More than a year ago, Mike Ries, a Montana State University student, noticed his dog going to town on the remains of a batch of beer he had just made. Intrigued, Ries and Meredith Leavens looked up some recipes online and decided to bake some treats out of the spent malt barley. The result turned out to be a hit with Stella, a border collie-Labrador mix, and other dogs around Bozeman.
A year later, the couple’s venture, Brewies, has grown and they’ve moved the operation out of their kitchen and into ovens at Great Harvest Bread Co. once a week. Since demand has been so high, they no longer use the actual remains of the beer-making process. Instead, they’ve modified the snacks to a mixture of “barley, flour, peanut butter, eggs, flax meal and olive oil.” Brewies are available in pet stores around Bozeman and can be ordered online.
Check out the full story from the Bozeman Daily Chronicle here.
- Matt Pritchard