Outer Range Brewing Co. hosts party with beer for dogs, adoptable furry friends

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Outer Range Brewing Co. is hosting its annual puppy party Saturday, July 23. The event will feature new merchandise such as collars and leashes, as well as beer made for dogs.
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Beer and dogs are a popular pairing in Summit County. That’s why Frisco’s Outer Range Brewing Co. is once again hosting an event that features dogs from the Summit County Animal Shelter available for adoption. Yet, this puppy party takes last year’s up a notch with new offerings.

The party, held from 4-7 p.m. Saturday, July 23, at 182 Lusher Court, is also partnered with the League for Animals and People of Summit. Participants in the 32nd annual K94K fundraiser, set for Saturday, July 30, can pick up race packets at the brewery. More information about the race can be found at

Though the visiting dogs are up for adoption, the shelter doesn’t do same-day adoptions since staff has to review applications. Instead, the shelter uses the opportunity to spread awareness, collect donations and educate the public.

The animal shelter plans to bring around two or three dogs to the event, pending availability. Dogs that others are already applying to adopt are not sent to the meet-and-greets, and the shelter only brings dogs that can handle the crowded environments.

People can also purchase limited-edition leashes and collars from the brewery. Bandanas have been sold before, but this is the first time the merchandise for dogs has expanded. Dogs will be able to go home with treats from Bird Craft, too, made with spent grain from Outer Range’s beers.

The treats are donated to the animal shelter as part of the brewery’s initiative to donate 1% of profit, time, product and equity to local nonprofits.

Dogs can mimic their human owners and wash it down with a can of Good Boy Dog Beer. Giving new meaning to dog-friendly breweries, the third-party product from Texas is an unfermented, nonalcoholic brew similar to a bone broth made with natural ingredients like nuts, oats, chicken and vegetables.

Flavors include the cleverly named Crotch Sniffin’ Ale, IPA Lot in the Yard, Tail Chasin’ Blonde and Mailman Malt Licker. All of the beers are not carbonated and lack hops because hops are toxic for dogs. To serve, Good Boy suggests simply pouring it in a bowl or over dog food as a treat. I’m tempted to try some myself, but the creators warn that, while safe, it’s pretty bland since it was made for a dog’s palate and digestion.

For the humans, Blue Boy Pils is a new pilsner releasing Friday, July 22, that fits with the dog theme. Named after co-owners Emily and Lee Cleghorn’s wirehaired pointing griffon, the beer is 5.2% alcohol by volume.

Also releasing Friday are the returns of the Bangarang double India pale ale, Hirschgarten helles lager, Higher Ground hefeweizen, In the Steep IPA and the Gnarly Trees West Coast IPA. I’ve enjoyed the Bangarang in the past, but Higher Ground or the highly rated Hirschgarten would additionally be good picks for sipping in the summer.

Joining Blue Boy as a new release is Peak to Peak, a cold-fermented IPA brewed with Riwaka hops. The hops are said to have aromas of passion fruit, grapefruit, lemon and tropical fruits, and the lower temperature makes it more like a lager. 

The 7% beer is a limited release that was made in collaboration with Craftsman in Edwards to celebrate the restaurant’s anniversary. To eat, Bird Craft will be plating pulled-pork sandwiches from their new smoker out on the patio.

Jefferson Geiger is the arts and entertainment editor for the Summit Daily News and managing editor for Explore Summit. Have a question about beer? Send him an email at

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