehoboth Beach, online at www.dogfish.com and www.bellascookies.com as well some local pet hotspots.