Hoppy Hounds: A 12-Pack of Pet-Friendly Breweries

Posted by Billy Francis

The U.S. is home to more than 8,000 breweries, and like yeast in a barrel these numbers keep multiplying. The best part for Fido is that many of these establishments allow him to join you for a pint. Breweries are often housed in former industrial buildings or warehouses, which means there’s way more space for pups to hang out and enjoy pets from patrons. When there’s no food preparation, hop spots often allow dogs inside as well. So, grab a growler with your “growler” at these 12 pet-friendly breweries.

1. Wisconsin Brewing Company

Verona, WI
“All cups are edible if you put your mind to it.” Photo by @wisconsinbrewingco

Wisconsin Brewing Company has two great loves: dogs and beer. While you enjoy the distinctive spicy, chocolaty and dark Chocolate Lab Porter, Fido can savor treats made using the spent grain from the same beer. All proceeds from the sale of treats go to funding local dog parks. Grab a beer to go and explore the acres of pretty land outside, which includes grassy spots for fetch and scenic ponds for dogs to enjoy a dip.

Get a taste for Wisconsin’s past at this mill house retreat. The pet-friendly loft area features original gears and mill fittings from 1864.

2. Avery Brewing Company

Boulder, CO
“Is that a sour? I’ll pass.” Photo by Facebook.com/AveryBrewingCo

With a spacious fenced-in area dotted with sections of astroturf, Avery Brewing Company has all the elements needed for a top-notch doggy hangout. This popular Boulder brewery has a variety of thirst-quenching, hoppy beverages. One of the favorites is Ellie’s Brown Ale, which features the brewmaster’s very own chocolate Labrador on the label and raises money for the Humane Society of Boulder Valley with every sale.

Walk to Pearl Street and other popular Boulder haunts from this charming cottage.

3. Flying Dog Brewery

Frederick, MD
“Who rescued who?” Photo by Facebook.com/flyingdog

We double-dog dare you to try the Double-Dog IPA at Flying Dog Brewery. Funky canine illustrations are plastered all over their barking brews, which can be enjoyed on the pet-friendly patio. And beers aren’t the only thing you can take home with you at the end of the day. Flying Dog sells merchandise including a fashionable leash with an attached bottle opener. The popular brewery also hosts adoption drives on their green space outside.

Designated drivers won’t want to miss this “paw-triotic” cabin in nearby Middletown. Follow the big star to a beautiful deck where you can enjoy your six pack with your pooch.

4. Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

Milton, DE
“I’m not waiting 60 minutes for a beer… ” Photo by @dogfishhead

Furry friends are welcome inside the tasting room at Dogfish Head Craft Brewery. After sampling a flight, take flight through the pretty grounds together and enjoy unique sights like the Steampunk Treehouse art installation. Before you head out, visit the gift shop to pick up a flying disc and treat Fido to a bag of Waggies Dog Treats made from Dogfish Head spent grain. If you’re looking for a place to play fetch, make a pitstop at Milton’s very own hidden gem, Broadkill Beach.

Enjoy a room with a “brew” at the Dogfish Inn. This pet-friendly brewery hotel is just down the road from the main premises. Guests receive a free growler to fill up at the brewery.

5. Laughing Dog Brewery

Ponderay, ID
“Who’s laughing?” Photo by BringFido

The Laughing Dog Brewery motto is to provide “fetchingly good beer!” The beaming smile on every glass is Ben, owners Fred and Michelle’s beloved yellow Lab, who’s big grin keeps “paw-trons” flocking back. You’ll see the canine theme flowing through some of their most popular beers too, including the Dogfather and Alpha Dog.

Prop up the bar for a couple more nights by reserving a stay at this adorable vacation rental located nearby.

6. Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

Mills River, NC
“The hoppiest place on earth!” Photo by BringFido

Sierra Nevada Brewing Company is home to one of our favorite pet-friendly beer gardens in the world. Beer lovers can sample a flight of brews and nibble on dishes from the back porch menu with dogs all around. Swing by the gift shop for Sierra Nevada leashes, collars with built-in beer openers and a pale ale can that Fido can get his teeth into. Don’t forget to mosey on down to the French Broad River from the pet-friendly trail on the grounds before continuing on to one of the most pet-friendly cities in America, Asheville.

Fido can run freely in the large fenced area of this dog-friendly home near Asheville that’s surrounded by mountain view

7. Lagunitas Brewing Co.

Petaluma, CA
“Dude, I think you might have a problem.” Photo by @toddandgeorgethecorgs

The recognizable canine mascot of Lagunitas Brewing Co. was inspired by "Petey" from "The Little Rascals," but that’s not their only homage to the canine community. The brewery’s  barrels are named after brewer’s pups who are no longer with us. Four-legged barflies are welcome to join you on the patio.

Tucked away in a garden underneath a giant redwood, you and Fido are invited to spend the night in this dreamy cottage-like loft.

8. Smuttynose Brewing Company

Hampton, NH
“Who are you calling smuttynose?” Photo by Facebook.com/smuttynosebeer

The brewers at Smuttynose Brewing Company understand the importance of a loyal pooch. In fact, they take their pups to work every day to keep them company during the brewing process. They also show their love for the canine community with their award-winning offering, Old Brown Dog. Keep your eyes peeled for events throughout the year that raise money for pups in need.

Stay one block from the beach at this pet-friendly Hampton cottage with a fenced backyard.

9. Lonerider Brewing Co

Raleigh, NC
“I only look sad because I can’t open these beers!” Photo by Facebook.com/loneriderbeer

Bring your lone wolf to Lonerider Brewing Co to bask in the company of dog lovers. Although their first passion is beer, dogs aren’t far behind. The brewery raises money annually for Triangle Beagle Rescue through beagle-inspired beers, events, pet vendors and more.

Just down the road from the brewery on the outskirts of Durham, you can enjoy peace and tranquility at this pet-friendly cabin on a working farm.

10. Six Harbors Brewing Company

Huntington, NY
“We’re ‘beer’ to serve you!” Photo by Six Harbors Brewing Company

Resident canine brewers Buddy and Barley have hit the news lately. The adorable pair raised spirits and morale by helping to deliver beer to customers during COVID-19. You’ll find the “Brew Dogs” holding down the fort at Six Harbors Brewing Company most days.

After last call, tickle the ivories on the baby grand piano at this nautical-inspired farmhouse. Located on a working farm, you’ll find lots of space to play during your stay.

11. New Belgium Brewing Company

Fort Collins, CO
“I like this place a lot more than Old Belgium.” Photo by Facebook.com/NewBelgiumFortCollins

New Belgium Brewing Company was born 30 years ago and has helped provide the blueprint for blossoming microbreweries across the nation. Get a taste of libation liberation at their Liquid Center in Fort Collins, Colorado. Dogs are invited inside the tasting room, where staff will bring them a water bowl while you sample a variety of seasonal beers. Before you leave, grab a bite from a visiting food truck and take your pooch on a walk around the expansive grounds.

Sleep it off at this unique quonset hut situated on a small farm and close to a variety of outdoor adventures.

12. Pinellas Ale Works

St. Petersburg, FL
“Sunbathing in beer paradise!” Photo by Facebook.com/pinellasaleworks

Pinellas Ale Works has a beautiful beer garden where you can hang out for hours with your four-legged brew buddy. The company’s acronym is PAW, and they live up to their name by donating to Pinellas County animal-related charities through frequent canine events.

Nothing goes better with beer than an arcade game. This funky rental has one right next to the bed for Fido to try his paw at.

Which brewery will you bring Fido to first? Leave a comment or tweet us @BringFido!

Banner photo by Lauren.