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A little something for the puppies: Brew Bites 

Wherever Vida is, she will be happy as long as there are some fresh Brew Bites close by!

Jake Bier and Vida

Photo courtesy of Brian Moe

Jake Bier and Vida

Working at a brewery means I have tons of used grain to get rid of. What better way to use spent beer grains than to make dog treats for our four-legged friends?

I make these treats for my best friend, Vida. I found Vida in the woods outside Santa Fe, N.M., on a hiking trip in October 2011. She had been abandoned and was raising five puppies in the wild, for who knows how long, before I stumbled upon her. She was almost 2 years old at this time. All five of her puppies were adopted, and I took Vida home to live with me.

Life has changed drastically for Vida, moving from the spacious landscapes of New Mexico to the cityscapes of Pittsburgh. However, she has adapted well to the change. Now she helps me every day, working at the brewery. Whether it’s cleaning up spilled grains, testing products, or supervising, I can count on Vida to be there for me. Wherever Vida is, she will be happy as long as there are some fresh Brew Bites close by!


  • 4 cups spent beer grains
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 2 eggs


Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl until it forms a thick dough. Roll flat with a rolling pin until about ¼ inch thick. Use a cookie cutter to cut out the treats into shapes. Spread on a cookie sheet and bake at 420 degrees for 30 minutes. Reduce heat to 250 degrees and bake for 1 hour to dry out the treats and preserve them. Let cool. Yields 40 to 50 treats for your four-legged friends. 

Bier is the co-owner and head brewer at War Streets Brewery, in the North Side. Your pooch can sample these treats on July 1 at the National Aviary at its event entitled The Birds and the Beers.


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