Where to get a beer with man's best friend during the dog days of summer.
By James Reddicliffe
With the dog days of summer right around the corner have you been wondering where you can grab a delicious beer but also keep man’s best friend by your side? Lucky for you and Fido, we have compiled a master list of the best places to grab a pint with your pooch in King’s County. So grab your leash and a few treats and hit these spots this summer:
Lucky Dog: If you love dogs, and love being surrounded by tons of them, this is your oasis. The inside of the bar is dark and loud with a decent selection of beer on tap along with a cramped corner for live music. The real attraction, though, is the K-9 free-for- all going on throughout the bar and spilling into the ample back patio. Last we visited dogs roamed off leash and had free reign of the patio. Most stayed close to their owners but don’t be surprised if a furry friend pops up from under your table-- or takes the chair next to you. Beers include your traditional macro-lagers as well as offerings from craft breweries like Troegs, Bells, Allagash and Victory.
Mission Dolores: The vibe here is less energetic than at Lucky Dog, and the laid back atmosphere can be a nice change of pace. The bar has a courtyard between the entrance and the bar in the back where doggos are allowed, and we have always seen them on leash, sitting calmly next to their owners. The tap list here is outstanding and constantly changing with some current highlights including Grimm Forcefield, Hudson Valley Orbital Mirror, and KCBC's Janiak Maniac.
Folksbier: We have long been fans of Folksbier and nothing changes with respect to its summer vibes or allowing dogs in the taproom. Now that summer is here the Carroll Gardens favorite opens the garage door in front, which allows sunlight to fill the cozy space. In that sunlight is where you can find most of the dogs lounging while their owners enjoy the freshest batch of Raspberry Glowup, or the always-refreshing Helles Lager. Don’t be surprised to see owner Travis Kauffman’s French bulldogs patrolling on any given day.
KCBC: For all of our fans in Bushwick, assuming we have at least one, this is the spot for you. There is no outdoor area but the spacious, industrial-chic space has plenty of tables for drinking, working on your laptop of chilling out with a pup. Try one of their collaboration IPAs, or the impressive Full Contact sour series and then figure out what warehouse party to hit that night. Just make sure it allows dogs too.
Pig Beach: We'll be honest, the draw here is the BBQ but they serve some decent local beer too and the outdoor space is ample. Located right on the gorgeous Gowanus Canal (swimming anyone?) Pig Beach serves up ribs, wings, burgers and tons of other carnivore favorites. It seems to be the size of a football field but still fills up quickly so head over around 4pm, grab an Other Half IPA and watch your dog stare at you mournfully while you chow down.
Island to Island Brewery: Island to Island is one of the newest breweries on the scene in Brooklyn. Not only do they serve some interesting beers like their Cherry Smoked Cherrywood IPA, or a Lychee Sorrel Saison, but also they serve food, juices and kombucha. If you're with a group that includes vegans and health nuts, or just would rather not tempt your canine with a rack of ribs, head over here for a beer.