National Dog Day is August 26 and National Beer of the Day is Doggie Claws brewed by Hair of the Dog Brewing in Portland, Oregon.
This beer is “a Barley Wine made in the West Coast style. Big malt and hops make this copper colored ale one of our most popular products. Produced in September and October and released in November, this Beer will improve for years to come. Alcohol: 11.5% by volume. IBU’s 70”.
Doggie Claws review by BeerAdvocate
Holy cow is this ever tasty. Waves of flavor. Awesome wild honey notes, mild citrus, nice level of bitterness, caramel, peppery, pine, dates, brown sugar, floral, earthiness, slightly sweet, and hello alcohol but just a bit. The citrus is coming through as tangerine or orange. For carrying so much flavor, this beer is not coating the tongue…pretty clean with a pleasant and evolving taste after the fact. Some citrus, very mild peppery spice. Alcohol hit in the back of the throat, not shy at all. Very intensely aromatic after the swallow which just adds to the experience. The wild honey flavor comes back balanced by tangerine…weird sounding but it is certainly a pleasing effect.
Hair of the Dog Brewing
Hair of the Dog Brewing Company is a brewery in Portland, Oregon. Hair of the Dog produces unusual beers using traditional craft-brewing techniques. Several of its beers are bottle conditioned. Alan Sprints is the owner and brewer with a few helpers, which may include his three sons. He graduated from Le Cordon Bleu culinary school with honors. He was president of the home brewers club OBC for a few years and has a reputation of a man who knows flavor.
The brewery’s arguably biggest claim to fame was its barley wine Dave. Eve is the beer that was once, twice and thrice frozen distilled. All of the times of distillation were observed and tasted. The brewery’s Adam beer is a recreation of an Adambier, a historic brew that was originally made in Dortmund, Germany. This dessert beer has 10 percent ABV.(Wikipedia)